The Saprea Retreat is a free, clinically informed four-day experience followed by a self-guided online course for adult women who were sexually abused at or before age 18. The retreat is led by our team of licensed therapists and case managers who are eager to help survivors heal. The retreat teaches survivors about the impacts of trauma, provides opportunities to apply healing tools, and builds a community of support. The subsequent online course builds upon that foundation for deeper understanding and application of healing principles.
*The Saprea Retreat is only available in English at this time.
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Our Focus at the saprea retreat
What to expect at retreat
education: what you'll Learn
- Trauma and the Brain
- Creating Intentional Behaviors
- Nutrition and Moods
- Coping Skills
- Understanding Shame and Resiliency
Experience: What you’ll do
- Art journaling
- Muay Thai
Community: Who Else Will Be On The Journey
Personal time: How you'll spend free time
Online Course: What You’ll Practice At Home
The online course features self-directed content for you to engage with wherever and whenever is convenient for you. This content is supplemented by live classes, which give you opportunities to connect and interact with other survivors.
(You will receive access to the online course during the in-person portion of retreat.)
Who Can Participate in the Saprea Retreat?
However, the retreat is best suited to survivors who:
- Function well across multiple areas of their lives.
- Can safely live in a social environment for four days with a group of other survivors.
- Can abstain from drugs and alcohol for four days without withdrawals. Are still affected, often deeply, by their past.
- These effects can persist even amidst the achieved successes of raising a family, holding a job, and/or contributing to the community.
However, the Saprea Retreat is not a crisis intervention program. We encourage women who are struggling with significant untreated mental health symptoms, active drug, and alcohol addiction, or homelessness to seek other professional help prior to applying.
Where is the Saprea Retreat?
The exact location of the retreat is kept private for the safety and security of the survivors who attend. Once your application has been accepted you will receive the location details.
What is the cost to attend?
What happened to the haven retreat?
—Shelaine Maxfield, founder of Saprea
Who Is On The Saprea Retreat Team?
How Does the Saprea Retreat Help Me Heal?
The Saprea Retreat has been studied by scholars at Brigham Young University and the University of Michigan, who published their findings in a peer-reviewed study. This study reported that survivors who attended the retreat experienced, on average:
These positive effects were shown to last for at least one year post-retreat participation.
What Past Participants Are Saying About The Saprea Retreat
Read Survivors Stories.