We are so happy to announce our retreat schedule for 2023!
As always, we are offering both our signature Positively Healing Retreats for families with childhood cancer survivors and our Open to Healing Retreats for bereaved families. We are holding two large retreats (8 families each) in July and four shorter weekend retreats in June, September, October, and December. Please see the schedule below. Currently, COVID vaccines are required for all adult participants, staff, and volunteers (unless contraindicated with a doctor’s note).
Positively Healing Survivor Retreats
CARE CAMPS ROLLING RIDGE RETREAT – north Andover, MA
July 5-9, 2023
We are excited to be able to offer a retreat for 8 families of childhood cancer survivors at a beautiful location in North Andover, MA in July. This joy-filled, intimate retreat offers an opportunity for families to connect with each other about their shared experience with childhood cancer. A myriad of fun and therapeutic activities are offered for kids and adults. Check out the photos from last year at Rolling Ridge to see what may be in store this summer: 2022 Rolling Ridge.
MINI-RETREAT – SHILO FARM – ELIOT, ME
SEP 29 – OCT 1, 2023
We know how important it is to meet other families that understand the plight of a child’s cancer. We are encouraging family friends that met during their child’s cancer journey to apply for this retreat for a chance to spend a weekend together. If you weren’t able to meet other families (the pandemic made that tricky) please still apply, as this may be your chance to connect. Fun and therapeutic activities will be catered specifically to children’s ages and families’ preferences. Check out the photos from one of our mini-retreats (Nov, 2019) at Shilo Farm.
Open to Healing Bereavement Retreats
This is an opportunity for families whose child died of cancer or other chronic illness to participate in an intimate, supportive bereavement retreat at our Rett’s Roost Heart-quarters in Ogunquit, ME. If you’ve met other families during your grief journey, we encourage you to apply together. This is a chance for you to connect on a deeper level. Our retreat house in Ogunquit is 1-mile from one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Check out photos from last year’s mini-retreat with four beautiful families.
ONE MISSION FERRY BEACH RETREAT – SACO, mE
July 23-27, 2023
We will be offering a 5-day, 4-night retreat for up to 8 bereaved families of a child with cancer this July at Ferry Beach Retreat Center in Saco, ME. Parents will be able to talk about grieving their child that died of cancer with others that understand, while children participate in more playful therapeutic activities. Think of it as a week-long support group interspersed with engaging, inspiring activities and personal connections to lift your spirits and lighten your hearts. The other exciting thing to note is that this retreat house is located just a few steps from a beautiful sandy beach with gentle lapping waves.
We’ll be holding an intimate, supportive Labor Day weekend getaway in Ogunquit, ME at our Rett’s Roost Heart-quarters for bereaved families who lost a child to cancer. The peer-to-peer connections forged at our retreats are one of the greatest sources of healing for those suffering the loss of a child or sibling. You will also receive both individual (talk, massage, writing) and group therapies (art, music, nature). Our retreat house is 1-mile from one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Check out photos from last year’s mini-retreat with four beautiful families.
PARENT RETREAT at RIVER WINDS FARM & ESTATE – Saco, ME
NOV 17-19, 2023
If you lost a child to cancer or a terminal illness, you may feel like there is no where to turn for support. But you are not alone. We’ve met nearly 200 parents grieving a young child since 2016. And our goal is to cultivate an empathetic community to ease the pain & suffering they carry. We’ll be hosting up to 12 parents on this 2-night stay at a beautiful home in Saco, ME. If you need a weekend to focus on your grief and honor your child’s memory, we hope you sign up.