P4 Retreat: North Carolina 2023
A highly unique event specifically designed for DID trauma survivors.
Welcome to the rainforests of the Highlands, North Carolina.
Select to stay 3, 6, or 9 peace-filled nights, or a few days of your choosing at a beautiful mountain lodge in a gorgeous and luxurious private location.
Retreat options are available between July 21 - 30, 2023.
We'll have fun, but be prepared to learn lots about living with DID, increasing system communication, and overall system management.
ACTIVITIES and ADVENTURE
Each day we will have:
Morning discussion group process talks, where Kathy will present a topic related to life with DID. “Today’s focus will be…..”
Evening process groups where we discuss the events of the day, and have educational talks about what was learned or experienced.
Group discussions that are Q&A question periods, where we can talk openly about attendee questions about DID and how to problem solve or understand what is happening.
Group and individual activities demonstrating or encouraging DID system work and DID internal communication.
Designated and specifically designed as outdoor activities on the grounds to teach information about DID system communication.
Fun and playful activities designed specifically for the kid parts.
Art projects that emphasize DID system work, personalized to each participant.
Journaling or writing projects, including those infamous acronyms. Bring notebooks and plenty of writing utensils!
Ongoing array of puzzles to work, because the Puzzle Metaphor is just that important at P4 events!
Community sharing of regular household tasks, ie: cooking, cleaning, managing the lodge so there is no messy build up. Help House Mom keep our retreat house manageable!
Outdoor Relaxation-Recreation Time — sit outside on your balcony, splash around in the river, explore hiking trails, go on adventure walks, sit by the fire pit, poke around in the mountain streams, etc.
Music time. Kathy will play the piano as requested. Bring music and playlists that you might want to share.
Dance and body movement — connecting to the physical self with a calm, relaxed atmosphere (not necessarily a daily event)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with spontaneously fun moments planned throughout our meal times.
Community Time. Yes, there will be plenty of down time where you can talk to other attendees, or take some personal time for yourself.
The Clay Board Will Return!
Our Clay Board work was one of the most impactful, and helpful activities we did in Montana 2022. In fact, the Clay Board was so popular, it's been requested to return to NC '23. The Clay Board is hugely effective in helping whole systems of people express some of their deeper feelings, inner pain, and complicated frustrations. Some folks are a little scared to try, but I hope everyone is willing.
A schedule to sign up for designated time spots will be provided when we arrive in North Carolina.
We'll find just the right place for our Clay Board, giving just enough privacy but not too far of a walk from the lodge.
Get your brave on -- let's go slam some clay!
Sorry, No Cookie Day This Year
Oops! Cookie Day 2022 was a great idea, but also not so practical in other ways. This year, instead of being overwhelmed with a tremendous number of cookies and desserts and flour flying everywhere, we have a new activity planned.
Details will be announced soon.