Retreat 2013 Update

June 15, 2013

July 25-28, Stowe, VT


Each year, we try to find a good mix of workshops that have been popular and new workshops that meet changing situations. Here’s a preview of workshops for the July Retreat:


Dr. Ken Greenberg returns with “HIV Medical Changes”, an update on what’s happening in the field. Ken is a great presenter and will answer all your questions honestly and clearly. At the recent NH HIV Conference, Dr. Lenny Alberts gave a wonderful workshop about the issues of HIV and aging, and he’ll be in Stowe to answer your questions about “HIV Over Fifty”. Twenty years ago, who’d’ve thought we’d be doing this workshop??


Dr. Sondra is doing two workshops—“Don’t Believe Everything Your Think” about managing the hype and stress of living with HIV (with Victoria Baptiste), and “The Story Book Tapestry—How your words can set you free” (with Kris Daignault). Dr. Sondra will also lead a Mindfulness Meditation group before breakfast, and will be available for private talks.


Our Town Meeting Speaker will be Ben Klein, Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director at GLAD, who will talk about discrimination and privacy issues and your rights as a person living with HIV/AIDS.


As discussed in last month’s issue, there will be a workshop on the new health cares exchanges that are part of the next phase of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).


WILLOW is a wonderful workshop for HIV+ women that focuses on relationships, improving social networks, making better decisions, and reducing stress. WILLOW meets for five 2 hour sessions and those who complete the workshop will receive a stipend of $30 and a refund of their registration fees. Contact the office if you’re interested or just check off the box on the Registration Form.


Sam will facilitate the Spirituality Roundtable, which gives you an opportunity to share your experiences about whatever “spirituality” means to you and how it helps you deal with life.


Now for the really important information—the theme for the Saturday Night Dinner is……HATS!!!! You can make this as complicated as you like—just wear your baseball cap, or construct some fabulous headgear. We’ll have some fun stuff on hand on Saturday afternoon for you to make your fashion statement!


Also, of course, be thinking of what you’ll do at the Big, Famous,Talent Show on Saturday night. You can go solo with your special talent, or you can put together a group—dancing, singing, doing comedy, doing tragedy, whatever. If you like to sing but are musically challenged, the Hot Flashes Chorus is just for you! We’ll all be practicing on Saturday afternoon.


This year we’re honored to be able to display blocks from the AIDS Quilt. We thought it would be great to start a PWA Quilt, and we’ll have materials on hand so you can work on your own block. After the Retreat, we’ll put the blocks together and it will be on displayed at next year’s Retreat.


And of course, our Support Group Facilitators will be there—Marguerite, Mary, Sam, Victoria, Roy, Brent, and Gus. Support groups are a great way to connect with a small group of people and talk about ups and downs of the past year. John Calvi will be back for a day to offer relaxation exercises and his unique approach to life. Massages will again be available! There’s something for everyone at the Retreat!

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