Welcome to the Mom's Sacred Healing Retreat Information Page
The 2021 Retreat happened.
It was glorious and exceeded our expectations.
Please stay tuned for 2022 info TBA
Read on to discover everything YOU need know about participating in this wonderful nourishing healing event for our community
Mom's Sacred Healing Retreat
THE MIRACULOUS 2021 RETREAT ALREADY HAPPENED
but please stay tuned for info on the 2022 Retreat!!!!
October weekend, San Diego, Hyatt Mission Bay
Every day, hour after hour, patient after patient, mom after mom, I am faced with the trauma our community endures. Some days are better, some are worse. We've learned to continue to adapt, lower our expectations and reach into some endless bucket of courage that keeps us going. But we are often left in tatters, trying as hard as we can to stay connected to whatever good is left inside of our lives and marriages and families and relationships.
This is why we are putting together a healing retreat for PANDAS/PANS parents, and this one will be for moms specifically.
The purpose of the retreat is to provide a safe healing environment to support parents with emotional and soul recovery from the burden of living with a child(ren) with PANDAS/PANS/Lyme.
My vision includes opportunities for self-recovery, sharing, reflection and hopefully, to remember, at least for a moment, what it feels like to live as a free woman and remember how strong and whole and amazing and inwardly joyful you STILL are. To put faces and living people to our Facebook connections, creating real relationships and friendships that reduce the ongoing isolation. And to bring home a couple of new tools that may help in those moments of intensity, to take care of yourselves and your families and find a way to reconnect to goodness and joy.
The retreat begins on Friday at 5pm and concludes on Sunday at 3pm
(but you are welcome to come early and stay late and just enjoy the time)
The format will include a mix of unstructured time for socializing, resting or reflecting plus structured activity offerings with restorative and therapeutic value, as well as structured play :) You are of course free to choose whatever you want to do at any given period of time at this wonderful hotel, although we hope you'll participate in the retreat offerings.
Some of the work of the retreat will be in large and small group sharing, meditation, breath work, yoga, exploring the enneagram, and other somatic modalities that may encourage release of tension, enhance inner awareness and self compassion, and hopefully some cellular and spiritual recovery through just plain fun and relaxation and comradery.
The weekend will be facilitated by Drs Kim Ward and Hilary Stokes. They are deeply familiar with PANDAS/PANS and experienced in a multitude of psych and somatic and trauma integrative healing work. They are humble and lovely. I have known them for half my life. Here is their website if you're interested in knowing more about them: https://www.authenticityassociates.com/
I have tremendous confidence that the 2022 Retreat will provide another profound and transformative healing experience that will fulfill its vision and offer many benefits to everyone attending the Retreat.
The event is being offered in service, it is not a money making venture. We are working hard on sponsorships and donations to eliminate any financial barriers to participation. In October 2021, our first retreat, the actual venue costs were covered by generous sponsorships we received on behalf of participating mothers. We were able to provide room scholarships for 22 mothers and 4 staff, in addition covering meals for all 30 participants and staff, throughout the entire event.
Friday Evening Dinner Reception
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack on Saturday (and some Saturday dinners for scholarship participants)
Brunch on Sunday
All Retreat facilitation and hotel activities were covered at no charge to participants through our Sponsors.
In the hotel, many activities are included in your room rate, including several pools and beautiful spaces to just hang out, kayaks and paddleboards, yoga, many indoor and outdoor activities, a beach and marina, and we get a 20% discount on any spa services.
We spent the evenings gathering around the many firepits on the beautiful waterfront property, walking along the marina, in the hot tubs, and just enjoying some much needed downtime with others to whom we never have to explain a single thing about our life challenges.
Hyatt Mission Bay
Rooms are $179 plus $10 resort fee per night, per room. This is a big markdown from their normal rate. The double rooms are large enough to share easily and if you'd like to share a room with someone and you don't know who that someone will be, we will collect names of others who wish to share a room and connect the two of you. A 3-way share is possible with an additional $35 only if you need an extra cot.
FLY INTO SAN DIEGO AIRPORT.
From the airport its a quick Uber ride.
I SUGGEST YOU COME EARLY TO AVOID GENERAL RUSH HOUR.
I'll be there on Thursday night getting things ready.
I hope some of you can make it early.
I'm staying till Monday, just to play.
Please send an email to my office firstname.lastname@example.org with RETREAT in the subject line.
Include your name, address, contact information
Include any special needs / requests / do you need a roommate etc
Once you register:
1. Make a room reservation as soon as possible or let us know you need a room scholarship
2. Tell everyone in your life that you are going to the retreat. Tell them NOW.
3. Plan ahead. Put it on your calendar.
Remember... There are always things that will come up to do and go to for your children and family, that's our life. But....There is ONLY ONE RETREAT. YOU NEED AND DESERVE THIS TIME. Everyone you know will benefit.
I'm sorry but we need to limit this retreat to 35-40 people.
This event would NOT be possible without the generous support of our community of SPONSORS - I cannot begin to express my gratitude to each of them. Our 2021 sponsors represented the diversity of support for our community we would expect - parents, family members, non-profits, providers, infusers, supplement and testing companies.
We Thank Each and Every One of YOU
If you would like to SPONSOR or donate to the 2022 PANDAS/PANS Mom's Sacred Healing Retreat, please click below:
2021 Retreat Sponsors
Dr. Suzanne Gazda
IV League Infusion Services
River's Edge Specialty Pharmacy
William Burns, Grandfather to a PANDAS Warrior
Tim Sorel in honor of Aspire
Shelly Avila and Soleo Specialty Pharmacy
Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy