Navigate Together


Signal Fire celebrates ten years of wilderness arts programming with a suite of backcountry retreats on the subject of migration. In the era of climate change, humans and animals, and even plants, are ever more on the move. This year’s trips invite artists to engage and observe patterns of migration in the context of the ecological shifts that underscore them.

Our spring trips will engage the fraught territory of the U.S. border with Mexico, ecologically-unique and stunningly beautiful, yet plagued by years of increasing militarization and unheeded environmental laws. Summer brings us back to the Klamath and Pacific Northwest, where the movement of water facilitates migration of fish, mammals, and humans. Our season continues into fall, with our second annual Southwest Immersion journey along the tributaries of the Colorado River, as well as a juried retreat through the complex and quirky landscapes of Southern California’s deserts.

Trips and Programs

Juried Artist Retreats

No retreats this year

Wide Open Studios

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Tinderbox Residency

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No outposts this year


No alumni gatherings this year

Indigenous Artist Retreats

No indigenous artist retreats this year

Projects and Publications


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