By Aleah Johnson, The Meadows Alumni Coordinator
I am thrilled to announce that registration for the 2017 Meadows Alumni Retreat is now OPEN! This is one of my favorite times of the year. This year's retreat was my first one at The Meadows and I can honestly say that it was one of the most impactful weekends I have had. My aha moments from this year's retreat involved a lot of surrender, a lot of being open to trying things someone else's way, and allowing myself to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. The moments, fellowship, laughter, tears, and smiles shared with fellow alumni, as well as The Meadows staff, will be something that I take with me in the years to come.
Here is what some other alumni have to say about it:
"I come because it's like a family reunion with a Meadows re-fuel!" – Amy B.
"When I go to the retreat, I immediately feel a sense of belonging, that this is exactly where I am supposed to be at that time. It’s a great validation and acknowledgement of my time and commitment to my own recovery, being of service, and showing up for others. Hearing about others' journey through recovery is inspiring and an important reminder that I’m not alone!" – Greg F.
"We go back to the retreat because it is a great way to start off the year, we feel inspired and energized from the event. It's also a great way to find out what other programs are being offered by The Meadows." – Chris B.
"I came to the Meadows in September of 2015 with a broken heart & severe depression over the ending of my 27 year marriage. I knew The Meadows was my last resort in healing my heart and learning to live in my new normal. When I came home, my daughter said I was a new person, and I was. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to attend the Alumni Retreat yearly. Seeing old friends, making new friends, and the resources made available to us was phenomenal. It’s an event that will be on my calendar yearly. I don’t want to miss it!" – Lori B.
There is so much to learn, regardless of your time in recovery or the time you have supported someone in recovery since attending Family Week; we offer something for everyone!
Click here for more information and to register - we'll see you there!
Join us on the road to a happy destiny at the 2016 Meadows Alumni retreat, where you’ll gather more tools to help you clear away the wreckage of your past and madness into mindfulness as you continue to trudge your way to the top!
The retreat will take place January 15 -17, 2016. Speakers will include Dr. Shelley Uram, Scott Davis, and others. Pia Mellody will offer a Q&A session, and attendees will be able to choose from available yoga, expressive arts, or experiential workshop sessions. Musician Michael Shapiro will provide evening entertainment. Visit the 2016 Alumni Retreat webpage to see the full agenda.
Discounted early bird registration ends December 4, 2015, with full-price registration offered through January 14.
Sunday, 1/26/14, Kathy Moser and her merry music makers came to The Meadows! Kathy has been working with recovering communities for the past several years bringing “Music for Recovery” to enhance patients treatment experiences by exploring creativity in music. Kathy is an award winning songwriter, performer, and teaching/artist who has given recovery based performances at other treatment facilities including; Father Martin’s Ashley, Alina Lodge, Caron, Gosnold on Cape Cod, and Jaywalker Lodge. Learn more about Kathy at her website www.kathymoser.com.
Kathy and Natalia worked with the Dawn patients in two songwriting workshops where they created two original songs. It was a fun, interactive workshop, 2 hours with the young adult female patients and 2 hours with the young adult male patients. The groups wrote and recorded original songs. The participants help run equipment, direct the session, perform and record the songs. After the songwriting workshops at Dawn, the musicians moved to the upper campus and performed an interactive recovery oriented concert with The Meadows and Dawn patients. Patient feedback was very positive and they were grateful for the experience and the generosity of the performers.
The link for the two original songs: https://soundcloud.com/meadows-4/sets/the-meadows-dawn-songs-1
The Meadows Alumni Association is pleased to host an alumni workshop in Dallas, Texas, for alumni on Dec. 10, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Kelly Antwine, M.Ed., LPC, will lead the discussion on “Spirituality.” It will be held at Preston Place at 12700 Preston Road, #140.
Antwine is in private practice in Dallas at Preston Place Counseling where he specializes in addiction, self-esteem, and relationship issues.
To register and learn more, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8028bcka7be0e03&llr=wfcgw9nab. For more information, contact Morgan Day at 800.240.5522 or visit http://www.themeadows.com/alumni-association.
The Meadows Alumni Association is pleased to host monthly workshops to support alumni, family and friends. Meadows’ trained professionals will lead these inspirational meetings and focus on topics including renewing the language of The Meadows Model and reclaiming your commitment to its principles.
The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a behavioral health inpatient facility that is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.
The 2014 Meadows' Alumni Retreat will be held January 17 - 19 at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. Special guests include The Meadows' Senior Fellows Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.; Claudia Black, Ph.D.; Shelley Uram, M.D. and The Meadows' Psychiatrist and Cliincal Researcher, Jon Caldwell, D.O., Ph.D.