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Vermont 12-Step Weekend 12-11-2020

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Vermont 12-Step Weekend 12-11-2020

December 11 @ 8:30 pm - December 13 @ 12:00 pm

December 11-13, 2020


Price: $210.00 YOUR COST 


Available for Purchase, if needed:
Basic Text $19.00
$190.00 Guide to the Steps: Companion booklet $ 4.00

Includes: 2 nights lodging (see below for sleeping arrangements) & 2 breakfasts (all you can eat).

There is a potluck dinner Saturday night (all you can eat)—weekend participants contribute.

(Additional nights lodging available–meals not included. Contact the host for availability & cost.)

For Reservations:

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


2020 Retreat Dates:

Discount Registration Deadline: *

March 27-29

February 28, 2020

July 17-19

June 19, 2020

October 2-4

September 4, 2020

December 11-13

November 13, 2020


Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmations will be made upon receipt of your payment.

Cancellation Policy:

  • To receive a FULL REFUND, NEI must know IN WRITING NO LATER THAN 4 weeks prior to the date for which you are registered to attend—that is the same date as the DISCOUNT REGISTRATION DEADLINE.

  • Cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the date for which you are registered WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL ONLY if your cancelled space is filled.

  • NEI reserves the right to cancel any of these weekends if it does not receive at least 16 reservations by the respective registration dates. You will be refunded in full, if this occurs.

Schedule: (A complete schedule will be sent to you with your confirmation.)

Friday 8:30 p.m. SHARP! Introduction–hellos, house rules, ground rules, temporary sponsor availability, chore & potluck sign-ups; 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 Mtg.; Potluck; Meeting on Steps 8 & 9; Group activity—Fun!

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

Sleeping Arrangements:

22 people can be accommodated at the retreat house. Sleeping arrangements are as follows: 3 dorm-type rooms, 5 private rooms, and 2 semi-private rooms. There are no private bathrooms. Private rooms are given on a first-come, first-served basis based on earliest registration date.

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 and handouts will be provided at the weekend.

The following guidelines/supports have been built into the weekend:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social activity–fun. Many of us feel tired and overwhelmed by the marathon meetings. The group activity helps with the process during the weekend. We find it enhances the experience & nurturing our need to take care of ourselves by lightening up a bit. SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME!!
  • Long lunch break on Saturday. There are lots of things to do and see in the area: including great little shops and Bill W.’s (co-founder of A.A.) birthplace. All can offer well-deserved distractions, if needed. 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.

If you have any questions, issues, or concerns, please email the Vermont Coordinator at 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!



December 11 @ 8:30 pm
December 13 @ 12:00 pm
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