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Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, located in Eureka Springs, is a special residency program for artists. And by artists I mean writers, painters, architects, chefs, composers, photographer, weavers—those who create. Colony time is magical. What you write and think and create becomes part of you, like the very place itself.
What makes it so special? Grab a cup of coffee, sit back in your most comfy chair, and let me take you there.
When you need a break from writing, explore Eureka Springs, a town of twisty roads, steep stairs, and an estimated fifty-six miles of stone walls, most constructed by stonemasons between 1885 and 1910. There’s no quirkier, more interesting place in Northwest Arkansas.
While there, be sure to go for a hike in the forest. There’s no better way to recharge. C. S. Lewis said, “Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading… These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.” No matter the season, there’s much to see and always something blooming.
Fair warning: Be advised that leaving Dairy Hollow comes with severe withdrawals. This is unavoidable as you say goodbye to such a gorgeous place where your time is spent doing what you love to do. The greatest shock comes at that first stomach grumble when you realize if you want to eat again, you must cook supper or order pizza or fetch takeout for yourself. That’s a major bummer especially when you know deep in the woods of Dairy Hollow, Chef Jana is whipping up another fabulous meal for a new lucky group of residents.
More details: The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, supported solely by charitable donations from individuals, foundations, and residents. Actual costs (per resident, per day) are about $175. Minimum resident contribution is $55 per night (minimum stay one-week), which includes dinner. Those who are able to contribute more make it possible for those who cannot. For more information or to apply, click HERE.
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