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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 2017 include: March 24-26; July 14-16; Sept. 29-Oct. 1; and Dec. 15-17.  Next 12-step S.L.A.A. retreat weekend is Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Sign up by Sept. 1st to qualify for the early registration discount.

  • Fall Walk and Meeting – Gloucester, MA – Sat. September 16, 2017 at 1:00PM – Join fellows in recovery for a walk in Gloucester’s Ravenswood Park. If you can offer ride, or need a ride to the event please email the Activities Committee. Please see flyer for more details.
  • Anorexia 12-Step Retreat, Chester, Vermont – The Anorexia 12-Step weekend takes place in Chester, Vermont. Join us in Vermont for NEI’s third 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. 8-10, 2017 weekend flyer can be downloaded hereSign up by August 18, 2017 to qualify for the early registration discount.

  • Fall Gathering – First Things First – Newton, MASat., November 4, 2017 from 12:30PM to 5:30PM NEI will holds its Annual Fall Gathering in Newton, MA. The Gathering includes key note speakers and topic discussions throughout the afternoon.  Click here for more details
  • 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 2017 Activities and Retreat Dates. Print out NEI hosted events/retreats bookmark or pick one up at April 22nd Spring Gathering . Some upcoming events include Spring Recovery Day in April, Mount Wachusett Hike in May, S.L.A.A. Step Retreat at La Salette in Attleboro in April, Caneoing/Kayaking in June, and the possibility of a recovery weekend in Attleboro, MA in December 2017 kicking off 2018 on a recovery note. Please see 2017 Activities and Retreats Bookmark  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.