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
Hope Springs Level 1 WOR Detailed Information
The 2022 Hope Springs 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 22.
No one will be allowed to attend who cannot produce proof of COVID vaccination and booster(s) per CDC guidelines 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, 10/21/22; Event activities begin at 11:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, 10/23/22 at 3:00 p.m
Registration will open on June 15th, 2022 and will remain open until October 7th, 2022. Registration fee includes 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. Hope Springs Institute is located about 1 hour 20 minutes from the Cincinnati, OH Airport and 2 hours from the Columbus, OH Airport. We highly encourage participants to consider ride share with other participants. After you are accepted you will receive an email with a link to a ride share forum for participants. Ride sharing supports MenHealing’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Hope Springs is a 501c3 Not For Profit Retreat Center in Ohio’s Southern Appalachian foothills providing intentional space for mindful, creative, and healthy private group retreats. The atmosphere of Hope Springs is relaxed, intimate and informal. This will be our 14th Weekend of Recovery that we have conducted at Hope Springs since 2007.
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.
Large group sessions are conducted in a wonderfully-designed Studio Building, and small groups are conducted in several comfortable physical spaces in the Farmhouse. Special attention is given to creating safe environments that allow participation at whatever level is authentic for each participant.
The Studio Building and Farmhouse provide comfortable lodging.
The weekend incorporates mindfulness skills as a tool for managing difficult emotions such as anxiety.
Abundant green space and a contemplative labyrinth provide wonderful settings for expanded mindfulness and program activities.
The weekend allows ample leisure time for reflection and to enjoy the restorative setting of an expansive Appalachian Woodland. This sanctuary includes 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. The cuisine at Hope Springs is delicious, featuring animal protein, vegetarian, and gluten free options. 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 Hope Springs, click here . You can also visit their website for more information.
The Facilitator Team for the 2022Hope Springs Level 1 WOR is comprised of both male and female facilitators. The facilitators for this event will be: Chad Corbley, Sandi Forti, Sharon Imperato, and Rich Sims.
You are encouraged to register early as our weekends frequently fill quickly.
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.