The Cody Center
Just a short walk from the main facilities, you will find the Cody Center which is outfitted for experiencing the arts. The Cody Center opened in the spring of 1999 and was named for Bill Cody, Laity Lodge Director from 1965 to 1980. The main building is equipped for music, film, and dance performances, and includes two gallery wings for exhibits. Also, two outlying art studios remain fully stocked for all types of visual artistic workshops in two- and three-dimensional form.
Experiencing the arts in this setting shines as an integral part of the retreat experience at Laity Lodge. Crafted after 25 years of summer “Creativity Week” retreats, the Cody Center now hosts at least one workshop for every retreat in a variety of subjects. Here you may try your hand at anything from basic drawing in nature, throwing clay on a potter’s wheel, creating mosaics, composing songs, or writing poetry. It is not merely self-expression we hope for you here, but rather an open space facilitating creativity, contemplation, and community.
Now celebrating almost ten years, the Cody Center has hosted hundreds of artists from all over the world as teachers, performers, and exhibitors. In order to uplift excellence in this intersection of art and faith, Laity Lodge also offers opportunities for artists-in-residence and retreats specifically designed for professional artists and ministers to artists.