Our Women’s Retreat
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Racheal’s Rest, is a 5 day restorative retreat program that is designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors. We exist to help women and children who experienced sexual abuse or acts of violence regain their balance in life.
Dr. Karen McDonald has been working closely with Broken Chains International for several years and we are a GREAT FIT! We are so happy to announce that that Racheal’s Rest has merged with Broken Chains International. BCI is now sponsoring our Racheal’s Rest retreat.
In these workshops/retreats you will receive tools for change. Through classroom instruction, sharing time, and interactive and experiential activities, you will learn how to change your thought patterns, manage emotions and change behaviors. There are two Board Certified Christian Counselors facilitating the classes. Please contact Racheal’s Rest for retreat details, availability and how to register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our retreat addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors of sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Through individual and group counseling and recreational therapy, participants regain a sense of balance in their lives and find inner healing. Racheal’s Rest is engaged in programs that benefit a broad base of the community. While we welcome “all walks of life”, Racheal’s Rest is based on biblical principles.
Connection with other survivors of sexual abuse is a vital component of healing. Racheal’s Rest retreats provide survivors with a safe, supportive environment in which to start or continue their journey to emotional health.
EDUCATION: A large part of Racheal’s Rest is helping the participants understand how their past has influenced their current reality and how it will impact their future if they let it. Changing the message of shame is vital to healing.
PLAY: One of the greatest needs some survivors have is the need to learn to play, to relax and to take time to care for themselves. Therefore, a huge component of our program is recreational therapy. While it may look like a vacation to some, it is actually work for a lot of participants. Some were never allowed to play, others feel guilty if they are not doing something productive, and still others are so overwhelmed with responsibility and obligations that they don’t or can’t take time for themselves.
CONFIDENCE BUILDING: When people grow up without love and safety, they learn the world is not a safe place. In an effort to counteract the danger around them, they become overly cautious of getting hurt. This limits their willingness to try new things and to find their own voice. Many adults have never learned to ride a bike or swim. Our activities help restore a sense of balance to their whole person as they conquer fear and have a sense of accomplishment.
RELAXATION: The role of water at Racheal’s Rest is a MUST! Water is meant to be soothing, but for many survivors it is frightening instead. Many never felt safe, even in the womb, our first water experience. All retreat locations will be held near a lake or river. Survivors learn from, and are encouraged by, other survivors.
BODY IMAGE: Many survivors have a distorted view of themselves. Being “clumsy” or “accident prone” describes many survivors who are not in touch with their physical bodies. With children, we use group games and individual activities that help them connect with themselves.