This Alumni Event will provide an opportunity for male survivors who have previously completed a Level 1 WOR to give back in service of healing for precious animals who call the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary their home between homes.
Currently taking "Save the Date" reservations beginning January 10th. Will require a payment of $150 to save your spot. When full registration opens you will be sent an invoice for the balance of either a single or double room, depending on your choice.
We are excited to offer a special Service Project/Hiking Alumni Weekend option for 2020. This novel weekend will be conducted at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary located near Kanab, UT. The nearest airports to Kanab are St. George, UT. = 1 ½ hour; Las Vegas, NV = 3 hours; or Salt Lake = 5 hours. Each participant will be provided a link to the Transportation Forum to encourage ridesharing.
Best Friends is a safe haven for approximately 1,600 homeless animals. At the Sanctuary, animals are loved and given what they need to live their best lives until they find their forever homes. For some, it is a place of recovering and healing and for others it is their home between homes. Best Friends is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States and is the home base for Best Friends Animal Society.
A variety of animals are sheltered at the Sanctuary.
This Advanced Alumni Weekend will begin with dinner on Thursday, November 5, 2020, followed by an evening orientation and safety guidelines process session. Lodging will be provided at the local Red Hills Best Western Hotel with options for single and double occupancy rooms.
Three volunteer shifts will be scheduled at the Sanctuary, one each day for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (11/6 – 11/8/20). Participants will work together as a group in several of our animal care areas and the tasks will depend on the needs of the Sanctuary. Some project examples are deep cleaning in the animal care areas, assisting with socialization, trail maintenance, landscaping, weeding, or painting.
Participants will have an opportunity for a moderate-level hike at Bryce Canyon
on Saturday afternoon (approximately 1 ½ hour drive from Kanab).
Process groups will be conducted on Friday and Saturday evening, after dinner.
The schedule will include flexibility for participants who want to leave after lunch on Sunday, or the option for an additional moderate-level hike at Zion National Park on Sunday afternoon (approximately 45 – 60 minute drive from Kanab).
This Alumni Service Project/Hiking Program will officially end at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 11/8/20. Participants who stay until this official closing will be responsible to secure their own lodging for Sunday evening. Lodging options include: Springdale, UT. - adjacent to the Southwest entry to Zion National Park; St. George, UT. = approximately 1 hour distance; Las Vegas = approximately 2 ½ hours distance; and Salt Lake City = approximately 4 ½ hours.
For questions about this Service Project/Hiking Alumni Weekend please contact Jim Struve
About Weekends of Recovery
Completion of a Level 1 Weekend of Recovery (WOR) is a prerequisite for Alumni to attend this AlumniWOR.
This Alumni event retreat is longer than the Level 1 WOR, with the program beginning at 6 pm Thursday evening and concluding at 5:30 pm on Sunday. Check-in/registration at hotel will be 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Additional lodging for Sunday evening is available for registrants by contacting the hotel to make individual reservation.
The Facilitator Team for this special Service Project/Hiking Alumni WOR is: Sandi Forti, Sharon Imperato, Matt Stella, Jim Struve, and Diana Thomas. To view a full agenda schedule for this weekend, click here.
We are expecting high interest in this event. There is a maximum of 15 – 18 total slots available for this weekend. An option will be available for interested Alumni to make a “save my space” reservation between 1/10 – 7/1/20, prior to the official opening of registration on 7/5/20. This “save my space” reservation requires a deposit of $150 and will guarantee a slot will be available for you at this Advanced WOR event. After we reach our capacity number of registrations, we will collect a waiting list.
The basic registration fee of $1150 for a shared double room or $1400 for a single room includes 3 nights lodging (Thursday through Saturday), meals from Thursday dinner thru Sunday lunch, and all program fees.
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 $50 non-refundable deposit; no refunds will be issued during final 30 days prior to event date.