Residencies in the Arts and Sciences
One week to 2 Months
Residencies are now offered and managed through our non-profit,
Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center
dba Willowtail Preserve/Education Center
Willowtail Preserve/Education Center works with and through art organizations, art commissions private schools, colleges, universities, alumni and other foundations, scientific groups and art galleries.
We also offer residencies through our own 501c3, Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center.
If you would like to arrange and schedule a private retreat or program for yourself or a group,
using Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins
please work through our for profit business, Willowtailsprings.com
- Willowtail Springs offers retreats and programs for individuals and groups in a variety of disciplines.
- 3 days or longer
- Participants can rent one of three cabins or lease all 3 cabins.
- In addition, participants can also rent the Working Studio or the Treehouse Gallery if they need these for their particular program.
- The staff at Willowtail Springs can arrange instruction in most disciplines.
- Prices vary for these programs depending on time of year and how many people stay in each cabin, whether supplies are needed on site, whether instruction is needed and whether any extra spaces besides the cabins are needed.
- All other amenities are the same as the ones included for Willowtail Springs B&B Cabin vacations.
- Self directed programs are, of course, available. These can be tailored to each participants needs and budget.
- An application is not needed for this type of program.
"Thanks so much for another beautiful, idyllic respite. This is a glorious refuge where quiet seeps into my body and my mind becomes free from lists, demands and urban shrillness. It is a place for gathering, dreaming and essential peacefulness. A coot cuts a wake across the lake, it's cry echoing into the blue bowl of the sky. That I were so free, to paddle in such a home...."
–Linda Bowers, Director, Seattle Arts and Lectures, Seattle, WA
Former Head of Hedgebrook Women Writer’s Retreat, Whidbey Island, WA.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Guests can adalways arrange for a Tai Chi lesson or a series of sessions with Lee during a stay with us.The emphasis is on health and the development of building continual regeneration in the body.
Talk to Lee about creating a program fitted to your needs and your stay with us.
"Willowtail Springs has a gentle magic which is a powerful catalyst for transformation. I benefited from the top quality presenters in both experimental painting and Tai Chi push hands."
–Caitlin Howell, Master of Divinity, Wholistic teacher and consultant
The Working Studio and/or the Treehouse Gallery can be utilized as well as the cabins and grounds for venues in both
Non profit Residencies in the Arts and Sciences
Retreats Programs offered through our for profit business
Working Studio Building:
The Working Studio, is 600 sq ft., lovely for work or meetings. It is open 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. It can hold up to 8 people and is $200 per day depending on the individual or group. The price varies if the participants are already staying at Willowtail Springs.
The Working studio space is a separate building nestled in the gardens next to the Lakehouse that looks out to the lake. It is a perfect retreat for individual creative work, retreat studies or group meetings, combined with a stay. It is a light, airy room with a sink, refrigerator, walls for art work display or other display items. There are work tables which can be used for standing or sitting. The garden areas around the building are perfect for outdoor extension of work and contemplation. It will accommodate up to 12 people depending on the activity. This building can be rented in combination with a stay at Willowtail Springs.
Treehouse Gallery Building:
The Treehouse Gallery is a lovely large gallery and meeting space.
It has 5 sliding walls for art or presentations.
It can accommodate up to 16 people for a meeting and can seat 12 people at the table for a meeting and at least 5 people in comfortable chairs in the room. It has a large bath and shower, an art sink and exra room for food preparation.
It has spectacular 10' walls and cherry floors and moldings.
The ambiance of the antiques and art is quite special.
Through our new non profit corporation:
Residencies in the Arts and Sciences One week - 2 months
Guests often come here to finish novels, short stories, poetry and children’s stories. Some guests have begun a work of music. They do this in the cabin or on the decks. If they come with family, they can rent the “Working Studio” on site for privacy and concentration.
“Fast weather, sweet air, long dusk and coyotes with moonlight …
You’ll write here whether you want to or not.”
– Alan Furst, author of Red Gold
(Parts of which were written at Willowtail Springs along with other award winning novels.)
"To Lee and my friend 'The Lady of the Lake' Peggy,
with much love."
–Annie Perkins, Author
Illustration by Michael Brooker from
Little Two Feathers Flies Home
Enchanted Forest Publishing
Many composers, songwriters and musicians have visited in the past to practice and create.
"I was able to launch the musical composition project, a bird song cycle which had been brewing for years."
–Michael, San Francisco, CA
“Peggy and Lee, my spirit is refreshed after my stay.
I wrote a poem for you and began several new songs.”
–Annie Gallup, Musician, Artist, Poet
Landscape and Gardening
Creating spaces for food
Water for small and large plots of land in SW
Fruit in the SW
Birds in the SW
Butterflies in the SW
Growing and using Herbs
Actors, playwrights and musical performers
Through our regular for profit business of Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins:
Corporate Retreats, Personal Growth:
Groups of 6–12 can meet in the Working Studio or the Lakehouse, depending on their needs. These are usually led by independent presenters.
We welcome presenters with their own programs and their own students to utilize the the studio spaces at Willowtail Springs.
Lakehouse Retreat Center:
The Lakehouse features a full kitchen and two separate meeting rooms. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It can accommodate up to 15 people and is $300 per day. The garden areas around the building are perfect for outdoor extension of work and contemplation.
Additional Luxury Amenities available upon request, click for more info