The Swimming Hole Foundation brings together creative practitioners to explore, experiment and advance work, together.

Collaboration is a survival skill. 

The Swimming Hole is a natural haven where people can connect with nature and each other without the noise and distraction of the outside world. It provides an environment that makes room for new ideas and insights that lead to action.


Make way for the possible.

In a world of scarce resources and divisive problems, collaboration is now a survival skill for the future. Collaboration has the potential to advance paradigms for equitable change. The Swimming Hole is activating the power of collaboration by bringing people together to learn, share and practice.


The Swimming Hole is activating the power of collaboration.


We support groups of up to ten fellows to convene around a theme. Themes range from co-creating artwork to cross-disciplinary performance, from multi-modal writing workshops to strategic "exploratories" that develop existing and emerging organizations.


Fellowships range from three days to two weeks and include room, meals and workspace for up to 10 people. Travel costs and personal expenses are not provided. 


Facilities include an open barn, a large sculpture/garden, an outdoor stage, a ceramics studio and many hidden, special places to set up and work.


The Swimming Hole 

Situated on the side of a private mountain near historic Woodstock, NY, the Swimming Hole sits within 3500-acres of preserved land with direct access to hiking trails, mountain tops, cascading streams and expansive views of the northern Catskills. A rigorous hike up to the Lookout Tower offers 360 degree views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. The crystal clear swimming hole is a three-minute walk from the house.

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Currently the Swimming Hole residency program is by invitation.


Do something good, together.

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As a social impact organization we have a responsibility to consider what it means to acknowledge the history and legacy of colonialism in our history as a nation, community, and organization. 


The Swimming Hole Foundation acknowledges that Ulster County is the traditional territory of the Esopus (es-SOAP-us), a tribe of the Lenape (Delaware) Native Americans who were native to the Catskill Mountains. Their lands included modern day Ulster and Sullivan counties. We acknowledge the devastating history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor them and the many diverse Indigenous people still connected to this land on which we gather.

Ulster County was one of the largest slave-holding counties in the state. Sojourner Truth, was born a slave in Ulster County in the 1790s and was raised near Rosendale, 10 miles to our south. The phrase, “Where slavery died hard,” was bestowed upon Ulster County as a result of the Dutch resistance to abolition during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 


The Swimming Hole Foundation acknowledges these painful chapters in our local history and we hope that the humble recognition of those who suffered can inspire all of us to work together towards obliterating all forms of racism that exist in our country today.