Hearth Art Retreat

The Hearth Art Retreat (HAR) is an immersive creative campus tucked into the woods. It will offer a tiny house hotel, artist residencies,  workshops, and community programming. Rooted in bridging artists and community, HAR will allow visitors to disconnect from the bustle and anonymity of modern life, and reconnect with their own innate creativity.

Hearth Art Retreat retained Adaptiv for project advisory and conceptual design services. With a clear project vision in place, HAR was ready to create documentation that may be used for project fundraising, and land procurement. The outcome of this collaborative effort is a conceptual design, determination of the ideal geographical location, and necessary site characteristics to be used for site selection. 

The Hearth Art Retreat is to be situated on over 10 acres of Land in Southern Vermont. You arrive at the site down a long tree lined drive, greeted by the historic FarmHouse and Barn. Once you have made your way through the reception in the Farm House you are able to meander the paths that loops around the campus. While strolling the path you come across intriguing groupings of nature, art and buildings. The juxtaposition of the built, natural and creative environment invites you into the “courtyard,” the space created between. The courtyards are a place for art installations and diverse types of gathering. The use and function are flexible, always changing, encouraging discovery and inviting you back to explore again. While wandering all the paths you notice places for private reflection, an integration of art and landscape. Vermont Vernacular architecture is present in unexpected ways by playing off traditional barn and A frame forms, with eclectic and quirky details. The buildings will be different but cohesive, each with their own personality and story to tell.


    Hearth Art Retreat


    Vermont, USA


    March 2022

  • TYPE



    Project Advisory, Architecture

Project Success Factors

Location & Site

Adaptiv created a mapping tool to input pre-determined qualifiers to identify a region of Southern Vermont as an ideal location for the project to be developed. Critical site features were determined alongside a conceptual program to understand the acreage needed to achieve the project vision. HAR will use the output of the project advisory work to identify potential sites and secure land to make the project a reality.

Cost Considerations

Adaptiv created a construction cost estimator tool for HAR to use while researching potential property. The goal of the tool is to aid identifying appropriate scopes of new construction, renovation, utilities and site work. HAR is able to visit property and understand the impact of its existing conditions on project price and sustainability.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production