Part of our mission at Spring Bird is to host guests at our Cottage. Some guests come for solitude or to share in a pair or a group. People stay for the day or overnight, and in some cases they stay for long retreats over multiple nights and days. In any case, I love having guests to the Cottage. It was through my stays at the Cottage that I fell in love with this place--which was then Siloam/now Spring Bird. And whenever you love something you are thrilled when others have similar affection for it. Sharing this place--this physical manifestation of peace, rest, nature, creativity, solitude, quiet, playfulness, and exploration, is a privilege and very much an honor for me.
But with all things that we do, there is a time for reevaluation, and I have been thinking and dreaming about what the cottage is and can be. What is working and what can be improved upon to make guests feel more comfortable? I spent the morning indulging in making an elaborate mind map (pictured above). I'm scheming and dreaming and would love your input. Whether you've visited or stayed at the cottage or never been here before, what sorts of things (amenities, activities, environments, vibes etc.) do you look for in a place of retreat?
Some things I'm thinking about is how to make the space more adaptable to artists and how to make it more comfortable for large groups. One of my dreamiest ideas is to build an adjacent screened porch. If this development or anything else significant comes into fruition, I will surely keep you posted! In the meantime, what do you think?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.