Yemoya International Artist Residency



YEMOYA is one of five international artist residencies hosted by the 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 Spiritual, Mental, Communal, Emotional, Economic, Creative and Physical growth of its resident artists, using The Anitafrika Method. 
Residencies are grounded in the nine foundational principles of the method: Self-knowledge, Politics, Orality, Language, Rhythm, Urgency, Sacredness, Integrity and Experience. YEMOYA International Artist Residency believes in global change through personal change. 

Yemoya is for artists and non-artists who want to (re)connect with their creative selves while prioritizing holistic self-development, using the Anitafrika Method and are facilitated by d'bi.young anitafrika.

Ongoing Group Residencies with d'bi.young
Location: Anitafrika Retreat Space
Fee: $2500 Early Bird Special. $2750 Regularly

Included: Airport Pick-up & Drop-Off, Residency & Materials, Accommodation (two artists per room), Breakfast & Full Kitchen

Not Included: Return Airfare, Travel Health Insurance, Lunch & Dinner

Application Deadlines are Ongoing throughout the year. Check Residency Calendar for the next upcoming retreat. 

Please fill out a Yemoya Residency Questionnaire as well as submit the following documents to


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

Using The Anitafrika Method, YEMOYA aims to:

  • provide resident artists with the tools to achieve optimal Spiritual, Mental, Communal, Emotional, Economic, Creative and Physical 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
  • provide artists with an integrative nature-based environment to foster their holistic transformation

Residencies have been conducted in Costa Rica, Canada, UK, South Africa, India, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Hawaii.  Alumni of the Anitafrka Method include Soca King Machel Montano, 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 12 residents per intensive, participants learn, share and grow with each other in an intimate and nurturing setting over a period of seven days. Group sessions are conducted with the collective. The Anitafrika Method provides the foundation of  sessions facilitated by d’bi.young. There are additional session in yoga, meditation as well as fieldtrips.
Residency Elements

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

Residency Schedule (subject to change)

  •  6:00-7:00am Yoga
  • 7:00-8:00am Meditation
  • 8:15-9:15am Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:00am Check-In
  • 10:00-11:00am Session One
  • 11:00-12:00pm Session Two
  • 12:00-1:00pm LUNCH
  • 1:00-1:30pm Walk
  • 1:30-2:30pm Session Three
  • 2:30-3:30pm Session Four
  • 3:30-4:00pm Break
  • 4:00-5:00pm Session Five
  • 5:00-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00-6:30pm Check-Out

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.

The foundation of the residency is The Anitafrika Method: Self-Knowledge, Politics, Orality, Language, Rhythm, Urgency, Sacredness, Integrity, and Experience; alongside the nine bodies of holistic health: the Beyond body, the Spiritual body, the Mental body, the Community body, the Emotional body, the Economic body, the Creative body, the Physical body, and the Earth Body.

All who attend the YEMOYA residency are asked:

  • to abstain from killing any being
  • to abstain from stealing
  • to participate fully in residency activities
  • to abstain from telling lies
  • to abstain from all intoxicants
  • to abstain from discriminating against anyone