The organisers host a weekly dinner event with the residents at the time.
Minimum 2 week program for one person cost to be paid by the artist is of $330usd, which includes:
It is posibe to add a partner or co-creator to the period in the same space at an extra cost of $222usd. The cost remains proportional for longer stays.
Send an intention letter to the contact email of Casa Xaán In Ná, detailing the project or creative process to develop and finish while on the program, the technique and material to be using and also the desired dates to attend, including with online links of previous work. The review process is 2 weeks after submission, and it is done by the house hosts and its residents at moment.
There is no application fee. The selection criteria is based on the proposed project and the artist previous work.
Casa Xaán In Ná is an off the grid rural house at the town of Macario Gomez located central west of Yucatán Peninsula, performing on a model for sustainable suburban housing utilizing Mayan architecture, composting toilets and recycling water into irrigation. It has been temporary residence for fellow artists and dicerning travelers since 2013, proving the fact of being able to function without causing pollution to the famous underground rivers of the area. From 2016 Casa Xaán In Ná jungle retreat has an open call for international creators interested in visiting the area, being influenced by local culture and sustainable way of life.
The program is about providing accomodation, working space and healty food into focus on concluding a creative process, to disconnect from an over stimulated city life and place the artist in a simple ambient in close communion with the natural cycles.
The organisers are a couple (painter – cook); through their independent effort this project is being developed. They live and take care of this house and its guests. The organisers coordinate the booking of artists, extend travel and program information and personal advise prior to arrival. They receive and show the guests around the house, plan and supervise the menu, extend advise on creative work if needed, encourage communication within residents and local community members. The income of the residencies program helps to keep and operate this house. There is no expectation towards the artists but a final presentation of the work developed while on the program, for in house archive, further online display and networking.
3 resident spaces in typical Mayan architecture constructions, made by locals with local techniques and materials. There is a common workshop space which holds a small library on Mayan and Mexican culture and history. There is a guest kitchen, exterior lounge areas and a swiming pond taking place in 3000 sq.m plot of jungle.
The space is a 16m2 hut somehow isolated by natural gardens, is the same space as for accomodation and working studio. The space is private within the period of the program. There is no electricity in the rooms only at the common areas.
Composting toilet, and bathroom facilities to be shared among other residents. There are gardens and some crops going around the huts.
Limited electricity due to the fact that the house runs on solar power. Wifi and internet available. International cellphone signal available.
Macario Gomez is located in the Mayan Area of central Quintana Roo, México, on the road that connects the ancient city of Coba with the coast, 20km east from Tulum beach and ruins. You can expect some noise from the neighbooring farms, which is more evident in early morning. The town is well connected to most points of interest around the Yucatan Península, such as mayan ruins, white sand beaches, sink holes and interesting towns. Public transport is available on the main road 3 blocks away from the house.
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