FAQ- How to Apply

  • What are the age limits for the residency program?
    • Applicants who will be age 23 by the time of the residency are welcome to apply. Our residency is in a developing country and we want to ensure that residents are experienced with traveling abroad and the kinds of issues that might come up while being far from home. There is no age limit in terms of being an older applicant. We encourage and honor the experience of people who are still creating in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.

  • Can we apply as a collaborative team? Should we submit more than one application?
    • We welcome applications from collaborative teams of no more than 3 people per team. You will increase your chances if each party applies. There is less competition for Writers and Musicans, so if your application falls into one of these categories, you will have a better chance. If you are an individual who works in more than one media, you may also want to submit more than one application.

  • I cannot find the listing for 360 Xochi Quetzal on CAFÉ.
    • Enter 360 Xochi Quetzal in the search bar.  See example below.  Here is a LINK

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  • Incomplete Application
    • As you have read, we do not consider applications that do not include work samples. If our team finds that your application is incomplete, you will be notified by email.

      In order for you to modify your application before the deadline, we will move your entry into the Incomplete status.

      While your application is in the Incomplete status, you can go to the My CaFE Entries page and select Modify. This will allow you to go back into the application and make the necessary edits and uploads. Once you have finished, select the button, “My Changes Are Complete” so that your application is moved back to the Received status and enable your application to be considered for the residency.

  • I only see an option for image, audio and video. How do I upload writing samples?
    • When you apply the the call for entry, you will be taking to a questionairre, which includes a section where you may upload your writing samples in pdf or word format:

      Please upload your writing samples if you are applying as a writer. Please submit up to 5 pages which must be double-spaced in 12pt type, 10 pages for Playwrights and single spaced is accepted for Poets who need this for formatting.


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  • Do you offer scholarships? Can you waive the application fee?
    • Unfortunately we are unable to offer scholarships or fee waivers at this time.  We are still a new residency program and we do not yet have enough funding to help residents with transportation or application costs. This is definitely a goal for the future!

      Our competitive residency program offers residents a free live/work space that includes the following: electricity, gas (for cooking and hot water), internet, towels/linens and weekly maid service. We also offer a $1,000 peso stipend for food. This can stretch far over the course of a month if you cook. The selected residents are responsible for their airfares, materials, local transportation and eating out.

  • When will I know if I am accepted?
    • Final decisions will be made by Sunday September 18 midnight MST , notifications will start going out in 2 to 3 weeks and continue through evaluation period

  • Issues relating to payment of application fees: I don’t have a credit card. I am having trouble making my payment on CAFE.
    • You need to pay your application fee in full in order to finalize your application through CAFE. We only accept credit/debit cards at this time. If you do not have one, why not give your friend/relative the cash and ask them if you can use theirs. If you are having trouble with you card as you check out on CAFE, call your credit/debit card and ask them to release payment. It usually just takes one phone call to your bank to solve this problem.

  • I am afraid I will miss the deadline because my application is not yet complete. Help!
    • First of all, please notify us via email (360xochiquetzal@gmail.com) if you are having problems. We will move your application to the Exception category. You can still fix problems after the deadline, if we have moved your application. We will keep it there for 48 hours after the deadline so that you can solve the issues. These might include: payment problems with your debit/credit card, technical issues, missing work samples, need to re-size work samples to fit CAFE size requirements (read about this carefully on their website and in our FAQ!).

New Residency Consulting Available!

Deborah now offers private consultations to new residency programs. Contact her for scheduling and pricing at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com and make sure to write CONSULTATION in your subject line.


Everyone comes to the residency for different reasons. For me it was a
time to reflect upon this whirlwind year. Like many, I lead a hectic life
and run from one exhibition to the next with little time for
contemplation. Even if I hadn’t made a single thing during my residency,
I would have been satisfied because what I really needed was to slow
down and think about what direction my work might take. I reveled in
the environment – the lake and mountains – as well as two trips, one to
see the Monarch butterflies and the other to a fiesta in an indigenous
village with my fellow artists. I left the residency refreshed, with new friends and purpose!

