for Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Weekend of Recovery (WOR) Retreats provide support for any male – 18 or older – who is a survivor of sexual trauma as a child and/or as an adult. Healing in community is a powerful way to lessen isolation and reduce feelings of shame. By engaging participants in creating an environment that supports safety needs for male survivors, our program format seeks to acknowledge and to honor the authentic diversities of attendees at each WOR (racial, ethnic, class, spirituality, sexuality, gender, etc.).
Alumni of WOR retreats report the experience contributed to easing their suffering; to enabling higher functioning; to facilitating healthier relationships with friends, partners, children; to inspiring activism; and to diminishing the cycle of victimization.
We seek to make the Weekend of Recovery financially accessible to everyone. To minimize financial barriers, we have provided the full actual cost to conduct a WOR. We appreciate payment for the entire cost for Triple and Double Occupancy Rooms. However, if you are unable to pay the entire cost, we allow you to submit payment for an amount that better reflects your budget. We do require a minimum payment of 10% of the actual cost and registrants for single occupancy rooms are expected to pay the full cost. For a more comprehensive clarification of our financial policy for registration, read more...
About Weekends of Recovery
Whidbey Level 1 WOR Detailed Information
The 2022 Whidbey Level 1 WOR is planned as an in-person event. To support continued safety, the number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 24.
No one will be allowed to attend who cannot produce proof of COVID vaccination or acceptable religious or medical exemption. Required proof must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the event. If exempt then a single room must be booked - no shared reservations.
Please note that check-in is from 8 - 10 a.m. Friday morning, 6/3/22; Event activities begin at 11:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, 6/5/22 at 2:30 p.m.
Registration will open on February 3rd, 2022 and will remain open until May 20th, 2022.
The registration fee is inclusive of lodging, meals (Friday lunch thru Sunday lunch), and all program fees. On-site lodging is not available the night before.
It is important that you give consideration to your travel logistics as part of your planning for attending this WOR.
IMPORTANT Travel Information for Whidbey institute: Whidbey Institute is located about 1 hour 45 minutes from the Seattle Airport, which includes a 20-minute ferry crossing. Your travel time may be increased depending upon the time of your ferry. Advanced ferry reservations are required so please plan ahead your arrival and departure logistics after you are accepted click here
Remember that you must be on-site at Whidbey, checked in and ready to start the program by 10 a.m. on Day 1 and remain until the closing at 2:30 p.m. on Day 3.
We highly encourage participants to consider ride share with other participants. Once you are accepted you will receive an email with a link to our ride sharing forum. Ride sharing supports MenHealing’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Whidbey Institute inhabits a classic Northwest Forest, located about one hour north of Seattle (approximately 2 hours from SEATAC airport). The story of Whidbey Institute began in 1966 when founders Fritz and Vivienne Hull purchased a late nineteenth century Finnish Farm on south Whidbey Island.
Private meeting spaces are available for all Weekend of Recovery sessions. The weekend is designed to provide a mixture of full participant community activities and small group breakout sessions. Special attention is given to creating safe environments that allow participation at whatever level is authentic for each participant.
Charming cabins provide comfortable lodging.
Whidbey Institute is carefully integrated into gardens and the forest ecosystem. The weekend incorporates mindfulness skills as a tool for managing difficult emotions such as anxiety. Gardens and a contemplative labyrinth provide a wonderful setting for expanded mindfulness and program activities.
The weekend allows ample leisure time for reflection and to enjoy the restorative setting of an expansive Northwest Forest. This woodland sanctuary includes 4 miles of user-friendly trails and creates an environment of solitude. Optional time for meditation walks and a low-impact recreational hike are included in the program agenda.
Careful attention is given to nutritious food, much of it grown on the premises. The chef enjoys educating participants about the food being served at each meal. Special dietary requests are accommodated to ensure that each participant has ample, high quality, and enjoyable food throughout the weekend. COVID precautions will be employed to ensure safety of food handling and dining room interactions.
For further information about Whidbey Institute, click here. You can also visit their website for more information or download their Welcome Packet.
The Facilitator Team for the 2022 Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR is comprised of both male and female facilitators. The facilitators for this event will be: Sandi Forti, Matt Stella, Jim Struve, and Peitao Zhu.
2 nights lodging, meals from Friday lunch thru Sunday lunch, and all program fees.
If you need help navigating our pricing and registration process, please feel free to e-mail our Outreach Coordinator Trisha Massa.
Help Support A Survivor Who Has Financial Needs
Many of our participants benefit from the generosity of financial assistance. If you are in a position to make a financial contribution to our Financial Assistance Fund, please visit our website. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Due to the limited number of spaces, please let us know immediately if you will be unable to attend so that we can allow a waiting list registrant to attend.
All cancellations made before 30 days prior to the event date will allow refund minus non-refundable deposit that equals 10% of the cost for your room selection; no refunds will be issued during the final 30 days prior to event date.
Exceptions to this policy will be considered for instances where your cancellation is due to circumstances related to COVID. Please contact Trisha Massa if this is applicable for your need to cancel.