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All Is Leaf: Art and Ecology Residency

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Posted by: All Is Leaf
Deadline: Sun, March 1st, 2020

All Is Leaf is a roaming art and ecology residency program featuring retreats in novel spaces dedicated to fostering socio-ecological consciousness within the creative practice through deep, meaningful engagement with the earth and others.  


Found among the notes of the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe is the claim:

“Everything is leaf.”

Through his fascination with plants and an in depth examination of their totality, noting the “morphology” of the natural world, he concluded that every part of a plant is leaf.  On nature, Goethe wrote, “We live within her, yet are foreign to her. Conversing with us endlessly, she never divulges her secret… Nature is even the unnatural. Those who cannot see her everywhere do not see her clearly anywhere.” 


All Is Leaf is now accepting submissions for two upcoming programs: 

The Phoenix Earthship Residency from April 11-17, 2020 

Geodesic Dome Residency from April 27 - May 3, 2020


All creative beings seeking dedicated time to contemplate land and earth and who desire participation in sustainable creative acts to change the world are encouraged to apply. If your work advocates awareness, innovation, or revolution towards a better relationship with our earth and each other, we want to hear from you.  Stay in a 5300 square foot earthen complex while making art and interacting with the beautiful New Mexico landscape, flora, and fauna.  Experience the unique vibrational frequency of a Geodesic Dome centered directly in the Mt. Hood National Forest, a dormant volcano capped by glaciers and covered in acres of old growth forest.  These are one-time residency experiences, as All Is Leaf is a nomadic program looking to introduce artists to new ways of making and thinking concerning astute environmental consciousness. 

Applications due March 1, 2020.  Please visit for more information, images of the space, application link and details, and contact information.  Please contact or for questions or more information.  


The Phoenix is an Earthship.

An Earthship is a brand of passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds. The Phoenix Earthship is a 5300 square foot earthen complex, a work of sustainable art and an ongoing experiment in sustainable design which was featured in 2014 as one of Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Eco-Stays.  The Earthship is located in the Greater World Community, the world’s only Earthship subdivision. Started in 1994, this Earthship subdivision is the only official off-grid subdivision in the world and encompasses 630 acres of rolling sage-covered mesa with a deep gorge and beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Guests have access to the Earthship Visitors Center free of charge to learn all about Earthships. 

Spaceship Earth: The Geodesic Dome.

A Geodesic Dome is a hemispherical structure based on a geodesic polyhedron made up of triangular elements which are structurally rigid and distribute the structural stress throughout the structure.   Geodesic domes promote more efficient air circulation and keep temperatures even throughout the structure making them two to four times more energy-efficient than traditional homes. Since light refracts and stays inside the dome, these structures are able to take full advantage of solar gain, which reduces the need for artificial lighting.  They are the only man-made structure that gets proportionally stronger as it increases in size. It is also lighter, more structurally sound and requires fewer materials. This particular Geodesic Dome is located in Mt. Hood National Forest in a secluded creekside setting. 

This residency includes:

7 days, 6 nights in The Phoenix Earthship or the Geodesic Dome

Access to the entire property and surrounding grounds for contemplation and creation of work

Meals and snacks for the duration of the residency

Application assistance for grants, residencies, jobs, etc

Transportation to local excursions (airport pickup/dropoff available upon request for a small fee)

Optional participation in reading groups and discussions regarding art and ecology

Apply as an individual artist or collaborative group.  Applications Due March 1, 2020.  

Artists notified by March 11, 2020.

Please submit the following materials here:

Artist Statement


5 images or 3 writing samples or 3 video or audio samples of your work.

$10 Application fee 

Artist Responsibilities: 

Transportation to Residency

Materials during residency


Posted on Thu, February 6th, 2020
Expires on Sun, March 1st, 2020

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