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Anorexia 12-Step Retreat

Anorexia 12-Step Weekends in Vermont

What is Anorexia?

In the S.L.A.A. pamphlet called “ANOREXIA Sexual, Social, Emotional” published in 1992, anorexia is defined as the “compulsive avoidance of giving or receiving social, sexual, or emotional nourishment.” In S.L.A.A., anorexia can also be about not nourishing ourselves with love, affection, intimacy, friendship, and our own self-esteem. For many of us, it’s a kind of “stuckness” or inertia. A quick way to help figure out whether anorexia might be an issue for you is by answering the “50 Questions of Anorexia” printed in the pamphlet.

At this retreat we will be using the ANOREXIA STEP MATERIALS being developed by S.L.A.A.

Step study is a key tool to recovery in the S.L.A.A. program. At the retreat weekend we read, discuss, and study the 12 Steps–together. If you have worked on the Steps in this type of format before, you already know its value. We will use the Anorexia 1-2-3 and Anorexia Recovery Tools and S.L.A.A. Basic Text for this retreat. We will have copies available for sale at the retreat.

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 house is located in Chester, Vermont (approximately 3 hours from Boston.) The retreat space is run by a recovering addict. Although NEI and S.L.A.A. members run the Step study itself, our host does participate in some parts of the weekend as a recovering addict. 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.


$210.00 * YOUR COST
-$20.00 Discount if registration/payment is received by the deadline of the weekend you plan to attend (see below!)
$190.00 * Discount total 

* Please include an additional $5.00 for a bank processing fee if paying by check from a non-US Bank -$195 early and $215 later registration.


  • 2 nights lodging (see below for sleeping arrangements).
  • 2 breakfasts (all you can eat). There is a potluck dinner Saturday night–weekend participants contribute.

Available for purchase from NEI, if needed:

Basic Text $19.00
Anorexia 1-2-3 booklet    $4.00
Anorexia Recovery Tools $4.00

For Reservations:

To reserve a space at the weekend, navigate to the registration form to the right of this page, print and fill out the form, and mail it to NEI at the above address. You might also scan and take a photo of the flyer and email a copy to the Vermont Coordinator.  A check for $190.00 must be received no later than 4 weeks before the weekend you wish to attend!! Registrations postmarked after the Discount Registration Deadline listed below will be $210.00.

Upcoming Retreat Date: Discount Registration Deadline:
To Be Announced To Be Announced

These weekends are only open to anyone who is an S.L.A.A. member or thinks they might benefit from the program. No non-participating guests are allowed.

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 of the retreat—that is the same date as the DISCOUNT REGISTRATION DEADLINE.
  • Cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the weekend 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 16 reservations by the early registration date. 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 sign-up, potluck update; Draw names of chairpersons and speakers for weekend meetings; getting current.
  • 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:

21 people can be accommodated at the retreat house. Sleeping arrangements are as follows: 3 dorm-type rooms, 6 private rooms, and 1 semiprivate room. There are no private bathrooms. Private rooms are given on a first-paid, 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 form and handed out at the weekend during the opening meeting.

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!!
  • Longer lunch on Saturday and more break time. The timing of the weekends lends to the wonderfulness of the area and time of year. There are great little shops in the area, Bill W.’s birthplace is nearby, and in the good weather there is a pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a roller blade “rink” out back, and a rushing river across the street out front. During the winter months there is sledding, cross-country and downhill skiing nearby. 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 Retreat Coordinator or call NEI at 617/625-7961 and leave a message for the Retreat Coordinator.