In my wildest, unhinged dreams we would live on 10 acres in Colorado that was no more than 1.5 hours from Denver International Airport. This cottage would be a writer's retreat to end all writer's retreats, designed for the writer looking for part-retreat, part-kick-in-the-pants, part-customized-writing-prompts, part-soulful-conversations. In my mind, this is what an itinerary would look like:
4 Weeks Prior to Arrival: Manuscript review and 2 weekly writing coaching calls
2 Weeks Prior to Arrival: All writing STOPS.
Week of Visit outline looks like this:
- Morning guided meditation
- Morning breakfast and conversation
- Secluded writing between meals
- Lunch outside or near sunshine
- Nature walk or gardening for one hour after lunch
- Dinner with family OR queued writing inspiration
- Evening tea, wine or dessert
- Evening outline writing for next day's writing plan
Here are a few of the things that I think could really set this writer's retreat apart:
1. Homemade, organic, nutritious meals that can be catered to celiac, gluten, vegetarian, dairy, allergies preferences. (I'm proficient in ALL of these cooking styles.)
2. Customized writing prompts that I create and are timed to push the visiting writer to their next stage of writing (or not, if they need more time).
3. Conversations to discuss the "inner doubter" that all writers possess.
4. Guided meditation to set our intentions each day and promote spaciousness in our minds. [I've applied to be certified in 2017 to share meditation instruction!]
How will this ever happen?
Honestly, I'm not sure when or how this will come to fruition. I suppose I could create a KickStarter once we move to Colorado and raise funds for building, decorating, outfitting the entire space (in exchange for time in the cottage, perhaps?). Or maybe we'll win the lottery.
This is where I want to be. Somewhere beautiful, creating beautiful places for weary travelers and writers alike to escape and rejuvenate and find a happy home away from home in the Colorado mountains. I never knew what home felt like until I saw a mountain range from my bedroom window. There's nothing quite like it, so stay tuned folks, and let me know if you have any ideas on how to make this even better!