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DIY Writers’ Retreat

For Christmas my darling husband bought me a voucher for a two night stay in a cottage in Daylesford (which is in the Victorian spa region and one of my all time favourite places to visit). Here’s the important bit, this stay is just for me. On my own. So I can WRITE!

I’ve yet to book my stay (because it needs to be off-peak and we’re just coming out of summer) but I’m so excited. I think about it all the time. Because with two young children plus the cat, fish, chickens, elderly friend, extended family and a home to look after time alone to write is more precious to me than diamonds (although if he had given me diamonds I certainly wouldn’t have been complaining).

But I’ve never been on a writer’s retreat and I’m curious, if you have what did you do? What did you take? How did you manage your time?

And if you haven’t, why not? Do you plan to? Did you (like me) not really know they existed?

I’d love to hear from you and of course, when I finally go, I’ll let you know all about it.


I'm an educator, mum and wife living in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I make learning resources for passionate, but time-poor, teachers in need of a better work-life balance. I'm a voracious reader, love a good curry, and believe life is always better with chocolate.

7 thoughts on “DIY Writers’ Retreat

    1. Oh that is beautiful! No it won’t be quite like that and I think there’s a telly, which is fine by me because I can’t craft magnificent prose all the time, can I ;).

      I’m curious, what’s your writing space like?

      1. Just a humble room! 🙂 Large Mac (which is killing my eyes), 2 pc’s and 2 tablets and various other bits of tech. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I don’t like clutter and unnecessaries. I DO have have a TV – but it was bought for me otherwise I wouldn’t have one and it’s on in the background when I’m doing stuff that requires no thought. I can’t remember the last time I sat down solely to watch TV though – I couldn’t do it!

        The solitude and quiet of that writing space totally appeals to me so I like to get up early before the world to mimic it.

        What about yours?

      2. Wow, that’s a lot of tech! I’m a morning person too but I must admit, since having kids, I find getting up early a challenge.

        My writing space has to fit around the kids. So when they’re at school and kinder, I work in the office but when they’re home I work on the couch while they watch a movie during quiet time/rest time. I’ll admit, I prefer working in the office, just me and my lap top and room to spread out my notes but the boys like it when I watch a movie with them and it won’t be long before they’re both in school full time – I’m making the most of our quiet moments together.

      3. Oh see that’s nice. I think it’s great that tech now allows us to move around freely tapping away on the couch with the kids or traveling the world whilst tapping away on a blog… or indeed a book.
        Talking of tech I didn’t realize that would be considered a lot! I guess it’s just what I need for what I do. There’s me thinking I don’t have enough! 🙂

      4. That is the great thing about technology – it gives us freedoms that generations past haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy.

        LOL! It’s probably not that you have a lot of tech but that I have so few!

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