Retreat Rates & Fees

Dorothea Lange, Library of Congress

Dorothea Lange, Library of Congress

2018 Retreat Rates and Fees:

Reduced Retreat Rates for 25 Makers

Makers Circle is excited to announce that we received a generous grant from a private donor to reduce retreat rates for 25 photographers and makers.

The 2018 retreat schedule is filled on a first-come first-served basis. The process is simple. Learn more about retreats here, check our our studios and when you are ready, fill out the retreat request form. We will then schedule a time to call you to conduct a short phone interview and answer all your questions. This initial phone conversation allows us to make sure we are the right fit.

If you can afford to pay the regular full price rate, then please consider making a donation when you register, this will help fund a reduction in retreat costs for next year.


Reduced Rates for 25 Photographers and Makers

Daily - $55 (2 DAY MINIMUM STAY) 

One week – $350

Two weeks – $630

Three weeks – $735


Regular Rates:

Daily - $70

One Week - $450

Two Weeks - $770

Three Weeks - $1000


Facilitated Retreats

Facilitated retreats are perfect for folks who enjoy having someone mentor, coach or guide them during their process. Facilitated Retreats start with the same base rate (see above) as Independent Retreats but allow you to add on services to help with your process. We offer discounted rates on coaching, tutoring and private workshops for artists on retreat or in residency. If you are needing a variety of services, we can create an individualized and affordable retreat package or private workshops just for you.

If you are interested in exploring whether a facilitated retreat is a good choice for you, fill out the retreat request form and our retreat coordinator will set up a free phone consultation.

Discounted Coaching and Tutoring Rates for Facilitated Retreats:

1 - 10 hours -  $35 per hour

11 - 20 hours - $30 per hour

21 - 40 hours - $25 per hour



Additional Fees:

The Silver Darkroom: If you are doing a large volume of work, we may charge additional lab fees for Sprint chemistry (for black and white film and paper processing). Lab fees can range from $5 - $20 a day depending on your volume of work. You are welcome to bring your own chemistry. 

Alternative Processing Darkroom: There are no additional fees for the Alt Process darkroom. Artists are asked to bring their own chemistry, or order chemistry in advance of their stay and have it shipped to Makers Circle. On occasion we have chemicals and paper in stock, often left over from workshops, at a reduced rate. Feel free to check with us before coming to visit or before ordering chemistry. 

Large format printing: Those who wish to use the large format inkjet and acid dye printers for printing on paper, transparency film or fabric will be charged for ink, paper and fabric. We can estimate cost for you in advance of your visit upon request. We highly recommend you bring your own printing paper or fabric if you are printing large quantities. You are also welcome to bring your own Epson ink cartridges. We often keep proofing paper, fine art printing paper and 3 types of fabric in stock. Please check in with us before coming to make sure we have what you need.


Scholarship and Work Exchange:

If you cannot afford our retreat rates, please apply for a residency and please indicate on your application that you would like to request a partial scholarship or work-exchange position. It is our desire to support and inspire all makers who need our encouragement and support. With that said, this is our first year and we are starting with a small budget and have a limited number of scholarships and work exchange options available.

We acknowledge the financial and cultural inequity that exists in many arts institutions and feel committed to extending our resources and support to people from communities that have been marginalized, oppressed or economically disadvantaged. We are actively fundraising and hope to build our base of support very soon.

We also have a limited number of skill-sharing opportunities available for folk who have expertise in a certain areas, or who have experience teaching. Contact us for information on our skill-share program.