AGENDA. P4 Retreat: North Carolina 2023
Feeling stressed or overly anxious or overwhelmed with internal chaos?
Want to learn more about DID and your internal system?
Have questions about dissociation, and feeling like you need some time with other DIDer's?
Enjoy 10 days, and 9 nights (or 3, or 6, you can pick) at a clean, luxurious, spacious mountain lodge sitting quietly by a gorgeous river stream.
Good company, good conversation, relevant topics, amazing activities, fantastic nature -- what better way is there to get a healing experience?!
Retreat dates available from 21 - 30 July 2023.
What will we be doing all day?
Lots of things! Lots and lots of things!
Wake up around 7 or 7:30 am in a welcoming community atmosphere. Get ready for brekky, and have a morning chatter over coffee. Coffee is definitely required, just saying. Oh wait. Maybe it's coffee first, chatter second.
We’ll start each day with a Kathy-inspired group discussion, all about the theme of the day. DID-specific, of course. There is always, always a lot to talk about. Bring your questions and your notebooks.
Our DID theme of the day will lead to a variety of specially designed DID system activities. Assuming the weather will be beautiful, we will apply these challenges to creative outdoor adventure activities in that amazing North Carolina mountain landscape.
All that sunshine and a little physical activity will build up your appetite for casual lunches with friends to chat about your dissociative life experiences and create lasting friendships. Laughter is required over lunchtime!
The afternoon brings us to arts and crafts, maybe some music or creative writing, ongoing serious discussions, and also allowing for some down time to those who require seclusion to recharge. At NC 2023, we are considering waterfall tours and short hikes in the rainforests. There's an aerial park nearby. A few brave souls may go ziplining!
The Clay Board will be with us again in North Carolina -- a hugely popular but intense activity we presented in Montana. Sign-up sheets for turns to work with the clay will be available on day-1. Pick your preferred times, and find your brave. Having the courage to address some of your issues at the Clay Board will be greatly beneficial.
We’ll gather together again for our evening dinner, followed by another group discussion about the topic of the day, and/or talk about how you managed your DID-specific challenges. What did you learn? Where did you struggle? How did your insiders help or participate with the challenge?
If you're tired, you may call your day to an end after our last group chat, or if you're still going strong, join other attendees with fun evening activities such as campfires, music, games, and casual conversation. OH, and don't forget those huge outdoor patios, private balconies, and those amazing starry nights.
At some point, crash in your beautiful room, relax in a steamer shower, or sit out on your private balcony. Try to get a good night's rest, because we'll be hitting it strong again the next day!
If you prefer a more structured agenda, here is a flexible daily schedule.
ALL times are approximate. The atmosphere at this retreat will be casual, calm, peaceful and relaxed and if you've spent any time with Kathy, you'll already know that strict schedules aren't her thing!
7 or 7:30 am Personal waking time
8 am Morning Breakfast
9 am Morning Group Discussion, led by Kathy
11:30 am Selection from a list of active activities for the day: hiking, walking the grounds, yard games, river exploration, doing designated outdoor system activities, DID-designed system challenges, etc.
12:30 pm Lunch
2 pm Afternoon group check-in, quick group chat.
2:30 pm Selection from a list of quieter activities for the day: art projects, writing exercises, music, skits and role plays, designated system activities, DID-designed system challenges, etc.
4:30 pm Personal Time
6 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Evening group discussion
8:30 or 9 pm and onwards... Free time for community chats, board games, puzzles, personal time, campfire chats, relaxation, etc.