• Friday, June 25, 2021 4:00pm – Sunday, June 27, 2020 10:00am
  • Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake

Join a group of like-minded women for a reading and writing retreat. Activities will include writing workshops, reflective paddling, arts-based activities, technical writing and experiential learning, and Adirondack-based readings to contemplate the role of sense of place in nature writing.

This weekend is dedicated to the memory of Anne LaBastille, whose passion for the Adirondacks led to her writing the landmark series of “Woodswoman” books documenting her experiences and observations of the natural world. Registration fee includes 2 nights lodging, all meals, workshop sessions and supplies.

This year’s writing workshop leader: Mary Sanders Shartle

Please note: All lodging arrangements and weekend activity inquiries should be sent to Great Camp Sagamore.


Starting at $350 per person. Includes 2 nights lodging, all meals, workshop sessions and supplies. If you prefer, you can call to register: (315) 354-5311.

About Your Stay

  • 2 nights lodging, all meals in our historic Vanderbilt Dining Hall, historic tour of the family’s guest & workers’ complexes, water sports on secluded Sagamore Lake, lawn games, bowling, campfires, and miles of hiking & biking trails in the 3,500 acre Historic Great Camps Special Management Area
  • Wine & beer is for sale
  • Check-in at 4pm on day of arrival
  • Check-out by 10am on day of departure – but you are welcome to stay for one last paddle!

From Great Camp Sagamore

  • Great Camp Sagamore is taking precautions that will address the health and safety of all of our guests during this pandemic. Camp is following guidelines from the CDC and NYS Health Department in response to COVID 19. If you have any questions or concerns regarding staying with us, please call (315) 354-5311.
  • With regards to COVID 19, Great Camp Sagamore has implemented protocols that will allow individuals or groups that are traveling together to reserve a room/rooms that have access to an assigned bathroom. Guests will not be sharing bathrooms with strangers.
  • In keeping with our status as a wilderness retreat, there is no cell phone service at Great Camp Sagamore. WiFi is available in the Collins Building only and is accessible to all guests in the building’s guest lounge.
  • Great Camp Sagamore is an 18-acre wilderness campus with gravel paths, dirt roads, and stairs leading into all buildings. There are no elevators. Great Camp Sagamore is not wheelchair accessible.
  • All accommodations are within historic buildings. There is no air conditioning. There are no mini-fridges, complimentary toiletries, hairdryers, or televisions in the bedrooms. We do provide a large guest refrigerator to store extra food or beverages.

5 thoughts on “Anne LaBastille Women’s Writing Weekend

  1. I would definitely love to do this but this year I am already booked for a yoga retreat. Is this a yearly event?
    Jackie Beattie


  2. Interested, but have a few questions. My husband is an artist and we were thinking he could room with me and do some painting while I did the retreat – is that possible?


  3. Looking forward to the 2020 weekend! This will be the third year the weekend is offered and we’re expecting many returning writers! The correct dates are June 19, 20 and 21. Our new Sagamore Executive Director is Emily Martz, who signed on last year and is JUST TERRIFIC! Jen MacGruder is the program director, and she and the staff will answer all your questions. Leslie Suprenaut will once again be on hand to talk about Ann LaBastille’s legacy and guide a canoe trip to Ann’s surviving camp at Twitchell Lake.
    DO Be aware that the camp is still in winter hibernation, but there is someone to answer messages and emails and more information on programs at: http://www.greatcampsagamore.org.


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