Frequently Asked Questions
Creative Healing Connections is a not for profit organization that provides creative experiences to promote healing and growth. We were founded in 1999, first to use the arts and nature to support the healing of women living with cancer and other chronic diseases and have since expanded our offerings to include women veterans, women spouses and partners of those who serve in the military, and men, both active duty and veterans.
We work in partnership with the Adirondack Health and Homeward Bound Adirondacks, our host sites of Great Camp Sagamore and Wiawaka Center for Women, and others – and we are open to future collaborations.
First and foremost we create a safe space where people living with shared health challenges can come together, share their stories and build a network of support. We use various creative activities, such as storytelling, songwriting, dreamwork and visual art, as catalysts towards healing, self- expression, awareness and reconnection with our whole selves. We draw upon the healing power of nature and provide our participants a variety of skills that they can use to enhance their quality of life.
Anyone in need of healing may attend our retreats. The individual retreats usually have a specific focus such as cancer or chronic illness, veterans or caregivers. Our goal is to insure that anyone who wishes to attend, can afford to do so, through providing scholarship support for those so in need. However, the reality is that our venues are not yet fully accessible though progress is being made. We try to be as accommodating as possible within those constraints.
The costs vary depending on the retreat. Please visit the specific retreat you are interested in on this web page for details.
The dates vary. Please visit the specific retreat you are interested in on this web page for details.
Where are retreats held?
For the most part, our retreats are held in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. We value the serene beauty of the wilderness and its potential for deep healing. For the past 13 years, our annual Adirondack Arts & Healing Retreats have been held at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY and for the past 4 years our Women Veteran’s Retreats have been held at the Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George. We also hold retreats at the Irondequoit Inn in Piseco Lake, Paul Smiths College and The Priory in Chestertown, NY.
Is there financial aid available for retreats?
Yes. We have been fortunate enough to have numerous generous donors and because of their support, we are able to offer scholarships. There are scholarship forms available on each retreat’s web page. However, the fees we charge cover less than the true cost of each retreat, thus we are always looking for people and agencies who may be willing to help cover the cost so that we can continue to make sure that anyone who wishes to attend may afford to do so.
Carolyn Bischoff, Executive Director
How can I get involved?
We need assistance in several ways. We need people helping us spread the word about our retreats to their local cancer clinics, Oncology doctors and nurses, and friends who are living with cancer and other chronic diseases. We need assistance connection with veterans’ organizations, most especially for women, which includes the managers of VA Medical programs for women, and to women spouses of activity duty soldiers, especially women whose partner is serving with the National Guard.
We need people who are good at using Facebook and blog sites. We need people who are willing to help organize fundraising events to provide scholarship support for people who wish to attend. The true cost for attending a retreat is about 2.5 the cost the retreat fees.
We need people who may know contractors willing to donate time, materials and labor to help make our facilities more accessible. We could use the donation of a couple golf carts. You get the idea.
If you would like to help, contact Carolyn Bischoff, our director at firstname.lastname@example.org
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