Frequently Asked Questions

What is Creative Healing Connections?

Creative Healing Connections is a not for profit organization that provides creative experiences to promote healing and growth. We were founded in 1999. We utilize the arts and nature to encourage healing of women living with cancer and other chronic diseases and have since expanded our offerings to include women veterans.

Our current host partners are Great Camp Sagamore and Wiawaka Center for Women – and we are open to future collaborations. 


What happens during arts and healing retreats?

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 toward 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 quality of life.

Who can attend the retreats?

Any woman in need of healing may attend our retreats.  Our goal is to ensure that anyone who wishes to attend can do so with the aid of scholarships to support those in need.  Please keep in mind our venues are not yet fully accessible. We try to be as accommodating as possible within those constraints.

How much do retreats costs?

Please visit the specific retreat you are interested in on this website for details.

When are retreats held?

Please visit the specific retreat you are interested in on this website 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 19 years, our annual Adirondack Arts & Healing Retreats have been held at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY and for the past 9 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.

Whom should I contact for more information?

Gail Brill - President CHC - info@creativehealingconnections.org

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 Gail Brill, President of the Board or fill out our Contact Form

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