Our Australian Writers Centre offers retreats in Blue Mountains, NSW on the outskirts of Sydney.
Henry Thoreau once said, “ It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.”
While looking for a Sydney writers centre that was conducive to writing I found most were formal and school-like. That compelled me to create a space that was more of a writers retreat, planted close to nature and delivering quiet and calm.
Our online writing courses are available for those not able to do writing nsw, our residential writing courses offer a complete package of nourishing meals, writing activities, feedback, support and a private room to stay.
Blue Mountains Retreat
For seven straight years, Denmark has been voted one of the top three happiest countries. A Danish psychologist puts it down to the Danes valuing a cultural construct called “ hygge.” Other European nations that top quality-of-life studies have words that carry a similar concept — the Dutch use gezelligheid, the Germans have gemütlichkeit, Norwegians use koselig and the Swedes have mysig.
Although hygge is usually translated into English as cosy, a more nuanced translation is that of intentional intimacy. The latter is what we have modelled our writing quarters on as well as the example set by Henry Thoreau who spent time in a sanctuary he built on the outskirts of town. He lived simply there and frequently wrote in order to find clarity as to what direction to take with his life.
Writes of Passage Retreats incorporate both hygge and Thoreau-like features.