August 2, 2018 – August 4, 2018, All Day
Airlie – 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA
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We are pleased to announce the 2018 Young Adults Retreat.
This is a free two-day event for children, stepchildren, and siblings (ages 18-25) of fallen firefighters.
This year’s Retreat will focus on how the early death of a parent or sibling affects us and on tools and strategies that can help develop lifelong resilience. There will be opportunities to talk and connect with others your age who have had similar experiences, as well as some downtime to relax and enjoy.
At the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains and situated on over 300 scenic acres, the beautiful Airlie, in Warrenton, Virginia, is the location for this year’s event.
Travel & Lodging
The Foundation will reimburse up to $300 of travel expenses and provide lodging for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Airlie Center; meals are included. Local transportation from Washington Dulles International (IAD) Airport to Airlie Center will be provided by the Foundation with the assistance of local fire departments. Volunteers will meet you at baggage claim and assist you to the shuttle. Your flight should arrive by 3:30 pm as the shuttle will depart Dulles (IAD) airport on Thursday at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, the shuttle back to the airport will depart Airlie Center at 10:00 am, after breakfast. Return flights should be scheduled to depart Dulles (IAD) airport no earlier than 1:00 pm. Travel time between Airlie Center and the airport is approximately 1 hour. If you drive, there is free parking at the Center.
Registration will automatically reserve your room. Space is limited, and the Retreat will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed after the Retreat.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018
Overcoming Adversity: Helpful Life Hacks for Coping
Research suggests that this generation is going into adulthood with less resilience and greater challenges. In this session, we will discuss the adverse childhood experience (ACE) study, assess our own ACE score, and learn how stressors can lead to physical and mental health issues. The good news: science shows that there is hope! Developing a few key healthy living tools and maintaining a few trusted and supportive relationships makes an enormous difference for our overall health, well-being, and resilience.
This session provides an opportunity to talk with one another more in depth about experiences with grief and loss. It’s a time to tell your story and to listen to others’ stories.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Most Important Relationship of All: Learning to Be Your Own BFF
There’s no one in this world that knows you better than you or who will be with you constantly, through every challenge, heartbreak, and joy, so come learn how to be your own best friend! Identify what qualities and strengths you most value and how you would authentically describe yourself. Find that being alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely. Discover areas you want to grow or improve to be your best self. Whether you want to learn to be comfortable alone, be kinder to yourself, be more accountable to yourself, pause and check in with yourself throughout the day, or stop comparing yourself to others, this group will help you!