Recently I did a Artist in Residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
A group of visual artist and writers stayed in a small community in the mountains. During my stay I worked with clay and made a start of an installation that I hope to have done later this summer. To be able to get away for a time to be work on your art 24/7 is such a treat and it makes your soul grow.
If you are an artist and want to take a step forward with your work, I can recommend going to a residency.
Check out their tumblr site here: http://vermontstudiocenter.tumblr.com/