Current Retreats

We do not have any retreats scheduled at this time. See below for past retreats.

Past Creative Arts Retreats

Thunderground and True Leaf retreats were launched by the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative.

Note: The format for these retreats changes every other year!

(Open to everyone, all ages welcome, pick and choose your level of participation!)

Odd years, the three-day True Leaf retreat uses a master class format, bringing guest artists in for a series of three master classes over as many days that are designed to encourage participants to access their “true leaves.” (The term “true leaf” refers to the third leaf that appears on a vegetable sprout, the one that distinguishes it from every other sprout.) True Leaf offers classes in variety of performance techniques for novices to skilled performers. The retreat is sometimes offered in conjunction with the visual arts Field Studies series.

THUNDERGROUND — Open Space Arts Retreat
(Open to everyone, all ages welcome, pick and choose your level of participation!)

Even years, the three-day Thunderground performance retreat invites participants to work closely with each other (or alone) in the creation of new work on a farm. Collaborating guest artists guide participants through exploratory and experimental performance work. ALL are welcome to participate, no performance experience necessary. Interested individuals can participate 1-3 days.

Thunderground offers space for performing artists, writers, thinkers, doers, the playful at heart to experiment with peers, and to receive critical feedback on current ideas or works-in-progressl. The weekend is organized according to the principles of Open Space Technology: "whoever comes are the right people; whatever happens is the only thing that could have; whenever it starts is the right time; when it’s over, it’s over". Blocks of time are open for participants to offer activities (these may be artistic or philosophical, or physical in nature…the sky is hardly the limit). Offerings will be listed during the hour of introduction on Saturday morning. 


Retreats are open to anyone. All ages are welcome. The retreat sessions are designed to give participants creative tools and approaches to use in daily lives and careers. The focus is on communicating an idea through a particular art form. Participants need not have background in any of the disciplines offered. The work is oriented to a variety of skill levels, allowing participants to engage at a comfortable level and to challenge themselves to grow.

A unique aspect of the program is the farm space itself. The farm space is central to the Dreamery's mission to challenge traditional concepts of performance spaces. Participants are encouraged to explore using the various backgrounds and settings that the farm offers to affect and/or deepen the message they are conveying.


For those residing onsite, rustic cabins are available. Bathrooms and showers with running water are adjacent to the dining facility. All facilities are 'off-the-grid' and employ solar electricity. Participants should come prepared to experience 'simple' living. Participants are also encouraged to be considerate by using soaps and shampoos that are biodegradable.


All meals are prepared on-site, from scratch with fresh organic vegetables from the gardens at DreamAcres, along with other locally purchased ingredients. Participants will be taking part in some of the harvest of the vegetables for their meals, and will no doubt take pride in their having a hand in the process.

Another culinary aspect of the retreat experience worth mentioning is that attendees will likely have the opportunity to taste one of the exclusive wood-fired pizzas from the hand-built pizza oven at DreamAcres. DreamAcres’ wood-fired pizza is available a la carte on Friday nights May-October from 5:00-8:00 PM.

The Dreamery's initiatives are generously supported by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council with funds from the Minnesota State Legislature.