I’ve been dreaming for a while now about getting out of the city and away from the distractions of everyday life to go make art. The reality is I can’t afford a solo cabin somewhere in the midwest (ideal spot for this daydream), so I decided to make a DIY at home art retreat for myself the Sunday before labor day. It started when a few days prior I was looking at my calendar and noticed that I had no plans. I blocked the day out for art making and an at home retreat.
Full disclosure that I more or less did everything I’m going to talk about here, but I did let myself get distracted with an impromptu invitation and went out with a friend to a comedy show. So...it wasn’t a full day but I did have about 5 hours to myself (I also had a sick boyfriend to go get medicine for).
Of course before the day came I made a list of what my ideal retreat would look like and here it what I wrote:
Have morning coffee without phone/social media/TV. Bonus picture below with an appearance by Cleo the cat. I am currently reading "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill Lepore
Look at old sketchbooks for ideas
Limit distractions (dishes, laundry, etc).
Go for a walk to the nearby park
Read articles I have saved to read later
Write blog content
Minimal social media time
If you are thinking about doing an at home retreat, nothing fancy is needed for supplies, whatever you have on hand and normally work with are just fine. If you want to play around with a new project make sure you already have all the supplies ready to go so you’re not running to the store day of. Enjoy your day and think of all those times you thought “I wish I had time to work on that” and take this time to do the work!
For me, it was really nice to start the day phone less and with a book. I haven’t done that in a looong time. It did set a good mood for the day and I got a lot done. Next time I do this I will make sure not to get tempted by an invite to go out so I have a full day retreat.
Have you ever done a DIY at home retreat? How did it go? I would love to hear in the comments!