"The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.." - Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way



Internationally renowned artist Philip Burke will be our keynote speaker to kick off our daylong retreat! Listen, learn and be inspired by this rockstar in the art world, who is originally from Western New York! Burke will discuss his early years as an artist, his influences, and how he established a disciplined creative practice that led to worldwide publication and exhibition. He'll also be available during small group creativity coaching. 


This one-day "Intensive Retreat" extends an opportunity to all attendees: inspiration, motivation and creative community. It is a chance to explore your artistic voice, whether or not you have used it lately. Creative people of all disciplines are invited to this experience.

Raise the stakes in your creative life by investing in this time to challenge yourself. Give yourself permission to embrace and enhance your creativity, to get centered and excited. Enjoy good food, stimulating conversations, and learn techniques for self-care and burnout prevention. You will walk away with fresh perspective, and a toolkit to relaunch your creative life.

When you invest in your unique creative self, many other areas of your life will be woken up.



Historic and beautiful East Aurora, New York is the setting for our autumn retreat. The event was created by local artist, historian, event planner and activist Dana Saylor, with input and ideas from a number of local art colleagues who have been working on their craft, and their creative life, intensively. We meet at the locus of the 20th century American Arts & Crafts movement- the Roycroft Campus, with all meals included.

Attendees will have the chance to experience beauty, listen to talks by luminaries in the creative world while taking in historic architecture, and savor just-for-you time. Options for yoga, meditation and small group coaching about your creative practices are available, inclusive.

DATES: October 20, 2018 10am-8pm

PRICING: $79 per person; scholarships may be available to those who demonstrate need.



Apply for attendance by answering the following

questions honestly and with any details you

think relevant. I look forward to meeting you.


Dana Saylor, Organizer


Thank you. I will review all submissions personally and will be in touch soon.

Philip Burke, internationally renowned artist, will keynote the retreat.

Photo by Gordon Ballard, taken at the Burchfield Penney, Buffalo NY



I'm an artist, historian, preservation advocate and freelance entrepreneur. I've got over a decade's experience in bootstrap event planning, community engaged art, and as my friends say, my "superpower" is human connection. Post-college, I too walked away from my creative passion, but I rediscovered painting thanks to artistic friends who encouraged me, and the things I've learned by reading books and getting to know hundreds of creatives.

In 2013, I became an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and in 2016, I was offered an art/history residency outside of Florence, Italy. My multitude of experiences inform my practice, and I look forward to sharing what I've learned.

I have planned this retreat with you in mind, and selected our speakers, teachers and historic venue with great care. I look forward to meeting each of you individually during a coaching session, or one of our unstructured meal or down times.


Tara Sasiadek is an artist, educator and philosopher. She has experience as an entrepreneur, teaching kids and adults, organizing large-scale arts events, and running a non-profit. Her deep wisdom and thoughtful insight help those around her make better sense of their experiences, and serve as a guide toward "creative bad-assery."