Join Mary Beth Coudal for a three-day writing retreat in the historic Georgian manor house, Skenewood, in Westport, New York, to focus on your writing and your art from May 16 to May 19, 2013. View pictures of the historic manor house, Skenewood.
You gather for workshops and hands-on exercises and discussions. You retreat to work on your project in one of the estate’s creative and cozy spaces.
You share farm fresh meals. You wake to light and space and time simply to create. You do it all over again. (Adirondack Artists’ & Writers’ Retreat)
Participants will have hours to retreat and write and create. They can find their spot on the terrace overlooking Lake Champlain, next to a fireplace, or in a window seat. There will also be time to:
- start the day with yoga,
- attend a workshop with a local author or painter,
- share local farm fresh meals in the grand dining room,
- kayak Lake Champlain or hike woodland trails,
- join an evening dinner party in town, and
- read and share their works in progress at an after-dinner salon.
When they’re done, participants will have:
- completed a publishable story or piece of art,
- found a community of writers and artists to support them, and
- know the next steps to continue their good work.
Workshops at this retreat may include: “Setting and Landscape,”“Art Journaling through Words and Pictures,” and “Our Need To Tell Stories.”
Adirondack Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat Details
Check out this video from the retreat last fall!
This retreat is led by Mary Beth Coudal, who owns and operates the Writers Boot Camp East. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Salon.com, and Self magazine. She believes in the power of dangerous and authentic writing to transform lives.
When: Thursday afternoon, May 16 at 2:00 pm to Sunday afternoon, May 19, 1 pm
Where: Skenewood manor house, Westport, NY
Price: Dorm in one of the ten unique bedrooms(earlybird rate until 4/1/13): $475
Or commute from the North Country for the weekend (until 4/1/13): $275
Price includes all meals from Thursday teatime to Sunday brunch, all materials and activities including daily yoga, tennis, canoeing, and evening salon.
Artists, if you use special materials, please bring them. Basic artists’ tools will be provided.
Westport is a little more than 4 and a half hours by car from New York City and 6 hours via Amtrak train along the Hudson River, voted one of the country’s most scenic routes. Amtrak leaves NYC around 8 am on Thurs. and leaves Westport around 2 pm on Sunday. Reserve your tickets for the train on the Amtrak website. Pick up to and from the train station to the retreat is included. Westport on Lake Champlain is located 2 hours north of Albany, 40 minutes east of Lake Placid, and 2 hours south of Montreal.
Register here for the event!