- The Retreat and Residency Programs at Hopscotch House further KFW’s mission by providing time and space for feminist social change artists, activists and allies to explore new ideas and artistic expressions, deepen understanding of feminism and advance creative change.
Since 1987, the programs have served more than a thousand women and girls including artists, activists, feminists, eco-feminists, art critique groups, drumming circles, quilting groups, social justice groups, girls’ empowerment groups, arts organizations, and social service organizations.
Retreat Program offers up to six days free of cost at Hopscotch House to artists, activists and allies whose goals are to create art, gain a deeper understanding of feminism, and strengthen their understanding of their art and social change goals.
Retreats are open to individuals and groups. Retreats are scheduled during two open Sessions each year. Session I retreats begin late – January and end in early June. Session II retreats begin by early August and end mid – December.
Summer Residency Program encourages women to advance their artistic development, participate in building community within a feminist setting and deepen their understanding of art and social change. Selected artists and art activists spend one to two weeks in residence at Hopscotch House. The program typically takes place in June.
Participants in both the retreat and residency programs must be a resident of Ky.
Hopscotch House is a renovated farmhouse with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Each bedroom contains one bed and a desk and has its own dedicated bathroom. Four of the five bedrooms are up a flight of stairs. The bedroom located on the ground floor has an accessible bathroom.
HOPSCOTCH HOUSE and SURROUNDINGS
- KFW’s retreat and residency programs began when the foundation purchased Hopscotch House in 1987. The oldest parts of the renovated farmhouse date to 1848. Converted outbuildings serve as workspaces. KFW first used the house for groups of women writers known as the Wolf Pen Writer’s Colony. In the early 1990’s, Hopscotch House became available year-round to women artists and groups with a special focus on feminist connections to the earth. The Summer Residency Program was launched in 2006.
Hopscotch House is surrounded by ten acres of land owned by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. The foundation’s property is located within the larger Wolf Pen Branch Mill Farm, which is privately owned. The Mill Farm, considered a classic Kentucky farmstead, is comprised of 400+ acres, representing the combination of several smaller farms.
The Mill Farm property is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement. While the surrounding farm land gives Hopscotch House the feeling of a space apart, it is located 13 miles from downtown Louisville.
The owner of the Wolf Pen Branch Mill Farm has given retreat and residency participants permission to respectfully explore pathways through the historically significant land. The mature forest, watersheds, and meadows recall an earlier Kentucky, where connection to the land defined life in this state. Participants are welcome to explore the interconnected series of trails and try to spot deer, coyote, fox, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and more. Written walking directions are available upon request. Walkers should be careful to avoid the private residences, which include small parcels of land that are not part of the environmentally protected open-land.
- Hopscotch House is offered free of charge to groups and individuals who have been accepted for retreats and residencies. Donations are greatly appreciated, when financially feasible for artists, activists and allies. These tax deductible gifts help make it possible for the Kentucky Foundation for Women to maintain the services and amenities available at Hopscotch House.
Donations are voluntary. Participants receiving stipends to support their retreat or residency are not expected to make a donation. For those making a donation, KFW staff suggest $15 per day per person, or what is comfortable for each individual. Donations may be left at Hopscotch House upon departure. Donations can also be made by mail at any time.