Events

2018 Young Adults Retreat

August 2, 2018 – August 4, 2018, All Day

Location
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.

2018 Young Adults Retreat

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.

Schedule

Thursday, August 2, 2018

6:00 pm

Dinner/Welcome/Icebreakers

Friday, August 3, 2018

8:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 am

Overcoming Adversity: Helpful Life Hacks for Coping

Lisa Athan
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.

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Open Discussion

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.

4:00 pm

Free Time

6:00 pm

Dinner

Saturday, August 4, 2018

8:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 am

The Most Important Relationship of All: Learning to Be Your Own BFF

Lisa Athan
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!

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Group Activity

4:00 pm

Free Time

6:00 pm

Dinner/Closing

Lisa Athan

Lisa Athan

Lisa Athan is the Executive Director and founder of Grief Speaks. She has over 30 years of experience in the fields of addiction, mental health, death and dying, grief, and other losses. Lisa has a master’s degree in counseling from Montclair State University and is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. She serves on the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth as a Lead Responder in three New Jersey counties. Lisa is the co-founder and Child Bereavement Specialist for Camp Clover, a New Jersey week-long bereavement day camp for children 7-15 years old who have lost a parent, sibling, or other important person in their lives. She has worked as a clinician in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She also worked at Good Grief, a year-round peer support program for grieving children and their families.

Registration

Online registration will be available soon. Please register by July 15, 2018.


For more information, please contact Jenny Woodall at [email protected].

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