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GDVI Women’s 12 Step Retreat

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 – Sunday, April 28, 2024 (or Monday, April 29, 2024 with optional BONUS Extra Night stay)

Time: Starts Friday, 5:00 PM and ends Sunday, 3:00 PM (Eastern U.S./Canada time)

Location & Rooms: Long Beach Island, NJ. 2 blocks to the ocean and a 1/2 block to the bay. This
5-bedroom, 2.5 bath home (built in 2017) has a huge, open-concept first floor with a gourmet
kitchen, island with a breakfast bar and large dining room table. The main living area where the
group meetings will be held walks out to a large, well-furnished, covered deck that can fit the whole
crew on LBI’s beautiful mornings/evenings. The third-floor deck is perfect for a quiet cup of coffee
or a book. The backyard has a large hot tub (can fit 6-8), outdoor shower, grill and outdoor dining
(with pergola) while the huge garage has ping-pong/foosball. Perfect for relaxing, rejuvenating and recovery!  

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Download a printable flier here

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FORMAT & REQUIREMENTS

FORMAT: During the retreat weekend we will read and share on the 12 Steps together. There will be reading, sharing and writing throughout the weekend. If you have worked on the steps in this type of format before, you already know its value. If you have not done any study of the Steps, intensive or otherwise, this is a great way to do it, especially for the first time. It gives you hope and faith that the program steps work. Regardless of where any one individual is in the Step study process, we are able to learn from sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other.

FLEXIBILITY – Attendees should be willing to be open, flexible and supportive of the retreat coordinators and attendees throughout the weekend.

QUALIFICATION – Attendees must identify as a Sex & Love Addict or think you have a problem with Sex & Love addiction. Attendees must identify as using she/her pronouns to participate in this retreat.

CHOOSING LEADERS AND SPEAKERS -There will be leaders and speakers selected at random at the Friday’s opening session. We trust our Higher Power in this process and know whoever is chosen to speak or lead is strengthening their own recovery and offering value to ours. This also determines when you will be required to participate in service on the schedule. For this reason, we have a “No Come and Go” policy upon registering.

SELF-CARE TIME – There may be time during the retreat when you want to step away and go for a walk, take a nap, or meditate. You are free to do this as long as it doesn’t conflict with the volunteer duties you’ve signed up for or a speaking/leading role you have been assigned. Take care of yourself.

SLAA BASIC TEXT PRINT EDITION REQUIRED – The SLAA Basic Text is used for the weekend. No electronic devices will be permitted in the meeting space. Please have a print copy of the basic text with you in order to participate. (You can order a copy of the basic text on your registration form).

VALUABLES – Bedroom doors will not be permitted to be locked as rooms are being shared. We recommend leaving valuable items at home, in your car or keeping them with you. GDVI is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

HOUSE ACTIVITIES/LAYOUT – Everyone will be assigned a bed (sleeping space). All bathrooms are shared. There is a hot tub located outside for 6 to 8 people to enjoy outside of meeting times. There is a foosball and ping pong in the garage. The third-floor deck is perfect for a quiet cup of coffee or a book.

FRIDAY ARRIVAL – Check in begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET where you can order take out dinner before our start at 8:00 p.m.. Food is limited in the area, so consider picking up food on your way in. There is a full kitchen, refrigerator and freezer available. If you will not arrive by 8:00 p.m., please discuss with the retreat coordinator before registering.

NO ‘COME-AND-GO’ ATTENDEES, PLEASE! – This is not a recovery day where you can show up or leave throughout the weekend. This retreat requires all participants to participate together to share and grow in the S.L.A.A program. Plan on being on-site Friday by 8pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, and Sunday 8am – 3pm. Please refrain from registering or discuss with the retreat coordinator before you register if you can not be in attendance from start to end time Saturday and Sunday.

Note, these times do not include some meals. Add on option to fellowship and stay an extra night is available. COMMON AREAS – Anywhere outside on the retreat property address, the kitchen and living room inside. 

Pricing

  • Non-Commuter Weekend  (limited to 10 women): – Includes participation in the step weekend, printed schedule with folder, guide to the steps booklet, overnight stay from Friday (5pm) to Sunday afternoon (3pm), snacks, coffee and beverages throughout the weekend. Four meals included: breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday are on your own or with the group (cost not included). There is a full kitchen, stove, fridge and microwave if you would like to bring your own food. All linens are provided.
    • Non-Commuter Solo Room (limit 2) – $394
    • Non-Commuter Shared Room (limit 8) – $344
  • NON-COMMUTER Split Payment option – 1st payment Split payment of $150 today to reserve a shared room spot. The remaining balance ($194) is due on or before 3/1/2023. Please set a reminder to make the final payment. Payment for the $20 Sunday night upgrade (should you select this) must be made along with today’s payment.
  • Commuter – $200 – Commuter Registration (limited to 2 women) –Includes participation in the step weekend, printed schedule with folder, guide to the steps booklet, attendance Friday (5pm) to Sunday afternoon (3pm), snacks, coffee and beverages throughout the weekend. Four meals included: breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday are on your own or with the group (cost not included). There is a full kitchen, stove, fridge and microwave if you would like to bring your own food.

