For Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma
MenHealing Weekends of Recovery are open to any man, 18 or older, who has been sexually victimized as a child and/or assaulted or raped as an adult.
Whidbey Institute inhabits a classic Northwest Forest, located about one hour north of Seattle (approximately 2 hours from SEATAC airport). The story of Whidbey Institute began in 1966 when founders Fritz and Vivienne Hull purchased a late nineteenth century Finnish Farm on south Whidbey Island.
Private meeting spaces are available for all Weekend of Recovery sessions.The weekend is designed to provide a mixture of full participant community activities and small group break out sessions. Special attention is given to creating safe environments that allow participation at whatever level is authentic for each participant.
Charming cabins provide comfortable lodging.
Whidbey Institute is carefully integrated into gardens and the forest ecosystem. The weekend incorporates mindfulness skills as a tool for managing difficult emotions such as anxiety. Gardens and a contemplative labyrinth provide a wonderful setting for expanded mindfulness and program activities
The weekend allows ample leisure time for reflection and to enjoy the restorative setting of an expansive Northwest Forest. This woodland sanctuary includes 4 miles of user-friendly trails and creates an environment of solitude. Optional time for meditation walks and a low-impact recreational hike are included in the program agenda.
Careful attention is given to nutritious food, much of it grown on the premises. The chef enjoys educating participants about the food being served at each meal. Special dietary requests are accommodated to insure that each participant has ample, high quality, and enjoyable food throughout the weekend.
For further information about Whidbey Institute, click here. You can also visit their website for more information or download their Welcome Packet..
About Weekends of Recovery
Weekend of Recovery (WOR) Retreats provide complementary support for any male – 18 or older – who is a survivor of sexual trauma as a child and/or as an adult. By engaging participants in creating an environment that supports safety needs for male survivors, our program format seeks to acknowledge and honor the authentic diversities of attendees at each WOR (racial, ethnic, class, spirituality, sexuality, gender, etc.). Alumni of WOR retreats report the experience contributed to easing their suffering; to enabling higher functioning; to facilitating healthier relationships with friends, partners, children; to inspiring activism; and to diminishing the cycle of victimization.
The Facilitator Team for the 2020 Whidbey WOR is comprised of both male and female facilitators; Bill Burmester, Sandi Forti, Lisa Jameson, Kenton Kirby, Jim Struve, and Diana Thomas
You are encouraged to register early as our weekends frequently fill quickly.
We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend any of our retreats. 20 - 80% scholarship grants are available for both triple and double occupancy room selections at all Weekends of Recovery. Scholarships are considered in order of submission. Please apply NOW.
2 nights lodging, meals from Friday lunch thru Sunday lunch, and all program fees.
Double Occupancy Room – cost/person = $1,050
With 20 - 80% Scholarship Assistance = Final Fee of $210 - $840
Please apply for Scholarship BEFORE registering – Click for application
Single Occupancy Room – cost/person = $1,200
Scholarships are not available for single rooms. except for people with special
health needs or physical mobility concerns.
The number of scholarships we can offer is dependent on MenHealing's Scholarship Fund balance. Scholarships are considered in the order received.
Help Support A Survivor Who Has Financial Needs
Many of our participants benefit from the generosity of scholarship assistance. If you are in a position to make a financial contribution to our scholarship fund, you can make a donation through our website. Thanks for any help you can provide
If you need help navigating the scholarship or registration process, please feel free to email our office coordinator Trisha.
All cancellations made before 30 days prior to event date will allow refund minus $150 non refundable deposit; no refunds will be issued during final 30 days prior to event date.