Hedgebrook is a retreat center for women writers located on Whidbey Island in Washington, not too far from Seattle. Their purpose is to offer women a quiet, beautiful space, surrounded by nature, so they can direct their energies towards their writing. Called radical hospitality, the staff is dedicated to providing an atmosphere that nourishes and supports the creative process. Of course, part of the deal is that delicious, straight-from-the-garden meals are cooked from scratch and served up at a large, communal table every evening. Sigh.