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Events and Retreats

Wachusett Mountain HikeIn the spirit of fellowship and inclusiveness NEI hosts various activities and events throughout the year. The activities always include the serenity prayer and a getting current/topic meeting. The longer events, such as the spring and fall recovery gatherings, include opportunities to work our program. We update this page frequently with specific dates and locations. Please check back regularly for updates.

  • 12-Step Retreat Weekends in Chester, Vermont – the weekend takes places at a retreat house in Chester, Vermont. These retreats take place 4 times per year: March, July, Sept/Oct and December. We review the 12-Steps from the S.L.A.A. Basic over the weekend. The retreats are not only about sharing experience, strength, and hope, but there is also a chance to have lots of fun and laughs as well! Review the Vermont 12-Step Retreat page to access the registration form.  Dates for retreats in 2018 include: March 23-25; July 20-22; Sept. 28-30; and Dec. 14-16.  Next 12-step S.L.A.A. retreat weekend is March 23-25. Sign up by Feb. 23rd to qualify for the early registration discount.
  • Spring Gathering – theme is “Self-Care” – Newton, MASat. April 21, 2018 (8:30AM-5:30PM) NEI will holds its Annual Spring Gathering in Newton, MA. The Gathering includes key note speakers at the beginning and end of the day, and topic discussion meetings throughout the day.  There is a 1.5 hour lunch break where attendees are encouraged to join one another at local restaurants in Newton Center. Click here for more information on the Spring Gathering – April 21st 8:30-5:30PM.
  • Anorexia 12-Step Retreat, Chester, Vermont – September 7-9, 2018  The Anorexia 12-Step weekend takes place in Chester, Vermont. Join us in Vermont for NEI’s fourth 12-step Anorexia weekend. Anorexia is defined as the “compulsive avoidance of giving or receiving social, sexual, or emotional nourishment” in the S.L.A.A. pamphlet called “ANOREXIA Sexual, Social, Emotional” published in 1992. If you have attended a 12-Step S.L.A.A. Vermont weekend before the format of the weekend is similar to other weekends except that at this weekend we will be using the Anorexia Step Materials being developed by S.L.A.A.  Review the Anorexia 12-Step Retreat page. The next Anorexia Sept. 7-9, 2018 weekend flyer can be downloaded hereSign up by August 17, 2018 to qualify for the early registration discount.
  • Other Events/Activities – NEI has hosted a variety of events which have previously included a summer picnic/BBQ at Ponkapoag in Canton, biking the Minutemen bike path in Cambridge, canoeing on the Charles River, bowling, corn maze in Central MA, Fall Stroll at World’s End in Hingham and we have even hosted a talent show. 

  • Flyer with all NEI 2018 Activities and Retreat Dates. Please see 2018 Activities and Retreats Bookmark for more information. This is a listing of all events which have been scheduled for 2018 as well as a list of the upcoming monthly NEI business meeting dates. You may also pick up a laminated bookmark at the Annual Spring Gathering in Newton, MA on April 21, 2018 (please see above for more information). 

Want to do service and get involved in the planning of these events or have ideas about other recovery events we might arrange? There is a Committee which meets to plan these events.  For more information please email the Activities Committee.