Our retreats offer people living with pain a safe, nonjudgmental place where they can begin to make sense of their pain. It is a place where people can share their experiences and feel heard and supported by a community who understands what they are going through. The retreats are a place where every story matters, where every person matters.
Our EPIc Retreats offer experiential learning with the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. Guests will have the ability to enjoy time outdoors no matter the season. There will also be ample time for quiet reflection, relaxation and socialization.
- pain science through a lived experience lens ~ we discuss pain science, stress biology, and bioplasticity through a lived experience lens and explore the relevance to our unique experiences and stories. This includes the physiological processes that take place when we’re in pain or under stress for a long time, how pain is protective by nature, and how we can use bioplasticity to our advantage.
- sharing stories ~ we communicate our lived experiences of pain, receive validation and support from our peers, and understand that none of us are alone. The environment is warm and encouraging, and everyone around you ‘gets it’. We use individual stories to highlight the material we are learning and how it applies to our real lives.
- gentle movement ~ we explore movement, practice body awareness, and gently challenge our beliefs about our strengths and capabilities as we discover the endless possibilities within our limitations.
- mindfulness ~ we learn how to notice our pain, anxiety, worries and emotions with less judgment and reactivity; discover how to being more present, aware and grateful; foster coming to terms with our current reality; practice breathing and meditation; and discuss how these practices help regulate our protective systems.
- creativity ~ we allow for full expression of ourselves, every bit of us, even our pain, through activities such as writing, photography, storytelling, coloring, art, and movement.
- connection ~ we identify the things we value and discover ways of reconnecting with the people, places, goals, and experiences that matter to us. We plan the steps toward engaging with the things we find meaningful more often and forge friendships that last far beyond the end of the retreat.
- adventure ~ we may also challenge ourselves with a bit of adventure! Examples include games, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, nordic, rock climbing, swimming, snowshoeing, kayaking, archery, snowboarding, roller skating, or horseback riding to prove that we are strong, capable, and resilient.
Sessions will begin the the first night and continue through the morning of the last day of the retreat. All sessions are at the retreat location with a number of seating, lying and standing options available. Guests will also be able to return to their rooms to relax if necessary.
We have a rotating staff of guest instructors that assist us in delivering the sessions. Guest instructors come from a wide range of professions, including: physical therapists, occupational therapists, movement professionals, counselors, yoga teachers, meditation guides and life coaches.
By the end of the retreat guests will be a part of a robust, supportive and encouraging community. That community will live on long after the retreat has ended as part of our vibrant online community. Guests will also be empowered with the knowledge, skills, resources, strategies and support they need to live well, whether pain is present or not.
We’d be honored if you’d join us
There will be numerous retreats offered each year, some of which may target specific populations such as women, first responders, young adults, and veterans.
If you live with pain and have any questions about upcoming retreats and if they would be right for you, please contact us.
Our next retreat is May 18th-20th in Grand County, Colorado.