The Annual Maine Hospice Council Retreat
“Celebrating the Journey Together”
Date: Friday, October 12th, 2012 – Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Location: Sugarloaf Mountain Resort
Frederic C. Craigie, Jr., PhD, is a faculty member at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta/Waterville, Maine. He also holds appointments as Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Visiting Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Craigie has a longstanding interest in spirituality and heath care. Over the last 25 years, he has written and presented internationally about the healing and life-giving roles of spirituality in patient care, in the experience of health care providers, and in the life and culture of health care organizations. With the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Craigie has taught about spirituality and health care for the Fellowship and Integrative Medicine in Residency programs since 2001. He received a John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Award for Primary Care Residency Training Programs (in conjunction with George Washington University Medical Center, Institute for Spirituality and Health) in 2002. He is also the founder of a pastoral care program at the Residency’s affiliated hospital, the organizer of an annual Maine symposium on spirituality and health care since 1987, and has served for many years as associate editor of a professional journal devoted to Christian faith and mental health.
Directions to Sugarloaf Mountain Resort:
From southern Maine/NH: Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) to Auburn (Exit 75). Follow Route 4 North through Farmington. Take Route 27 North through Kingfield—straight to Sugarloaf!
Take I-95 North to Augusta (Exit 112B). Follow Route 27 North through Farmington and Kingfield—straight to Sugarloaf!
From Bangor/Calais area: From Calais, take Route 9 West to I-395 West to Bangor. Take Exit 1A onto I-95 South to Exit 157 at Newport. Proceed to Route 2 West to Skowhegan to get on Route 201 North. Continue on Route 201 North until you reach Route 148 West through Madison. Turn right just after the bridge and take Route 201A North to Anson. Then continue North to North Anson. Take a left onto Route 16 West to North New Portland, then take a left continuing onto Route 16 West to Kingfield. Cross the bridge and turn right onto Route 27 North to Sugarloaf!
Who should attend? Hospice professionals & board members, physicians, nurses, chaplains, donors, social workers, volunteers, family members & any one else involved in or effected by hospice and palliative care.
Registration for this event is open! To review the brochure, please click here.
If you did not get to come to last year’s Hospice Retreat, please make plans to attend this year. Everyone comes away with a new energy and spirit for the work of hospice.
Last year’s retreat “This Time It’s All About YOU” was held at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, and was sponsored by The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care & Hospice of York, through a grant from the Hospice Education Institute.
The History of the Retreat
Seventeen years ago the Maine Hospice Council (MHC) was asked to assume responsibility for an annual event that had previously been hosted by Hospice of Hancock County. Originally called the “Hospice Seminar” and held at the beautiful Claremont Hotel on Somes Sound, the event needed a new sponsor. Hospice of Hancock County was interested in placing the “retreat” in capable hands in order to ensure continuation of this popular tradition.
In 1995, the event moved to the beautiful Rangeley Lakes area and very quickly became well-known as the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care Annual Retreat. Participants “took over” the Rangeley Inn and established a retreat model in the true sense of the word, enjoying educational and recreational activities in a relaxing environment. The owners of the charming Inn hosted the weekend event for several years until the Inn was sold in 2005.
After three years at the Poland Spring House, the Retreat Committee selected a permanent home, the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort. Weekend and single day prices are kept fairly low in order to encourage maximum participation. Foundation support and the generosity of sponsors, ensures that affordable rates are possible. And each year, the committee takes into account the suggestions they receive on evaluations. The goal is to make sure the event contributes to the well-being of those who attend.
The hard-working, loyal Retreat Team (planning committee), chaired by Greg Burns, has scheduled the 2012 Retreat for October this year to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.
May the tradition continue!