The Woodland Farm Artist Residency

Situated on Canada’s beautiful west coast Salt Spring Island, within the territories of the Coast Salish peoples, here you will find a sanctuary to breathe, dream, experiment, create and play.


The Creation Barn

The Woodland Farm Creation Barn is approx. 790 ft2 (73 m2) in a newly-built, comfortably-heated space with soaring 19ft (6m) gabled ceilings and a sprung floor. The barn includes a small conference table in a large open space with plenty of natural light, sound, lighting and video equipment, along with design and development support available upon request. 

Surrounding the Creation Barn is a stunning forest, with old growth trees, walking paths and gardens. Owls, deer, even the occasional river otter visit us here at Woodland Farm. We are situated walking distance to the ocean, the small town of Ganges, grocery stores, a winery and cidery and bakery. 

To read more about Salt Spring Island visit

Here is a Video of the Woodland Farm Artist Residency build!

The Private Cottage

This spacious one-bedroom cottage is peaceful, warm and inviting; with everything you might need to feel at home while you immerse yourself in nature and art.

A fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor BBQ make your stay comfortable.
Suitable for maximum two people. 

For more information on this space visit


The Farm

Woodland Farm is a small organic farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Owned by sisters Sheila Dobie, Gwenyth Dobie and William Mackwood, they aim to offer healthy food, lifestyle, and personal space for creative renewal and revitalization.

Their Farm Stand provides delicious produce for Salt Spring Islanders and guests. Eggs, Berries, Greens, Apples, Squash, Beans, Beets, and Herbs… plus beautiful flower bouquets. 

Artist Residency Fees

Creation Barn Rates*

Private Cottage Fees for Artist in Residence*
Maximum of 2 people: $1,500/Month (Includes all utilities and wifi)

*Emerging Artists may be offered a reduced rate (to be negotiated)

Sweat Contribution
Every individual on Woodland Farm is asked to spend at least 1 hour per day working on the farm, in a capacity that is suitable to them.
We know from experience that working in nature clears the mind and inspires creative thinking.

Woodland Farm Mushroom Forest

Things to know and consider about the Woodland Farm Artist Residency

Woodland Farm is our home and we would ask you to treat the spaces and the land with respect and consideration.

Why are all your residencies 1 month in length?
We know from experience that it takes at least a week to start sleeping and breathing. When we are all running so fast in our usual lives, it takes dedicated time to slow down- to allow the creative juices to start flowing again.

What kind of artists and projects would fit well at Woodland Farm Artist Residency?
Founders William Mackwood and Gwenyth Dobie are both extremely experienced in the development of new work through their
company Out of the Box Productions and having been on Faculty at York University’s Theatre and Dance Departments.

William and Gwenyth have delved into the worlds of Dance, Theatre, Music, Interactive Stage, Immersive and Site Specific creation,
and we welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all performance based practices.

Will we get help and support when we are at the Woodland Farm Artist Residency?
William and Gwenyth are available as needed to be an outside eye, offer feedback, suggest lighting, video, interactive stage ideas.
This would be decided together.

Can we share a presentation of our developed work during our Residency?
That is completely up to you. Up to 20 people can be invited to offer you constructive feedback.
We can help arrange this showing at a time that works well with your process.

What the heck… I see that I have to work on the farm for at least 1 hour a day?!
Yes! Everyone who comes to stay at Woodland Farm is asked to contribute to the care taking of the land for 1 hour each day.
What you do depends on your skills and comfort level. You could be raking leaves, weeding, clearing the walking paths in the forest, planting in the garden. In our experience, this time in nature, away from the creation process actually clears the brain for innovative ideas.

Where is Salt Spring Island?

Salt Spring Island is truly a nature lovers’ paradise. With spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and the moderate climate, a variety of activities can be comfortably pursued all months of the year. From leisurely walks along pristine beaches to challenging uphill hikes, the vistas, flora and fauna are always inspiring. Surrounded by miles and miles of the mainly sheltered waterways of the Pacific Ocean’s Salish Sea, this Gulf Island archipelago offers countless opportunities to explore the marine world.

To get to Salt Spring Island, there are 3 Ferry Routes. Arrivals and Departures for Vancouver go via Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Long Harbour. The Ferry from Crofton (near Nanaimoon Vancouver Island) arrives at Vesuvius, and the Ferry from Swartz Bay near Victoria arrives via Fulford Harbour.

Woodland Farm is walking distance to the small town of Ganges and Churchill Beach. You can walk to excellent Restaurants, Kutatás Winery, Salt Spring Cider, Francis Breads, and Country Grocer.

If you are interested in being considered for an Artist Residency at Woodland Farm… please APPLY HERE

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