Presented by the Greater Delaware Valley Intergroup 

Retreat Bench

Dates: Friday, September 10-12, 2021

Location: Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA

Retreat Format & Requirements: Regardless of where any one individual is in their recovery journey, we are able to learn from sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other. This weekend is only open to anyone who is an S.L.A.A. or S.A. member or thinks they might benefit from the program. Non-participating guests are not allowed. The capacity for this retreat is 30 participants. Face masks and social distancing will be required during all workshops held indoors.

Check-ins begin on Friday at 3:00pm, Dinner 5:40pm with a welcoming and intros starting promptly at 6:30pm. We close the weekend on Sunday around 12:30pm.

The Location: is in the spiritual center which provides attendees a peaceful refuge where they can deepen their sense of personal and communal spirituality. The abbey grounds are over 80 acres of property located in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

Coordinators & Volunteers

Coordinators: are others living with addiction, who have attended and participated in various S.L.A.A. retreats. We are here to provide you a wonderful and well-deserved experience. This event would not be possible without the many volunteers providing service to help run the different workshops. 

Volunteers: provide service to help run the different workshops. We value our volunteers and rely on their service. We invite all attending to volunteer for service positions from set ups, clean ups, workshop leaders and speakers. There is an option on the registration form for service.


  • NON – COMMUTER  $355 ($335 if paid before May 30, 2021)
  • COMMUTER – $215 ($195 if paid before May 30, 2021)
  • NON – COMMUTER WORKSHOP VOLUNTEER  $315 ($295 if paid before May 30, 2021)
  • COMMUTER WORKSHOP VOLUNTEER – $195 ($155 if paid before May 30, 2021)

Non-Commuter rate includes: 2 nights lodging, Friday dinner at 5:40pm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Sunday breakfast. All rooms are single sleeping room, shared hall bathroom, with bed linens and towels. Coffee will be provided freely throughout the weekend. Refrigerator & freezer access in the upstairs lounge. 

Commuter rate includes: participation Friday to Sunday events and all meals

For Reservations: RETREAT DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 (no more registrations will be allowed after this date per the retreat facility requirement)

Sleeping Arrangements & Commuter Information:

There are 22 solo sleeping rooms and shared hall bathrooms with showers. Bed linens and towels are provided. Commuters will have access to the upstairs lounge, but not the individual bedrooms.(There are no locks on the doors. Valuables and personal belongings should be left home or locked in  your car).

Schedule: (A complete schedule will be emailed after your registration and payment are received. Printed copies will be given to you at check in at the retreat) Check-ins begin on Friday at 3:00pm, Dinner 5:40pm with a welcoming and intros starting promptly at 6:30pm. There are workshops and 12 step meetings available to participate in from Friday through Sunday. Saturday entertainment will be a Yankee Swap. We close the weekend on Sunday around 12:30pm.


Workshops and Topics include:

  • “3 Circles” – Defining Bottom, Middle and Top Lines
  • Accepting the Things We Cannot Change
  • Anorexia – Tools and Top Lines
  • Crystal Healing
  • Developing the God Consciousness Within
  • Emotional Release
  • Having Fun in Recovery
  • Journal Decorating
  • My Addiction Tree
  • #SelfLoveSunday
  • Sharing Your Story: A Writing Workshop for theJournal
  • Sponsorship Q&A
  • What We Freely Receive
  • 12 Step Meetings

Click here to see Detailed List of Workshops Currently Scheduled for the Retreat

Cancellation Policy:

  • To receive a FULL REFUND (less any credit card processing fees), please contact the email address below IN WRITING NO LATER THAN 6 weeks (July 29, 2021) prior to the weekend for which you are registered to attend.
  • Cancellations made less than 6 weeks (July 29, 2021) prior to the retreat date will have the choice to be partially refunded at GDVI discretion or the full registration amount will be applied to a future GDVI Retreat if available.
  • GDVI and coordinators reserve the right to cancel any weekend if it does not receive at least 15 reservations by the respective registration dates. You will be refunded in full if this occurs.

The following guidelines/supports have been built into the weekend:

       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.

       Come early Friday/Stay Sunday for Fellowship. There are lots of things to do and see in the area: including great little shops, hiking, cafes, etc. All can offer well-deserved distractions, if needed.  Taking time out during the weekend for relaxation, even a nap, can make us more refreshed and open to the miracles of the process. For Sunday, sometimes new friends may decide to go out to lunch for fellowship after the weekend has ended. Consider that in the planning of your trip.

If you have any questions, issues, or concerns, please email the Retreat Coordinator at dviretreatcoordinator@slaadvi.org

 We hope you will be able to join us for this very special weekend!

Contact:  dviretreatcoordinator@slaadvi.org  

On-line registration is closed