Taleamor Park offers scheduled self-directed residencies and retreats from May through September and flexibly-scheduled off-season retreats from October through April.
At the end of each two-week residency during the scheduled residency season, the local community is invited to Taleamor Park for an afternoon of informal artist and writer presentations.
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.
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 mornings 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 very little 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 spa located in but isolated from the farmland that 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.
The first Saturday afternoon, Taleamor Park provides a simple mostly-vegetarian evening meal. After the first evening, residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals. For those residents without a car, we organize two trips a week to the grocery store as well as other occasional excursions.
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.
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.
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, yoga strap
Roland HP-605 digital piano
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.
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 provides hand, bath, dish, and laundry soaps.
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 candles, incense, or open flames
No pets or animals
No food or drink in bedrooms
Taleamor Park accepts applications at any time of the year for flexibly-scheduled retreats during the months of October through April. Minimum retreat length is fourteen nights. Preference will be given to applications received six weeks or more before the start of a retreat.
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.
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. Winter weather conditions may either delay the start or prolong the length of an off-season retreat.
Assistantships are not available during the off season, October through April. However, Tier 1, 2, and 3 retreats are offered at reduced off-season rates.
For inquiries regarding customized retreats or residencies of other lengths and times throughout the year, please contact us.
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 September, one assistantship will be awarded for each session. The preferential due date for assistantship applications is March 1. Assistantship positions fill quickly. However, those seeking an assistantship may apply at any time for the assistantship wait list and/or for the Tier 3 subsidized rate.
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.
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.