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Focus Retreat Center

A place to focus with supportive peers, without distractions.

Focus Retreat Center runs retreats for coding, illustration, writing, learning new skills, or working groups. Free yourself from distractions and work with like-minded people. This is the perfect place to focus.

Located in Malone, NY just north of Adirondack State Park.

Imagine how much you can achieve

Launch that project you've been dreaming about. Build your startup's MVP. Learn a new coding discipline. Take your open source project to 1.0. Give yourself a chance to focus on your most important work.

Totally immerse in your project, sharing supportive work and living spaces with a select group of peers. Leave your distractions and daily responsibilities behind.

Put in the time for deep work that is increasingly difficult to achieve in our normal environment of distractions and reactionary busywork.

Here you can flourish in your most creative, most effective, most productive form. You'll build lifelong friendships and connections to a network of interesting and creative people.

Our building in May 2022

2023 Retreat Programs

Winter Residencies

We don't run retreats in the winter off season, but we do have residencies available if you are interested in a change of scene and coliving with other creative people for a few weeks/months during the 2022/2023 winter. Email us at if you might be interested.

Get away from your daily grind, and accelerate your project or learning to the next level.

About Your Hosts

Hi! We are Pete Lyons and Christella Kay! We are life partners running this business together. We decided to build our lives with intention and in a way that lets us work for ourselves while helping others. We have a special fondness for Adirondack Park and are happy to be living here with nature at our doorstep.

Christella is an innovative thinker with a business degree and restaurant experience. She enjoys being around enthusiastic geeks and is excited to be fostering community and creating a curated ‘focus intensive vibe’ at our facility.

Pete has over 20 years experience in software development, and a deep appreciation for the value of personal development retreats. In his youth Pete spent 6 consecutive summers at an immersive music institute at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY - a formative and wonderful experience he's delighted to share a flavor of with others.

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Pete and Stella

The retreat experience

Focus Retreat Center offers a quiet environment to focus on deep, self-directed project work. There are common areas suitable for idea sharing and team work as well as private rooms for solitary work. There are about 14 guests per retreat, usually for 3 weeks. An online community connects you during and after the retreat. Friendships and connections made here can last a lifetime.

We provide room, board, a curated environment, carefully screened peers, and light-touch facilitation. Guests get a level of depth of focus that is exceedingly rare in modern life's hustle and bustle. The retreat center offers a reprieve from the appointments, obligations, chores, routines and distractions of everyday life. We provide a space tailored for personal development and a right-sized group of peers to enrich and support each other’s experiences and develop life-long friendships.

About Our Center

Our brick and stone buildings were built in the 1930's as a school, and have had several renovations and uses.

  • Located in the heart of the village of Malone, across from a park and a public library
  • Two large common areas, a dining hall, and a commercial kitchen
  • Thermostats in every room
  • Central air conditioning
  • New laundry appliances for guest use

Focus Retreat Center Building

Our Building, rear view with lot

What we offer

  • Curated space in which to focus on a specific topic or project
  • Accommodation for 14 guests in single rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Meals and snacks prepared on-site in our commercial kitchen and enjoyed in our community dining room
  • Walkable small town with shops and services nearby
  • Each guest has a rolling sit/stand desk for flexible workstation setup
  • Transportation from nearby transit hubs (Burlington, Plattsburg, Saranac Lake, etc) to the retreat center


  • Adirondack State Park: Lakes, mountains, forest; Swimming, boating, & hiking
  • Walkable small town
  • 940Mbps down/40Mbps up Internet service
  • Ethernet LAN and fast WiFi throughout the property
  • All meals and snacks
    • Our on site chef prepares meals daily with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients
    • Breakfast and lunch are continental style
    • Dinners are hot meals eaten together in our dining room
  • Fresh fruit and baked goods, coffee and tea
  • Hassle-free accommodations
  • On-site laundry facilities

Fresh baked goods and coffee

What we don't offer

  • Hotel-style laundry services or dry cleaning. Guests are welcome to make use of in-house facilities.
  • We do not sell alcohol, but guests are welcome to bring alcohol to consume on premises in moderation.
  • Meals are chef's choice each day, based on local fresh ingredients, not cooked to order. We do accommodate any reasonable dietary needs in our meal planning.
  • We do not clean private bathrooms during a guest's stay, but we thoroughly clean between guests. Shared bathrooms will be cleaned more frequently as needed.
  • Tourist-style sight-seeing excursions. Transportation may be offered in a limited way during your stay, based on our availability.

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