The challenge of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word, to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world.

The Spring Creek Project offers residencies at two locations in Oregon—the Shotpouch Cabin in the Oregon Coast Range and H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the western Cascade Range. We also host campus and community events and programs in Corvallis. 

Shotpouch Cabin Residencies
  • The Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a two-week-long retreat for two participants who wish to pursue a collaborative project, or two participants who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other's presence.
  • The Trillium Project is a residency program that takes place during the spring wildflower season and focuses on the Cabin and the Shotpouch land.  We welcome proposals from people of a variety of backgrounds--artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, composers, etc--to visit for a day or a few nights and engage thoughtfully with the land by writing, studying, listening, and creating.
  • The Graduate Student Research and Writing Retreat is offered to Oregon State University graduate student(s) who are engaged in a place-based writing and/or research project such as a thesis or dissertation project, independent study, or internship in the humanities or environmental sciences. The one-week retreat is offered during Summer, Spring, and Winter Breaks. Faculty members are invited to nominate graduate students in the humanities or environmental sciences. 
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Residencies
  • The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program hosts a Fall and Spring Writers-in-Residence Programs at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. The resident writers live at the Andrews Forest for one to two weeks, interact with the scientists, explore the forest, and write. Writers are asked to visit several Long-Term Ecological Reflection plots, long-term research plots or other places of ecological interest, and to contribute their written reflections to the Forest Log.
Our open submissions are listed below. 

OSU faculty members are invited to nominate graduate students in the humanities or environmental sciences for a writing retreat sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word. The retreat is offered to an OSU graduate student who is engaged in a place-based writing and/or research project such as a thesis or dissertation project, independent study, or internship in the humanities or environmental sciences. The retreat can also be offered to two graduate students who are working on a collaborative project or two graduate students who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other's presence.

Retreats are held at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek. The Cabin provides a profound experience of concentrated solitude and simple living in close proximity to nature, highly conducive to sustained writing and/or research projects. The retreat confers exclusive use of the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek for one week plus a stipend of $250 per person. 

Dates and Application Deadlines

Winter 2018 retreats will take place between December 8 and January 6. In your application, you'll specify any one-week time periods that will work for you during that window.

The deadline for nominations and application materials is Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

To submit a nomination, please prepare the following:

  • From the faculty nominator: A short letter testifying to the student’s responsibility and ability to live respectfully in a nature reserve.
  • From the student: A one-page narrative that describes the proposed project and outlines how that work relates to the mission of the Spring Creek Project (see below). A list of your preferred retreat dates.  

For More Information

Please visit our website at springcreek.oregonstate.edu and/or contact Shelley Stonebrook, Spring Creek Project program coordinator, at stonebsh@oregonstate.edu.

About Shotpouch Cabin

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a lovely and comfortable glass-and-cedar retreat nestled in the Oregon Coast Range on a 40-acre nature reserve about 25 miles west of Corvallis. The house overlooks Shotpouch Creek, a tributary of the Marys River. From the cabin, miles of hiking trails climb into the forest- and fern-covered hills. The cabin is nicely furnished and has a well-equipped kitchen, electric heat, and telephone. There is no internet or cell phone service.  Students must be highly responsible and respectful of the values of the retreat and in a position to benefit from prolonged solitude and silence. The cabin and land are entirely smoke-free, and we cannot allow pets at the cabin. Students must provide their own transportation to the cabin.

About the Spring Creek Project  

The mission of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world.  Dedicated to creating conversations among creative writers, philosophers, and environmental scientists, both in and out of the academy, we work to nurture collaborations among people with various ways of seeing, understanding, and expressing the relation between humans and the rest of the natural world.   

Environmental Arts and Humanities Affiliated Faculty are invited to apply for a solo or collaborative residency at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek. If you are applying for a collaborative residency, your collaborator does not need to be EAH Affiliated Faculty.

Dates and Application Deadlines

Winter 2018 retreats will take place between December 8 and January 6. In your application, you'll specify any one-week time periods that will work for you during that window.

The application deadline is Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 

For More Information

Please visit our website at springcreek.oregonstate.edu and/or contact Shelley Stonebrook, Spring Creek Project program coordinator, at stonebsh@oregonstate.edu.

About the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek 

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a lovely and comfortable glass-and-cedar retreat nestled in the Oregon Coast Range on a 40-acre nature reserve about 25 miles west of Corvallis.  The house overlooks Shotpouch Creek, a tributary of the Marys River.  From the cabin, miles of hiking trails climb into the forest- and fern-covered hills.  The cabin is nicely furnished and has a well-equipped kitchen, electric heat, and telephone. There is no internet or cell phone service. The cabin and land are entirely smoke-free, and we cannot allow pets at the cabin. You must provide your own transportation to the cabin, which is about a 30-minute drive from Corvallis. 

About the Spring Creek Project  

The mission of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world.  Dedicated to creating conversations among creative writers, philosophers, and environmental scientists, both in and out of the academy, we work to nurture collaborations among people with various ways of seeing, understanding, and expressing the relation between humans and the rest of the natural world.

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