You are invited to join us for a unique artistic retreat
which happens only once a year!
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What does it mean to be an artist?

We all have questions:
How to approach the blank page, the lump of clay, the human body, the human voice, the delicate silk, the pliable reed, the empty space?
But the work of an artist goes beyond knowing one’s craft, the materials, and technique. The process of creation calls for a refinement of our attention.

More questions come to mind.

  • How can we support this attention?
  • How do we know when it is there?
  • What are we trying?
  • How might we live our professional lives more fully every day?
  • What are the distinctions between art and craft?

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We invite you to join our unique artist's retreat, ArtsWeekend in the Catskills!

We are a group of artists who began working together exploring these questions personally and professionally, sharing our search with a diverse group of students. Through the study of painting, pottery, acting, singing, photography, tanning, writing and all the mediums explored in this weekend, we come together to experience the meaning of what it is to be an artist.

To expand our investigation in a practical way, for over 15 years, we have offered unique, weekend summer workshops at the Lake Conference Center in the Catskills ( See Map),
a quiet retreat in a beautiful setting, where students of all levels can explore art and craft. Beginners and experienced artists alike can share a search for the underlying source of the artistic process. As we use the human body, mind and feelings to transform material, we discover a new potential, a new freedom and a new joy.

We invite you to join our unique
artist's retreat.

We look forward to exploring with you in action and discussion.

We receive some of our inspiration from the book The Unknown Craftsman, by Soetsu Yanagi.

(People and families return every year.)

Registration Information

Links below for class descriptions

In additional to your workshop classes, optional learning opportunites are available to all participants.

These mini-classes are offered at no additional cost, except where material fees apply. Please let the registrar know your interest.

  1. Qigong at 7 AM

  2. The basics of gluten-free baking, and/or probiotic condiments
    (time to be decided)

  3. Singing together (possibly after lunch or before dinner)

  4. Plant Walk: learning to eat from the wild

  5. The basics of drumming

ask the registrar for more information

This year Artsweekend is June 26-June 30, 2015
Registration is Friday, June 26,
see schedule

Please use the registration form:
one workshop per person. Each workshop includes: an introductory session Friday, with 7 three hour workshop sessions, an optional morning Qigong class, wonderful gourmet meals, and special evening activities or studio time.

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - AS SPACE IS LIMITED Cost of each workshop: $500 plus applicable material fees. There are a limited number of Work-Study positions available. Upon receipt of your registration form a packet will be sent with details about transportation and other specifics for your weekend retreat.

Early registration discount $25
if paid in full by May 31.

For special requests and questions, call the registrar: 845-794-0241