ARTIST RESIDENCY // A HOME IN PARADISE

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WHO // A COMMUNITY OF NOMADS

Momentom Residencies are for Nomads from all over the world who have one common interest – to train the body, mind and soul. Our common thread is our commitment to meditation, yoga, physical movement and both expanding and sharpening our intuitive minds. Above of all, our community is geared towards personal and spiritual growth.

Our training studio has seen doctors, biologists, authors, lawyers, artists, yogis, nurses, hairdressers, engineers, teachers, marketers, professional athletes, students, social workers, musicians, visual artists, models, designers, carpenters, software engineers and entrepreneurs seated side by side, holding space for each other. Here, we are equal.

We are founded on values of acceptance, respect, honesty, authenticity, integrity, action, gratitude, cohesion, trust, support, morality and lawfulness.

“My experience with Momentom Collective was a refreshing rendition of what its like to run away with a contemporary circus. This family is all about connecting the dots and merging together to train hard, share skills, build bonds, and grow roots. The team focuses on conscious living, mindfulness, and awakening the playful spirit. These yogis, aerialists, magicians, and fire artists (the list goes on) will inspire creative thought, tickle the soul, and enchant the heart. Discover that dreams really do come true through all the love and laughter this amazing group of people has to offer.”

– Sincere Leigh, 2016

WHAT // A NEW AGE CIRCUS

Experience what its like to run away with the new age circus to a playground where you can train in yoga, acrobatics & circus arts in legendary locations. Rub shoulders with yogis, artists and nomads who wish to travel with a deeper purpose. Find a space for reflection, self-study, community and training in style.

The Momentom Collective artist residency opens its doors to all beings who have an interest in deepening their yoga, meditation and movement practice, are interested in connecting with a supportive community and want to live the nomadic lifestyle.

Living among other artists provides the opportunity to experience a meaningful and multi-disciplinary cultural exchange while traveling. The residency allows for artists to explore and share their art within a creative community, while choosing to get involved with our community service program, take part of performances or help run the artist residency. During time off, residents are encouraged to meditate and work on their personal projects.

 

// SAMPLE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM // Meditation [guided and non-guided]
8 AM // Yoga [open to public]
9 AM // Breakfast [included]
10:30 AM // Circus, acrobatics and movement arts [open to public]
12 PM // Lunch
1 PM- 4 PM // Free time and skills haring workshops [open to all artists]
5 PM // Sunset Aerial Jam
7 PM // Family Dinner
8 PM // Yoga Philosophy

// 1 x weekly community involvement
// Performance opportunities throughout Nicaragua
// 1 x monthly open house party for locals

WHERE // TROPICAL CIRCUS CASTLES

Momentom Residencies happen all over the world, but our original residency was founded in Nicaragua.

// NICARAGUA 2017

The 2017 residency was a hilltop paradise overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Paradise Bay, San Juan del Sur. The house came with its own yoga deck floating above the jungle, private pool, two aerial points, two private meditation spaces, large open dorm and private sleeping options. The heart of the 2017 residency was the kitchen and adjacent outdoor dining area which was one continuous surface with bench style seats. Having the whole house come together, eat from the same table and take a moment to proclaim one thing they are grateful for in the day was one of the biggest community builders.

// NICARAGUA 2016

The 2016 residency was a three storey beachfront mansion with a private poolat Playa Marsella. The house had a large covered yoga studio and training space on the lower floor of the house, and sheltered training space out back with silks hanging from the trees. Aerial apparatus were suspended from the pillars facing the ocean to make the most of sunset aerial jams.

WHEN // A SEASONAL PROJECT

Momentom Residencies run seasonally.

 

// NICARAGUA: January 15 – May 15, 20018
// BALI: September 1 – December 1, 2018

HOW // WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

// ELIGIBILITY

  •  Must have interest or practice in one discipline of the arts, including literature, visual arts, circus, burlesque, magic, acrobatics, music, movement, culinary arts, performing arts, design, dance, philosophies or energy healers.
  • Have a yoga or meditation practice.


// IN RETURN YOU GET

  • Personal growth and travel experience
  • Boost meditation and yoga practice
  • Gain teaching and performance experience
  • Give back/ Get your hands dirty with Project CirQus classes and other local community projects. We teach in many community centers and schools in Nicaragua. Our volunteers in Nicaragua are the first to be offered places in international Project CirQus placements.
  • Event Management & Performance- Set up our gigs including artistic direction, promotion, administration and performance in completely unique shows.
  • Hospitality experience- Help with all aspects of running an artist residency and hostel
  • Opportunity to live out your dreams- We support all kinds of zany ideas, so if there is something that you want to try during your stay at the house, we will do all that we can to make it a reality!

