Life on it's own is sometimes confusing and almost always challenging. Health concerns may only challenge life and relationships more than average. HIV is a virus that changes lives forever in ways never expected. So much is difficult, yet, so much more is an opportunity to renew who we are and how we take care of ourselves and the ones we love ... even when we slip backward. We are not much different than other people who decide to turn their struggles into championships. HIV and other health issues are unique challenges for gay men. It helps finding support from others who experience similar twists in: health, lifestyles, family, relationships, employment, legalities, spirituality, and more.
Participants will be able breathe in the Jersey shore at the onset of summer while sharing similar life circumstances with others. Gay/Bi/T men will have a chance to relax and enjoy themselves and others who are different, yet, share similar life circumstances. It is a time to gain awareness of where we are in life and to where life may be calling us. It is a time to discover and acknowledge our strengths, weaknesses, talents, frailties, desires, needs, and more... Together we create a safe, stigma-free environment where we have a chance to articulate who and what may create a happier, healthier existence.
This is not an intense weekend of problem solving; it will be a relaxing weekend for all involved. There will be small exercises that each participant will be encouraged to complete throughout the day along with group gatherings for meals (all provided), optional chat sessions, and end of day discussion. THIS IS NOT A RELIGIOUS RETREAT, however, all beliefs are welcome to be part of something that puts one at ease being connected with whichever most brings a joyous life. As we welcome sharing, we likewise shun proselytization.
Finally, each will be encouraged to participate to the level they feel most comfortable. We will provide a full schedule of activities at the beginning of the weekend so that each person may choose what is most important to attend. It is encouraged that each individual participate in any activity that is highlighted on the schedule so that all may benefit to the fullest. The majority of each days schedule is filled with free time to either just relax, socialize, walk to the beach and/or explore beautiful Ocean Grove and Asbury Park. It is up to the individual to take advantage of the exercises that will help lead us to a happier, healthier way of living.
*** The retreat is for Sunday, June 2nd to Wednesday afternoon June 5th. The full cost is $225.00 for all participants (special room available at higher cost). This shall include 3 overnights, meals, and amenities. Each participant may bring additional resources to make purchases outside the scope of the retreat during free time. Due to limited availability at this cost we need to have rsvp asap! If you need alternate payment options... please let us know.