Residency Programs & Guided Workshop Retreats


Tofte Lake Center strives towards racial equity and inclusion and provides a range of programs for artists and arts organizations across disciplines to participate in week-long residencies. We hope you will apply to be considered for one or more of our season's fifteen weeks of programming.

Please note that our Emerging Artists Program is not available in 2020.


Applications are open for the 2020 season from October 1 - November 30, 2019*

The Gaia Fenna Memorial FELLOWSHIP

In its sixth year, this residency was created in honor of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna, a close friend and supporter of Tofte Lake Center.  This week-long retreat is open to a Minnesota artist who exemplifies Gaia's spirit, passions, and values in their work and life.

Individual artist & Organizational residencies

These residencies are offered for both individual artists, small creative teams, and groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, and reflect together in community and in nature.

Guided Workshop retreats

These retreats can be organized around any creative discipline and have included mosaic instruction, visual art and photography, artistic interaction with nature, installation art, and Forest Bathing. There are two retreats scheduled for 2020.

Guided Workshop Retreats


In 2020 we’re offering two retreat options: Writing Without Worry with Amy E. Witting and Shinrin Yoku/ Forest Bathing with Tom Bezek.

Applications for Guided Workshop Retreats close on December 30, 2019.

The 2020 Guided Workshop Retreats

writing without worry with Amy E. Witting

Shinrin Yoku/Forest Bathing with Tom Bezek


Grant opportunities to help fund your Residency


There are several grant opportunities to assist you in funding your residency. (Note that some listed here are Minnesota-specific)