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studhor99jpg.jpg (98287 bytes)About Split Tree -- Purpose and Hospitality Fees and Policies


 Split Tree Farm Participatory Arts Center is set high on a ridge top, in rural NW Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, TN.  Surrounded by panoramic views of Lookout and Pigeon mountains, it offers a relaxed setting for dances, retreats, meetings, and other similar events. Groups or individuals may reserve our comfortable farmhouse, attached movement studio with a floating hardwood maple dance floor, and scenic grounds for artistic enrichment, education and renewal. 

At Split Tree everyone is or can be an artist.  Participation is featured in most activities. Our 200-acre living theater provides a tolerant, healthy atmosphere that encourages playfulness, creativity and intimacy. We invite the artist in all to come out and play.  Entertainment and learning activities are offered as something people do, rather than something they watch or listen to silently in the dark. Shared experiences become a catalyst for innovative approaches to life and learning for every participant.  

Split Tree emphasizes community life. Individuals and small groups are invited to make themselves at home.  We welcome professional and emerging artists, and other committed individuals, to live on the property and divide their time between contributions to Split Tree activities, development of a supportive community, and pursuing personal work and reflection.

Accommodations: Groups may reserve Split Tree for weekends, week-long or one-day events. Individuals may also reserve space for short visits or apply for residencies and internships if available. The farmhouse includes a large modern kitchen, laundry, five bedrooms, an extensive library, music room with instruments including a Steinway grand piano and a Technics digital piano, several small sitting/meeting areas, full outside decks with eight picnic tables, and a hot tub overlooking the mountains. The glass-enclosed, air conditioned movement studio and stage can be arranged for a variety of activities. 

There is shared dorm space and two private rooms for 15-25, with additional sleeping bag space in the studio.  Two cabins are available by reservation.  Sheltered camping is available in the barn nearby and there are ample campsites in the surrounding open pastures. The farmhouse has three full baths and a private back porch shower with continuous hot water to accommodate groups up to 100. Children must be supervised at all times by adults.

Reasonably priced, simple vegetarian meals and snacks can be planned and prepared by experienced Split Tree resident and guest cooks for any size group. Split Tree offers an environment free from alcohol, smoking, drugs and fragrances. No campfires or pets. 

 Fees for Hospitality:

 Group Events: Split Tree will provide an all-inclusive package of hospitality services, equipment, and exclusive use of farmhouse, studio and grounds in return for 25% of all fees collected by producers for an event (minus the deposit, based on total head count). This arrangement includes: pre-event set-up, a Split Tree site coordinator, use of studio equipment, use of the kitchen and kitchen equipment, coffee/hot water pots and cold beverage dispensers, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, bathroom supplies, bed linens and towels for each bedroom, extra towels if needed, use of hot tub, final clean-up and utilities).  Other packages may be negotiated.

 All event plans and promotional materials must be approved in advance by Sid Hetzler as owner and artistic director; email him at:  sid [@] splittree.org.   STF web pages are available at no charge to guest producers.

Event Reservations:  A reasonable is needed  at least 1 month in advance to hold your space for any planned event.                            

Food for Events and Other Planned Gatherings: Use of the kitchen (with your cook) is included in the price. With advance notice, food service may be planned with one of our community cooks, if available. Prices, menus and policies are negotiated directly with your cook. Prices depend on the number of people and the menu planned. Generally, full weekend food service runs about: $30/person for  3 meals on Saturday, Sunday breakfast  and light lunch, and coffee/tea/lemon water.  

Note: Food service can be negotiated separately from event fees with a 10% kitchen fee.  However, if event is using the all-inclusive package, food charges are included in total fees collected and the kitchen fee is included in the 25%.

 hottub.jpg (95240 bytes)Split Tree Studio Bed and Breakfast: (As available; advance reservations required)

$10/night per person for sleeping bag space on the house/studio floor  

$25/night per person for individual beds in shared dorm rooms

$50/night for a private room with one person

$65/night for a private room with two people

                            $75/night for the writing cabin, if available (1-3 people, maximum) 

$10/night camping (per tent) (no fires; but cooks stoves are permitted)

                            Additional meals optional, by request: $10 lunch; $15 dinner.

Multiple nights, work-exchanges, residencies or community internships may be available.

For more information or to schedule your event: 
 Call 1/706-539-2485 or email sid [@] splittree.org

You can email Sid Hetzler for general questions about Split Tree.
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