December 6, 2018 – December 9, 2018, All Day
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel – 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD
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The 2018 Spouses & Life Partners Retreat will be held December 6 – 9 in Columbia, Maryland, in conjunction with the annual Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting that is held in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center.
Open to spouses and life partners of fallen firefighters honored at the National Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland, this retreat will be facilitated by Michele Neff Hernandez and Dr. Carrie West, grief professionals who also know firsthand the experience of losing a spouse. The 2018 Spouses & Life Partners Retreat will include self-assessment and reflection using the Soaring Spirits Widowed Resilience Scale, presentation of material, personal sharing, physical activity, and expressive, creative activities. Please dress comfortably for all sessions and use the unscheduled time to continue conversations with other participants, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, and rest as needed.
Thank you for the overwhelming interest in the Spouses Retreat. The December Spouses Retreat is now full, unfortunately, we can no longer take any additional registrations for this event. With the overwhelming interest; we’ll do our best to host another Spouses Retreat in the near future.
About the Facilitators
The 2018 Spouses & Life Partners Retreat will begin with a dinner reception on Thursday, December 6, starting at 6:00 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will include engaging workshops and open discussions where everyone will be encouraged to participate and share experiences and insights. A trip to Emmitsburg is planned for Friday afternoon to attend the annual Fire Hero Family Holiday Tree Lighting and enjoy dinner at the Carriage House Restaurant.
Travel, Lodging, and Expenses
Your lodging and meals will be provided beginning with Thursday’s dinner and ending with lunch on Sunday. NFFF will reimburse your travel expenses up to $350 (airfare or mileage).
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Hotel and will provide ground transportation to and from BWI airport. You should plan to arrive before 6:00 pm on Thursday and depart after 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 9 (Shuttle transportation will only be available for these dates). Space is limited and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Your registration for the retreat will reserve your room.
If you want to learn about building resiliency and strengthening your sense of self, the 2018 Spouses & Life Partners Retreat is for you.