September 2-5, 2019

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Writing festival & retreat

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Location

The Ashokan Center

The Poetry Barn invites writers of all stripes to Olivebridge, NY’s Ashokan Center for a festival designed to recharge your creative energy and light up your writing life!

Write a song, learn to letterpress, hike & write, take a workshop with the world-famous aerialist Philippe Petit!

Choose an option from each category below to build your bespoke festival!

 

Choose an option from each category to build your bespoke retreat!

 
 

1. Stay

Commute, camp, or stay overnight in one of three beautiful buildings.

2. Play

Mix and match workshops & activities designed to get you in the zone.

3. Chill

Unwind in a wood-fired sauna, swim under the waterfalls, canoe the creek.

 

9/2


8:30-9:30

Continental Breakfast

9:30-12:00

Free Time

Explore and unwind.

12:00-12:30

Welcome

Get inspired with Philippe Petit!

12:30-1:30

Simple Lunch

2:00-4:00

Breathe. Read. Write.

Lisa Freedman

2:00 - 4:00

True Nature

Barbara Bash

4:15 -5:15

Prose Ramblings

Nina Shengold

4:15 - 5:15

Let’s Dance

Emily Vanston

4:15 - 5:15

Ukulele Lessons

Phyllis Capello

5:30 - 6:30

Country Dinner Buffet

7:30 - 9:15

A Good Boat

David Gonzelez, Steve Gorn, Harvey Sorgen

9:30 - 11:00

Stargazing

Campfire. S’mores. Sharing.

 

9/3


8:30 - 9:30

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

True Nature

Barbara Bash

10:00 - 12:00

Breathe. Read. Write.

Lisa Freedman

12:30 - 1:30

Simple Lunch

2:00 - 4:00

Sing/Song

Jude Roberts & Julie Parisi Kirby

2:00 - 4:00

Just My Type

Maureen Cummins

4:15 - 5:15

Let’s Dance

Emily Vanston

4:15 - 5:15

Ukulele Lessons

Phyllis Capello

5:30 - 6:30

Country Dinner Buffet

7:30 - 9:15

Features & Open-Mic

9:30 - 11:00

Stargazing

Campfire. S’mores. Sharing

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9/4


8:30 - 9:30

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

The Art of Writing

Philippe Petit

10:00 - 12:00

Hike & Write

Alison Koffler-Wise

10:00 - 12:00

Body Intelligence

Cory Nakasue

12:30 - 1:30

Simple Lunch

2:00 - 4:00

Sing/Song

Jude Roberts & Julie Parisi Kirby

2:00 - 4:00

Just My Type

Maureen Cummins

4:15 - 5:15

Prose Ramblings

Nina Shengold

4:15 - 5:15

Let’s Dance

Emily Vanston

4:15 - 5:15

Ukulele Lessons

Phyllis Capello

5:30 - 6:30

Country Dinner Buffet

7:30 - 9:15

Radio-Active
Poetry & Music of Protest & Witness

9:30 - 11:00

Stargazing

Campfire. S’mores. Sharing.

9/5


8:30 - 9:30

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

The Art of Writing

Philippe Petit

10:00 - 12:00

Hike & Write

Alison Koffler-Wise

10:00 - 12:00

Body Intelligence

Cory Nakasue

12:30 - 1:30

Simple Lunch

2:00 - 4:00

Sing/Song

Jude Roberts & Julie Parisi Kirby

2:00 - 4:00

Just My Type

Maureen Cummins

4:15 - 5:15

Let’s Dance

Emily Vanston

5:30 - 6:30

Country Dinner Buffet

 

Directions

address

The Ashokan Center
477 Beaverkill Rd.
Olivebridge, NY 12461

by car

Take NY State Thruway (1-87) to Kingston exit #19. Leave traffic circle on Route 28 West (toward Pine Hill). In 12 miles, turn left onto Reservoir Rd. Cross the Ashokan Reservoir, turn left at “T”. Bear right down the hill past the first left turn (Rt 28A East) and merge onto 28A West. Go 1/4 mile & turn left onto Beaverkill Road. Go 1 mile then turn right and follow signs.

by Bus

Take Trailways to Kingston station, about 25 minutes away. You can arrange for a taxi (e.g. Kingston Kabs, 845-331-8294).

by Train

Take MetroNorth to Poughkeepsie or Amtrak to Rhinecliff stations. 

by Plane

We are closest to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY (SFA).  Albany Airport (ALB) is just a few miles further away.  Newark Airport (EWR) and NYC airports are two hours away.

Contact

Phone: (845) 280-0430‬
Email: hello@catskill-lit.com

 

Sponsors

We couldn’t be more honored to collaborate with some of our area’s most innovative organizations and individuals.