OVERVIEW
Taleamor Park offers scheduled self-directed residencies and retreats from May through October and flexibly-scheduled off-season retreats from November through April.

On the fourth Thursday afternoon during the months of May through October, Taleamor Park hosts a public reception so that residents may share their work in open studios or installations, readings or lectures, exhibitions or performances.

If you are applying for a residency with a friend, spouse, or partner, each person must complete a separate application and indicate whether you want a queen bed, two singles, or separate rooms. The second person sharing one room has the option to pay the Tier 3 residency fee.
 

FACILITIES
Taleamor Park is located in the heart of a working farm that has been in our family since 1950. The allure of this beautiful place is its lovingly restored 1854 Italianate farmhouse and the scenic 375-acre farm with paths, ponds, woods, and cultivated fields of grain.

We share our environment with deer and song birds, wild geese and turkeys, groundhogs and mice, fireflies and starry nights, coyotes and insects, ticks and mosquito-eating bats, poison ivy and flowering plants, honeybees and ants.

For those attuned to sound, our days are filled with birdsong. Occasionally there is the thunder and crash of a sudden rainstorm, the half-mile distant rumble and horn-blow of a freight train, the hum of an augur as it fills or empties our grain bins. Once in a while, a car drives by, but our road is a T-intersection at both ends so there’s not much traffic.

Taleamor Park provides the opportunity to slow down and to escape crowded, noisy city streets. There are are no stores, coffee shops, or other urban amenities within walking distance. However, if you are expecting a sterile, hermetically-sealed resort hotel located in but isolated from the farmland the surrounds it, Taleamor Park may not be the place for you.

There are two bedrooms, a full bath, a kitchen, and a common room on each of the two floors. The bright, spacious, and air-conditioned library on the first floor is stocked with an eclectic selection of books, DVDs, and audio CDs.

The entire first floor as well as the bedrooms on the second floor are air conditioned. We aim for a planet-friendly temperature of about 76° F (24° C), which is close to the natural thermal equilibrium produced by the 14-inch-thick masonry walls of the farmhouse.

Each resident will have a private bedroom with a writing desk and a reading chair. Bed and bath linens will be supplied. Kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, eating and cooking utensils, and a few basic cooking supplies.

In addition, there are naturally-ventilated (not air-conditioned) studio options in the farmhouse, the barns, and the other farm buildings. When you arrive, we will try to identify and configure a working space that will accommodate your needs. Studios are either private or very large shared spaces.

Taleamor Park offers free, if sometimes erratic, DSL WiFi. There are two non-franchised coffee shops with internet in town if a faster connection is needed.

At present, the farmhouse residence is not wheelchair accessible. However, if you require or prefer a room on the first floor, please let us know.

 

MEALS
The first Saturday afternoon, Taleamor Park takes residents to a local grocery store and also provides a simple mostly-vegetarian evening meal. After the first evening, residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals.

During the growing season, residents who help out with the weeding and watering of the vegetable garden may harvest fresh, organic produce, as available, throughout their stay.

For those residents without a car, we organize two trips a week to the grocery store as well as other occasional excursions.
 

HOUSEKEEPING
Residents are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the order of their rooms, their studio spaces, and the farmhouse during their stay.

Kitchen cleanup is expected after every meal. Bathroom cleanup is required after each use. Always leave the kitchens and bathrooms clean for the next person.

All residents will contribute two hours of work each week to help maintain the residence.
 

SUPPLIES and EQUIPMENT
Residents must provide all of their own supplies and special equipment. We recommend that you bring or ship any tools and supplies you may need. If you wish to ship supplies prior to your arrival, please contact us for the shipping address.

The following basic studio equipment and supplies are available to all residents. Residents are responsible for replacing or repairing any equipment they break due to misuse or negligence.

  • Work tables
  • Easels
  • Looms
  • Sewing machine
  • Lights
  • Photo tripod, medium-weight 
  • Basic hand tools
  • Hand miter saw
  • DVD player and monitor in common room
  • Vintage iMac computer with MS Word
  • B&W laser printer  
  • Plain, hand-printed, and paper-backed fabric suitable for painting canvas as well as for sewing  
  • Farm flotsam and jetsam for re-imagining
  • Scrap wood and fallen timber
  • Yoga and pilates mats, bolster, yoga ball (no straps or blocks)
  • Roland HP-605 digital piano
     

LAUNDRY
Taleamor Park has a washing machine and dryer available for a nominal fee per use. Taleamor Park provides detergent. An outdoor clothesline and inside drying racks are available for eco-friendly and free-of-charge drying.
 

