research labs
Biophilia residents are introduced to the K. Irving Botanical Garden research labs
Artist Cynthia Farnell inspects a pineapplweed flower with a pocket microscope

Residents forage with herbalist Amber Westfal at the Wild Garden

Kirilian photography workshop lead by Kristi Beisecker

Expedition leader Alyssa Ellis discovers a mysterious spcecies of ghost pipe

Dr Kristie of Acadia University researches plant perception of light

hgfArtist Marie Jean Musiol works with an EKG to read the electrical activity in a plant




Plants and botany for Artists
Gatineau Hills, July, 2019
Deadline to apply: Jan 30, 2019

Germinate is a weeklong program for artists to focus on the plant kingdom in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the summer of 2019. The residency will involve twice daily excursions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts. The program is designed to give insight into plant knowledge from a wide range of perspectives.

Ayatana residencies focus on experience and research by visual and conceptual artists. Writers, poets, musicians and dancers are also invited to apply. This residency will host five or six selected international artists. This immersive research residency leaves little time free for making art, so developing ideas out loud and collecting material is encouraged at all times. 

At least half of Biophilia field trips are spent outdoors.

All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.

We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Guided tour of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden..

Meet with the Ottawa Society of Botanical Illustration.

Visit the National Herbarium archives.

Hike the woods with an expert on invasive species.

Visit the laboratory of an aborigionl ethnobotanist.

Meet a kirilian photographer for an artist talk and plant EEG demonstration.

Hike the Wild Garden to pick edible and medicinal plants.

Visit the research green houses at Carelton University.

Learn about trees and climbing them with an arborist.

Explore shore line plant life with a river keeper.

Visit the Ottawa Seed Library to learn about seed saving and sustainable food farming.


Residents will be picked up in Ottawa, Canada and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, near the small town of Chelsea, Quebec. This culturally vibrant town, surrounded by mountains and nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River, is home to many scientists and artists.


$1200 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites will be given to accepted applicants to help in the procuration of grants and funding.


What is included:
All activities.
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
A comfortable bed in the Ayatana residency house.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen 2 or 3 times during the week.

How to apply 
Send the following material to
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.

Disclaimer: Those who do not like the outdoors or to talk about art, need not apply.

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For more images of past Biophilia adventures see our face book albums

Aug 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2016, Chelsea, Quebec

July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

May 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec

Aug 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia

July 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia