Touchstone is nestled within 230 acres of lush woodlands, just 60 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the beautiful mountains of the Laurel Highlands. Nearby attractions include Nemacolin Woodlands, Ohiopyle State Park, Laurel Caverns, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentucky Knob.
Our well-equipped studios, on-campus lodging, towering trees, rushing streams and the sights and sounds of nature make the perfect campus setting to explore and expand your creative instincts and skills.
Touchstone invites you to meet friends of all ages, backgrounds, life experiences, and skill levels who find inspiration and gain artistic growth in our unique educational environment.
Touchstone’s rural campus is minimally developed with most buildings located in a central area. While most participants may not have trouble navigating campus, some might find difficulty in getting around. A typical walk across campus takes anywhere from just a few minutes to about 15 minutes depending on where you are coming from and going to. There are designated parking spaces for handicapped/accessible parking; however, some of these spots still require short walks to facilities. Also, some studios require walking up/down sloped ramps or hills for entry, and a few have stairs. Keep in mind that our campus has gravel walkways and roads, grassy (and sometimes soggy when raining) areas, slopes and uneven terrain.
Touchstone welcomes working service animals; pets or therapy/companion animals are not permitted on campus.
For those interested in housing, accessibility requests are accepted for those who may need special accommodation such as ground-level housing and/or walk-in showers. Most of our cabins require using one to three steps on stairs for entry and currently only one cabin has a ramp. Our residence halls have entrances with no stairs to limited stairs on the ground-level; second floor rooms require using flights of stairs for entrance.
Please contact the office if you have questions about accessibility.
Video Tour of Campus and Studios