Awakening: Earth-based Spirituality & Art
Facilitator: Monica Bodirsky
Dates: August 7-17, 2020
Submission Deadline: March 30 , 2020
Cost: 1100 + HST for Private Room & Shared Studio, $900 + HST for a Shared Room and Shared Studio

Awakening is an intensive and immersive thematic residency open to all professional and emerging artists of all disciplines and witches who are exploring spirituality and creativity.

The experience was designed to provide a sacred and inspirational space for seekers to explore their practice within the framework of earth-based spirituality and their creative voice. The objective is to engage holistic practices that connect mind, body and spirit with the self and environment and to incorporate metaphysical practices within the arts. Finding agency through voice, decolonization, global environmental concerns, socio-political and economic factors, which affect our ability to be open about our spiritual practice in the arts, are key components.

We explore the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit, and share global traditional wise women teachings in both a historical and contemporary context. How can these perspectives be shared, interpreted, integrated, disrupted or altered in contemporary arts practices?

To assist with reflection; circles, discussions, music, outdoor gatherings, workshops and exercises will take place throughout your time at Artscape. Topics such as, reflective non-attachment, divination, and ritual, will be explored through a variety of approaches including; feminism, inter-sectionality, pop culture, psychology, alchemy, theology, politics, social theory, emergent views of history, and, post-colonial discourse to question, and disrupt current mainstream thought and to encourage critical dialogue.

Along with programmed time, participants will have free time to work individually or collaboratively in a studio environment and explore the island. All methods of art making are encouraged including; visual, time-based, photography, craft, writing, music, dance or performance art. Supportive discussions of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis.

Spaces are limited.

Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations.

Please join me in experiencing a transformative and life-altering residency that will connect you to the elements, yourself and your arts practice in a sacred way.

FACILITATOR: Monica Bodirsky is an artist, writer, creativity coach and faculty at OCAD University in Toronto.


Residency is open to artists working in all disciplines. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation/presentation process.


Both private and shared accommodation is available for artists.


Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.


Regretfully, we are unable to provide honoraria or stipends to cover travel or the fees associated with attending this residency. Artscape Gibraltar Point is happy to provide letters of support to any funding programs to which artists wish to apply.

We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies.


Artists are expected to create work as well as contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the residency.


Please fill out an application at Please remember to indicate that you are applying to Awakening and indicate the type of accommodation you would require.

To apply, fill out the online form:

*include your website or link to your work and indicate you are applying to Awakening 2020*.