A new concept for helping to heal children and their families affected by autism was born! The first annual Your Healing Retreat took place June 3rd to the 5th at a beautiful lakeside retreat center in the mountains of western North Carolina. Parents, therapists and physicians gathered to learn not only the biomedical approach and practical pearls for improving the health and behavior of children, they also enjoyed workshops on strategies for healing their own lives.
As most people know, living and working with children affected by autism can be exhausting! The organizers of the Healing Retreat (Dr. Julie Buckley, Maureen McDonnell, RN, Dr. Liz Mumper, Dr. Nancy O’Hara and Dr. Stephanie Cave) decided from the onset this event would be different. Yes, there were excellent and informative CME lectures on the science, and practical approaches for getting the kids better, but additionally these sisters in science spirit and spunk crafted the agenda with careful consideration for the caregivers.
Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor Hopewelll Pharmacy and Compounding Center, our Gold sponsor OxyHealth and our additional high quality, hand selected companies, attendees were provided with nurturing and rejuvenating experiences that included: free massage, organic food for all meals (thank you Houston Enzymes), a lakeside wine reception, a workshops on ways to create a healthy home or office, toxin free dentistry and healthy gf/cf diets with added information on the how’s and why’s of vegetable juicing and fermented foods. Parents and clinicians alike took advantage of early morning yoga, walked the beautiful trails, swam in the lake, enjoyed the live performance by H Hanson, learned stress management techniques, benefited from sessions on healing relationships and danced (with some wild socks) at the Saturday night SOKHOP.
The 3- day event ended with a special closing ceremony that focused on the healing energy that we each possess. Together we focused that energy on our children and on ourselves. There is hope for us all to HEAL.
Follow the healing retreat movement on our soon to be launched on line community. More details to follow or go to www.yourhealingretreat.com for updates.
Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you next year!
The Sisters in Science, Spirit and Spunk
The attendees of the first annual Healing Retreat say it best:
I just wanted to let you know how amazing my experience at the retreat was! I learned so much and now I’m feeling so positive! The energy was great and I feel like I’m truly beginning to let go of fear and embrace hope. It is an amazing feeling to have hope back for my child! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! I can’t wait for next year!
– Alicia Ballard, Hendersonville, NC
It seemed to me that everyone was just drinking in the atmosphere and one another – both professionals and parents. Very healing experience at Kanuga.
– Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH
Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
My head and heart are still reeling with insights, ideas, and a-ha’s… this weekend was splendid… special and powerful in countless ways…. thank you so much for facilitating the healing and being a messenger for all….
– Kim Shufran, NC
Please start telling your friends and physicians about www.YourHealingRetreat.com