As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a retreat and residency program for craftsmen, writers, architects, builders, researchers, and artists of all types. Azule’s mission is to provide an environment where artists and community meet, work and learn together through the arts in their many forms. Located in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, our facility is the result of decades of work by local craftsmen, using predominantly locally harvested or reused materials and constructed with traditional techniques.
Residents are each provided a private room with a bed, work space, and expansive views of our Appalachian mountains. The remainder of the structure is communal and includes a full kitchen, dining area, library, and various side rooms and open spaces that serve as work space, gathering space, and studio space as needed.
We invite residents to join us to enjoy a retreat from everyday life where there is time and space to relax, dream, and create. We now accept and process applications on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
The mission of AZULE is “To Provide An Environment Where Artists and Community Meet, Work And Learn Together Through The Arts In Their Many Forms.”
Azule started as a dream of Camille and David Shafer, and the structure began taking shape when they moved to the land in 1972. The land and structure were generously donated to become the organization that exists today. Azule now supports gatherings, workshops, and a year-round residency/retreat program nestled remotely in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
- Weeks: 1
- Weeks: 2
- Weeks: 3
- Months: 1
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Education Programmes
- Shared studio / workplace
- Exhibition space
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Library/research resources
- No requirements