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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.

    • 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.  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 December 14-16. Sign up by November 16th to qualify for the early registration discount.
    • NEI Presents “A Meeting and a Movie” Come socialize with other recovering people, meet new friends, and enjoy a sober Saturday afternoon getting current and watching a safe movie. NEI will be presenting a FREE showing of the movie “Yes Man” on January 26, 2019, 2:30-6pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Newton.  See flyer for details.
    • 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. The Anorexia Sept. 7-9, 2018 weekend flyer can be downloaded here.
    • Other NEI 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 2019 Activities and Retreat Dates. Please see 2019 Activities and Retreats Bookmark for more information. This is a listing of all events which have been scheduled for 2019 as well as a list of the monthly NEI business meeting dates.
  • Additional SLAA Events outside New England. – Here we list other SLAA events outside of the New England area. The Greater Delaware Valley Intergroup of SLAA is hosting a retreat in Paoli Pennsylvania on October 19-21.  See the retreat flier here.

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.