Finding inspiration in nature

The Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve

Selected residents stay in a well-appointed home on Bloedel grounds and are given unlimited access to the beauty of the 150-acre public garden. These multi-week retreats will allow participants long stretches of uninterrupted time in a breath-taking environment.

The application process for the Class of 2018 Creative Residency is open NOW – September 1st through October 16th, 2017.
The application is processed through a SlideRoom account via Bloedel Reserve’s link at:
Please do not submit application materials directly to Bloedel staff.

For a preview of application questions, see the application overview document here.

Class of 2017 Residents:

Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Sculptor
Natalie Goldberg, Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
Tamara Stephas, Painter and Sculptor
Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, Creative Non-Fiction Writer
Mara Menahan, Botanical Illustrator
Carol Davis, Poet
Kala Pierson, Composer and Sound Artist
Allison Svoboda, Installation Artist
Thomas Bramel, Composer
Ruby Hansen Murray, Writer and Photographer

For more information, please contact Laura Counsel, 206-842-7631 ext. 11


Residency types:

  • Open to both established and emerging artists, composers, writers, botanists, landscape architects, researchers, and others exploring the themes of nature and the human connection with nature. (No dedicated studio space available at this time)
  • Project or research must relate to nature.
  • Special consideration given to projects that explore the connection between people and nature.

Residency accommodations:

  • Designed by noted Northwest architect Jim Cutler, this two-bedroom, two-bath home is built over a stream with natural light, high-quality finishes and furnishings.
  • Tucked into the woods off the trail from regular Bloedel visitors.
  • Three to four week residencies.
  • Residents stay one at a time – no overlap.
  • Bloedel asks that each participant provide a presentation, workshop or concert to the public in return for their stay.
  • Residencies provide free accommodations and access to the Bloedel Reserve.
  • A Smart Car is available for residents to use during their stay. (Proof of valid driver’s license required.)

At this time, Bloedel is not able to offer a stipend nor cover transportation expenses.

  • The space and quiet allowed me to sink into my novel with prolonged, uninterrupted concentration. I woke up with my story, lived and walked with my story and like any relationship, our intimacy increased.  Karen Finneyfrock, 2016 resident artist