We've been expanding the paths around the retreat so that now it is possible to walk all the way from "Meditation Rock" near the top corner of the property all the way down to the trail's end which is atop a 30 foot birch tree. It's an easy and safe climb all the way to the top where one can catch a bird's eye view of the studio. Along the trails we have a lot of lovely boulders with fragments of mica that were dropped here after the mighty glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age.
I finally found some time to sit down and make a short edit of video shot in the studio over the last year or so. I'm hoping to add to this some other angles like the wonderful nature and things we do when people come to visit us like bonfires and barbecues. There is still good availability this summer for artist residencies, accommodations, directorial services, and studio rentals.
Special thanks to all the talented people who made this possible. In order of appearance: Scott Jameson, Valerie Doucet, Kyle Driggs, Leland Faulkner, Jane Pokrovskaya, Brad Terry, Karen Montanaro, Michael Menes, Rob Lok, Bronwyn Sims, Daniel Orrantia, and Michael Trautman.
2015 Artist Residencies have begun! There is still plenty of availability this summer for artists who need a space to develop their craft. Rob Lok and Jane Pokrovskaya (left) are shown here receiving direction from Leland Faulkner (right) as they work on new material for their duet comedy show. The couple came up from New York City for a week to develop material for an upcoming contract on Disney Cruise Lines. Artist residencies at the Eureka Retreat can be customized to fit artists' needs. Rob and Jane hired Leland as an outside eye to give their show shape, develop the characters, and choreograph new routines. They also did a professional video shoot on the last day of the residency to help market the new work. We really enjoyed having them come and stay with us and we hope they will come back very soon! For more information on artist retreats, click here.
Quiet, beautiful, and cozy are words that come to mind at this time of year here in the foothills of western Maine. The smell of the wood stove burning... the sound of wet snow falling off the roof... enjoying a warm cup of tea... all perfect for writing a script, creating a new juggling act, practicing yoga, or just getting away from the stresses of life. After celebrating Christmas with family in Prague and New Years in Tahiti on a cruise contract, Andrea and I are looking forward to spending some quiet time at home at Eureka over the next couple of months. Fortunately, it has been a mild winter compared to the really severe weather we had last year. Soon, the middle of March will bring warmer temperatures and the magical spring ski season. We are planning to do some nice skiing and snowboarding with friends, family, and guests at nearby resorts! And it's not too long before the birds return and start singing in the treetops in the early mornings. A lot of magic! smile emoticon