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Financial Aid

Hemera Contemplative Fellowships for Artists (TSF)

The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. To accomplish this, the Hemera Foundation provides financial support for artists to experience the immersive, contemplative environment of a meditation retreat.


Hemera TSF fellowships are available for full-time artists with a sincere desire for the experiences of extended meditation practice to inform and influence their creative expression in the world.

Qualified applicants will be full-time artists — visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists — whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice.

Level of Support

You may apply for one fellowship per year. The level of support varies based on retreat experience level, past fellowship support, and need:

  • 100% funding for anyone new to retreat practice (no more than a prior weekend retreat).
  • 50% plus additional need-based funding, for anyone with prior retreat experience.

Community of Fellows

Part of the long-term vision of the Hemera TSF Program is to build a community of fellows, both online and in person. By accepting Hemera Fellowship funding, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the Hemera Foundation, and to fill out a survey about your retreat experience and the impact it has on your work.

How to Apply

Participants must first apply to our retreat, and be accepted, before applying for a Hemera fellowship.

Next, visit the Hemera Slideroom site and submit your application for a Hemera TSF fellowship.

  • Note that there will be a $5.00 application fee.
  • Be sure to select Dharma Drum Retreat Center on your Hemera application.