Meet All Is Leaf…

A roaming residency program featuring art retreats in very special spaces dedicated to fostering ecological consciousness within the creative practice through deep, meaningful engagement with the earth and others.

Found among the notes of the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe is the claim:

“Everything is leaf.”

Through his fascination with plants and an in depth examination of their totality, noting the “morphology” of of the natural world, he concluded that every part of a plant is leaf.  On nature, Goethe wrote, “We live within her, yet are foreign to her. Conversing with us endlessly, she never divulges her secret… Nature is even the unnatural. Those who cannot see her everywhere do not see her clearly anywhere.”

All Is Leaf is now accepting submissions for The Phoenix Earthship Residency from June 11-17, 2019. All creative beings seeking dedicated time to contemplate land and earth and who desire participation in sustainable creative acts to change the world are encouraged to apply. If your work advocates awareness, innovation, or revolution towards a better relationship with our earth and each other, we want to hear from you.

The Phoenix: a work of sustainable art.

Stay in a 5300 square foot earthen complex while making art and interacting with the beautiful New Mexico landscape, flora, and fauna. This is a one-time residency experience, as All Is Leaf is a nomadic program looking to introduce artists to new ways of making and thinking concerning astute environmental consciousness.

Featuring a jungle greenhouse which creates its own microclimate and outer greenhouse features towering banana trees, grape vines, birds, turtles and even a fish pond, an Earthship-inspired chicken coop and run, an outdoor fire pit with seating, BBQ grill and outdoor eating and sitting area. A cozy fireplace with water fountain, free WiFi and TV with Netflix are also available and are all solar-powered.

Residency Details

June 11-17, 2019

Individual Artist: $1111

Art Partners: $1400

Groups: (4 max): $1700

6 nights, 7 days, all meals included. Transportation to and from airport included.

Apply as an individual artist or collaborative group. Applications Due May 1, 2019.

Artists notified by May 15, 2019.

Please submit the following materials using the link below:

  • Artist Statement

  • Resume/CV

  • 10 images or 3 writing samples or 3 video or audio samples of your work.

  • $10 Application fee


Residency Includes:

  • 6 nights in The Phoenix Earthship - king size bed in each room, private room

  • Access to the entire Phoenix Earthship complex and the surrounding grounds for contemplation and creation of work

  • Meals and snacks for the duration of the residency

  • Application assistance for grants, residencies, jobs, etc

  • Transportation to local sites and excursions

  • Local airport pickup/drop-off available

  • Optional participation in reading groups and discussions regarding art and ecology

Artist Responsibilities:

  • Air transportation to New Mexico

  • Materials during residency


An Earthship is a brand of passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds.

The Earthship is located in the Greater World Community, the world's only Earthship subdivision. Started in 1994, this Earthship subdivision is the only official off-grid subdivision in the world and encompasses 630 acres of rolling sage-covered mesa with a deep gorge and beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

About Northern New Mexico

  • Taos is located about 6800 ft above sea level in a rural high desert region amongst some of the highest mountains in this part of the country.  

  • Average winter temperatures are between 5 and 35 degrees.  In the summer it can get up to 90 degrees during the day, but still drop to 50 at night.  

  • Much of the year it is dusty with strong winds.  

  • Taos is also home to a wide range of outdoor sports, activities, and a variety of wildlife.

  • * We recommend good hiking shoes and appropriate clothing to make your stay more comfortable.

  • ** Please be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.



All Is Leaf.

Come make art in the womb of the Earth with artists interested in cultivating their awareness and sensitivity to the natural world.