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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Creativity Abounds at Mariandale This July

July 2023 will be a busy month at The Center at Mariandale—an interfaith, spiritual retreat center in Ossining, located on 61 acres with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Valley. Among the myriad events planned include a number of arts and writing programs.

The Open Studio for Quilters and Artists—a weekend retreat starting July 7, 2023—offers a generous workspace and the creative support of a community to quilters, crafters and artists in the center’s large Evergreen Room. A private guestroom, meals and time for oneself are built into the retreat.

A Summer Writing Workshop with presenter Karen Rippstein will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 12, 2023. Attendees will have a chance to release the story they are carrying within. All levels of writing experience are welcome.

Celebrated Hudson Valley artist Gayle Clarke Fedigan brings the weekend retreat Sacred Artscape: Painting With Pastels to Mariandale starting July 21, 2023. There will be opportunities to create indoors as well as the center’s beautiful outdoors.

And, finally, award-winning author, editor and writing coach Lorraine Ash brings the popular Writing a Memoir Portrait weekend retreat to Mariandale starting July 28, 2023. Ash is the editor of the award-winning book Corona City: Voices From an Epicenter, an anthology of essays that began at a writing retreat at Mariandale in the early days of the pandemic.

Location: The Center at Mariandale, 299 N. Highland Ave., Ossining, NY. For more information, call 914.941.4455 or visit