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  • Benefit of Retreats

    Posted 9/23/2016 by hhill

      The timing of this article (thank you, Barbara!) is absolutely perfect. If you are a regular reader, you know that I am just back from a truly wonderful three day retreat in New Hampshire. We talked endlessly, ate delicious food almost as endlessly, relaxed, meditated, yogaed (don't think that is a word), and healed.

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  • Day Three

    Posted 9/22/2016 by hhill

      Awakened this morning to the silence and the mountains and the clear blue sky. Wonderwell is indeed a refuge and a blessing.

      All of yesterday was wonderful. DJ, Pat, and Bunny from Bodi and Mind Yoga drove up from Boston to spend the morning with us. They may have been tempted by the promise of the legendary tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich lunch, but they came mostly because they are generous and loving and want to be supportive and helpful.

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  • Wonderwell

    Posted 9/21/2016 by hhill

      As Cat Stevens reminded us, Morning has broken, like the first morning...  

      And so it is at Wonder Well as I sit to gaze at the mountains. The sky is cloudless; the early chill has gone, and there are faint hints of scarlet and gold among the trees. The apple tree near the back porch is heavily laden, and the large vegetable garden is daily producing more bounty than can be easily eaten. The true blessing, however, lies with the people here, both those who work at this haven and those of us who are now here together.

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  • Retreat

    Posted 9/20/2016 by hhill

      As soon as I finish typing, I am getting into the car and heading north to Wonderwell Mountain Refuge ( in Springfield NH. As some of you know, twice each year, usually spring and fall, I organize and  facilitate a retreat for women living with advanced cancer. This will be the 6th one, and I am as excited and slightly nervous as I was for the first. Each experience is different, and this one brings its own benefits and challenges.

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  • Finding your People

    Posted 9/19/2016 by hhill

      No one should have to go through cancer or its aftermath alone. And often, those people whom we depend upon for all other things in life, turn out not to be the very best companions for this experience. Yes, our family and friends love us and want very much to be supportive and helpful. Too often, however, they just can't get what you are going through. For that perfect understanding, you need other cancer people.

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