Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to host an in-person retreat since November 2019. We are hopeful that it will be possible during the summer of 2021 to gather with a group of 25-30 people and feel safe. We have two retreats planned. One for families of childhood cancer survivors living in New England and NY and another for bereaved families living anywhere in the U.S. or Canada (travel scholarships available). Scroll down to learn more about our other COVID-safe options.
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 or stable disease. These retreats are always a huge hit–full of happiness, relaxation, and deep connections.
Our ‘Open to Healing’ bereavement retreats are for families that have lost their child. We share strategies for grieving, while at the same time being sensitive to the fact that everyone’s process is different. Empathy is a word you would use to describe these retreats.
Activities We Enjoy
Exploring Nature, Yoga and Meditation, Art and Music Therapy, Nutritional Workshops, Emotional Healing, Relationship Building, Journaling, Massages, Reiki, Swimming, Connecting with Animals, Bonfires & S’mores, Games, Movies, Family Portraits, Time to Relax
Online Parent Support
In 2020 we started offering ‘Grief is Love’ Retreats virtually for parents that lost a child under 20 years old, or to a childhood illness. Parents join two 3-hour online meetings for sharing and learning about grief work. We continue group grief meetings once monthly after the retreat. Our next one will be in May.
For 2021 we have decided to create a similar online program for parents whose child is finishing treatment or on maintenance treatment. These are coined ‘Peace Post Treatment’ Retreats. Our first one will take place in April. Click below to read more and sign up.
Individual Family Trips
During the pandemic, we are also hosting many ‘Individual Family Trips’ for both bereaved families and those with survivors, as an alternative to a retreat. Thanks to Duck Puddle Campground for sponsoring some of these. Please contact us if you are interested in a family trip to Maine or know someone that is. Travel scholarships are available on a limited basis.