Friday, June 23, 2023

Wiawaka Center for Women celebrates 120th year with workshops, retreats, events & programs

Women do yoga on a beach.

Lake George, NY– Wiawaka is thrilled to announce they’ll be celebrating their 120th year this summer. The upcoming season is brimming with an array of enriching workshops, retreats, events, and programs.


“We take great pride in this historical milestone and express our deep gratitude to all our supporters who have been instrumental in helping us reach this significant achievement,” said Doreen Kelly, Wiawaka’s Executive Director.


Wiawaka’s co-founder, Mary Wiltsie Fuller, passed away on July 6th, 1943.


“We are immensely grateful to her, even 80 years later, for envisioning a sanctuary where women could find support during the times we needed it the most,” said Doreen.


Noteworthy highlights of our programming include our Georgia O’Keeffe Week, Artists in Residency Week, and SWIM Week honoring the remarkable women swimmers of Lake George, including Diane Struble, who made history as the first woman to complete the lake swim. Additionally, we have a captivating Storytelling weekend planned, along with many other exciting offerings.
Join us for our engaging Historical Tours, taking place every Monday at 5 p.m.

We also extend a warm invitation to enjoy dinner with us after the tour and kindly request you to make reservations in advance by contacting our front desk at (518) 668-9690. Come experience our beautiful historic property and discover how it can enrich your life, empower your outlook, and rejuvenate your spirit. Join the ranks of thousands who have shaped the history of this extraordinary place. Learn more about Wiawaka’s upcoming events at or call (518) 668-9690.

Photo provided by Cam J. Cardinale, Director of Strategy and Operations, Advokate, LLC.

Woman does yoga on a dock

Photo provided by Cam J. Cardinale, Director of Strategy and Operations, Advokate, LLC.


Photo provided by Cam J. Cardinale, Director of Strategy and Operations, Advokate, LLC.


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About Wiawaka: Wiawaka Center for Women is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to enhancing the lives of women through wellness programs, workshops, events, and artistic celebrations. In 1908, renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe became one of the first artists to stay at Wiawaka, and her room remains one of our most sought-after accommodations on the property.
Alongside overnight stays, we offer daily healthy meals, day passes, season passes, and a host of programs to enhance your stay. As the oldest and longest continuously operating retreat for women in America, Wiawaka takes great pride in honoring this cherished tradition while embracing the future. We remain dedicated to preserving this historic property and fulfilling the mission established by our founders, Katrina Trask, and Mary Wiltsie Fuller.

In recognition of its historical significance, Wiawaka was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It stands as one of the Places Where Women Made History and is featured on the travel itinerary compiled by the National Park Service, showcasing National Register properties in Massachusetts and New York associated with significant events in women’s history. Nestled within the breathtaking Adirondack Park, our property spans nearly 60 acres of waterfront and wooded hills at the base of French Mountain.


Photo at top provided by Cam J. Cardinale, Director of Strategy and Operations, Advokate, LLC.

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