 

// HOSTS

Gabrielle Bonneville // meditation, yoga, acro instructor
Therese Lowton // meditation, yoga, silks instructor
Kirsten Golder // meditation, yoga, dance instructor
John Early // vibe ambassador

 

// PACKING

  • Training gear
  • Suncreen [zinc / chemical-free]
  • Old books you can donate
  • Old clothes/ instruments/ yoga mats/ toys you can donate to  local community
  • Musical instruments
  • Yoga mat
  • Water bottle

Check out what is happening by joining the Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/114070299090748/

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

“To Momentom Collective, To this beautiful place, space, bubble, family where I refound myself. To these 2 amazing, wonderful, inspirational women/artists/witches/crocodiles/butterflies/incredible beings who created such a beautiful environment for acceptance, compassion, understanding, growth, evolution, sharing, breaking out of fear, support and crazy laugh attacks. I have no words to express how I feel about this experience.

For me, it was really a place that made me grow out of fear. I was doing aerial silks for a bit but I didn’t I was good enough to come train with them at first. Even less to give classes or do performances. But I still decided to come and leave my fears and insecurities behind. It ended up such an amazing experience and an amazing growth. I realized we all have those moments of uncertainty and doubts. It’s what you are doing with then that is going to define who you are. Momentom allows you so much to break out of these fears, creating a space of love, compassion, non-judgement and opportunities!

It’s an incredible feeling to wake up every morning to wake up with passionate people who just want to be there, to create, to play and to be happy in what they do best : being themselves!

So thank you Momentom for having created such a safe space and shelter for adults with children’s heart. Thank you for having created a space where a space where I discovered that I was able to accomplish way more then I thought. Thank you Momentom for your support, heart and humanity. Thank you for watching me grow and letting me watch you grow.

Thank you T and Gab, I really admire you, you strong women. Go get the world! I wish you the best of signs, trust, truth&integrity, abundance, manifestation and freedom!

You witches create magic! See you on the circus island! I love you like I love coffee and bananas 😀 Hobbo Monkey” – Coco, 2017

“Momemtom Collective is not just a residency to enjoy Yoga Meditation and Circus class, it’s a new way of life! Exploring your artistic side and grow from that experience! It is the best non judgmental experience I’ve seen so far”

– Francois, 2017

” A supportive creative collective that gives momentom to living your aspirations and dreams.”

– Leila Magnolia, 2017

“With only 3 days at the collective, I wasn’t sure what to expect. By the end of it I was crying and didn’t want to leave. I learned a mass amount about the community, yoga, meditation, circus arts, and much much more. This place inspired me to find the right circus community in my home. Momentum collective will continue to inspire me and I appreciate everyday the 3 days I spent with these beautiful and empowering souls. Thank you guys for your love!!!!”

– Leah, 2017

“As an older and non-circus resident, this was a memorable adventure that carried me back to my youth and got me dreaming again. My two-week stay was lived surrounded by young energetic adults in simplicity and in tune with nature. Everyday was an adventure as every day we experienced new meditations, yoga and circus skills from very talented and unique artists from around the world. They were encouraging in my trying new skills with a respect for my limits. It was amazing to see these artists perform knowing that no matter how easy they made it look, many hours of practice and sometimes injuries came with it. The love and passion for their art could be felt and seen. Travellers came and went and were happy to share their travels, their talents and upcoming adventures. There was free time where some rested, other practiced their new skills, other walked down to town for shopping or to the beach for a swim. Some of the more adventurous left for a day or two of excursion or surfing. Preparing and sharing healthy vegetarian meals together was another welcomed adventure in itself; especially at dinner time where we shared what we were grateful for and one thing that made us unique. Having the creators/owners on-site made it more personal and family-like. The respect for rest at the end of the day gave balance to an early rise and active day. It was for me a time to rest, surpass some of my limits, enjoy a new way of being and have fun. Thank you to all that crossed my path for sharing this time with me and making it a memorable adventure holiday. Namaste”  -Joanne, 2017

“There is something magical about Momentom Collective. It brings the most inspiring, talented, weird and wonderful people all together to share their passions and help each other grow. Travelling and living with the Momentom Collective has quite literally transformed my life. They gave me space and support to grow and opportunities to push my belief of what I was able to achieve. I’ve come out of this experience so incredibly comfortable in my own shoes, proud and in love with who I have grown to be and inspired to to continue teaching and performing around the world. I can’t wait until I play and work with Momentom Collective again. <3 <3 <3 ”

– Evelyn, 2017

“Momentom Collective provides the space, support and knowledge for artists to flourish into their true selves. The residency offers the opportunity to learn new skills while sharing your own and the community style of living is an amazing way to make connections that will last a lifetime. Much love for all those involved in the project.”

– Shannon, 2017

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 OPEN SOON

Register to live with us in paradise by completing the form below. We will be in touch shortly!