WEATHER
Summer days sometimes can be uncomfortably hot and humid or cool and rainy, but quite often are warm and pleasant. Spring and autumn days are usually cool and beautiful, but sometimes chilly and damp. Winter snow and ice can start in late October but climate change has made this a rare event. January and February and possibly March occasionally see sub-zero temperatures. Severe weather can cause power outages that require us to use our backup generator.
 

WHAT TO PACK

  • House slippers (outside shoes are NOT allowed in the house)
  • A flashlight or headlamp
  • Headphones or ear buds to listen to music
  • Headphones or ear plugs if bothered by noise or sounds in the environment
  • Boots and/or closed-toe shoes for hiking, working with equipment, and garden/farm work
  • Easy-to-slip-in-and-out-of outdoor shoes (optional, but recommended)
  • Clothes appropriate for the seasons including work clothes
  • Sunscreen and non-toxic insect repellent
  • Hat: sunhat for summer, warm cap for winter
  • Swimsuit (optional, in case you find your way to Lake Michigan for a swim; farm ponds are not swimmable)

Please do not use or bring anti-bacterial soaps as these are harmful to our septic system. Taleamor Park will provide hand, bath, dish, and laundry soaps.
 

MAIL
If you wish to ship supplies prior to your arrival or to receive mail during your residency at Taleamor Park, please contact us for the street address.
 

RULES and REGULATIONS
Taleamor Park reserves the right to terminate any residency without refund as a result of a resident’s disregard for the guidelines outlined below.

  • Residents must maintain standards of courtesy and decorum.
  • Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Overnight guests are not permitted.
     
  • Quiet hours are 10 PM-8 AM.
  • Because individual studios and bedrooms are not sound proofed, we ask that you moderate volume or use headphones for listening to any music, radio, or DVDs.
  • Residents must abide by all local, state, and federal laws.
  • The use or possession of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Firearms and other weapons are not permitted anywhere on the property at any time.
     
  • Residents are responsible for the return of any borrowed equipment or books.
  • The cost of repairing any damages incurred within bedrooms or studio space will be charged to the resident.

Due to health, allergy, and safety considerations, the following prohibitions must be observed in all buildings on the farmstead and anywhere on the farm property.

  • No smoking
  • No candles, incense, or open flames
  • No pets or animals
     

OFF-SEASON RETREATS and RESIDENCIES
Taleamor Park accepts applications at any time of the year for flexibly-scheduled retreats and residencies during the months of November through April. Minimum residency length is fourteen nights. 

In case of snow or ice, the resident(s) will be required to help maintain a clear path from the back door of the farmhouse to the plowed driveway. There may be as few as one and as many as four residents during the off-season, but Taleamor hosts live in a loft in an adjacent barn. Preference will be given to applications received six weeks or more before the start of a residency.

Assistantships are not available during the off-season, November through April. However, Tier 1, 2, and 3 residencies are offered at reduced off-season rates.

Contact us for further information regarding in- or off-season residencies or for inquiries regarding customized residencies of other lengths and times throughout the year.
 

ASSISTANTSHIPS
Taleamor Park offers assistants the opportunity to participate in residency development and maintenance by contributing work in exchange for residency fees. An assistant contributes fifteen hours of work each week. Taleamor Park especially seeks applicants who have experience in building maintenance and construction, gardening and groundskeeping, plant identification, park planning and construction. 

Assistants pay the $100 non-refundable deposit and cover the cost and preparation of their own meals. 

During the months of May through October, one assistantship will be awarded for each month. The preferential due date for assistantship applications is February 14. Assistantship positions fill quickly. However, applications for the assistantship wait list will be accepted at any time.
 

RESIDENCY FEES
Residency fees help to cover costs of lodging, studio space, utilities, and maintenance. Residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals.

Taleamor Park offers a tiered pricing structure in order to allow the broadest possible participation.

  • Tier 1 covers our short-term costs plus contributes to our long-term expenses.
  • Tier 2 covers our immediate costs.
  • Tier 3 is a subsidized rate for those with significant financial need.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon Taleamor's acceptance of your application proposal. The remaining balance is due no later than six weeks before the start of your residency. 
 

CANCELLATION POLICIES
If you cancel more than six weeks before your start date, the residency fee, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, is 100% refundable. If you cancel your residency less than six weeks before your start date, 75% of your total residency fees will be refunded only if an alternate can be found to replace you. If an alternate cannot be found, there will be no refund of your fees. 

If a resident leaves before the end of their residency, there will be no refund of fees.

Taleamor Park reserves the right to terminate any residency without refund as a result of a resident’s disregard of our residency guidelines.


download a PDF of the Taleamor Park Residency Guidelines