We love reading stories about Sydney Artists Retreat from our past attendees. Author and Sydney Artists Retreat regular Lou (L.M.) Merrington reflects on her time at SAR 2017 in her blog post aptly titled "Creative Play" -
"One of the things I love about the Sydney Artists Retreat is that it’s one of the few places I’ve been that actively encourages this (creative play). The competitive aspect of art is stripped away and attendees are encouraged to engage in whatever art form they feel called to, even if it’s not the project they came to work on. So, despite intending to spend the week working on the second draft of The Iron Line, what I did most was paint, sing, play piano and make things out of clay. Was it immediately ‘useful’? No. I’m a writer, and words will always be my primary art form. But it was incredibly relaxing and refreshing, which was exactly what I needed after several months of stress and creative paralysis. It didn’t matter if my paintings were ‘good’ or not – what was important was that the act of creating them tapped a well in me that I was worried was starting to run dry."