The Millay Colony offers a range of workshops — from our one-day programs in New York City to multi-day retreats on our glorious Upstate New York campus — all with some of the sharpest writers, editors, publishers, and artists around.

The Millay Colony offers the following 2019 workshops which include meals and ample time to work, ruminate and explore our lush natural surroundings. Private bedrooms and spacious private studios are available. Participants delve into their work, explore new ideas, meet extraordinary teaching artists and collaborate with others while spending intense work-time on our gorgeous campus. Fragrant with blueberries, thyme, and wildflowers, the quiet loveliness of our upstate New York campus provides uninterrupted calm and inspiration.


Crack Open the Light: A Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat
Dates: May 30-June 2

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

Yoga is a practice of awareness, of both of mind and body. When we connect breath with movement, a deep listening opens up inside of us. What creative possibilities emerge when we move our bodies with intention, when we breathe mindfully? What can we unearth when we go within ourselves? What is revealed? This retreat will lead us through a daily morning asana and meditation practice, which will prime the pump for creative juices to flow. Morning sessions will be followed by afternoons of generative writing to explore and harness new energy by experimenting with various genres (poetry, story, essay, and letters).

Leslieann Hobayan a poet-writer & devoted yogi whose work has appeared in The Rumpus, Aster(ix) Journal, The Grief Diaries, and Rigorous, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and 2018 Best of the Net. She has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship for Poetry at the Vermont Studio Center, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation fellowship at Millay Colony for the Arts, and an artist grant for the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers Conference. A practitioner of bhakti yoga, she is also a 500-hr certified yoga instructor who completed her advanced training in India through Supersoul in Chatham, NY. She teaches hatha/vinyasa, meditation, and Kundalini yoga.

Retreat Schedule: Each day begins with breakfast followed by yoga and writing. Afternoons can be spent writing in the studio or walking the mountain trails. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to open readings, meditation sessions and social time.

Fees: All Includsive: $750 include tuition, private room & studio, and all meals
Day Participants: $600 includes day retreat & lunch.

Workshop cancellations will be accepted up to 30 days before the workshop start date with a 50% refund issued.

We are not able to offer refunds beyond the cut-off date.
In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled by The Millay Colony, full refunds will be issued.

To Sign Up: Contact Calliope Nicholas at, or 518 392-3103.
You can pay the deposit via PayPal on the home page of our website or send a check to: The Millay Colony for the Arts, PO BOX 3, Austerlitz, NY, 12017, Attention: Workshops.
Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts.

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