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 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. We share our children’s stories, and give 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.
This year, we have a COVID Protocol in place. You can read it here: Rett’s Roost 2022 COVID-19 Plan.
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
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 3-4 hour online meetings for sharing and learning about grief work. Yoga for Grief classes are offered as part of this program. Also, we continue group grief meetings once monthly after the retreat.
In 2021 we created a similar online program for parents whose child is finishing treatment or on maintenance treatment. These are coined ‘Peace Post Treatment’ Retreats. This program also offers several online family activities such as a magic show with Sage’s Entertainment, Trivia & Take-out (dinner gift cards mailed), and Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.
Individual Family Trips
During the pandemic, we started hosting individual ‘Family Trips to Maine’ for both bereaved families and those with survivors, as an alternative to a retreat. Families chose from a Camp Stay, a Farm Stay, or a Beach Stay. Thanks to Duck Puddle Campground for sponsoring some of these. We will be contacting families that are on our waiting list in February of 2022 to see what we can offer. We are no longer accepting new applications for this program.