Retreat Space

We are now closed for personal retreats until the end of September when we conclude our juried residency season. However, please learn more about this opportunity below:


Saltonstall Arts Colony - Retreat Space for Artists and Writers

Saltonstall’s five apartments / studios are available to New York State-based artists and writers (this includes Ithaca!) and to past Saltonstall Fellows and grant recipients on a first-come, first-served basis for personal retreats. We require a simple statement-of-purpose - an explanation of why you'd like to use the space. There is no jurying involved.

2014 - 2015 Dates:  TBA (approximately Oct. 1, 2014 - April 1, 2015)

Overnight rate:  $25/night with a two-night minimum stay (check-in after 2:00 pm, check-out by 12:00 pm) 

Daily rate:  $20/day (week days or weekends, this rate covers a 9:00 am – 5:00 pm time period) 

What we provide:

  • sheets, towels, bedding, toilet paper, laundry soap
  • full use of the kitchen in the main house
  • a private bathroom
  • wireless internet access
  • tables and easels in the visual arts studios
  • fully-equipped wet darkroom
  • a quiet, private space in which to work

What you provide: 

  • all groceries
  • your own transportation, including a taxi if you are traveling by bus*
  • all supplies, equipment, and material you may need to work
  • a 50% deposit to hold your space once dates have been agreed upon (deposits are non-refundable)
  • balance of your payment upon your arrival

What we ask:

  • that you respect the retreat-quality of the colony by maintaining a quiet environment at all times
  • that you wash (and dry!) your sheets and towels before you check out (there is a washer/dryer just off the kitchen in the main house)
  • that you keep the communal kitchen clean and swept daily
  • that you take out the recycling and the garbage at the end of your stay
  • that you clean your bathroom before you leave (cleaning supplies provided)
  • that you leave your pets and spouses/partners at home
  • that you not invite guests to visit you at the colony

* Regarding transportation: If you plan to take a bus to Ithaca, you will need to hire a cab to drive you to the colony. A one-way trip between the downtown bus station and Saltonstall is approximately $17 - $25.

The fine print: We do not currently have a cancellation policy. Since we operate on a first-come, first-served basis, your deposit secures your apartment or studio. This means that we potentially turn others away for that time period. If you arrive a day late or decide to leave a day early, payment for the full retreat period is still required.

Sound appealing? Email the director at or call (607) 539-3146 to start the conversation.