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Yemoya International Artist Residency

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About Yemoya
YEMOYA International Artist Residency: Sun Dec 31, 2017 - Sun Jan 7, 2018
Location: Chachagua Costa Rica
Fee: $2500 (Includes Airport Pick-up & Drop-Off, Lodging, Food, Mentorship Facilitation. Does not include Return Airfare nor Health Insurance)
Facilitator: d'bi.young anitafrika

You also submit:
1. A CV
2. A 100 word biography
3. A high resolution headshot of yourself
4. PDF Portfolio (Max 10 pages) or excerpt of writing (Max 10 pages) or web link to view your work
5. One letter of recommendation

Please submit these documents to Application Deadline is Monday Dec 10, 2017, 5pm. You will be notified of your results on Wed Dec 12, 2017

YEMOYA is an International Artist Residency hosted by Anitafrika Retreat Centre. The One week residency combines trans-disciplinary arts development with wellness practices for the holistic artistic growth of its participants. Founded in summer 2008 by d'bi.young anitafrika, YEMOYA’s intensive program focuses on the creative, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth of its resident artists, using The Anitafrika Sorplusi Method. 
Residencies are grounded in the eight foundational principles of the method, which form the acronym S.O.R.P..U.S.I: Self-knowledge, Orality, Rhythm, Political Content & Context, Language, Urgency, Sacredness and Integrity. YEMOYA International Artist Residency believes in global change through personal change. 

Using The Anitafrika Method, YEMOYA aims to:
provide resident artists with the tools to achieve optimal creative, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health assist resident artists in achieving a significant artistic goal during the course of their residency; such as a monodrama,  novel, visual art, portfolio,  exhibit, an installation or multi-media piece and so on provide artists with an integrative nature-based environment to fostic their holistic transformation.

Residencies have been conducted in Canada, UK, South Africa, India, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Hawaii.  Alumni of the Anitafrka Method using the Sorplusi Principles include Amanda Parris of The Exhibitionist, Randell Adjei founder of R.I.S.E, Che Kothari founder of Manifesto, Global Speaker Kim Katrin Crosby, Natasha Adiyana Morris founder of Piece of Mine Festival, Mriga Kapadiya co-founder of Nor Black Nor White Fashion House, Poet and Arts Educator Lishai Peel, and Liza Paul co creator of the widely-celebrated play 'Pomme is French for Apple. These artists today, are leaders in their own creative fields, incorporating the method's transformational skills building and mentorship techniques as crucial facilitative, pedagogical and social frameworks in their creative and activist endeavors.

Residency Guide
YEMOYA international artist residency fosters the collective holistic development of art makers from around the world who are emerging, mid-career and/or established. With a maximum of 8 residents per intensive, participants learn, share and grow with each other in an intimate and nurturing setting over a 1 week period. Group sessions are conducted with the collective. The Anitafrika Method provides the foundation of  sessions facilitated by d’bi.young. There are additional workshops in movement, voice, storytelling, performance, facilitation, yoga, and meditation.
Residency Elements

  • group facilitation
  • one-to-one mentorship with d’bi.young
  • solo creative time
  • community service
  • field trips
  • weekly presentations
  • yoga and meditation
  • final presentation

Residency Schedule
Daily Schedule (subject to change)

 4.00 am wake up: personal time
4.30 am session 1: personal meditation
5.00 am session 2: group meditation
6.00 am session 3: yoga/jogging/swimming
10:00 am session 4
12.00 pm LUNCH
2.30 pm session 5
4.30 pm  BREAK
5.30 pm DINNER
7.30 pm retire: personal time
8.30 pm lights outs

Code of Conduct
Yemoya and Self Discipline

The process of artistic introspection is certainly never easy. Artists have to work very hard at it. By their own efforts artists arrive at their own realizations; no one else can do this for them. Therefore, the residency will suit only those willing to work seriously and observe the discipline, which is there for the benefit of the artists and is an integral part of the residency.

One to three weeks is a very short time in which to delve into ourselves and our art; commitment to an ongoing practice of self-interrogation, analysis, and integrity are the keys to success. The YEMOYA Code of Conduct is in place to help the residency run smoothly and help the Artists-in-Residence maximize the short time in which the residency occurs. Respecting the Code of Conduct creates a very conducive atmosphere for the residency; not respecting it pollutes the space for everyone.

The foundation of the residency is The Anitafrika Method using the Sorplusi Priniciples of: Self-Knowledge, Orality, Rhythm, Political Content and Context, Language, Urgency, Sacredness, and Integrity; alongside the 8 bodies of holistic health: the creative body, the physical body, the emotional body, the mental body, the community body, the economic, the spiritual body and the beyond body and mind.

all who attend the YEMOYA residency are asked:
1. to abstain from killing any being
2. to abstain from stealing
3. to participate fully in residency activities
4. to abstain from telling lies
5. to abstain from all intoxicants
6. to abstain from discriminating against anyone

To receive more information or to apply to the program please click HERE.