The Refuge at Knoll Farm is a retreat center set in a spectacular, private setting that has a long history of changing how people think and work together. Offering space for deep conversation, reflection and celebration, the Refuge is set on a working farm amid organic gardens and contemplative spaces that encourage inspiration and renewal. Every season Knoll Farm hosts artists, activists, and changemakers from around the world. Due to Covid-19, Knoll Farm was unable to offer their long standing tradition of radical hospitality in the same format. Specifically, the Better Selves Fellowship was canceled in 2020. The Better Selves Fellowship is a week of care and support for changemakers working for environmental and social justice. Better Selves Fellows are often aware of their “long work”: work that’s bigger than a job or position or project; work that arises from one’s identity, values and purpose. The fellowship at Knoll Farm is a gift of time, rest, and reflection. Due to this cancellation, Knoll Farm opted to host pre-existing groups to stay at the farm in a manner that was compliant with Covid-19 guidelines. 


In Tandem Arts was fortunate to receive an invitation of radical hospitality from Knoll Farm to incubate Retro Spec, a collaborative production responding to social isolation and the uprisings activated by the unjust murder of George Floyd.

Ten independent artists: Stephanie Wilson, Kat Wright, Myles David Jewell, Nico Osborne, Christy Rosario, Lauren Bomeisl, Ruth Meteer, Adaline Herbert, Lilly Xian, and Audrey Tassey-Ayer joined ITA’s Trish Denton to spend a week at Knoll Farm. This generous contribution to our artistic process during a time of great uncertainty and unrest was a divine gift.

We are forever grateful to Helen Whybrow & Peter Forbes for this gift of nourishing space!