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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.

  • Vermont 12-Step Weekend 3/22/19

    March 22-24 Tickets are $190 if registered by Feb 22, $210 if registered after that. Download the registration form here. The next Vermont weekend is March 22-24. Send your registration form and check to our PO Box by February 22nd. You may also wish to scan &

    March 22 - March 24
  • Spring Gathering

    This year’s theme: “Sobriety Delivers Everything Our Sex & Love Addiction Promised” Flyer SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 8:30AM – 5:30PM Grace Episcopal Church76 Eldredge St., Newton, MA 02458 Convenient to the Mass Pike & Route 30 in Newton, Bus 57 from Green Line Kenmore Station to Newt...

    April 6 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Annual Spirituality Retreat in PA

    Steps – Sobriety – Service – Sponsorship – Spirituality Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14, 2019 Daylesford Abbey Paoli, Pennsylvania See Flyer and Sign-up Form Retreat format: Regardless of where any one individual is in their recovery journey, we are able to learn from shar...

    April 12 - April 14
  • Bicycling For Serenity

    Participants will ride at a leisurely pace along the Minuteman Bikeway beginning at the Alewife MBTA station on the Cambridge/Arlington line. We’ll ride together to an outdoor spot for a 12 Step “getting current” meeting. Thorndike Park, Arlington, MA (Near Alewife T station) Saturday June 1, ...

    June 1 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Vermont 12-Step Weekend 7/19/19

    July 19-21 Tickets are $190 if registered by June 21, $210 if registered after that. Download the registration form here.  You may also wish to scan & email or take a picture of the form and check you are sending to the PO Box and email it

    July 19 - July 21




  • NEI Spring and Fall Gatherings – Twice a year we organize S.L.A.A gatherings which usually include keynote speakers and discussion sessions focused on topics of interest to newcomers and those in recovery. Information on our Spring 2019 Gathering will be available soon.
  • 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 Text 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.
  • Anorexia 12-Step Retreats, Chester, Vermont  The Anorexia 12-Step weekends take place in Chester, Vermont. We will be scheduling the next 12-step Anorexia weekend soon so watch this page for updates. 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.

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.  Are you interested in helping to arrange any of these events again or have other ideas for events you might want to host?  There is a Committee which meets to plan these events – email the Activities Committee for more information.