Retreat Opportunities

Please read the appropriate section thoroughly, including request deadlines, before requesting application materials.

Individual Private Retreat Opportunities

Individual artists are invited by application to retreat “in-residence,” one at a time, in Mr. Graves’ private, self-contained, 800 square foot painting studio. We welcome many forms of creative expression, visual, sculptural, verbal, musical, and the written word, with the exception of photography in keeping with Mr. Graves’ principle of the “direct experience,” that is, live, immediate, and unfiltered.

Retreats, by definition, are offered strictly as “unplugged:” cell phones, computers, e-readers, iPods, tablets, cameras, radio-station access, etc. are not allowed. Resident artists invariably achieve an abundance of artwork, and feel deeply nourished, focused, grounded, inspired, and energized for years to come.

At this time, private retreats are offered via scholarship and are made available for a minimum of 5 nights, up to a maximum of 3 weeks, as available from mid-February to early-November.  Flexible times throughout the year are required in the application for a private retreat application opportunity.

Prior to requesting an application, potential applicants will have learned about Mr. Graves’ life and works of art from resources or collections found on the Resources page.  Prior to receiving an application, potential applicants will be asked a few questions, primarily about their interest in and/or inspiration from Mr. Graves’ life and works of art, and secondly, about themselves. Once an application is then forwarded, it will include a postmark deadline for completion and will require a $45 non-refundable application fee.

Please note:  As of September 22, 2017,  the window for requesting a 2018 private retreat application is now closed, as previously posted.  Therefore, requests postmarked as of September 23, 2017 or after, or those with an illegible postmark as described here previously, cannot be considered nor can they receive a response.

The opening and closing dates for requesting a 2019 private retreat opportunity will be posted here as soon as possible in March, 2018; check here for the opening postmark date before mailing a request.  Requests postmarked before the opening date or after the closing date listed here cannot be considered nor can they receive a response.

Please mail your request for an application within the above stated time frames to:

MORRIS GRAVES FOUNDATION
ATTN:  Robert and Desiree Yarber, Directors
P.O. Box 608
Fortuna, CA 95540

Inquiries are accepted at this address only – and only via U.S. Postal Mail.


GROUP Day Retreats for Artistic-Based Groups and Activities

An appropriate group seeking this opportunity is one which is already established in its community and meets regularly with an appointed, personally-responsible instructor or leader, including (but not limited to):  on-going painting groups, arts-based activity groups, writing groups, T’ai Chi, and contemplative or meditation groups.

The maximum number of paid attendees allowed is 12 paid; up to 2 instructors may attend, total attendees may be no more than 14. No additional non-paying individuals may attend. Any auxiliary persons attending, such as a musician, helper, etc. must be included in the group total as a participating member and pay to attend, as determined case-by-case by the Morris Graves Foundation.

Costs for group retreats are determined by activity, case-by-case, with a small minimum charge per person, and a non-refundable reservation fee, which is applied to the total cost of the group’s attendance.

Groups retreats are:  for day-use only – not available for overnight stays; not catered; occur during the retreat’s established seasonal year and hours, and are not available Sundays or holidays.

Requests for group day retreat opportunities are accepted and encouraged as early as January first of the current calendar year, as the year fills quickly.

This opportunity is offered by application, and available one time per group in a calendar year. For more information and to request an application, please write to:

MORRIS GRAVES FOUNDATION
ATTN:  Robert and Desiree Yarber, Directors
P.O. Box 608
Fortuna, CA 95540


Day Retreats for Non-Profit Annual Board Meetings, Registered 501(c)(3)

A Registered Non-Profit Organization may apply for a retreat opportunity to hold an annual board meeting for up to 20 people, including all persons attending.  No fee may be charged by the organization to attendees for any reason, nor paid to an attendee for any reason, including guest speakers, facilitators, etc.

Groups retreats are: for day-use only, not overnight; not catered; occur during the retreat’s established seasonal year and hours, and are not available for Sundays or holidays.

Requests for group day Non-Profit Board Retreat opportunities are encouraged as early as the 2nd week of January of the current calendar year, which fills quickly.

This opportunity is offered by application, and available one time per group in a calendar year. For more information and to request an application, please write to:

MORRIS GRAVES FOUNDATION
ATTN:  Robert and Desiree Yarber, Directors
P.O. Box 608
Fortuna, CA 95540


Please be informed:  For-profit organizations, fund-raisers for any attending organizations, or social events, including weddings, pot-lucks, etc. are not hosted.

The MORRIS GRAVES FOUNDATION hosts a variety of events on its behalf in fulfillment of its mission.