Finger Lakes Women's Writers Retreat

Finger Lakes Women's Writers Retreat

Finger Lakes Women's Writer Retreat

The Finger Lakes Women’s Writers Retreat welcomes up to five female writers to focus on their own individual work and creative processes. Our 1917 farmhouse, outside the village of Trumansburg, New York, is nestled in the Finger Lakes. Close to many Cayuga and Seneca Lake wineries, we are about a 30-minute drive to Ithaca, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen. The primarily self-guided retreat offers writing and creativity time in the mornings and afternoons. Then at dinner, we'll meet for inspirational conversations and cultivating connections. One afternoon, two experienced local writers, Rachel Dickinson, and Rebecca Barry, will be available for informal conversations on the business of publishing and generative writing. When you need a break, refresh with a dip in our swimming pool, or hike the beautiful Taughannock State Park trails. We also have an option for a tour of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and/or The Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.   

Includes: Four nights’ accommodation (shared baths), hearty continental breakfasts, to-go lunches, and delicious dinners together, and Tuesday afternoon discussions with two local writers Rachel Dickinson and Rebecca Barry (with optional one-on-one consultations for extra fee). 

Meal Schedule:


7-9:00 “Help yourself” continental breakfast: granola, seasonal fruit, and baked goods, along with coffee, tea, and juice. 9-12noon Self-guided writing/inspirational time.


12noon-1:00 Lunch-to-go bag: sandwich, fruit, cookie, and drink.

1-6:00 Self-guided writing/inspirational time.


6:00 Delicious dinners together.

After dinner time, your choice!

*1-4:00 Tuesday afternoon: Writerly discussions on publishing and generative writing included with an option afterwards for private consultations (for an additional fee).


Costs: $2,100.00 p/p, gratuity and taxes included (queen, full private bedrooms, or twin with the option of private)

            $1,600.00 p/p gratuity and taxes included (twin bedroom when sharing with another writer. Meet someone new or bring a friend!)

Pre-registration required. FOR REGISTRATION FORM, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. Email completed registration form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2. Send deposit and balance via check or money order payable to Cynthia LaBuff, 6785 Route 227, Trumansburg, New York 14886, or via PayPal@Cynthia LaBuff, or Venmo (username: Cynthia LaBuff ).

Trip insurance is highly recommended.

Payment schedule: $500 deposit due with Registration. Balance due for each week by June 15.

Cancellation policy: The $500 deposit is non-refundable. Before June 28, and we can refill your space, 50% will be refunded. After June 28 to date of retreat, no refunds for cancellations.

Guest Writer Bios

Rachel Dickinson

Dickinson began her writing life a couple of decades ago as a travel writer, working her way up the magazine food-chain (when there was a magazine food-chain) from local to regional and then to national publications like The Atlantic, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Outside Online, and Smithsonian. She also wrote history and science pieces that appeared in Salon, Aeon, Smithsonian, various alumni magazines, and Audubon. The author of seven books – all nonfiction – she is now working on her first novel about an early 20th-century explorer. Her latest published book The Loneliest Places: loss, grief, and the long journey home (Cornell University Press, 2023) is a prize-winning memoir in essays about surviving the death by suicide of her teenaged-son Jack Gallagher. Dickinson received a BA in geology from Kirkland College, did graduate work in American History at the University of Delaware, and completed an MFA in nonfiction at Goucher College. She works from her pink house in the tiny village of Freeville, NY, where she also dabbles in oil painting. She's the recent recipient of one of ten Rural & Traditional Arts Fellowships for 2024 for New York State.

Rebecca Barry

Barry is the author of two books published by Simon and Schuster. Her first book, Later, at the Bar, a NYT bestseller, was also a New York Times Notable Book, and short-listed for the Story Prize. Her memoir, Recipes for a Beautiful Life was a book pick of the month in The New York Times Motherlode, Redbook, and Bookriot. She worked as an editor at Seventeen and CosmoGirl and was the co-creator and Executive Editor of the green-living magazine Fresh Dirt Ithaca. She has told stories on The Moth Radio Hour, Tedex Asbury Park and in numerous national publications including The New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Real Simple, Saveur, The Washington Post Magazine, Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, Ecotone, The Best New American Voices and The Best American Travel Essays.

As a writing and intuitive coach, she has taught creative writing at the university level (both fiction and nonfiction), and currently teaches generative writing classes online and in person. With over 20 years of experience in yogic and mystical studies. She received her yoga teacher training at Lakshmi Living Arts, where she also spent many years working as a resident storyteller and consultant. She received her intuitive coaching certificate from Sara Wiseman, and is part of her team of recommended visionary psychics. Rebecca Barry has also earned the distinction of being selected as a top Intuitive Coach by You can find her on Substack at

Retreat Information

Retreat Date 07-28-2024
Retreat End Date 08-01-2024
Retreat Fee $1600-2100
Created By Cynthia LaBuff
Retreat Contact Person Cynthia LaBuff
Retreat Contact Information
Location Finger Lakes Farmhouse
Genres and Categories Women only

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