Sisters Summer Retreat 2019
Moravia, New York
What to Expect
We provide a wealth of images to open your imagination, a beautiful
setting to work in, time for sharing ideas and quiet contemplation.
You will have access to our huge library of images and our considerable
collection of Asian and Mexican folk art.
Our studio home was built around 1875 as a private school. After
a time, it was converted to a hopital staffed by the one of the
first woman doctors in the area (who also led seances in the attic).
The building was converted to domestic use in the 1950’s.
There are many places to work. Outdoors we have both front and
back porches, a huge park like yard and a a large studio barn
with many work stations. In the house there is common rest and
dining space, a woodshop, metal, copy and painting studios as
well as more work stations.
Our workshop will combine one on one and small group coaching
with class projects, exercises and critiques. Studios are open
for work 8 AM to 8 PM. Instruction is provided 10AM - 12PM and
1PM - 2:30PM though we are available throughout for consultation.
We provide handouts on many techniques.
A tremendous resource for all of us is the great wealth of experience
and imagination that each participant brings. This is a week of
intense focus and immersion with others who treasure their time
Prior to classes, we will send a Reading List, as well as basic
tool kit and materials lists.
|Moravia, New York
Our studio is located in the historic village of Moravia, NY.
The village is charming and pedestrian friendly. We are easy walking
distance of shopping, restaurants, a library post office and,
most importantly, a hardware store. We are just a short walk from
Filmore Glen, a state park with swimming, camping, and beautiful
hiking trails. There are also several other lovely hiking trails along the creek that runs through the village.
Our Fingerlakes area of upstate NY is rich with natural beauty.
Lakes, parks, gorges, waterfalls, and forests alternate with rolling
farm land and vineyards. The village is just south of Owasco Lake,
one of the finger lakes. We are a 25 minute ride to Ithaca, NY,
home of Moosewood and many other good restaurants, interesting
shops, movies and cultural events at Cornell University and Ithaca
College. Cornell is the home of Sapsucker Woods and the world
famous Lab of Ornithology. We are just a short drive from Mackenzie-Childs’
pottery extravagant lakeside headquarters (with aviary, roving
exotic cattle, factory and second’s shop) and the Aurora
Shoe outlet. Another favorite stop of our participants is Dinosaur
Dry Goods which features “lightly used” Flax, Angelheart
and other designer clothing. A 20 mile drive to the west will
bring you to Seneca Falls, home of the Women’s History Museum,
the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House and several other sites key in
the history of the Women’s Sufferage movement.
The session concludes the day before our favorite local “holiday”,
the Route 90 Fifty Miles Of Garage Sales. This
is always held on the last weekend in July and runs from Route
81 through rolling hills, continuing up to the northern most tip
of Lake Cayuga. All of the many small towns have bake sales and
barbecues, rumage sales, book sales and everywhere, even in the
fields are tables set up with items waiting to be claimed. There
are people cleaning out their attics and professional antique
and flea market dealers throughout the route. The sale runs through
both Saturday and Sunday.
Meals will be healthful fare featuring local
fresh fruits and vegetables of the season. A lunch “smorgasbord”
is provided daily. We provide dinner Sunday, and Friday. There
are light snacks and beverages available throughout the day.
US KNOW YOUR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS IN ADVANCE.
Your tuition covers tools and materials you will use in class
as well as technique handouts. Materials may include: Paperclay,
casting paper, colored gessos, wood, sandpaper, metal foils. You
will also have access to our wood shop and copy studio includes
10 free color copies and 20 black & white copies free.
Home Stays in Moravia
The village of Moravia has little in the way of commercial accommodations.
We have, therefore, asked friends to open their homes to participants
in our workshops. Several have generously agreed to do so. Most
of these accomodations run $45 - $55 per night. All reservations
for accommodations are between the home owners and you, so please
call them with any questions. We will provide a housing
list after registration.
Hotels/Motels/ B & B’s
If you wish to stay at a regular B & B, Hotel or Motel, Ithaca
is a lively college town a pleasant drive (20 - 30 minutes) from
Moravia--Movies, Restaurants, galore. Other options you can try
are Groton, Aurora, Lansing, Skaneatles, Cortland and Auburn,
NY which are about the same distance from Moravia. Here are some
websites to start your research
Our studios are walking distance from a lovely state park, Fillmore
Glen. They have a few rustic cabins (beds, fridge, stove, sink
but a short walk to the bathroom). If you want to get a cabin,
contact them early, as they are very popular and reservations
for the summer fill up quickly.
They also have camp sites for RV’s and tents. To find out
more go to: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/157/details.aspx
A TO BRING LIST will be provided after registration. See you there!