Jennifer Angus, Installation Artist
“Applying for the free Winter residency of Xochi Quetzal was the start of many positive transformations. The silence I found for myself during the residency, allowed me not only to write the best last chapter I can write at this stage of my evolution, it also granted me a most sought-after introspection moment during which I read my dreams and studied ancient Eastern writings. The serenity of the lake and presence of other artists inspired me to get mentally ready and organized for my future as a novelist. I am particularly fond of spending the holidays abroad with ‘strangers’. It always infuses me with these wild insights and whims. Our group was just lovely, the artists one by one very interesting. Cobra and Christian are warm and graceful hosts who made life easy. All in all, Xochi Quetzal was a weighty meditation, a poetic experience that carried me through the rest of Mexico in newness and will resonate long after.”
Heidi Souffriau, Writer
“I was partly inspired to apply for the Xochi Quetzal residency by The Retro Cocktail Hour — a popular Saturday night radio show on Kansas Public Radio 91.5 that features exotica music (a form of tropical jazz).  My hope was for the palm trees,  lakeside sunrises, and culture of Chapala & Mexico at large to inform my creative process.  These elements did precisely that, and the generous hospitality of Cobra & her partner Christian provided me with a cozy composing environment.”
Note from Staff: Listen to the music created during Andrew’s residency -Winter 2016
Andrew Morgan, Composer, Musician

Chapala is a safe, spiritually charged, beautiful place. Wild horses run through town.  It’s a place where you greet strangers on the street.

I walked along the lake in meditation a great deal. I hiked the looming cerro overlooking town. I biked all over the countryside. I wrote, documented, created composed soundscapes utilizing field recordings, and built small maquette light sculptures based on my experiences. I attended traditional temazcals, and sat alone in cathedrals.

It was pivotal for me in a spiritual sense more than a career advancing experience. I’m very grateful for it, and Deborah Kruger is a wonderful advocate to keep in contact with. I truly recommend the residency.

Justin R. Lytle, Sound Artist & Sculptor

My residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal in summer 2015 was both restorative and productive.  I was inspired by the beautiful studio and the surrounding Chapala  / Jalisco region.  The setting worked well for me in terms of inspiring and completing new work, and learning the history and customs of the area.  The flexible residency requirements allowed an easy engagement with other residents, and encouraged me to participate in Chapala and Guadalajara communities.  There are many contemporary art venues in Guadalajara, which are an easy bus ride from Chapala.

Michael Pribich, Sculptor

“Not only was this residency situated in one of the most beautifully mystical, culturally resonant, and stimulating settings imaginable, it also managed to be both peaceful and galvanizing: the perfect combination for immersing oneself in a creative project without hesitation or distraction. Deborah and Christian’s home was an oasis. One of my fellow residents remarked to me that “this place has amazing energy for getting work done,” and I wholeheartedly agree: the atmosphere seemed to hum with a low-key, generative productivity, one that helped me get closer than I’d been in many months to actually fully realizing and finishing a long story. I wish I was still there among the bougainvillea, the jade vines, the dogs and the pelicans.”

Suzanne K. Rivecca, Author

Chapala has become my home away from home. The Xochi Quetztal residency is run efficiently. Cobra and her team are friendly, accessible, and professional. My stay in Chapala is enhanced by the personal relationships I have developed with several of the team members. The casita I stay in is very well maintained and fully equipped. The studio area is large and ready for me to engage in art as soon as I arrive.  The weather is always fantastic. The lake, the town(s), the life, the restaurants, the view, the very friendly local people all call me back again and again. I love it!

Zahava Sherez, Sculptor

“This was the most work I’ve ever done in a single month in my life. I will never forget what an incredible experience this was and I thank you for honoring me with a residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal. The reference material I gathered throughout the trip to Chapala, Mexico is going to fuel my work for years to come. Thank you for everything! You run an incredible residency program!!!”

Santiago Galeas, Painter