Our retreats offer a free, intimate weekend getaway for families touched by childhood cancer and child loss.
Our ‘Positively Healing’ retreats are for families that have a child surviving cancer with no evidence of disease or stable tumors. We do not accept children during the frontline course of treatment as we do not have medical staff onsite. These retreats are always full of happiness, relaxation, and deep connections. Joyful is a word you would use to describe them.
Our ‘Open to Healing’ bereavement retreats are for families that have lost their child to a chronic illness. We share our children’s stories, and give strategies for moving forward in grief, while at the same time being sensitive to the fact that everyone’s process and timeline is different. Empathy is a word you would use to describe these retreats.
Our COVID-19 Protocol for 2023 is that all adults attending a retreat are vaccinated for COVID (two shots minimum). This includes our volunteers and therapists. Children are not required to be vaccinated for COVID, but all but children with cancer must be up-to-date on the recommended vaccines for their age. We will still be requiring rapid testing on arrival (and if symptoms develop while on retreat). We recommend a PCR test the week before your retreat, particularly if you may have been exposed.
Individual and Group Talk Therapy, Art and Music Therapy, Healthy Living / Nutritional Workshops, Yoga and Meditation, Emotional & Relationship Healing, Peer Support, Journaling, Massages, Reiki & Energy work, Swimming, Exploring Nature, Connecting with Animals, Bonfires & S’mores, Games, Movies, Family Portraits, Time to Relax
Gatherings for Local Families
Our vision at Rett’s Roost is to cultivate a community of families navigating a path towards healing and re-creating joy in their lives. In 2023, other than our signature in-person retreats, we will be offering a handful of events with the intention of bringing local families who have experienced the unimaginable together. This includes a Winter Blues Bereavement luncheon in January, A Family Summit Hike up Mt. Agamenticus in June, a Community Pizza Supper at the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Mom-Teen SUP Yoga in August. If you have not attended one of our retreats and would like to be on the mailing list for these activities, please register as a Rett’s Roost family here.