Headlands Center for the Arts


“I just absolutely loved the opportunity to play in the ocean and in the studio, making an object that brought together those two passions, with like-minded individuals, in an incredible setting.”
—Swell Break Workshop Participant, Fall 2013

Workshops are thematic intensives that use the Marin Headlands as a starting point for creative exploration. Led by visiting artists and creative thinkers, these project-based sessions take advantage of the rich resources of our unique site and the surrounding national park, and they provide participants with focused, residency-like learning opportunities.

Workshops are held on Headlands’ historic, artist-renovated site. Workshops may include individual and group sessions, time inside and outside of the studio, chef-prepared meals among peers in the Mess Hall, and the option to stay in on-site housing for the full Headlands experience.

Program Goals

  • Connect individuals who share a common interest in a particular topic or a specific approach to art-making
  • Give participants the opportunity to come away with a wide range of new ideas, creative inspiration, novel skill sets, and paradigm-shifting perspectives on key topics
  • Provide an environment in which participants can develop new relationships and further their creative practice and professional development

Program Details, Accommodations & Meals

  • All workshops are led by guest faculty, leading thinkers and practicioners in their respective fields, and individuals who are interested in teaching, learning, and collaborating in a group setting
  • Subject matter varies and is curated in collaboration with guest faculty
  • Participants have the option to live onsite in Headlands’ historic former officers’ quarters or commute in (We encourage the former if possible, as it creates a more immersive experience)
  • Participants enjoy chef-prepared meals in our Mess Hall
  • Workshops include time to explore the Marin Headlands and become familiar with the many aspects of Headlands Center for the Arts’ campus


  • Eligibility requirements vary based on theme of each workshop
  • Must be able to commit to week-long, day-long sessions

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience relative to particular topic
  • Interest in collaborative practice and investigation

Selection Process

  • Headlands staff reviews application for completeness and eligibility
  • Guest faculty and staff review applicant experience, portfolio of prior work and statements of interest
  • Accepted applicants notified