4 Days 3 Nights

Peak Color Retreat

October 6-9
 

 

Join us for an inspiring weekend of poetry steeped in the vibrance of fall in the Catskills.

 
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WHAT'S INCLUDED

9 hours of master craft workshop
6+ hrs of free writing time
1 reception/dinner, 1 brunch, 2 lunches
5 acres of wooded land
2 field trips
library access

 

Master Craft Workshop

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The Living Object:
Image & Movement

with Judith Vollmer

A poem’s invitation to explore its visual field means paying attention to image and how it works on its own dynamic motion.  

Image might arrive via observation, description, or odd perception, and then it takes off. Cesare Pavese praises the image’s magic in moving downward and through a poem, with a radiant force-field or sphere of its own making.  

In workshops, we’ll work with prompts and objects; do some observational field work; and look at a group of poems by various highly visual poets across traditions and aesthetics.

 

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Judith Vollmer

Visiting master teaching artist Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, awarded the University of Wisconsin Press Four Lakes Prize (2017). She is recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and fellowships and visiting artist residencies from the Corporation of Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, and elsewhere.  Other publication prizes include the Brittingham, the Cleveland, and the Center for Book Arts (limited edition) awards. Her collection Reactor was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review.  Vollmer’s poetry and criticism have appeared in Poetry International, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire, The Women’s Review of Books, and Great River Review, among many others.  She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University.

 

Travel & Accommodations

need lodging? 

Participants are able to stay just a stone's throw from the Poetry Barn, at a lovely vacation home called "Reservoir House"  located a two-minute drive away. Or bring your bike and enjoy the gorgeous scenery during the 15-minute ride.

The moment you arrive you will start to unwind. The downstairs is open plan with high ceilings. A well-equipped kitchen leads into the dining area with artist-designed lighting fixture giving the dining area a warm glow. The living area is spacious with sofas for lounging in front of the wood burning stove. 

The three bedrooms (each with beds that accommodate two) & two bathrooms are located upstairs with a half-bath on the first floor. Additionally, there are two comfortable sleeper-sofas on the main level.

The master bath has a deep soaking tub perched in the corner with windows overlooking the forest. A new sauna is located in the Master bathroom. Soaking tub and sauna are available to all to use.

The four acre lot is surrounded by trees, with a back lawn. The wrap-around decks incorporate a gas grill, fire pit & picnic table.

Return to the real world refreshed & rejuvenated. Room selection is first-come, first-serve.

 
 
 

prefer to camp?

There are several campgrounds in the area:

Or feel free to pitch a tent right on the property. We are situated on five acres of land, with level, clear areas to pitch a tent, and easy access to an indoor bathroom with shower.

Commuters

Enjoy a world-class poetry retreat by day, and return to the comforts of your home at night. 

How to get here

 

 Wander 

When visiting us for a retreat, reserve some time to wander and be renewed by our area's natural beauty. The Catskills are included in Fodor's Go List of 25 can't-miss spots! Make it a weekend, and strike out on one of our area's many trailheads, discover a hidden waterfall, or take in an event at the Woodstock Playhouse, Maverick Concerts, Bethel Woods, or Bearsville Theater. 

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Schedule

Day 1

  • 4:00:  Check in

  • 6:00:  Welcome reception/dinner
  • 8:00:  Firepit or free time

DAY 2

  • 10:00: 3 hr workshop with Judith Vollmer
  • 1:00:  Lunch
  • 2:00:  Field Trip 
  • 5:00:  Free/writing time
  • 7:00:  Dinner out
  • 9:00:  Firepit or free time

DAY 3

  • 10:00: 3 hr workshop with Judith Vollmer
  • 1:00:   Lunch
  • 2:00:  Field Trip 
  • 5:00:  Free/writing time
  • 7:00:  Dinner out
  • 9:00:  Firepit or free time

DAY 4

  • 9:00:  3 hr workshop with Judith Vollmer
  • 11:00: Check out
  • 12:00: Send off reception/brunch
 

Payment

RESERVOIR HOUSE
$500

Your own bed in a luxury vacation home, complete with sauna, soaking tub, decks and chef's kitchen. 

 


COMMUTERS & CAMPERS
$300

Drive here daily from your home and return home to the comfort of your own bed for the night. Or pitch your tent on our five acres of land and enjoy easy access to indoor bathroom with shower.

 
 
 
 

Poetry Barn

1693 State Route 28A
West Hurley, NY 12491

 
 

Getting Here

CAR

  • from WOODSTOCK: NY-375 S TO NY-28 W TO RESERVOIR ROAD TO NY-28A E
  • from PHOENICIA: NY-28 E TO RESERVOIR ROAD TO NY-28A E
  • from KINGSTON: NY-28 W TO WAUGHKONK RD (MAKE LEFT AT HICKORY BBQ). TURN RIGHT AT NY-28A W
  • from WEST SHOKAN: NY-28A E
  • from HIGH FALLS, ROSENDALE, STONE RIDGE:  NY-213 W TO NY-28A TO NY-28A E
  • from NYC: I-87N TO EXIT 19, FOLLOW 28W TO 28A WEST

 

train

Take MetroNorth to Poughkeepsie or Amtrak to Rhinecliff.  Need a pickup? Just let us know!

bus

Trailways to Kingston. Need a pickup? Just let us know.

AIRPLANE

We are closest to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY (SFA).  Albany Airport (ALB) is just a few miles further away.  

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An environment where great ideas are nurtured in a professional, warm manner. The quality of faculty is equal to any live professional workshop I have participated in including the San Miguel Poetry Week.
— Lois P. Jones, poet and host of Poets Cafe (Pacifica Radio), Los Angeles

 Ashokan Reservoir Spillway, a five-minute walk from the barn

Ashokan Reservoir Spillway, a five-minute walk from the barn

Questions?

 

Principle photography © Chris Abramides