This early June, my colleague Lauren Meranda and I, were invited to speak at the AIGA Design Educator's Conference: Nuts + Bolts in Bowling Green, Ohio. The conference focused on tightening up classroom fundamentals, reinforcing careers, and constructing the future of the discipline. We saw some really motivating and interesting presentations focusing on the place for empathy in the classroom. Lauren and I gave a presentation about the Creative Retreat we lead with our students at Judson University. Our retreat takes place annually at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn Wisconsin. The students spent the weekend connecting with nature and building installations out of found objects. The experience takes them out of the traditional classroom and opens up their minds to new ideas of creation.