Goddard provides a unique educational experience—largely self-directed--in a unique format that allows each student immersion in their study interests. My three foci were visual arts and spiritual practice within the context of honoring international humanitarian agencies. My faculty advisors were collegial and supportive, and they prompted greater depth and breadth in my work. The residencies were an opportunity to build community with amazingly talented artists in all disciplines from around the United States and Canada. Some will be life-long friends. My practices are now part of my daily discipline.