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A retreat creates a special period of time for prayer, silence, rest, simplicity and contemplation. It can be both a “time out” from life’s daily stresses as well as an opportunity to deepen one’s experience of self and the universal energy that surrounds and supports us. There are different types of retreat experiences, including silent retreats, directed retreats offered at many religious facilities, or secular retreats featuring experiential workshops.

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Wisconsin Agape (wisconsinagape.org)
Located in a wooded rural setting near Milwaukee, weekend 12 step retreats for members of all recovery fellowships are held four times a year. Long format marathon meetings allow for in depth sharing. The suggested donation for the weekend is $50.

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12 Step Retreats (12stepretreat.org)
Located in the Santa Cruz mountains of northern California, the retreat is held on 67 mountain acres at the Presentation Retreat & Conference Center. Experienced retreat leaders guide participants through the principles and steps of the 12-step program in five one-hour talks. There are scheduled meetings for AA, Al-Anon, and sharing meetings, with additional rooms available for NA, Nar-Anon and other 12 step meetings.

Casa Hamaca Guesthouse (casahamaca.com)
Casa Hamaca in the Yucatan of Mexico is geared toward sober travel. In May, 2010 they held their first sober retreat called Recovery & Discovery Retreat Week, designed as a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experience to facilitate meaning in one's daily life. The retreat includes fellowship, meetings, twelve step work and climbing pyramids. Quarterly retreats are planned.

Dan Anderson Renewal Center at Hazelden (hazelden.org/web/go/renewalcenter)
Situated on Hazelden's 500-acre wooded campus in Center City, MN, the Renewal Center provides a peaceful setting for group interaction or private times of reflection. Retreat structures are flexible and can include one of their special Recovery Retreat programs or day, week or longer stays as part of one’s ongoing recovery program. These retreats are designed to meet the spiritual recovery needs of individuals who are actively involved in any Twelve-Step program. Guests do not have to be Hazelden alumni to participate.

Holistic Retreat Addiction Recovery (holisticintegrativetherapies.net/workshops/holistic-recovery-retreat)
Developed by a licensed psychotherapist with certification in addictions and trauma resolution, this holistic retreat focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of recovery. It will be held July 18th to 23rd at Mt. Alvernia Monastery in Wappinger Falls, NY.

Jesuit Retreat House (www.jesuitretreathouse.org/?action=retreat)
This Catholic retreat house located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin welcomes people of all faiths to their four-day and eight-day retreats. Specific retreats are designated for men and women in 12-Step recovery programs.

New Beginning Ministry (newbeginningmin.org)
Located in Wayne County, PA, this retreat program is a faith-based twelve-step program  for recovery. It offers a safe and structured environment for those with substance addiction to learn about the problem of addiction, the solution to addiction, and the program of action that leads to change.  Recovery retreats are in a residential community for alcohol and drug dependence. New Beginning represents a non-medical approach to alcohol and drug addiction based on a spirit-centered community.

The Retreat (theretreat.org/programs/weekend-retreats/)
Various retreats are held at the McIver Center for Family and Spiritual Recovery in Wayzata, Minnesota, a natural and reflective space with easy access to the metro area. Programs include the quarterly Roger B. Retreats on the 12 steps and an annual Women's Retreat. Weekend retreats cost $225 and include lodging, meals and materials. Scholarships are available.

Retreats Online (retreatsonline.com)
Covers a wide variety of retreat experiences including spiritual/religious retreats, nature retreats, health and wellness retreats and others in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe and the UK.

Serenity Retreat League (serenityretreatleague.org)
Founded by the late Father Frederick G. Lawrence in 1964 at the request of an Al-Anon group, Serenity Retreats now serve members of many Twelve Step programs. These retreats are an extension of the spiritual growth nurtured by all Twelve Step fellowships and pursued by each individual in his or her own way. Serenity Retreats are nondenominational, ecumenical and spiritual rather than specifically religious. The leaders may be Catholic, Protestant, Jewish ministers or laypersons. Only spiritual leaders familiar with Twelve Step programs lead Serenity Retreats. Click on Scheduled Retreats in the left menu bar for an online list of retreats organized by month or by location.

