The Strange is a riverside mini compound in West Shokan, NY. Through residency and retreat programs, we provide an inspiring, deeply nourishing experience to creative practitioners in need of time, space, and tranquility. We have three private spaces, which together accommodate up to 12 overnight guests. Learn more about our space here.

In April and May of 2019, we hosted our inaugural free-of-cost Decelerator residency program—you can learn more about our first cohort of Strange HQ residents here. Applications for our 2019 Fall Decelerator residency will open up in late summer—subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop.

For nonprofit organizations seeking a space to host a group retreat, please email [email protected] to inquire about availability and our sliding-scale community rates for on-mission orgs.

We are now booking discounted artist stays for summer 2019! Plan your own private, short-term creative retreat in June, July, or August. All weekday stays for individuals are a flat fee of $40 per night; bookings are first-come, first-served for creative practitioners and collaborative groups. See details and book your summer retreat here, or learn more about our spaces here.


"My residency at The Strange was the perfect opportunity to create space—mentally, physically, psychically, and in my practice. Being in a place that was was both beautiful and comfortable, but also quiet and remote enabled me to tune into myself and my work rather than be distracted by all the "must-dos" and "should-dos" of day-to-day life. Set in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains, the barn itself was breathtaking and felt like a complete treat to occupy. I found myself doing things I hadn't had the chance to do in maybe years: read, think, go for meandering walks, and really tune into what I needed in each moment. The set-up was beautiful, with things that made my life easy such as ample outlets, ample sunlight, and immense desk space, and these small touches really made a difference as well."

— Kate McBride, co-founder of The Cauldron, and previous Decelerator resident (pictured on the far right)


"It's my wish that everyone could experience a residency like this one. Slowing down allows your mind and body to unravel and uncoil. I've taken pleasure in this process and really, there can be a lot of shame surrounding slowness and pleasure in a creative culture that prioritizes productivity. Moving forward, I want to always make time for this 1-2 week deceleration.

— Jessica Lynne, writer and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, and past Decelerator resident

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Teachers from the School for Poetic Computation pose by the pond after a group retreat at Strange HQ in the fall of 2018.