1 week to two months
Paid by host 

They offer a small worktrade program for residents staying a minimum of 2 weeks.

Paid by artist 
  • A full week at "The Blue Waves unit" is $280 for one person. A $50 per extra person may be added, up to three people total.
  • A full week at "The Loft Bed unit" is $280 for one person. A $50 per extra person may be added, up to two people total.
  • A full week at "The Dorm unit is $400 for up to four persons. A $50 per extra person may be added, up to eight people total.

There is a sliding scale for a long weekend at AZULE, depending on the number of people and other factors from $250 to $600. Call them for more info. Food is not included. Travel and material costs are at the charge of the artist.

Application guidelines 

Online application






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.

Accommodation Information 
  • "The Blue Waves unit", a bedroom with a single and a double bed.
  • "The Loft Bed unit", a double bed on a loft and a study room with a very large light table.
  • "The Dorm unit" for up to eight people.
  • It is an additional 100$/week for an added guest in a shared room.
Studio Information 

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.

Technical Information 

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.

190 Rabbit Den Road
Hot Springs, NC 28743
United States

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