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


Until we can safely run our collaborative retreats in person again, we are offering solo retreats in inspirational locations for artists of all kinds. In the spring of 2021, we are offering residencies in Pioneertown and Yuba County, California, and in the Catskills of New York.

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.

To apply for any of our spring residencies, please send an email answering the following to the admissions committee at thecabinsretreat (at) gmail (dot) com by February 21st, 2021. (You may include your answers in the body of the email.)


  • Name and residency session you're applying to. (If you are applying to more than one residency please note that in your application.)

  • Preferred pronouns

  • Date of birth (We can not consider applicants under 21 years of age at this time)

  • Current address and telephone number

  • Your website or bio with links to your work (if applicable)

  • Have you applied or attended The Cabins before, and if so, when?

  • A statement of intent (250 words max). Please include why you are applying for a Cabins residency and how you’ll use your time there. If you have applied for a residency in the past, let us know what has shifted with your project(s) since we last heard from you. 

  • Do 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?


Covid disclaimer: Please note that all applicants need to have been practicing safe and smart social distancing during the pandemic and are expected to do the same while at the residency.  If you have reason to think you have been exposed to someone with Covid, please do not apply. All residencies will be contingent upon national and state Covid guidelines and developments—changes in one or the other could effect the duration of residencies and the property owners reserve the right to cancel residencies for Covid-related reasons.


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.

  • Proximity to retreats: Because of ongoing Covid concerns, we’ll be taking into account how many touchpoints participants will encounter on their way to each residency.

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