New Paltz

Chakras, Color and Creativity Workshop with Susan Shanti Gibian

July 12, 2015 - 1:00pm

Unison Arts Center will offer a Chakra workshop on Sunday, July 12th from 1-3pm.  Using the ancient chakra system as a guide, participants will create a watercolor painting with a focus on color and energy. Discover how the creative process can bring a sense of relaxation and renewed vitality into your life.

In the ancient tradition of youga, there are 7 main energy centers of the body which are called chakras.  Working with watercolors, gentle movement and a mindful awareness of breath and body, participants will explore the flow of energy in each of the chakras.

Susan Shanti Gibian is an artist, teacher and meditation practitioner whose work focuses on living from the wisdom of the heart.  She holds an MA in Arts and Consciousness and has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in California and New York.  She has been teaching art for over 20 years and continues to share her passion and enthusiasm for the creative process through workshops and classes.  She began her formal study of meditation in 1989 and has been practicing Vipassana (insight meditation) for the past 7 years.  Read more


Blazing trails: New in the Catskills outdoors

Above: The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, which is scheduled to open in July, features a a .75-mile paved trail that leads to an additional .25 to .5-mile paved trail towards the Esopus Creek. Photo by Julia Reischel.

We're celebrating Catskills outdoors and trails this week as we ramp up for National Trails Day, which is Saturday, June 6. Here's a roundup of new trails and attractions that have opened in the past year or will soon open in the Catskills. 

June 2014
Funded by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Conservation Corps formed in 2014. Volunteers with the Corps build and maintain trails, conduct research, pick up litter, root out invasive species and generally keep an eye on things in the Catskill Park. Workshops teach Corps members how to plan a trail, swing a mattock and identify nasty plants.  Read more

Great Food and Lots of Fun at "Celebrity" Waiter Event

Join us at Peekamoose Restaurant on June 6th at Noon for great entertainment as our own Catskill "Celebrities" wait on diners. For more information contact Joan Lawrence-Bauer at [email protected] or 845-254-5553 or Liz Warren at [email protected] or 845-586-2631 Ext 3181

Jason Stanton presents his new book, Feeble Minds: The Ghosts of Letchworth Village

June 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join Jason Stanton at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore 6 Church Street New Paltz. as he presents his new book, Feeble Minds: The Ghosts of Letchworth Village. Take a walk through a frightening and mysterious building and cemetery where all that remains of the former residents are numbers on identical markers, and energy from the past wanders the hallways of a place that was so cruel to them in life. Jason Stanton delivers a riveting tale if his years investigating an asylum in Rockford County, New York, active with the spirits of the dead, tortured residents. With the help of a guardian spirit that leads him to safety, he faces menacing ghosts that wander the expanse of this institution which was closed down in 1996. Jason diligently recreates the probable history and characters pieced together in his account of what life was like for residents and staff during the 1940s, including standard and experimental treatments for psychiatric disorders.   Read more

845 255-8300

Life Drawing Intensive

June 6, 2015 - 10:00am

Unison Arts Center is offering a Life Drawing Intensive session on Saturday, June 6th from 10am-4:30pm. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in drawing or painting for an entire day.

Whether you are just starting out, putting a portfolio together or have been drawing for many years, Unison's Life Drawing intensive will give you what you need.  Professional artists and students will have the chance to work with experienced models under controlled lighting for the entire day.

The cost is $35 for Unison members and $45 for non-members.  Space is limited and advance registration is required.  Please visit to secure your spot.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Permaculture Workshop: Home & Garden

June 14, 2015 - 10:00am
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Andrew Faust will lead a Permaculture workshop focusing on Home & Garden at Unison Arts Center on Sunday, June 14th from 10am-3pm.

In this workshop, students will learn how to design their own home and communitiies using permaculture principles and design methods.  Topics to be discussed include  organic gardening, building with local natural materials, ecological lawn, meadow, stream and wetland care, orchards, composting, off the grid water and energy systems and ecological woodlot management, pollinator habitats, rotational grazing for domestic animals and holistic wildlife management.

Andrew Faust is a leading Permaculture educator.  His passionate and visionary presentations and curriculum are often considered life changing.  Andrew lived off the grid for 8 years and built a Permaculture inspired homestead.

The cost of the all-day workshop is $60. Participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch.

Advance registration is required and can be done online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Cider Market & Tasting

June 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

As a part of both New York State’s Path Through History Weekend and Hudson Valley Cider Week, Historic Huguenot Street will host a local cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 20. The market will feature 10 Hudson Valley cider makers, including: Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider (produced at Breezy Hill Orchard and Stone Ridge Orchard), Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery (maker of Doc’s® Draft Ciders, Warwick), Glorie Farm Winery (Marlboro), The Standard Cider Company (owned by Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville), Aaron Burr Cidery (Wurtsboro), Orchard Hill Cider Mill (located at Soons Orchard, New Hampton), Kettleborough Cider House (New Paltz), Pitchfork Hard Cider (Poughkeepsie), Glynwood (Cold Spring), and Angry Orchard (recently moved to Walden). As part of the market, Historic Huguenot Street and Kettleborough Cider House will be introducing a historic crab apple hard cider, brewed by Kettleborough in collaboration with HHS.  Read more


Local "Celebrity" Waiters Event at Peekamoose

On Saturday June 6th at Noon, Peekamoose Restaurant is "turning the tables" on some of their favorite regular guests, as they become waiters to raise money for the Margaretville Health Foundation. Come see some local 'celebrities' put on an apron, balance drinks on a tray, and earn tips - all for a great cause. Tickets are limited.

For more information contact Joan Lawrence-Bauer at  [email protected] or 845-254-5553 or

Liz Warren at [email protected] or 845-586-2631 Ext 3181

The winners of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Above: "Ashokan Reservoir" by Mark Miller, the grand prize winner of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

It's Memorial Day weekend, and our print 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide has hit the streets! Copies are waiting at dozens of locations around the Catskills. See what it looks like and how to get one by clicking here.

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Outdoor Guide to send us their best photos of the Catskills great outdoors. This year, 52 photographers entered our 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest  Read more

Reservoir boating season begins in Catskills

Above: Kayakers on the Pepacton Reservoir. Photo via NYC DEP.

Sunrise this morning -- Friday, May 22 -- marked the beginning of the boating season on four of New York City's upstate reservoirs in the Catskills: the Cannonsville, the Neversink, the Schoharie and the Pepacton. Boating on the reservoirs is allowed during daylight hours from Friday, May 22 to Monday, Oct. 12.

2015 is the fourth year that non-motorized boats have been allowed to ply the waters of the city's protected drinking supply, and there are a few new additions to the program in 2015. 

According to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, there are now racks at some popular boat launch sites that allow avid kayakers, sailors and paddlers to store their crafts near the water all summer long.

Also, boat rental companies are allowed to rent boats on the banks of the Cannonsville Reservoir for the first time as well, which means that all four reservoirs have rental businesses right on the water.   Read more

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