"We need to create special, protected zones for people to be quiet and serene and not lose their happiness." -Slava Polunin, Russian Master Clown



During the worst parts of COVID when we couldn't safely run our group retreats, we started offering solo retreats in inspirational locations for artists of all kinds. From Yuba County, California to the Catskills in New York, our solo retreats are now a cornerstone of our annual programming.

In the spirt of community-building that The Cabins represents, all of the properties for the solo residencies are being shared by either board members or former Cabins participants. We are incredibly grateful for the support our own artists are showing other artists as we make our way back to our individual practices and mend our confidence as creative people in a fractured world. To stay up to date on residency options, please sign up for our newsletter. If you have a property you would like to share with an artist, please send us an email.

Applications for our February 2023 Catskills DIY Group Retreat open October 1 - December 1, 2022. (All other residencies are filled.) The below gives you an idea of what is asked for in the application process, but please go to https://apply.thecabinsretreat.com to actually apply. 


  • Contact information of the lead person applying for the group (Note that we can not consider applicants under 21 years of age at this time.)

  • Preferred pronouns.

  • Description of your group and statement of intent.

  • Whether or not anyone in your group has applied to The Cabins' programming before.

  • Whether you have any special needs or mobility concerns we need to know about? Help us understand how we can best accommodate you if you’re chosen for the residency.

  • How do you intend to travel to the residency? Will you have access to vehicle or other transportation while there?

  • How did you find out about us?

  • Anything that you would like to add?

REMINDER: Please go to https://apply.thecabinsretreat.com to apply. The above is only to give you an idea of what the application process entails. 


Applications will be received and evaluated on a rolling basis. Those who are not accepted will be placed on a waitlist. The admissions committee takes the following into account while evaluating applications:

  • Artistic merit

  • Creative balance—applicants should represent a range of disciplines across the creative arts

  • Inclusivity: As a program based on the exchange of knowledge and experience, we strive for a diverse representation of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, class and creed among our participants, and accordingly, we are prioritizing applications from underrepresented artists in the creative arts. We are currently working to make our accommodations more easily accessible to people with mobility issues. 

  • Participants’ ability and willingness to contribute to a safe, inspirational and healthy experience for everyone involved, including property owners.

Please visit our donation information to find out how you can sponsor a scholarship or donate to The Cabins!

We are grateful to the following sponsors who make it easier, tastier and more feasible to run our various programs:

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