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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 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.

QUALIFICATION – Attendees must identify as a Sex & Love Addict or think he has a problem with Sex & Love addiction. Attendees must identify as using he/him/his pronouns to participate in this retreat. 

CHOOSING LEADERS AND SPEAKERS -There will be leaders and speakers selected at random at 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.

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 – Please arrive by Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET if you plan on joining us for dinner.  If you will arrive later, please eat before arriving or bring your own food. There is a microwave, refrigerator and freezer available. If you will not arrive by 7 p.m., please discuss with the retreat coordinator (email 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. Plan on being on-site Friday from 6:30-9pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, and Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Note, these times do not include some meals. Commuters should review the schedule for meal times (which are included…unless you’ve arranged otherwise.)

There are choices for commuter and non-commuter weekends. GDVI has also added a new split payment option for non-commuters who register before 10/16/23. Limited financial aid is available for those with financial need.

RESIDENTIAL (NON-COMMUTER) WEEKEND: Attending as a participant and staying overnight Friday through Sunday (Participation in the step weekend, six meals, guide to the step workbook, and a single bedroom for 2 nights are included)

RESIDENTIAL (NON-COMMUTER WEEKEND) Split Payment option – 1st payment Split payment of $200 today to reserve a spot in early registration. The remaining balance is due on or before 12/15/23. Please set a reminder to make the final payment. Payment for add-ons must be made along with today’s payment. You can add any of the add-ons later, with the exception of a room upgrade, which is based on availability.

COMMUTER WEEKEND: Friday through Sunday but not staying overnight (Participation in the step weekend, six meals, guide to the step workbook. No overnight stay).

ROOM UPGRADE: There are a limited number of rooms with a private bathroom at an additional fee of $50 per registrant. Otherwise bathrooms and shower rooms will most likely be shared with other attendees.

MEALS: Meals are provided on Friday (Dinner only), Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), and Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch). Any special dietary needs must be submitted by February 1, 2024.


  • FULL REFUND: To receive a full refund, you must e-mail the retreat coordinator ( by December 1, 2023. 
  • 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 December 15th 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 January 15, 2024, will receive no refund or credit.
  • 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.
  • 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.