I recently learned of a retreat for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It’s put on by The Younique Foundation (and, no, you don’t have to sell the stuff to go. But it’s also open to those who do). At first I though, “yeah, probably not something I could actually go to. Besides, I’m mostly OK and I’m still in therapy, but functioning.” But then, I started looking into it more seriously.
Here’s the lowdown:
- It’s FREE. Lodging, food, classes…everything. Free. You just have to get yourself there, either to the meeting spot or to the SLC airport (they’ll even pick you up!).
- The only requirement is that you were a victim of childhood sexual abuse between 0-18 years old and that you are now at least 18 years old and female.
- The retreat takes place in a canyon in Utah, nestled in the mountains where participants can feel safe.
- Several classes are offered–yoga, nature walk, cooking classes, journaling, group therapy, and some other cool sounding stuff.
I sent in the application to attend. Then they follow up with a second form to gather a little more information. Next, you’ll receive an email with possible sessions to attend. It appears that they do these retreats 3 weeks out of each month, starting on a Monday and ending on a Thursday.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since.
Even though I’m a bit scared/nervous, I’m also really excited to experience this and push myself forward into further healing.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in therapy or have yet to take that step, this retreat is for you. It doesn’t matter if your abuse happened one time or repeatedly over years, this retreat is for you.
I’m going in about a month and half from now. I can’t wait. I’ll do another post after I’ve attended to let you know how it goes. 🙂 And if you go (or have gone already), I’d love to hear your experience.
Here’s where you go to get started: The Haven Retreat application and additional information.
I think this is a beautiful thing to offer victims of childhood sexual abuse. It seems unbelievable, but it’s real.
Go. Sign up and take advantage of this resource.
Do it for yourself.