Spending time off the grid is no easy feat. Casey Sheppard has made it her life. After traveling the US for a year with her van, her bike and her dog being the only constants within an always changing environment, she returned to her native California ready to tackle new adventures.

One of them was taking someone with her for a short period of time to share the nomadic experience.

Here is the call that went out describing exactly what the limitations and expectations would be.

Many people were interested. Casey chose one.

The next posts are about both artists describing their experiences.

The Call

"Get Lost, Do Art" Case of the Nomads Artist Residency, Joshua Tree National Park, CA March 29th-April 4th 2017

Spend 7 days off the grid with Nomadic Artist Casey Sheppard in Southern California at Joshua Tree National Park. Casey has lived the nomad life since July 2015 in her converted van, spending much time away from society which has greatly influenced her as a maker, artist and person. The purpose of this residencies is to allow artists the opportunity to explore limitations as creative outlets, learn how to use less, to connect with nature and to become exposed to the minimalist lifestyle.

Resident will stay in a tent at a primitive campsite with Casey and India. We will bring in/out all necessities along with trash. Time will be spent in the back country hiking, exploring, spending time getting lost (figuratively) in nature and creating. Tent (Big Agnes), sleeping bag, pillow, lights, camp stove (BioLite), water, sunscreen and transportation to campsite are provided. Resident may only bring a small bag NO LARGER than a carry on : 10" D x 16" W x 24" L and must pay for their own travel to Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, California, food for a week and provide any materials wanted/needed. Please be minimal, the point of this residency is to push yourself as an artist and human with using less. Cell phones may or may not work and charging of devices will be limited. Prepare yourself for separation from your phone, social media and FaceBook. Don't worry, you can post all you want when you get home! Casey is also CPR/First Aide certified. And be prepared for a fun, exciting and new adventure!!!

Selection Process :

One person will be selected for this residency by Casey. Selection will be made without regard to race, religion, gender, marital status, or age; however, applicants must possess the ability, skills and experience to fully participate in the back country and desert. Newbies are welcome to apply but must be physically and mentally welcoming to new adventures and experiences. 

Chosen applicant agrees to make available their photos taken during the residency for use by Case of the Nomads and Casey Sheppard also allowing the use of their bio/photos/statement and other materials to be used for online features, social media and/or other uses.

Requirements :

Dropbox the following :

  • Current Bio/CV 
  • Artist Statement (500 words MAX)
  • Short paragraph on why you want to go off the grid (500 words MAX)
  • 5 Photos Current Work : label each photo with last name and title of work : ex. LastnameTitle.jpg Image size : 72 dpi, 10 inches longest side
  • 5 Writing Samples (5 pages MAX) Writers/Poets ONLY

Additional Requirements :

  • Must be over 18 years old 
  • All mediums (Writers/Designers/Chefs/etc) and all levels welcome (Students/Professionals/Novices/Professors/Retirees/etc)
  • Camping experience is not required by an open mind is must!
  • Must be okay with a large dog since India the Adventure dog (boxer) will be along for the 7 days!

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I realise that this has already happened!  Will you be doing another week like this at any point and if so where?  I would definitely be interested as a jeweller/hiker/dog owner living in remote Greece and travelling half my life for work!  It sounds wonderful.  

Best wishes


Hey Anna,

I'm so excited to hear that you are interested. The residency was so great!! The next residency is not planned, yet. I will keep you posted. It would be great to connect! I want to hear more about your travels and work. 

Thanks Anna,



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