Artist Retreat in MO

Artist retreats provide a wonderful opportunity to get loads of work done, rest your over-stuffed brain, and most importantly, recharge the creative battery. This week, I’ve retreated to the sticks of Missouri to get some serious work done.

Artist retreats aren’t like normal vacations; they can be a waste of time if you don’t come back with work to show for it. As I go through my week, I’ll be posting a few simple rules you can use to get the most out of your retreat or vacation.

1.  Pick a comfortable destination, both familiar and relaxing. I’m at my in-laws’. Despite most people’s experiences, my in-laws relax me.

2.  Depart with the mindset to work hard and accomplish things.

3.  Make sure to bring all the necessary materials for your project.

4.  Once there, arrange your workspace in a comfortable manner. (Twenty hours after arrival, my desk is not arranged, thus I’m writing this on a top bunk propped up by a pillow. Ouch.)

5.  Focus on your writing despite possible distractions (including a room full of month-old kittens next door).

6.  Exercise so you don’t start feeling restless or rundown.

Er–okay so I haven’t gotten to that last one yet, but I will! I promise!




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5 responses to “Artist Retreat in MO

  1. Hot damn. That’s exciting. I’ve always wanted to go on a writer’s retreat. I hope you blog all about it upon your return.

  2. P.S. Do any of those kittens look like me?

    • rachelhestondavis

      None of the kittens look like you Tricia. 😦 But they are veeeeery cute. Four yellow tiger-stripes, two calico, and one gray tabby with a hint of calico.

  3. I would loooooove to go on a retreat. But, #1, I don’t know anyone I can retreat to. And #2, I don’t have the money to buy a retreat. GADS! I didn’t put it in the budget this year. Maybe next year.

  4. I can’t wait to see those kittens! And all of the work you’ve gotten done! And just wait till you here about how I’ve been budget cutting/cleaning when you come back from said retreat 🙂

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