Whether you write or paint for 8 hours a day is up to you.
This is only a recommendation, as a vigorous schedule really pays off.
This does not mean you have to write for 8 hours.
It means one has to respect these hours as periods of time when work is being done at the retreat.
That said, taking a day to hike, swim or relax also really pays off and a daily 1/2 hour to hour walk really helps to clear your head.
Everyone has his/her own creative process.
Some work better very early in the morning (Auden etc.), some very late at night (Dostoyevsky etc.) and then there are all the times in between.
Some artists work straight for a week, some for three hours a day.
We trust people to take their work seriously.
We don’t chain people to their desks but we expect them to respect others’ projects, the goal they set before they came, the guidelines and other structures in place to foster an environment conducive to work.