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Welcome to the Mom's Sacred Healing Retreat Information Page

The 2021 Retreat happened.

It was glorious and exceeded our expectations.

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We are ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR SPONSORS for the 2024 Retreat

Read on to discover everything YOU need know about participating in this wonderful nourishing healing event for our community






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PANDAS / PANS Mom's Sacred Healing Retreat


at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego 


but please stay tuned for specifics on the 2024 Retreat!!!!

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, 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: 


I have tremendous confidence that the 2024 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 to covering meals for all 30 participants and staff, throughout the entire event.

This included:

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.

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.











Please send an email to my office with RETREAT in the subject line.

Include your name, address, contact information

Include any special needs / requests / do you need a roommate etc









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 2024 PANDAS/PANS Mom's Sacred Healing Retreat, please click below or call the office.



2021 Retreat Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

PANDAS Network

Meredith Lodging

Golden Sponsors

Dr. Suzanne Gazda 

Beyond Balance 

IV League Infusion Services

River's Edge Specialty Pharmacy


Silver Sponsors 

William Burns, Grandfather to a PANDAS Warrior

Tim Sorel in honor of Aspire

Doctor's Data

Shelly Avila and Soleo Specialty Pharmacy

Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy

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Nurse Practitioner

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