The Treleven Artistic Residency program provides up to a month long retreat space for an individual working on a project that supports Treleven’s interests.

Jane Jackson

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Jane Jackson is a nurse midwife, social justice advocate, writer, and quilt maker.  She spent her first residency at Treleven editing a series of letters she had written to her deceased husband Blyden (a civil rights activist who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King) and the grand daughter he had never met.  these were recently published as Letters from La Pineta.

Memory Quilt Workshop

Jane and Sas working together on a hundred year old quilt

The Gratitude Quilt featured above was one Jane made when she recovered from a brain aneurysm that nearly killed her. She gradually regained her powers of speech by a shared poetry writing process with her son. That experience is documented in Bi-Coastal Communication.  Jane returned to Treleven in the fall of 2019 to hold a workshop on making memory quilts.

Luke Concannon

Luke Concannon is a singer songwriter who spent his residency at Treleven wandering the woods and fields and working on new lyrics. We were introduced to him by our friends at Whole Heart, with whom we conducted an Inter-generational Leadership workshop. You can read the biography of his musical, spiritual, and social activist development on his website.

Luke will be returning to Treleven in the summer of 2020 to conduct a social justice workshop for song writers. Let us know if you would like to be on the invitation list.

Inanc Tekguc

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Inanc Tekguc is a film maker from Cyprus. As he said in his application:

I am visiting this side of the Atlantic at a time when I seek personal regeneration and growth, which I think is a necessity for many of us on a regular basis like welcoming a favorite season, for “refreshing the spirit”. For the past five years I have found this reviving feeling, at the Global Environments Summer Academy, a gathering of change-makers from around the world who are environmentally and socially active and caring. While we take a break from GESA this year, I hope to find similar inspiration in my travels in Northern America.

Inanc is a tremendously talented film maker, you can see from his work for GDF

While at Treleven he did a deliberate series of time lapse photographs at various locations on the farm.  We look forward to seeing this work someday, but Inanc ran up against customs and immigration services, who would not let him back into the United States after he made a short visit to Montreal to see friends. Treleven Board member Susannah McCandless has been able to reconnect with him out side of the US, but we are very distressed by the way he was treated here.

Holly Baldwin


Treleven was delighted to welcome Holly Baldwin, director of Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston as a fall resident.  Holly proposed using the quiet of the farm, and the support of Treleven Board members, as a way to plan out the three month sabbatical that she had recently been offered. While here, she spent lots of time walking/hiking, reading, and enjoying the solitude. For 11 years she directed BHFH, an intentional community of 21 people. As she said “when you live where you work, and are responsible for the well being of your community, there is little time or space for quiet contemplation”.  You can read more about BHFH and Holly’s thoughtful articles here:  Beacon Hill Friends House.

As you will see from the post, her sabbatical opened up so many new avenues of thought that she has decided to take a new step in her career. We were grateful to be one of the way stations on her journey toward new experiences.

Applications for creative residencies are accepted on a rolling basis. The typical spring residency coincides with lambing season. Fall residencies often coincide with peak foliage season.

Anna MullenAnna Mullen was the inaugural resident. Anna’s cover letter explains her project.  While at Treleven, she spent every day with the sheep trying to determine if she could tell them apart, understand their relationships with one another, and learn their daily cycle. Her observations were recorded in a series of essays and poems.

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