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Massachusetts 12-Step Retreats

12-Step S.L.A.A. Weekend Retreat in Attleboro, Massachusetts: April 7-9, 2017

The 3rd Annual 12-Step S.L.A.A. weekend April 7-9th in Attleboro, MA still has space available as of 04/04/17.  The early registration price of $230 is still being offered. If you are looking to attend the weekend please fill out registration form here and scan & email or take a picture of form along with check and email the Mass Retreat Coordinator.  Form and check should then be sent to NEI’s PO Box address listed at the bottom of the registration form.

Step study is a key tool to recovery in the S.L.A.A. program: At the retreat weekend we do an intensive study of the 12 Steps–together. If you have worked on the Steps in this type of format before, you already know its value. If you have not done any study of the Steps, intensive or otherwise, this is a great way to do it, especially the first time. Regardless of where we are in the Step study process, we are able to learn from sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other.

The Retreat Center:

The retreat house is located in Attleboro, MA.  The La Salette Retreat Center, (Center for Christian Living), located in scenic southeastern Massachusetts, is run by the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, a community of priests & brothers.  NEI & S.L.A.A. is not affiliated with the Center. The weekend is run by S.L.A.A. members. The only people invited to participate in this weekend are S.L.A.A. members or people who feel they can benefit from our program.

The Retreat Center offers air conditioning, dining room with microwave & refrigerator for participants to use, ample parking, beautiful grounds, within walking distance to the La Salette Shrine, is smoke-free, and is within walking distance to the Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary & trails.

Mass. 12-Step S.L.A.A. Retreat Price:

$250.00 YOUR COST
-$20.00 Discount if registration/payment is received by the deadline below *
$230.00 Discount total *
*Early registration deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017.  Early registration price of $230 is still available.

Schedule:

A complete schedule will be sent to you with your confirmation.

Friday, 8:00 p.m. SHARP! Introduction–hellos, “house” rules, ground rules, temporary sponsor availability. Draw names of chairpersons and speakers for weekend meetings; Getting Current/Check-ins.

Saturday, 9:15 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Meeting on Steps 1,2&3; Meeting on Steps 4&5; Lunch; Meeting on Steps 6&7; Getting Current Meeting; Buffet Dinner; Meeting on Steps 8&9; Group activity—Fun!

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Meeting on Steps 10,11&12; Closing.

For Reservations:

To reserve a space at one of our retreats, complete the registration form link on the right side of this page, print and fill out the form, and mail it to NEI at address on the form. These weekends are only open to anyone who is an S.L.A.A. member or thinks they might benefit from the program.  Non-participating guests are NOT allowed.

Extra Support and Ground Rules:

We try to be aware of people’s concerns, needs and issues. As a result, we have come up with a number of safeguards and ground rules to make the weekend safe and enjoyable to all who wish to participate. The ground rules list will be sent to all participants with their confirmation form and handed out at the weekend during the opening.

Some of the extra support items we have implemented into the weekend are:

  • Sobriety. There is no sobriety requirement to attend, but participants MUST STAY SOBER DURING THE WEEKEND. This ensures that everyone can attend in safety and work together to expand our recovery. People will be asked to leave if they do not abide by this rule.
  • Getting current during the weekend. There are several opportunities to use this tool during the weekend: 1) opening evening everyone will have a chance to say who they are, where they are from, how they are feeling, where they are in the Step study process, and what they are expecting from the weekend; 2) Saturday evening after dinner which is before the 8th & 9th Steps–1 full day into the process; 3) One-on-one with weekend participants and temporary sponsors.
  • Electronic devices used for the electronic version of the S.L.A.A. Basic Text are allowed during the meeting times. We ask that you use these devices for that purpose only.
  • Temporary sponsorship availability. This tool will help people to work through feelings and issues that may come up as a result of the work they are doing during the weekend. The process can be quite intense and exhausting, so the additional weekend sponsorship can be particularly helpful to those who are feeling in danger of acting out or just need to process feelings, etc.
  • Dress. Be mindful of your wardrobe during the retreat. As we cannot know what is triggering visually to all participants, we ask that you wear clothing that is not revealing, as best as possible. If you have any questions about your clothing, please talk to one of the co-leaders or the retreat coordinator to get assistance and feedback. The dress code for the retreat is casual, so dress comfortably.
  • Social activity–fun. Many of us feel tired and overwhelmed by the marathon meetings. Taking time out from the intensity of the weekend for relaxation, even a nap, can make us more refreshed and open to the miracles of the process. The group activity helps with the process during the weekend. It helps to enhance the experience and nurture our need to take care of ourselves by lightening up a bit.  SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME!!

Cancellation Policy:

FULL REFUND WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL ONLY if your cancelled space is filled. NEI reserves the right to cancel the weekend if it does not receive at least 20 reservations by Friday, May 20, 2016. You will be refunded in full if this occurs.

Sleeping Arrangements:

There are 53 single rooms with A/C. Each two rooms are joined by a semi-private bath (private sleeping rooms have a door to the bathroom area). In addition, the retreat center has some handicapped accessibility (elevator to private rooms & meetings space.)

If you have any questions, issues, or concerns, please email the Retreat Coordinator or call NEI at 617-625-7961 and leave a message for the Retreat Coordinator. We hope you will be able to join us for this very special weekend!