The Cleaning the House Workshop was developed by Abramovic during her years of teaching. Since the 1980s, she developed and led numerous Cleaning the House workshops for her students at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Hamburg, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and later when she was a professor for Performance Art at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig, where she taught for seven years.

During the workshop, participants will be asked to refrain from eating or speaking to bring the body and mind to a quiet, calm state. Participants will be led through a series of long durational exercises to improve individual focus, stamina, and concentration.

When we are given the opportunity to be in nature, away from distractions, and to participate in this time-honed set of exercises and activities, it improves our focus, our determination, and our ability to generate new ideas.  This type of preparation is described by Abramovic as a complete internal reset, essential not only for performers, as they approach their work but also for other practitioners and professionals across all disciplines.