My Retreat

About My Retreat

My Retreat offers writers, poets, and artists of life a tranquil environment to write, read, paint, think, walk or just breathe. The retreat was founded in the spirit of Olga Kobylianska, a famous Ukrainian writer. We strive to keep Olga’s talent for the lyrical, her gift of observation, sensitivity and artistic taste alive on at My Retreat. Cora Schwartz, the owner of My Retreat, is a published writer and poet whose mission is to bring the voices of Ukrainian writers to the English-speaking audiences in the world.

The retreat is considered a no-frills, lo-tech secret where one can focus and concentrate without distraction. It has been mostly retained in the same 1930’s style that it was back when built.  For many, being at the retreat offers a nostalgic step back into their own history. There is internet access. Furnishings are simple and clean, with writing tables, good lighting and comfy beds. You will have use of a community kitchens, shared bathrooms and porches, living rooms and patios. The cottages can be used in a combination of ways from one person renting a ‘room of his or her own’ to a group that rents an entire four-bedroom cottage. We welcome both men and women, singles, couples and small groups.

There are no applications or qualifications for coming to My Retreat. The retreat is usually UNHOSTED. This means guests use secret keys and find their cottages prepared with kitchen and dining utensils, beds unmade but with linens and towels wrapped in plastic and everything you need to settle in quickly and efficiently. In an effort to keep rates down guests are requested to leave their units the way they would want to find them. This includes stripping beds and towels before leaving and placing them in plastic bag. Vacuuming, sweeping, doing dishes, removing garbage, recycling and leaving your kitchen in tip-top condition are expected.

Aside from the cottages, there is a studio on the grounds for those who wish to work in complete silence and privacy. The studio has no running water but is otherwise a perfect setting for writing, painting or just relaxing away from others. There is a cot for napping,a fridge, a one burner stove and comfortable furniture. Time in the studio might need to be scheduled if there are a few guests. It is also open to local people who sometimes use it for the day or for a few hours.

The retreat is protected with a security system that can be controlled without the owner being there. The alarm will be disarmed when you call to let us know you are about to arrive. We will offer a shopping service if possible if you are coming without a car. We will do whatever we can to make your stay comfortable so that next time someone asks you where you are going, you can say, “to my retreat.”

Our writers retreat is located in South Fallsburg (Sullivan county) in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, 90 miles northwest of New York City (see Short Line Bus out of Port Authority in NYC which goes to Monticello where one can change for the local bus and a 10 minute ride to South Fallsburg. Though the retreat is on a quiet, dead end road surrounded by woods, the town of South Fallsburg is within walking distance. The closest airport is Stewart International in Newburgh, New York.

Unlike many small towns in America, South Fallsburg has not been rediscovered, repainted, renovated or replanted. It is a real town, complete with peeling paint and an old fashioned Summer Play House, an artifact of Americana with a marquee comprised of bare light bulbs. One will not find boutique shops or gourmet food stores. We are walking distance to a small, local library, a decent Chinese take-out restaurant, a liquor store and a 7-11 gas station. The nearest supermarket is 4 miles away. It is noteworthy that in July and August there are kosher food stores that are open that are fully stocked and easy to walk to. Also during the summer months, the town is a diverse multi-ethnic community with a town park, (5 minute drive), a lake for rowing and a town pool.

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Rooms and rates

Rooms are simple, clean and rustic. Linens and towels are provided. Every bedroom has a writing table, a good chair and light for reading, a ceiling fan and its own thermostat for heat.  We will also provide a food shopping service whenever possible for those guests who are coming to the retreat without a car.

Cottages are open May through October. (They have also been used during the winter months by hearty souls seeking solitude and willing to make do without running water). Please note that winter rates are higher due to heating costs.

Adults only, unless special arrangements have been made. We maintain a smoke-free, allergy-free environment. In addition we ask our guests to help us respect the environment as much as possible. We use environment-friendly cleaners, non-aerosol room fresheners, and dish towels instead of paper towels. We also ask our guests to conserve energy by being aware of their electricity use. We recycle.

Last minute reservations OKAYemail for rates please.

Cancellation policy

Refunds will not be given because you realize upon arrival that you are in a quiet, simple cottage in a wooded location.
My Retreat is an intimate property where every guest reservation is both important and special to us. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 2 (two) weeks prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation.

Absolutely No Smoking inside; however designated outdoor smoking areas are available.

My Retreat is happy to accommodate humans over the age of 16.





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