Pursuing the arts, such as writing, painting, or sculpting, can help you do something that inspires your passion, but only when your daily life isn’t overly distracting. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and find that you don’t have the time or focus to work on your art. For that reason, it sometimes becomes necessary to go on a retreat to help you regain your focus and productivity.

Diane Middlebrook Studios

This is the ideal retreat for writers who want to enjoy the breathtaking views of the California mountains. From the position of the four cedar cabins, writers staying in this locale will get a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean from far above the city. Launched in 1979, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program provides secluded cabins to chosen writers through their application process.

Casa Wabi

Located in Oaxaca, Mexico, this retreat serves artists and painters who emphasize social justice in their work. The opportunity is available through a strict invitation process that involves a critique of each artist’s work. If you’re chosen, you’ll be granted a stay in one of six huts that are perfectly situated between the beach and the surrounding mountains. The retreat’s director is Patricia Martin, who also curates the Coleccíon Jumex, Latin America’s biggest collection of contemporary art.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

If you prefer the northern climates, this retreat offers a breathtaking experience in the heart of Banff, Canada. The retreat offers workshops, performances, galleries, screenings, and more presentations designed to stimulate your creativity. Since the retreat is located within Canada’s first national park, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding mountains, forests, and waterways. While plenty of programs are hosted at the retreat, the most coveted opportunity is a residency at Leighton Artist Studios. This includes the opportunity to stay in one of nine cabins and to work on any self-directed project that you choose.

No matter your situation or your particular type of art, some retreats are ideal for you. While it may take some research, you can find retreats that suit your budget, interests, and availability. As long you don’t become discouraged, you can find some great retreats that will help you hone your skills as an artist.