Work Exchange

A photo of a participant helping to set up the studio on a work exchange scholarship.


For each of our workshops (except the locations noted below), a few work exchange positions are available. We provide an $80 discount in exchange for help with studio set-up, maintenance and take-down.

Work exchange tasks take place outside of scheduled workshop times and will not take time away from your personal participation. Tasks are shared with a small group of staff and other work exchange assistants.

Studio set-up almost always takes place in the morning on the day the workshop starts. Our opening session is in the evening, so this means we ask you to arrive before everyone else and help set up for about three hours. (This is usually from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Set up at one or two of our locations, like Breitenbush Hot Springs, happens in the afternoon). You're then free to relax for the remainder of the day and join us as a participant for the evening opening session.

Studio take-down takes place at the end of our closing session. It takes about two hours, usually from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

Tasks include, but are not limited to: putting together our studio lights, cleaning paint jars and mixing colors, helping to organize and set out painting supplies, sweeping the floor, washing palettes and cups, carrying, washing and filling buckets of water, packing boxes.

Please Note: We cannot offer work exchange for Elohee, Esalen or Omega. These retreat centers have their own assistance programs. Please contact them directly for work exchange information.

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