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 each story matters, where each person matters.
The 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.
- explaining pain ~ to discuss the science of pain (what pain is and isn’t), stress biology and bioplasticity and their relevance to our experiences. This includes the physiological changes that take place when we’re in pain or under stress for a long time, as well as how we can use bioplasticity for positive change. Our curricula were developed using the format from Explain Pain Supercharged, written by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler.
- sharing stories ~ to communicate our lived experiences of pain, receive validation and support from our peers, and understand that none of us are alone; every story matters.
- gentle movement ~ to encourage body awareness, proprioception and interoception; to improve movement variability and capacity; to gently challenge our beliefs about our capabilities and what’s possible.
- mindfulness ~ to help regulate our human systems; to learn how to react differently, without judgment, to our pain, anxiety, worries and emotions; to practice being more present, aware and grateful; breathing and meditation.
- creativity ~ to allow for full expression of ourselves, all of us, even our pain, through activities such as writing, photography, storytelling, coloring, art, and movement.
- pursuing values ~ to foster coming to terms with our current reality and to gently shift focus to our values as we learn how to identify and take steps toward that which is meaningful for each to us.
- adventure ~ to challenge ourselves and have fun! 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.
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There will be women only retreats, men only retreats and coed retreats so each participant can choose what is most comfortable for them.
Our next retreat is a Women’s Retreat in October of 2017 in Grand County, Colorado.