Smoking Cessation Wellness Spa (smokingcessationspa.com)
These retreats are 7 days/6 nights with preparation to quit on the 3rd Day. The Smoking Cessation package includes: 7 nights accommodations and 3 health-minded meals a day, with unlimited fresh fruit drinks, coffee & tea for periods of cravings; on-going smoking cessation education in preparation for quitting on the 3rd day; one-on-one counseling and intervention with 24/7 support; yoga, dance aerobics, adventure tours, Reiki Energy Healing sessions; use of pool and hot tub with spa amenities.

The program was designed by Yvonne Testa, Certified Addiction Specialist and Usui Reiki Practitioner, after many years of clinical practice dealing with nicotine addiction.

Transformations Spirituality Center, Sisters of St. Joseph (transformationscenter.org/12step-2.htm)
Located in southwest Michigan, this interfaith spiritual community offers retreats  for men and women in recovery from alcohol addiction. The focus is to help those in recovery discover new levels of the 12 step philosophy in a quiet atmosphere led by experienced 12 step facilitators.  There are evening long mini-retreats as well as full day and weekend retreats, all focusing on specific areas of recovery.

Vida Wellness Costa Rica (vidawellnesscostarica.com)
Vida Wellness retreats use a holistic and integrative approach to help people identify and change life patterns that are not working for them and to make better choices to prevent relapse and begin healthy living. Clients receive a personalized treatment and after care plan with actionable steps to support recovery maintenance. Members of the clinical team offer a variety of treatment modalities including daily yoga classes, acupuncture, massage, life coaching, colonics, chiropractic, herbs/nutritional supplements, health classes, meditation, and more. Clients are given a take home health plan to help them stay on track. The retreat includes 13 nights in luxury villa accommodations. Single in a private suite is $8,485 – $8750; couples sharing a private suite $7,900 – $8,200 (per person).

Wisconsin Agape (wisconsinagape.org)
Located in a wooded rural setting near Milwaukee, weekend 12 step retreats for members of all recovery fellowships are held four times a year. Long format marathon meetings allow for in depth sharing. The suggested donation for the weekend is $50.

Yoga Farm Retreats (sivananda.org/farm)
Located in the Sierra foothills of Northern California, the Yoga, Ayurveda and 12 Step Recovery Retreat is offered two times a year. The retreat is based on the 4 Paths of Yoga, 5 Points of Yoga, Ayurveda, Svastha (being established in the self) and Meditation. The therapists are active members of 12 step programs and the retreat offers an opportunity to relate 12 step work to the ancient teachings of yoga and Ayurveda in order to provide a strong foundation for wellness and a deepening spiritual practice. Their other ashrams in the Bahamas, New York and Canada may also be offering this retreat in the future.

The Yoga Farm offers retreats year round on many spiritual areas - meditation, yoga, vegetarian cooking, vedic astrology, karma yoga, selfless service retreats, workstudy months and more.

Yoga Of Recovery (yogaofrecovery.com)
Yoga of Recovery is a retreat integrating the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India) with the tools of 12-Step Recovery. Yoga postures and breathing help strengthen the physical body for those healing from addiction. Ayurveda works at healing and purifying the body and mind through practical advice on diet and lifestyle. The retreat also offers daily 12-Step meetings focused on experience, strength and hope, vegetarian meals, and other tools of recovery including meditation training and positive thinking. Retreats are offered throughout the U.S. and internationally. A schedule is available online.

Holiday Retreats

Sober Holidays (soberholidays.ie)
Sober Holidays provides alcohol free holidays in the hills of Monchique close to the coast on the Algarve in Portugal. This holiday/retreat is suitable for people in recovery from addiction or anyone who cannot or does not want to drink alcohol. Sober holidays and sober retreats are important for people in the early stages of recovery from addiction and/or illness.