An Arts and Agricultural Space in constant growth. 


We are a project in constant growth that believes in the power of people to reclaim space and importance of caring for your neighbors. 

Our mission: Growing a resilient creative community by sharing time and natural space to develop the art of storytelling while literally nourishing our neighbors. We must imagine a better future where we celebrate differences that make us collectively stronger to grow that future. 

MidMountain is a five-acre retreat on the James River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where we seek to cultivate and share experiences to explore the relationships we have with each other and the world. We've recently become a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status, working to support arts programming and are seeking community input about interpreting the property’s past, which includes ties to colonization and human bondage. 

The grounds are also being developed into a sustainable food forest with plans for agritourism and mutual aid distribution. 

Want to support our work? Donate here.
Private rentals of our space are available via Airbnb and VRBO

MidMountain is also the studio of interdisciplinary artist Andy (River) Peterson, who occasionally creates and performs audio projects as MidMountain—the band

Have ideas for how to help us grow? Get in touch with River, our founder and curator: river@midmountain.org.

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We have a growing Board that helps cultivate our project. It currently includes: 

Deborah Ager is an entrepreneur, essayist, and poet. She co-edited The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, collaborated on 35+ nonfiction books with her clients, and founded 32 Poems Magazine. 

Mariam Baksh is a federal policy reporter, with stints at The Washington Post, The American Prospect, and Marketplace Public Radio over the years, and knows way too much about U.S. cybersecurity policy. She's also been a public-interest organizer and is a visual artist with an interest in creative nonfiction.

Chad Clark is founder, composer and producer of the Washington, DC band Beauty Pill. Clark is also a film and theater composer. Additionally, Clark is an essayist and author of the forthcoming anthology Pet The Bomb Sniffing Dog (Bohannon/Harper Collins 2023.)

Carolyn Fiddler is communications director for Daily Kos and is the nation’s foremost expert in state politics. She's spent her professional life working for various Democratic and progressive organizations. Fiddler is from a small town in Virginia you've never heard of, and her comic book collection is probably bigger than yours.

Edward Ongweso, Jr is a New York City-based reporter covering labor and technology for Motherboard, VICE News’s technology section whose work has focused on app-based gig labor platforms, antitrust and antimonopoly law, labor movements, capital markets, and surveillance technologies. Ongewso also co-hosts a weekly podcast on technology and political economy: This Machine Kills.

Audé Negrete-Baños is a passionate advocate for social justice focusing on children’s, women’s, and Immigrant’s rights currently serving as the Executive Director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino and American Affairs Commission. For over two decades her advocacy work has taken her around the United States and Mexico. 

Abby Wendle is a sculptor of metal and sound. She enjoys swimming and saunas, gardening, and walking in the woods with her cat. Wendle currently works as a reporter and producer for NPR’s Invisibilia.

Community Calendar

We are grateful to be hosting a diverse crew of creatives! We expect this Calendar to grow throughout the year...


September 6: Høly River, doors and potluck at 6pm, show at 7pm. 

The music of Høly River carries the message of humanity’s need for reconnection with the earth. Mystically political and wholeheartedly grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as backyard fire pits of intentional communities around the world. Doors and potluck at 6pm, show with opening set by the MidMountain All Trans House Band at 7pm, $10-30 suggested donation//no one turned away for lack of funds.


March 2022: Mali Obomsawin

Mali Obomsawin is a songwriter, bassist, composer, journalist and #landback organizer from Odanak Abenaki First Nation. Known for her many years with the group Lula Wiles, Obomsawin is stepping forward as a bandleader in 2022 with her highly anticipated jazz debut, Sweet Tooth, and is working to complete her first solo album as a singer-songwriter. Obomsawin spent time at MidMountain working on original songs for a forthcoming solo project and did an online concert via Instagram on March 18, 2022. 

April 2022: Edward Ongweso, Jr & Erin Taylor

Edward Ongweso, Jr is a New York City-based reporter covering labor and technology for Motherboard, VICE News’s technology section whose work has focused on app-based gig labor platforms, antitrust and antimonopoly law, labor movements, capital markets, and surveillance technologies. Ongewso also co-hosts a weekly podcast on technology and political economy: This Machine Kills. Ongweso worked on a science fiction project and non-fiction book proposal at MidMountain.

Erin Taylor is a writer and editor living in New York City. They’re the author of the upcoming poetry collection Bimboland. They edit Observer Arts, and can be found @erinisaway. They worked on fiction projects at MidMountain.

EVENT: Imagining better futures, now!
April 25, 2022 9PM ET/6PM PT

Join us online for a Twitter Space hosted by MidMountain to discuss the challenge and power of imagining better futures in our current moment, featuring Cory Doctorow, Edward Ongweso, Jr, Erin Taylor, and Andrea Peterson. 

April 15, 2023: Timothy Bailey & the Humans

Join us for our first in-person event, a launch party for a journal reflecting on our germination year and celebration of our food forest planting with performances from Timothy Bailey & The Humans and our All Trans House Band on April 15, 2023. Doors at 3pm, show at 4pm, $10 suggested donation//no one turned away for lack of funds.

August 5 2023, 2-6pm: MidMountain Open House

Join us for FREE Sounds, Sights & Stories from our August residency crew including Requiem, AnaMarie King and Eve Ettinger, plus a garden produce giveaway!

Artist bios:


Requiem is a DC-based audiovisual arts group founded by guitarist Tristan Welch, composer Doug Kallmeyer, and visual artist Monica Stork. Known for their immersive, cinematic and hypnotic multimedia experiences, Requiem’s sound is characterized by heavy soundscapes, deep synthetic bass, and musical percussion, imbued with emotional depth.


AnaMarie King is a self-taught multimedia artist whose work aims to illustrate her inner struggle with all that she cannot control. Often working with found objects, they allow the materials to influence them and let them take new form. Their work looks at notions of society through a lens of chance and chaos. Through subjects such as race, age roles, and gender roles, they expose and mock the rigidness enforced by social norms.


Eve Ettinger is a writer, editor, and educator in Alexandria, Virginia. They edited creative non-fiction features for The Rumpus 2019-2023, and have an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. They're working on a memoir/collection of linked essays about trauma recovery and healing, and co-host a podcast about the intersection of Christian fundamentalism and current events called Kitchen Table Cult. As a teacher and editor, Eve is passionate about trauma-informed narrative processes and helping others learn how to craft stories which subvert existing structures of power under late-stage capitalism. 

The Site

MidMountain is located just outside the small town of Natural Bridge Station in southwest Virginia. The grounds feature a three-story brick home, multiple outbuildings including an old brick post office and separate workshop, and extensive outdoor space with cleared areas suitable for large events or installations as well as access to 400' of private frontage on the James River. 

The main house is 3,300 square feet, with sleeping for up to twelve people across 3 bedrooms and shared areas, 2.5 bathrooms, a modern open-concept kitchen, a library, a gallery, and visual art studio.

Although the site is secluded, it’s within walking or biking distance of basic conveniences, including gas and limited groceries, in Natural Bridge Station and a short drive to many interesting sights!

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