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Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat


Soaring Gardens has two locations: a large 4 bedroom house with an adjacent studio building with two 750 sq foot spaces. Ten minutes away is a charming converted church with living spaces downstairs and two studio spaces upstairs.

They are located in tranquil dairy country, one hour west of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Depending on the nature of their work, the House can accommodate up to three working artists. The Church can accommodate two. Since the residents live closely together, we encourage group applications--which are given priority. A group may consist of people working in any combination of artistic disciplines. Residents shop and cook for themselves.

Visual artists, writers, composers and instrumentalists are invited to apply.
Residencies from 3 to 5 weeks are preferred. Two week residencies are also occasionally possible.

A limited number of travel stipends re available, go to the website for details.



Laceyville, Pennsylvania: United States

Soaring Gardens has two sites ten minutes drive from each other. They are located in the rural countryside one hour's drive west of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The nearest town is Laceyville.


  • Residency Length: 3-6 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 18
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 40


  • Artist Status: Mid-career Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The Lerman Trust welcomes applications from professional visual artists, writers and composers. Residents are strongly encouraged to apply in groups, which may consist of any combination or artistic disciplines. Residents may pursue individual or collaborative projects. Apply on line at

    Go to for more details.

  • Application deadline: March 10, March 10
  • Additional deadline info:
    Please go to to apply.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Michal Volker, Mary Ting, Robert Zankanich, Rene Lynch, Courtney (Scrap) Wrenn, Gail Shaw Clemons, Florence Neal, John Adams,Ilene Sunshine, Barbara Mehlman, John Adams, Jurgen Fauth, Marcy Dermansky, Julian Jackson, Walter Hnatysh, Gavin Watson,Helen Limon
There is a mysterious almost mystical quality about Soaring Gardens. I found it so conducive for creating. There is only you and everything you are, voraciously waiting to be more. I loved working in its peacefulness and simplicity...
— Robert Zakanich
Perhaps because for so many years Soaring Gardens was the summer studio of the painter Ora Lerman, there is an atmosphere here that encourages quiet contemplation and artistic inspiration. There are only three or four artists in residence at the House and two at the Church, so residencies are intimate. Since we encourage artists to apply together, it is also an excellent setting for collaboration.
— David Ostwald, Trustee

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Soaring Gardens has two facilities: a 4-bedroom farm house built in 1850 which can comfortably sleep five, and a small charming country church built in 1910 which can accommodate two. There are kitchens in both facilities.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents are responsible for buying and preparing all meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Painting, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    Adjacent to the house is a separate studio building with two 720-square-foot spaces. They are well provided with easels and drawing tables. The Church has two working spaces. A couple of easels are provided.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

A limited number of $500 grants are available. If a grant will significantly impact your ability to attend, please fill out the Grants section on the application page. Grants will be awarded on the basis of need. Applying for a grant will not affect your eligibility for a residency.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents must have a car.

Contact Information

160 Erica Way
Portola Valley, California 94028
United States
Tel: (415) 310 6415