Visiting Our Campus

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Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and features a 5,200-square-foot gathering and dining space (The Barn), 21 cabins, a lodge, and several other outbuildings.  It was built by and for people who believe in the power of story for kids, and is sustainably cared for by the family of the founders of Highlights for Children, Garry and Caroline Myers.

Garry and Caroline’s farmhouse is located here, and is still operational (for lodging and gathering space at the Retreat Center).

I wanted in-person.  To go to a place that was made for creators.  The hands on, one to one experience with mentors and with fellow creators.  Literally it changed my life… I was inspired the whole week I was there, and met some really great people… To me it was like, yes, that’s another little ‘keep going.’ You belong here.  Your stories matter.  And it was fantastic.  I can only say good things.


“How had I never known that the perfect writer’s retreat existed at Highlights Foundation Campus? I had such a wonderful time finishing my novel at the campus, and felt fully supported by the staff, the faculty that was onsite with me, and the beautiful surroundings. I couldn’t be happier and more grateful for the days that I spent there.” (Venessa Kelley)

Ways to Visit

Comfortable lodging, with private accommodations and bathrooms plus three farm-fresh meals per day with unlimited drinks and snacks.

All this is included with the craft and community that brings us together at the Highlights Foundation.

In-Person Workshops and Retreats

Writers and illustrators: join one of our in-person workshops or group retreats for learning opportunities, time and space for creativity, and community.


Custom Group Retreats

Schedule your turn-key group retreat at the Barn at Boyds Mills.  We take care of the accommodations and food so you can focus on spending time with your people.

Personal Retreats

If you’re on a deadline and looking for a space to focus, you’ve found it. If you need a change of pace to spark creativity and passion, it’s here. If you need a break from distractions to reflect or get some work done, we can help.

On your personal retreat, time is yours to focus on your work, be in nature, and spend as you please. No structure. No schedule (unless you make one). You can come as an individual, or with friends, critique groups, writing partners, interest groups, and more.


“When I first arrived in Boyd’s Mills, I had no idea what to expect. What I found was a feeling similar to finding a secret door into a world where I belonged. People who thought and wished and dreamed and who loved words and putting them together just like I did! Each time I wind through the woods and turn onto the drive, I feel that same magic; I feel like I’m home.” (Sally R. Flannery)

“I loved being able to look out on the woods as I wrote in my cabin. I loved taking walks along the trail from the word garden to the creek. That’s a happy place for me, that little slice of trail. And I loved just taking it in and breathing deeply. A little serenity now.” (Jason Hussong)

“For a person who is used to taking care of people all the time, it almost made me cry. The food so delicious and hot and on time, and just the space for light and quiet and warmth… indescribable how welcome you make me feel.” (Laura Anderson)

Preparing For Your Time On Campus

Want to Learn More About Our Retreat Center?

It’s called The Barn at Boyds Mills.

“I felt so well cared for, seen, and known on this visit. Everyone who works in the Barn is so generous of spirit and kind. On top of LOVING the Jim Giblin cabin and the perfect food, the people made this trip truly warm and welcoming. Thank you for everything!”

Need Help Getting Here?

Not sure how to get to campus?

You can drive, fly, or take a bus.

Check the options and see what’s most convenient for you here.

“Highlights felt like family from the first time I walked on campus. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. This solidified my impression that the children’s book community was my home and point of connection around creativity.” (Carrie A. Pearson)

Where We Are

More Special Places on Campus

Work and Gathering Spaces

Named Cabins at the Highlights Foundation

Cooper's Cottage Sign (In Honor of Floyd Cooper)

Sponsored in part by:

Learner Publishing Logo
Native Creatives Cabin Sign

Sponsored by:

Charlesbridge Publishing  logo
Cabin 8 Sign

Supported by:

The Asian American Voices Collective

Our Mission in Action

Share Your Story, Inspire a Child
Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit
Partners & Sponsors

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.