What is the Resilient Voices Retreat?

It is a 4-day healing and educational experience in the mountains of North Carolina. The goal is to help survivors feel less alone and provide opportunities for bonding with others that “get it.” We also strive to empower survivors and educate them about the science of trauma while experiencing nature, building connections, and learning tools that they can take home with them.

What happens at the retreat? What will we do there?

The retreat is a time to experience and sample a variety of healing modalities that you can use and pursue at home. All activities are optional. Some of the activities you can expect at the retreat include:

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Art Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Trauma Workshops
  • One-on-one Photo Empowerment Sessions
  • A Sound Healing Session
  • Bonfires, hiking, free art time, free time on your own

Who should attend?

Adult (18 years and older), female-identifying survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or incest. Attendees should be in a place in their healing journey where they are comfortable learning about trauma, participating in group activities geared towards survivors, and experiencing group activities with other survivors. The retreat is not for those in acute stages of crisis or for survivors not ready to work on healing in a group environment.

How much does the retreat cost?

The retreat costs $400. Equine therapy is an additional $75 if choosing to participate. These costs include all food and beverages, activities, transportation to/from the Asheville, NC airport, transportation to/from equine therapy, and more.

Where is the retreat located?

Just outside of Asheville, NC. The exact address will be provided to participants prior to the retreat.

When can I apply?

Applications open April 1, 2022

Why is the application so detailed?

We don’t intend the application to be triggering or invasive. The purpose of the questions is to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of all attendees and meet everyone where they are in their healing journey.

Are the retreat and application confidential?

Yes. We never share your information with anyone outside of the retreat staff and essential volunteers.

Will I have to share My Story?

No one is under any obligation, nor is there any expectation, to share their story. All activities and workshops can be tailored to your comfort level and boundaries around sharing.

What should I pack?

Participants will receive a packing list prior to the retreat.

Will there be free time?

Yes. Each day/evening has time built in to relax, journal, take time to yourself, or bond with other survivors.

Will therapy be offered at the retreat?

No. The purpose of the retreat is to offer survivors opportunities to experience a variety of healing modalities, learn about the science of trauma, bond with other survivors, and learn tools to help them continue healing once home. While therapy is not offered, trained counselors will be available onsite to offer support.

Is there cell phone service and/or Wifi available at the retreat?

Yes. Both are available; however, we recommend “unplugging” for the duration of the weekend.

Can I bring an emotional support animal?

No. Unfortunately, emotional support animals are not allowed at the retreat venue. However, certified service animals are permitted to attend with you.

Does Resilient Voices have a religious affiliation?

No. While we understand that religion can be important for many survivors’ healing journeys, we are not affiliated with any religion. We do welcome all faiths and belief systems but ask everyone to refrain from imparting their beliefs to anyone else during the retreat.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We have a limited number of scholarships available on an as-needed basis. Please notify us if you would like to apply for a scholarship. It’s important that the retreat be as accessible as possible to all survivors and do not want finances to be a barrier to anyone.

What procedures and protocols are you following to keep participants safe from COVID and other communicable diseases?

We will be following the North Carolina Overnight Camp recommendations regarding cleaning and sanitation. All food preparation and service will follow the same guidelines. The gathering space has ample room for social distancing and maintaining health and safety recommendations. We promise to keep your health, safety, and mental health the absolute top priorities throughout the retreat.