Hello friends and supporters!
We have so many exciting updates to share about Holbrook Farms Retreat!
Season 6 - THREE retreats! Our retreats are growing, which is a huge success. We had THREE retreats this year - our second ever Alumni Retreat and TWO Survivors of Heroes Retreats, one in June and one in July. We also had 6 children attend camp at Camp Cormorant during the June retreat, an increase from 4 children last year.
At the Alumni Retreat in May, we hosted 10 returning Survivors who were focused on giving back. They helped with several projects around the property and were able to participate in our first annual 5k Fun Run and Open House. Despite cold weather and rain that day, the run was a huge success (thanks to Eagle Scout Will Daggett for organizing and executing such an incredible event!). We raised over $4,000 for HFR! It was amazing to gather these Survivors together to share, laugh, grow, and give back. Highlights included yoga, breathing exercises, journaling, and guided meditation hosted by two wonderful facilitators Tracy Jennings-Hill and Sarah Nannen.
In June we had our first Survivors of Heroes Retreat, with 10 Survivors and 2 Alumni serving as facilitators. For this retreat, JOY was the theme - one Survivor referred to it as a “laugh fest.” This group arrived with many bearing burdens as they were at tough points in their lives but the amount of laughter and joy exuding truly was the mindset of the week. Several Survivors challenged themselves to get out of their comfort zones for Lake Day and ended up having so much fun and laughing all day.
In July, we had our second Survivors of Heroes Retreat, again with 10 Survivors and 2 facilitators. The first night/morning were quiet and heavy, but by the end they were planning a reunion. The group transformed in 5 days from quiet and keeping to themselves to an amazing group that really bonded and came together to support one another.