They offer a small worktrade program for residents staying a minimum of 2 weeks.
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, as an emerging art and community-based organization, is developing a retreat and residency program for artists and craftsmen, writers, architects, builders and environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers or researchers, or anyone who wish to enjoy Appalachia and Azule way of life or wishes to get involved. Following its mission AZULE is encouraging collaborations between residents.
The hosts will promote the work of cultural workers, organizers and artists in its newsletter and may arrange a public presentation or community meeting according to needs.
Please inquire about group rates or retreat reservations.
A dance room large enough for exercising, yoga, dance and theatre rehearsals, visual or performative art classes or lectures and presentations. Can be used as a visual art studio as well. A library, can be used as a workroom or a meeting/conference room for up to twenty five people; a basic office and a study or reading room. Also there is a large main room with a stage equipted with an acoustic piano and an old set of drums.
The architecture has been created by Camille Shafer, using harvested or reused materials with traditional techniques. With the help of many others the place has been - and still is - shaped into a work of art. AZULE is meant to be a permanent work-in-progress, comfort and amenities are getting better. Plan to be amazed but do not expect luxury. Every floor is basically - if not always comfortably - accessible.
In the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Hot Springs is 7 miles away; Asheville is 50 miles away.