How The Brain Makes Creative Solutions

‘The evidence that the brain responds to events that do not appear in consciousness is overwhelming’.  The Wayward Mind - Guy Claxton I know that when I want to find solutions to puzzles or get into a creative flow, I need to access a different state of mind – make my brain work in a different … Continue reading How The Brain Makes Creative Solutions

Part 2 – 6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration

What Makes A Unique Business Retreat?  Packing your vision, leaving the rest behind and spending time alone.  These are elements 3 and 4 of what makes a unique business retreat. In all, there are 6 fundamental elements that make Graig Ddu – The Cottage In The Forest a unique business retreat. Three are synonymous with … Continue reading Part 2 – 6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration

6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration – Part 1

What Makes A Boutique Business Retreat? I believe that houses choose their owners. In 1991 Graig Ddu chose me.  You can find that story here:   https://tinyurl.com/ydyz5wp3 But back to the present. After leaving an out of character foray into the corporate world as a property manager in 2018 where I had over 100 holiday cottages to oversee … Continue reading 6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration – Part 1

Synchronicity At Its Magical Best

It wasn’t so much a case of love at first sight - I hadn’t lived without electricity before, and the cottage was pink!  I wasn’t sure which would be more of a challenge. It was definitely a case of it finding me, though.  After 4 years of travelling I was familiar with synchronicity, but in … Continue reading Synchronicity At Its Magical Best

The Magic Of The Mountains

4.00pm on 30thDecember and dusk is settling.  I ran to the mountain gate and up to the cairn at the top of Twyn Y Gaer, an iron age hill fort.  On the way I nodded hello to the last straggling walkers heading back home before dark.  Perfect – no more people.  That’s how I like … Continue reading The Magic Of The Mountains

4 Good Reasons To Talk To An Intelligent Stranger

Being At The Cottage is about using the power of spending time alone to develop something extraordinary. However, in order to add perspective and depth to that experience, the time spent alone is enhanced by conversations.   But calling them conversations doesn’t really do justice to what can happen when two people sit down and … Continue reading 4 Good Reasons To Talk To An Intelligent Stranger

Hop Into The Bath And Unleash Creative Solutions

Create: ‘Bring something into existence’ – Oxford English Dictionary ‘To evolve from one's own thought or imagination’ Creativity thrives in an expansively quiet mind.  It doesn’t happen while we are staring at a tablet or dealing with the daily grind of mundane problems in the office.  That’s why 72% of people get great ideas and insights in the bath or shower.   … Continue reading Hop Into The Bath And Unleash Creative Solutions

Why We All Need To Be Emptied Headed Sometimes

The power of having an empty head whenever you want to is very sweet.  Imagine being able to un-think the thinkable at will.  Being able to arrest the battle of thoughts and relax into clarity.  A bit like talking to yourself, having an empty head has always been disparaged, but there are big advantages to … Continue reading Why We All Need To Be Emptied Headed Sometimes