Over the weekend I had the privilege of working at the 14th annual Arts and Healing Retreat held at Great Camp Sagamore. Sponsored by the nonprofit Creative Healing Connections Inc., this annual retreat is for women who have dealt with cancer and chronic illness as well as female veterans from our armed forces. Some women traveled a long physical distance to be able to join us deep in the Adirondacks near Raquette Lake. Others traveled far in emotional distance, to be somewhere safe and far away from the difficulties of everyday life. In any case, we offered these women workshops to inspire their creativity, connection, and confidence, and we held them in an amazing historical setting, a beautiful place sure to soothe life's angry beasts. There was no cell phone reception, and no television to distract any of us from relaxing, getting to know one another and enjoying the beauty of the deep woods.