FINANCIAL AID: For those with need, a limited amount of partial financial aid is available. Complete the request form here for consideration by the retreat committee.

SLAA BASIC TEXT PRINT EDITION REQUIRED – The SLAA Basic Text is used for the weekend. No electronic devices will be permitted in the meeting space. Please have a print copy of the basic text with you in order to participate. (You can order a copy of the basic text on your registration form). 

FRIDAY ARRIVAL – Check in begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET where you can order take out dinner before our start at 8:00pm. Food is limited in the area, so consider picking up food on your way in. There is a full kitchen, refrigerator and freezer available. If you will not arrive by 8:00p.m., please discuss with the retreat coordinator before registering.

NO ‘COME-AND-GO’ ATTENDEES, PLEASE! – This is not a recovery day where you can show up or leave throughout the weekend. This retreat requires all participants to participate together to share and grow in the S.L.A.A program. Plan on being on-site Friday by 8pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, and Sunday 8am – 3pm. Please refrain from registering or discuss with the retreat coordinator before you register if you can not be in attendance from start to end time Saturday and Sunday.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

  • FULL REFUND: To receive a full refund, you must contact the retreat coordinator  by March 15, 2024. 
  • SPLIT PAYMENT: If you use the split payment option, no refunds are offered. Your payment may be (1) donated to GDVI, (2) transferred to another attendee, (3) redeemed as a GDVI retreat voucher for the amount you paid to be applied to future retreats within 18 months.
  • CREDIT ONLY: Requests for refunds after March 15, 2024 may be transferred to another attendee or redeemed as a GDVI retreat voucher for the amount you paid to be applied to future retreats within 18 months.
  • Any cancellation after March 31, 2024, will receive no refund or credit.
  • GDVI and coordinators reserve the right to cancel any weekend if it does not receive at least 10 reservations by the respective registration dates. You will be refunded in full if this occurs.
  • SOBRIETY AT THE RETREAT: There is no sobriety requirement to attend, but participants MUST STAY SOBER DURING THE WEEKEND. This ensures that everyone can attend in safety and work together to expand our recovery. People will be asked to leave if they do not abide by this rule. No refund will be issued.

ALL REFUNDS: If you paid via credit card or PayPal, a 5% transaction fee may be deducted from your refund to cover fees we have already paid to our bank, depending on how much time has elapsed from initial payment to cancellation.

12 Step Women's Weekend Retreat Registration
(please type your preferred first name, example: If your name is Hannah Nicole but you prefer to be called Nicole, register as Nicole)
Are you interested in carpooling? If yes, can we share your contact information with other SLAA women who are also attending the retreat weekend?
Greeter (service) - Would you be interested in a greeter position for registration check ins? (must be able to arrive by 5pm Friday)


NON-COMMUTER WEEKEND (limited to 10 women): – Includes participation in the step weekend, printed schedule with folder, guide to the steps booklet, overnight stay from Friday (5pm) to Sunday afternoon (3pm), snacks, coffee and beverages throughout the weekend. Four meals included: breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday are on your own or with the group (cost not included). There is a full kitchen, stove, fridge and microwave if you would like to bring your own food. All linens are provided.

NON-COMMUTER Split Payment option – 1st payment Split payment of $150 today to reserve a shared room spot. The remaining balance ($194) is due on or before 3/1/2023. Please set a reminder to make the final payment. Payment for the $20 Sunday night upgrade (should you select this) must be made along with today’s payment.

COMMUTER WEEKEND Commuter Registration Commuter Registration (limited to 2 women) –Includes participation in the step weekend, printed schedule with folder, guide to the steps booklet, attendance Friday (5pm) to Sunday afternoon (3pm), snacks, coffee and beverages throughout the weekend. Four meals included: breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday are on your own or with the group (cost not included). There is a full kitchen, stove, fridge and microwave if you would like to bring your own food. All linens are provided.
Donate to the Retreat Scholarship Fund (optional)
Shared Room Type
Add on for the single occupant sleeping room (this will not exclude your room being used for our group breakout sessions): $50
Shared Room Choice
Extra Post Retreat - Sunday Night-Monday - No agenda, just fellowship and fun!
(limit 10. includes dinner Sunday night & breakfast Monday)
Add-On Purchases
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Please Note: Sign-ups and room reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 2 single bedrooms and 3 shared bedrooms (each occupant has their own bed). Twin beds in shared bedrooms and two sets of bunk beds. Also room for two commuter spots. Confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of your payment.
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Retreat Requirements

FRIDAY ARRIVAL – Please arrive by Friday 5pm and 8pm ET.  Friday you may bring your own dinner, order take out or go to a local place nearby. There is a full kitchen available. If you will not arrive by 8 p.m., please discuss with the retreat coordinator before registering.

NO ‘COME-AND-GO’ ATTENDEES, PLEASE! – This is not a recovery day where you can show up or leave throughout the weekend. This retreat requires all participants to participate together to share and grow in the S.L.A.A program. Plan on being on-site Friday by 8pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, and Sunday 8am - 3pm. Note, these times do not include some meals. Add on option to fellowship and stay an extra night available.

Review the Format and Requirements Document before submitting your registration.