The NACL complex includes the theatre and adjacent artist residence, located in Highland Lake, NY, 2.5 hours from New York City in the southwestern Catskill Mountains. The theatre and residence are available to rent for long or short-term retreats. The natural environment inspires concentration and wonder, two key ingredients to finding creativity and openness in your work.

Across the street from the retreat center is Highland Lake, a spring-fed lake that is accessible to all who stay at NACL. There are also lovely walking and biking roads surrounding the retreat center, and a number of hiking paths and swimming holes accessible by car.

In addition to artistic pursuits, the grounds and buildings have also supported yoga and martial arts retreats, and several beautiful weddings: ceremony, reception, and guest accommodations. If you're looking for a country spot with character, the space awaits in Highland Lake.
 

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THE THEATRE

Once a Franciscan church, this historic building has been converted into an open space, with beautiful 36' x 72' wooden floors, lofty, arched, pressed tin ceilings, and all the amenities of a professional theatre. The space is perfect for rehearsals, meetings, workshops, and performances.

 

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LAKEWOOD HOUSE

Located next door to the theatre, the 1920’s gambrel-style residence was once a summer resort hotel in the heyday of the Catskills vacation era. Newly renovated, the NACL artistic and administrative home, boasts a large, fully-equipped kitchen, a common room, a wrap-around porch, outdoor eating areas, and 10 single and double occupancy bedrooms.