Our program has been around for 17 years, being one of the first residencies worldwide to focus on Art and Ecology. We grant space and production support for people who are doing innovative work worldwide, across the arts and sciences. We are unique in not requiring a proposal and completion of a pre-conceived project during residency. We value renewal, introspection, observation and time without an agenda – these are crucial for creatives and scientists in order to arrive at new discoveries.

Our residency cohorts are carefully curated, varying from 3 to 8 participants at a given time. During their stay, participants use the hacienda grounds as a laboratory for their research and/or creative process. They are free to work whenever desired in the provided studios and anywhere in the property. Experimentation is encouraged as is discourse and collaboration, with each other and the local community.

Film by Johan Wik (SWEDEN) AIR 2018, music by Kathryn Shuman (USA), AIR 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: We accept applications from artists of all disciplines, designers, architects, curators, writers, art historians, art critics, scientists and teachers. Applications from teams of 2-5 people are encouraged. Up to 2 family members (partner and/or children) can be part of your team.

DURATION: 2 to 4 weeks


  • Winter/Spring: January, February or March.
  • Summer/Fall: June, August or September.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3 months in advance.

Liz Lessner testimonial, by Laura Curry, AIR 2015.


1) PAY TO ATTEND: You can pay a residency fee, determined by the current economics in your country of origin:

  • REGIONAL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (México, countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean): $1,000 Mexican Pesos per day.
  • MAJOR DEVELOPED ECONOMIES (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States): $1,800 Mexican Pesos per day.
  • ALL OTHER COUNTRIES: $1,400 Mexican Pesos per day.

* Source: UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022.

This fee covers living quarters (private bedroom and bathroom), working space (4 shared studios), plus all meals, prepared by our staff according to your dietary preferences.

2) WORK EXCHANGE: You can work 15 hours per week (3 hours a day, Monday through Friday) doing gardening, forest management, teaching youth, or any other relevant skill in exchange of the live/work space. The rest of the time you can develop a creative project or conduct research on a topic of your choice. Does not include meals; residents must self-organize to buy and cook their own food. 


JUNE 8-29, 2023: Work Exchange Session
Application due March 15

JAN, FEB or MARCH, 2024: Two Sessions
1 session Work Exchange and 1 session Pay to Attend. Exact dates to be determined. Application due October 1st, 2023.


Please consult our FAQ page.
If you have further questions, send us an email.

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