Boisbuchet - Window/Visitor, Summer 2016

Boisbuchet - Window/Visitor, Summer 2016

I spent an incredible week taking a workshop led by the artist Nigel Peake at Boisbuchet, in northwest France. It was something I’d been planning since February, before my book deal, before I agreed to a number of classes and speaking engagements that will take place soon after I deliver my manuscript in 2017, even before I committed to a date for my spring residency. There were times leading up to my trip that I thought about canceling, and focusing instead on all the work I need to do between now and next spring.

To say that I’m glad I went is an understatement, especially now that I’m back to my noisy, messy, “regular” life. What I miss most about Boisbuchet is not the excellent food, or the great group of people, or even the challenging workshop I took. No, it’s the silence: long stretches of distraction-free time to focus and create.

I don’t think I could write anything more about the experience that would do it justice, so here are a few photos from my week (and there’s also a nice, short video here).

Boisbuchet, Summer 2016

Boisbuchet, Summer 2016

Boisbuchet - Window/Visitor, Summer 2016  Boisbuchet - Window/Visitor, Summer 2016

Boisbuchet, Summer 2016

Boisbuchet posts its schedule early in the year, so sign up for its mailing list if you’d like to be notified when the summer workshops are announced.

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