Housing, Meals & Activities
Sunbridge offers our program and summer students the opportunity to become part of a unique learning and living community. Our institute is located 30 miles northwest of Manhattan on 140 acres of land—beautiful gardens, orchards, and woodlands—that comprise the campus of the Threefold Educational Center, a community of institutions and initiatives based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. You’ll find many daytime activities for your family, nightly adult events to choose from, and lots of interesting people to meet!
Holder House, located just behind the Main House, is the student dormitory serving students and visitors to the Threefold campus. Built in 1991 through a partnership of Sunbridge and Threefold, Holder House houses guests from Sunbridge, the Pfeiffer Center, the Seminary of the Christian Community, and Eurythmy Spring Valley. Residents of the 40 guest rooms share the use of four kitchens, thirteen bathrooms, and a coin-operated laundry facility.
Requesting a Room
Room reservations for Holder House are handled directly through the Threefold Educational Center and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, according to opening dates as specified on the Threefold website. Click here to learn more and to submit an online housing request form.
Please note that housing requests will only be processed for fully-registered participants.
If you have any questions about staying at Holder House, please contact the Threefold Student Housing Manager directly at 845-352-9660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many families in our community offer guest rooms for rent during times that classes are in session (especially during the summer months). “Home Stays” accommodations vary, but many are within walking distance of campus. All arrangements are made directly between guest and homeowner. Sunbridge assumes no responsibility for Home Stays. Click here for more information and to download a list of available Home Stays accommodations
If you have any questions about Home Stays, please contact the Threefold Student Housing Manager directly at 845-352-9660 or email@example.com.
If you’re interested in staying in a hotel room, check out the listing of area options here.
If you’d like to learn about options for camping while at Sunbridge, contact our Admissions and Summer Series office at 845-425-0055 x20 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located adjacent to the Main House, Threefold Cafe offers a delicious menu of meals and snacks using largely local and/or organic ingredients, with casual indoor and outdoor dining. NEW for SUMMER 2017: The Cafe’s new manager, Jesse Webster, has implemented a MEAL PLAN and discount gift card option for the convenience of our summer students. You can read all about it and place your order here. Learn about the Cafe’s current menu/hours on their website or Facebook page.
Hungry Hollow Co-op
Located at the corner of Hungry Hollow and Chestnut Ridge Roads, the Hungry Hollow Co-op is a fully-stocked natural foods market open to the public. The Co-op carries fresh biodynamic and organic produce, health/body care products, groceries, prepared deli foods and soups, hot breakfast wraps and oatmeal, beverages, and much more. There is limited outdoor seating. For further information and to find out their summer hours, visit them at Hungry Hollow Co-op.
Hand ‘n Hoe
Run by the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community, the Hand ‘n Hoe cafeteria serves fresh pizza, soup, homemade bread, salad, dessert, and hand-scooped ice cream. Bread and baked goods, Duryea farm yogurt, seasonal and frozen biodynamic produce, and unusual handmade gifts (most of which is produced by members of the community) are also available for purchase, and there’s a thrift store in the basement. The Hand ‘n Hoe is located on Hungry Hollow Road, across from the Threefold Auditorium, and is open on Friday afternoons from 12-5.
Area Restaurants and Other Options
There are many restaurants — and other food stores — in the area, some of which are within walking distance. Information is provided when you arrive on campus.
Activities and Things to Do Around the Community
Each summer, we offer a variety of social activities and events to complement your classroom time. Our popular Tuesday morning “Meet and Greets” are an opportunity to mingle with other Sunbridge summer and program students and faculty for conversation over complimentary coffee, fruit, and cookies on the Main House terrace. On most Tuesday evenings, you’ll find our Faculty Panel, where you and your colleagues, along with our program and summer faculty, can share thoughts on a topic relevant to students/teachers on campus that week. This summer, we invite you to join us for “Joyful Singing with Patti Regan” on Thursday evenings in Threefold Cafe’s inner dining room. These events, along with special Threefold performances, are posted weekly around campus. We also encourage you to visit Threefold Events to see what else will be happening while you’re here “on the ‘Ridge.”
On evenings when there are no scheduled activities, you can take a sunset stroll through Duryea Farm, walk up to Meadowlark Toys and Sunbridge Books, or bring a picnic supper to the pond: there’s always something to do on or around our beautiful campus!
Operated by the Fellowship Community, this small working biodynamic farm is a lovely place to visit year-round. You’re welcome to walk mindfully along trails, fields, and orchards. There are cows, chickens, sheep, horses, and sometimes beehives to observe. Please attend to signage and keep children away from electric fences.
Meadowlark Toys and Sunbridge Books
Meadowlark Toys & Sunbridge Books is located at 817 Chestnut Ridge Road (red barn building, easily reached by the footpath in back of the Hungry Hollow Co-op). Meadowlark carries many resources for Sunbridge students and for Waldorf teachers and parents, including a wide range of books on all aspects of Waldorf Education and related topics.
The shop also carries a selection of children’s books, wooden toys, handmade dolls, natural baby gifts, Waldorf art and craft supplies, and fair trade jewelry and gifts. Open daily, with some extended evening hours. 845-290-1572.
Biodynamic agriculture, compost heaps, beehives, a bread oven, and more are located at this educational center, the site of the first biodynamic farm in North America. Check out the weekly farm stand for fresh produce in season. The Pfeiffer Center Garden is located just across Hungry Hollow Road from Orchard Road and the main campus.
Located on Hungry Hollow Road across from the driveway leading to the Main House, the Pond is the community swimming hole and a delightful place to cool off on a hot summer day. The pond is open to the public after 2:00 on weekdays, with longer weekend hours. Discounted day passes are available for Sunbridge students and their family members.
Bus to NYC
The countless attractions of New York City are just a 40 minute ride away. There’s a bus stop right in front of the Co-op that’ll take you there.
Children’s Programs & Activities
The Nature Place Day Camp
Sunbridge is fortunate to be able to offer a convenient day camp option for our students who are bringing their families. The wonderful Nature Place Day Camp, a non-competitive nature-oriented camp for children ages 4-15, is housed right next door on the campus of Green Meadow Waldorf School. Nature Place campers avail themselves of the Threefold campus and pond and also take day and overnight trips to surrounding areas.
Green Meadow Waldorf School
Neighboring Green Meadow Waldorf School has a variety of great summer options for children ages 4-9. Check them out at Green Meadow Waldorf School’s Summer Programs.
If you would like information on local childcare options, please email email@example.com with “Childcare” in the subject line.
Please click here for a map of the Threefold Community.