2019 Retreat dates are set!
We will open up the application period to the public on Feb 1.
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Positively Healing Survivor Retreats
DUCK PUDDLE CAMPGROUND- NOBLEBORO, mE
MAY 10-12, 2019
This retreat is for families that have a child in maintenance or off-treatment, still undergoing scans. We understand that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, the burden befalls the entire family. Parents, siblings, pets, and loved ones experience a great deal of stress, sadness, and pain. The seemingly endless treatments, surgeries and scans can leave the patient and family feeling anxious, vulnerable, even defeated. But we also know that the fight against cancer can be an empowering one, especially for survivors. At Rett’s Roost, we hope to create a joyful, fearless, empathetic space for families to relax, renew, and lament after months or years in a hospital environment. We focus on mindful, positive living through healthy bodies, minds, and spirits. Learn more…
SHILO FARM ECO RETREAT – ELIOT, ME
NOV 8-10, 2019
This retreat is for families that have a child in maintenance or recently off-treatment. Come together with three other families that have been in your shoes. Shilo Farm is a working farm and bed and breakfast with goats, chickens, 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! Join us…
Open to Healing Bereavement Retreats
RAINBOW RETREAT FOR LITTLES – Ogunquit, ME
june 20-23, 2019
This three day retreat is geared toward families with young children (infants to under 8). 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 has passed with others that understand your plight. We promise to offer a safe and empathetic environment with professional therapists and compassionate volunteers. 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.
THRIVE RETREAT FOR PRE-TEENS – Ogunquit, me
July 11-14, 2019
This second bereavement retreat will be more focused on families with children between 7-14 years old (not a requirement but programming will be focused on this age group). The past couple years we’ve noticed that pre-teens need special attention when it comes to grieving their sibling. We hope that beautiful relationships are forged on this weekend, between parents and between adolescents. We’ll offer a few healing activities each day and fun experiences in Ogunquit like go-carts, mini-golf, and beach time. Primarily, this will be a time to remember our 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 remaining children, click here.
BE REAL RETREAT FOR FAMILIES WITH TEENS – OGUNQUIT, ME
AUGUST 8-11, 2019
This August bereavement retreat is the first one we are offering specifically for teens over 13 years old (not a requirement, but programming will be focused on this age group). Teens that lose a sibling often push back support from external sources. This is a time to bond with your teen on a family vacation that combines various types of therapy and fun activities. Ogunquit is a beautiful place to heal your hearts. We’ll get out into nature during the day, and spend evenings playing board games or reminiscing around a bonfire under the stars. If you would like to help your teens work through their grief a little better, please apply.
ONLY CHILD LOSS RETREAT FOR PARENTS – ogunquit, me
October 11-14, 2019
Last year we created a retreat for parents that lost their only child. It was a very powerful weekend: all of them also struggled with fertility issues and wanted to conceive again. One family decided not to attend, because having another was out of the question. 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. This being such a fragile type of bereavement, we will keep parents aware of other applicant’s stories. In this way, we hope to bring together couples or single parents that can support each other. Join us.