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 Rocky Mountain High Residency from August 19-26, 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.


Stay in a traditional Log Cabin made of trees while making art and interacting with the beautiful Colorado 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. Each incarnation differs in location, geologic attributes, ecological focus, concept, and type of accommodation.

The Log home overlooks a large open meadow with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Moose and fox are often seen in the back yard (and fox on the deck) in the evening and early morning. The Hot tub is strategically located on the top level of the deck with amazing views of the surroundings mountains and stars. In the Summer months, the large back yard and meadow are great to play in and explore. A large fire pit is located in the middle of the back yard. There are amazing trails located approximately 1/2 mile away. In the winter these trails are used for X-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and fat tire biking. In the summer these trails are great for taking a family walk, or mountain bike ride. Winter Park is known for its great skiing but has much to offer year round. The grocery, pharmacy and liquor store are all located about 5 minutes away. The local ski, and bike rental store is even closer. Heading north of town will deliver you to the west entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park a place so enduring and special it needs no introduction.

Residency Details

August 19-26, 2019

Individual Artist: $1111 (will not share room)

Art Partners: $1400 - ($700 each: shared room - two single beds bunked)

Groups: (4 max): $500 per person (4 person room with 4 queen bunks available)

7 nights, 8 days, all meals included.

Apply as an individual artist or collaborative group. Applications Due July 20, 2019.

Artists notified by July 31, 2019.

Please submit the following materials using the link below:

  • Artist Statement

  • Resume/CV

  • 5 images or 2 writing samples or 2 video or audio samples of your work.

  • $10 Application fee


Residency Includes:

  • 7 nights in a traditional Log Cabin in Winter Park CO (4 rooms available: 1 Queen, 1 Queen, 2 Singles, 4 Queen Bunks - perfect for collaborative groups!)

  • Access to the entire cabin and the surrounding grounds for contemplation and creation of work… hiking trails accessible by foot nearby, shuttle to Winter Park Resort.

  • Meals and snacks for the duration of the residency

  • Application assistance for grants, residencies, jobs, etc

  • Information and guidance to local sites and excursions

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

  • Optional workshops and educational resources on altered states of consiousness in regards to the creative process

Artist Responsibilities:

  • Air transportation to Denver, Colorado

  • Transportation to Winter Park residence

  • Materials during residency

Rocky Mountain High:

The Rocky Mountains are notable for containing the highest peaks known to central North America. These earth monuments are products of dramatic energy exchanges and millions of years of elemental sculpting. These mountains are slow artists, and all the beings that live within them are their collaborators. They have been influencing and informing creative works for as long as humans have set eyes and feet on them. The thin air, altitude, and the buzzing flux of geologic forces lends itself to a particular type of altered state noted as a “Rocky Mountain High”. Altered states of consciousness through interaction with nature have always been embedded within the creative process. This residency is an opportunity to engage with all things natural, but also to open dialogue around this particular experience and its influence on the artistic process. The previous All Is Leaf program was housed in an Earthship, a dwelling made of Earth… The Log Cabin space was chosen because it is made of Trees. Sleeping and working within spaces built from our natural environment, and those which are utilized and processed responsibly influence our souls, as artists and as humans…bringing our bodies into these natural materials and bringing these materials into our bodies. This experience speaks to the concept of All Is Leaf, and to invite this spirit into the creative conversation is similar to the trees and mountains inviting us to shelter within them.

About Winter Park, CO

  • Winter Park is located about 9100 ft altitude in mountain terrain, amongst some of the highest mountains in this part of the country. ** Please be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. 

  • Average August temperatures in Winter Park are between 49 and 71 degrees.  

  • Winter Park 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.

  • Winter Park is located 67 miles northwest of Denver, CO. Residents are responsible for air travel and transportation to and from the cabin - a car rental is advised. Ride shares can be facilitated with cooperation from residents.

  • Winter Park, Colorado and its rich natural resources first supported the Arapahoe and Ute tribes, and then attracted the mountain men that ventured over Berthoud Pass in the early 1800’s.


All Is Leaf.