We are now accepting applications to our 2020 retreats.
Please see all our offerings below.
Positively Healing Survivor Retreats
DUCK PUDDLE CAMPGROUND – NOBLEBORO, mE
MAY 15-17, 2020
We are holding our third retreat at Duck Puddle campground this May. This retreat is for families that have a cancer kid in maintenance or off-treatment, still undergoing monitoring. Each family gets their own cabin at the campground, right on the lake. Most of our group activities take place in their beautiful barn (shown below). Getting out into nature after spending so much time in a hospital environment could be the most healing aspect of this retreat. Learn more…
SHILO FARM ECO RETREAT – ELIOT, ME
November 6-9, 2020
We hope to head back for a fourth retreat at Shilo this summer! This retreat is for families that have a cancer kid in maintenance or recently off-treatment. Come together with other families that have been in your shoes. Shilo Farm is a working farm and bed and breakfast with goats, chickens, kitties, and the resident guard dog/pillow, Shasta. Kids will get to help with farm chores, parents can have massage and reiki treatments, there will be a special cob oven pizza dinner, a bonfire, music, art, yoga, and more! These retreats fill up fast, so sign up today!
Open to Healing Bereavement Retreats
RAINBOW RETREAT FOR LITTLES – Ogunquit, ME
june 25-28, 2020
This three day retreat is geared toward bereaved families with mostly young children–infants to under 10 (not a requirement but programming will be focused on this age group). Our goal is to help you get away on a little vacation with your family and to be able to talk about grieving your child that died of cancer with others that understand your plight. Think of it as a weekend-long support group interspersed with engaging, inspiring activities to boost your spirits and lift your hearts. Sign up here.
BE REAl RETREAT FOR TEENS – Ogunquit, me
July 23-26, 2020
This second bereavement retreat will be more focused on families with children between 8-17 years old (not a requirement but programming will be focused on this age group). The past couple years we’ve noticed that pre-teens and teens need special attention when it comes to grieving their sibling. We hope that beautiful relationships are forged on this weekend, among parents and adolescents. We’ll offer a few healing activities each day and fun experiences in Ogunquit like horseback riding, mini-golf/go-carts, and beach time. Primarily, this will be a time to remember the beloved child no longer with us, while feeling the warm sun and salt on our face and sand in our toes. If you lost a child to cancer and would like to attend with your surviving children, click here.
forever healing RETREAT – sudden child loss – OGUNQUIT, ME
AUGUST 20-23, 2020
This August bereavement retreat is the first one we are offering to non-cancer families. We hope to bring parents and children together that have experienced the sudden loss of a young child. This is a time to bond with your family on a vacation that combines various types of group and individual therapies and fun outdoor activities. Ogunquit is a beautiful place to heal your hearts. We’ll get out into nature during the day, and spend evenings reminiscing around a bonfire under the stars. If you would like to help yourself and your family work through their grief a little better, please apply.
One & Only – Only child loss – ogunquit, me
October 16-18, 2020
This weekend is for parents that lost their only child to cancer. It’s a really tough situation when you’re left childless after being a mother or father. We try to face each family’s situation with a most sensitive and compassionate heart. This retreat is meant to create hope, not necessarily hope for another child, but hope for finding joy again. We understand the fragility of only child loss. And we feel that coming together for a whole weekend is healing and powerful. In this way, we hope to bring together couples or single parents that can support each other. Join us.
Grief is Love Day Retreats
Grief is Love Day retreats for parents – Ogunquit, ME
April 25 and November 21, 2020
These one-day retreats are for parents that lost a child under 18 to any cause–April will be for those that lost a child between the ages of 5-18, November will be for parents grieving a child under 5. Cultivating a community of lovingkindness & understanding is one intention of all Rett’s Roost retreats. We promise to offer a safe and empathetic environment with professional therapists and compassionate volunteers, as well as moments of reflection & remembrance through various group and individual therapies. Apply here.