"A Parliament of Owls far exceeded my expectations. The sessions were well organized and deep as well as fun. The house and food were wonderful. Working in a small group was terrific. I learned something in every session (many things, actually), and was constantly stimulated by the others in the group."

-Kate Goreman



"It was wonderful to have an opportunity to slow down for a few days and listen to natural environments."

-Luba Diduch


I think the best thing for me about my time at Ayatana was the group of talented artists that I learned so much from. The expertise of the various bird experts was awesome as well, but learning and sharing with like minded individuals was invaluable."

-Kate Houlne

There is no other residency like this, I've attended twice now, and plan to come again. Each time I take part in these residencies, I learn new things to go towards my practice and meet amazing artists who inspire me to talk through ideas, as well as Alexis herself, she's a very inspiring artist and makes everyone feel supported and important when exploring new ideas.

-Mellisa Fisher


"It's like an awesome science summer camp for artists."

- John Daemond


    "My week with Ayatana was enriching to me both as an artist and a person! As an artist, the access to specialists and local wildlife in Gatineau provided ample opportunity for imaging and inspiration, and I left energized; as a person, I felt a great kinship with fellow residents and residency leaders alike around our shared passions for art and science, which I think opened the door to great discussion and resource sharing. The residency hosts are encouraging, thoughtful, and immensely knowledgeable, creating a really cool culture around the house that made me feel comfortable to geek out and contribute. I'd go back for another Ayatana residency in a heartbeat!"

    -Michael Pisano

"The most amazing part was the spectacular group of artists that the Biophilia residency pulled together. Everyone was interested, driven, and offered a different and informed perspective on things. I have never spent time with a better group of people."

- John Deamond


'This is an exceptionally well run and unique program. The excellent schedule of activities enabled us to learn a huge amount during the week and we were warmly and generously looked after throughout.  The residency house is very comfortable and thoughtfully crafted to create an informal and open space which allows ideas and laughter and friendships to flourish.'

- Adele Pound


My time spent in the Biophilia residency was a new awakening. The people, the exchange of ideas and the time spent one on one with scientists passionate about what they do was inspiring in ways that will continue to benefit my art and creative life. Unlike any other residency I have encountered, this was an informative journey into worlds I would otherwise never have known about.

-Christine Moss

"Ayatana Artists' Research Program was fantastic, I learned an incredible amount about water and our connection with it. I really enjoyed the small group and the locations we explored."

- Muffin Bernstein



"One of the most amazing weeks of my life"

-Michael McDermot



"Biophilia (May 2015) was a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with exceptional artists while tackling a series of engaging daily adventures in the Gatineau Hills. The balance of outdoor exploration, onsite expert tutorials and research facility visits provides lasting inspiration for future artwork.  A geekfest with great food! Thanks, Alexis and Stephanie." 

- Carol Howard Donati

"At the Biophilia residency I felt like I had dropped in on a group of old friends. The residents selected were like-minded in our love of nature and art, but we were all specialized in our interests, which made for a dynamic group. I left the week full of new information and a real psychic charge to be creative."

- Bill Scully


"It was great to be able to research topics I had a natural interest for in a new location. Alexis worked hard to provide a varied array of experiences and cover a wide range of topics. It was invigorating to be able to go on adventures with people with the same level curiosity for the natural world."

- Anika Schneider


-La résidence Ayatana- Biophilia est un rêve qui prend vie! Artistes et amoureux de la nature se retrouvent ensembles et vivent des aventures excitantes et inoubliables. En plus de de créer des liens avec d’autres artistes qui partagent les même fascinations, mon séjour en Nouvelle-Écosse a fait naitre des nouvelles idées qui influencent positivement ma pratique artistique.

- Marjorie Lemay

'It was a priviledge to spend a week in such splendid company and I am very grateful that I was able to be part of the Parliment of Owls adventure. The Ayatana experience has been of enormous benefit to me and my work and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of applying.'

- Adele Pound



"Ayatana is where Artists go to Play.  Prepare to be inspired."

- Tracie Stewart




"This residency was an important point in my life because it helped me find my artistic way. I will start an Environmental Transdisciplinary PhD Study, “Between Nature and Culture''

Biophilia (especially the visit to Andrew Pelling’s lab) caused an increase of my ambitions:)  I believe if this residency in Canada was possible maybe everything is possible:) Currently my biggest aim and dream is to do a residency with SymbioticA at The University of Western Australia."

- Karolina Żyniewicz