House of Encounters

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Octopus\'s Garden - House of Encounters was started by Jimmy (Irish) and Franzi (German), who met in 2008 and decided they wanted to create an alternative way of life that was based on authenticity, creativity and connection.
The intention was to create a space where people can encounter their deeper selves by asking meaningful questions, being confronted with the isolation and wild nature in the wild west of Ireland and to get inspired to create and move forward.
You can find more info about the Octopus\'s Garden on our blog

Brief description of residency program

We have opportunities for self-directed residencies at this moment.
This would suit artists looking for a deep experience in the magical irish countryside.
The time at the Octopus\'s Garden will give you an opportunity to focus on completely immersing yourself in the natural environment and the encounter with oneself. Many people have described their time here as a "Retreat time", an intense time to find / hear their inner voice and a time that brought a lot of new ways of looking at things new questions, perspectives and ideas.
We can offer you your own hut with fireplace, access to two bright studio spaces (one smaller - heated , one big - unheated) and access to cooking facilities and composting toilet.

We are interested in artists from different art forms, filmmakers are particularly welcome, as well as writers and philosophers.

At some point we will organise an artist exchange residency, where we will invite different artists from different disciplines and backgrounds for a week of collaboration and exchange to reflect on their work and lifestyle as well as share our own ideas and visions. In this way, we think, creativity and ideas can manifest themselves and inspiration thrive. This can be done in workshop form as well as through conversations and by sharing time and spaces.

Dates for these exchange programs to be announced.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Wild Nature, Burren Walking Trail
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Volunteering, Sharing, Deep conversations

How to reach

By train

By bus to Kinvara Co. Galway (from Galway or Ennis). We pick you up from Kinvara

By car

Will provide you with directions on request

Nearest airport

Shannon, Dublin, Cork, Knock

Contact information

House of Encounters
Gort Road
0000 Burren, Co. Clare

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