Join us in the Catskills mountains

Peak Color
Poetry Retreat

October 5-8, 2018

 

Reach your personal peak

 
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Schedule

Friday, october 5

  • 4:00:  Check in

  • 6:00: Welcome reception/dinner

  • 8:00: Firepit or free time

saturday, October 6

  • 10:00: Workshop with Judith Vollmer

  • 1:00: Lunch

  • 2:00: Optional field trip to Opus 40

  • 5:00: Free time

  • 7:00: Dinner out

  • 9:00: Firepit reading

sunday, October 7

  • 10:00: Workshop with Judith Vollmer

  • 1:00: Lunch

  • 4:00: Presentation by special guest Philippe Petit

  • 5:00: Free time

  • 7:00: Dinner

  • 8:00: Free time or group outing

monday, October 8

  • 9:00: Workshop with Judith Vollmer

  • 12:00: Send off reception/brunch

 

Register

With luxury Lodging
$350-$500

A luxury vacation home, complete with sauna, whirlpool, decks and chef's kitchen.  Several room types and price points.

  • King double: $500 (sold out)

  • Queen double: $450 (sold out)

  • Queen futon: $400 (sold out)

 


COMMUTERS & CAMPERS
$200-300

Drive here daily from your home and return to the comfort of your own bed for the night. Or pitch your tent in one of the area's beautiful campgrounds on the banks of the Esopus Creek.

Stay all four days ($300) or just the weekend ($200)!

 
 

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. Read more

 

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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).

Vollmer teaches in the Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University. She is a recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Pittsburgh and is a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM. She lives in Pittsburgh in the Nine Mile Run Watershed.

Read more at http://www.judithvollmer.com/

 

Special Guest

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Rebel Poet: Philippe Petit in Conversation

Adding a thrilling dimension to our retreat, on Sunday, October 7, from 4-4:45 PM, renowned high wire artist Philippe Petit will lead a lively conversation on creativity and read selections from his ten books, including his first published poem.

This very special event is offered to the public for just $20 and is included in the cost of the retreat.

 
 
 

 Getting here 

 

 
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Poetry Barn
1693 State Route 28A
West Hurley, NY 12491

 

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.  Newark Airport (EWR) and NYC airports are two hours away.

 

pre-reserved luxury lodging
$350-$500

Three bedrooms (each with beds that accommodate two) and two full bathrooms are located upstairs, with a half-bath on the first floor. The master bath has a deep soaking tub perched in the corner with windows overlooking the forest, and a sauna. Grab a friend to share a double, or reserve a room all your own.

The four acre lot is surrounded by trees, with a back lawn. The wrap-around decks incorporate a gas grill, fire pit & picnic table.  A well-equipped kitchen leads into the spacious living area with sofas and daybeds for lounging in front of the wood burning stove. 

 

COMMUTERS & Campers
$200-$300

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

We are minutes from Hotel Dylan Emerson Resort & Spa, and Kate's Lazy Meadow. Nearby camping options include Phoenicia Black Bear, Sleepy Hollow and Kenneth Wilson.

 
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Become a member & save

Our long-distance migrant members enjoy all the benefits of other membership types, plus take 10% off retreats. 

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

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