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2022 Religious Recovery Retreat!

From Dr. Marlene Winell ~

Announcing our 2022 Religious Recovery Retreat! Join us in-person December 8-11. Pack your bags, we're off to beautiful Nine Mountain Retreat Center in western Massachusetts for a long weekend designed to support recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome.

We're thrilled to offer this in-person opportunity where folks can disconnect from daily pressures, share personal stories, examine the effects of past indoctrination, and learn strategies for recovery. The program will include short presentations, discussion, and structured activities with activities like art, drama, music, and movement. We will also have time to socialize with like-minded people over delicious meals, hiking, or enjoying the hot-tub! Go HERE for more information.

After registration, you will get more details and a questionnaire to complete. Space is limited, reserve your spot below! 

The retreat is led by Dr. Marlene Winell, psychologist and author of Leaving The Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion. Dr. Winell has been developing methods for religious recovery for 30 years and coined the term Religious Trauma Syndrome. She will be joined by Janice Selbie and Jayme Winell for special sessions, and volunteers will help facilitate the weekend.

Watch videos about the retreat here and here.

Hear from past attendees. 👇 

"A recovery retreat is a great way to connect with others. You are not alone."

"I would come again without hesitation. The retreat gave me the courage to trust

"Marlene provides a supportive, nurturing environment and validates and affirms
each participant."

"Take the risk...Invest in yourself....It’s one of the smartest things you can ever do for yourself."

Listen to a Journey Free Retreat attender in this video.

  • Understand and begin effective steps in recovery from RTS
  • Learn strategies for dealing with family
  • Make new friends and build lasting connections
  • Enjoy meals, music, and fun in a safe, relaxed atmosphere
  • Food and lodging at Nine Mountain included
  • View more information here

      “I have known many people who attended Dr. Winell’s retreats, and all have spoken highly of the healing and creatively liberating approach she uses.  Her ideas around religious trauma are unique and right on target.” — Dr. Darrel Ray, author of The God Virus and Sex and God

      Covid Safety: All retreat applicants will be required to provide proof of vaccination and 72 hours before the retreat begins, take a covid test that proves negative. Wearing masks will be optional unless covid conditions change.


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