Camp Widow

Carter catches the egg toss, Beach Bash 2011

Amidst day-long waits at DMV, ER rooms and plastic surgeons and then later the doctor’s office for stitches removal, Norman Rockwell-esque Beach Bashes, college tours and block parties there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for my blog. I suppose in a way that’s a good sign that my life is fulfilling and action-packed. But I still feel harried without my little routines. My life in the summer takes back seat to the lives of my kids as I cook and clean and transport. I know I’m not alone.

Which is why I’m looking forward to my mini-break at Camp Widow. I know it sounds like a place where you have to walk around with a hundred hankies tucked into your pocket, but truly, I have never been to a place with a collection of more positive, awake, forward thinking people in my life. It’s amazing the power that coming face to face with death has in teaching what it really means to live. The friendships formed at Camp Widow are deep and lasting. People feel safe enough to laugh and cry and everyone understands if things get messy and have the right words of comfort.

I am honored this year to be teaching an intensive workshop on tapping into the power that is grief, harvesting this amazing, awakened state, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of sadness and despair. The hardest part of my engagement will be to keep it within its 2 hour time allotment. I can’t wait to see the look in the faces of people who take my workshop, that look that says, “Oh! I hadn’t really every thought of grief like that before!”

I can’t wait to see all my friends again, and to meeting many of you for the first time. I am told there is still space if you decide at the last minute to come. I can assure you, its a life changing experience.

Camp Widow 2010

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  1. Anne Marie August 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Abby,
    I just wrote a note to Lisa Fox who had replied to me on your last post. I truly GET your Beach Bash post and am singing that old, beautiful song with a new verse, “Summertime and the Livin’ is CRAZY”!! So taking a break from all of the craziness, I am so looking forward to meeting you next week at Camp Widow!! I registered early just to make sure I got in your intensive workshop! Other than my desire to be a part of your teaching/learning experience, I am looking forward to personally thanking you for Lisa!! See you soon!!

    1. Abby Carter August 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Anne Marie,
      I am excited to meet you too! Thank you for all your comments. I’m thrilled to have put you in touch with Lisa. I am so glad it was a positive experience for you. Its going to be a fun time next week. Thank you for signing up for my workshop. I am looking forward to it. See you soon.

    2. Anne Marie August 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Abby,
      Fantabulous!! See you very soon to share in this very special communal, continual journey of loss, healing, growth and love,

  2. Cathy August 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm


    It was such a pleasure to meet you at Camp Widow. An honor, really. It truly is an amazing weekend. I would have liked to have spent more time talking aspiring writer (moi) to writer (you!). I am not sure I would have become a yoga instructor or started writing had I not been thrust into widowhood. It certainly has caused me to see life in a whole new light, and a creative one at that. It’s all very interesting, this journey we are on. I look forward to staying in touch with you and maybe some day we can visit when I am out in Seattle. Very best wishes to you.


  3. Maria August 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm


    I agree with you 100% about Camp Widow! A real highlight for me was chatting with you over dinner at the banquet – of butterflies, flying cranes, psychics, life “plans” vs. openness… I sure didn’t expect to be thoroughly entertained while talking about things so close to the heart. I’m looking forward to reading your book, as well as the next one! Thank you for all you do!


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