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Partner Spotlight: Weekends of Recovery with Men Healing

One in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, and most of them will never access healing services to assist in their recovery from this trauma. Over 30 years ago a group came together to promote healing and recovery for male survivors of sexual violence. What started as a one day conference eventually evolved into what is now called a  "Weekend of Recovery," an opportunity for male identified survivors to come together in their healing journey, guided by a group of licensed therapists over a three day weekend retreat.  Today, these weekend retreats are offered through the organization Men Healing

According to the Men Healing website, "The Weekend of Recovery program will introduce you to a variety of approaches for managing emotions and life stressors, as well as promoting relaxation. Everyone will have opportunities to choose how to tell your story – through words, through art, through movement, and/or through music. We’ll also include time for rest and to enjoy the beautiful physical environments that are available at each of our Weekend of Recovery venues. A goal is for all participants to have a range of skills and experiences to take home with them."

Weekends of Recovery are offered in Utah, Ohio, and Washington. Registration is now open for the October 19-21, 2018 retreat in Clinton, Washington. To find more information about registering for a weekend of recovery, and to apply for a scholarship, check out their website at www.menhealing.org

The day that my life changed for the positive was the day my story was shared. It was the hardest thing that I had ever done. I have been depressed, suicidal, addicted and almost lost my family a couple of times. My story was the hardest part of my life and yet it was the most freeing. I got it out of me....I finally was able to have a voice after 20 years of holding on to the darkest secret that I felt was going to destroy me and everything and everyone I knew if it was shared. I still remember the day I shared my story. I walked out on a break after sharing and just stared at the mountains. I took a picture so that I could remember exactly how it felt to tell the story. The smells, the sights and the cold rain cloud that sat over that place of healing.
— Weekend of Recovery Participant