Project Jason is pleased to announce that registration for the Key to Healing 2009 Retreat is now open. The retreat will be held near Omaha, NE on June 12-14 2009.
This is the only retreat of its kind in the US and is open to families of the missing residing in North America. There is no other retreat open to both families of missing adults and children.
The main goals of the retreat are for family members to gain an understanding of the body's reaction to the trauma of missing a loved one, to recognize and understand the emotions which surface, and learn methods of coping. Family members will also benefit from meeting and networking with others who can relate to this unique tragedy. Classes offered during the retreat will cover all aspects of living in the "not knowing", with a focus on mental, spiritual, and physical healing.
Duane Bowers, Project Jason's Healing Harbor counselor, and one of the nation's most knowledgeable and respected authorities on dealing with the emotional issues faced by the families of the missing, will teach the main courses during the retreat.
In addition to the core classes with Duane, these are other valuable features of your Keys to Healing Retreat:
....A law enforcement official will be present to take DNA samples from biological family members who have not yet done this. These DNA samples will be processed by our friends at the Center for Human Identification lab in TX, and will be entered free of charge into the national CODIS database.
....Free chair massages will be available on day two of the retreat.
....A registered dietician will discuss healthy eating for busy and stressful lifestyles.
....A certified personal trainer will reveal ways to exercise on the run, and how exercise alleviates stress.
......and more.Core retreat classes include: Understanding Trauma and our Body's Reaction to Long Term Trauma:
This session will provide a basic understanding of trauma and present how trauma physically changes our brain and body, as well as our chemistry. The session will go on to demonstrate how these physical changes result in poor physical, emotional and mental health. Attendees will learn strategies for coping with and changing these physical reactions, and exercises to alleviate stress.Emotions Toolkit:
This session builds on the trauma session and presents emotions of guilt, fear, and anger. The session will look at the brain functioning involved with these emotions, and ways to intervene and effectively reduce the affect of these three emotions.The New Normal:
This session will help attendees understand and recognize that their feelings, given their situation, are normal. Building on the information of the two previous classes, practical exercises to help the attendees adapt to the situation and regain some normalcy in their lives are shared. This session answers the "How do I go on?" question.Putting it all Together:
This will be an open session with back and forth dialog and questions to ensure attendees have gained an understanding of the emotions dealt with in this situation and the coping skills shared in the previous sessions.
We're also pleased to announce that the Project Jason Board of Directors has agreed to subsidize the cost of each room by $100.00. You'll see this reflected in the pricing as shown below. Pricing for the Project Jason Keys to Healing 2009 Retreat
The pricing is done on a per person per room basis, as that is how we are charged by the retreat center. As the center has a limited number of rooms, we encourage attendees in the same family to share a room if possible so that we can keep the retreat open for as many families as possible. As mentioned, we are paying a $100 per room subsidy to help keep the costs down so more families can attend. The prices are in bold below. Rates:
1 person in a room $255.00 - $100.00 Project Jason subsidy= $155.00
2 persons in a room $388.00 - $100.00 Project Jason subsidy= $288.00 ($144 per person)
3 persons in a room $511.00 - $100.00 Project Jason subsidy= $411.00 ($137 per person)
4 persons in a room $590.00 - $100.00 Project Jason subsidy= $490.00 ($123 per person)
If you have more than 5 persons who will be sharing, ask for pricing. The rooms can hold 3 queen size beds, so it is possible to have up to 6 people in a room.
Day Rate: $35.00 per day (no subsidy)
This fee covers the retreat classes, snacks, and the noon meal. No transportation is included in this price. This rate would be applicable to persons who are traveling on their own (via automobile) to the retreat, and have their own lodging.
What the Retreat fee covers: Your retreat fees cover transportation to and from the airport, your room at the retreat center, all classes, talks, related activities, and meals. The retreat center features a free 24 hour hospitality center with a wide variety of snacks and beverages, including coffee, juices, soft drinks, fruit, popcorn, candy, and ice cream, so there is no need to bring money for expensive vending machines. If you would like to attend the retreat, please follow these steps:
1) Read all retreat documentation (listed below) before registration so you are aware of all pertinent information including cancellation policies and transportation considerations.
2) After reading the two documents listed below, continue on to this page to access the registration forms. http://www.projectjason.org/keysregistration.html
Choose the one applicable to your situation. Examples: You, your husband, and your daughter are attending and sharing one room. Select the 3 Person Registration Form, fill in out, and hit the submit button at the bottom of the page when complete. If you live nearby, are not staying overnight at the retreat center, and do not need transportation, select the Daily Registration Form.
3) After completing the registration form, either mail in your payment or use either PayPal or change.org to make your payment. Our mailing address and the online payment buttons can be found here: http://www.projectjason.org/help.html
4) Remember that the retreat center has a limited number of rooms, and your room is not reserved until payment and registration forms are received and processed. We will let you know we have received your completed documents and payment.
(scroll down to the information area below the registration section)
This document covers all schedule and class information.
Helpful Hint: When filling out the online registration, do not migrate to another webpage or hit your browser's back button, or you will lose the data you entered.
Please feel free to ask questions, and start making plans to attend on June 12-14 2009. See http://www.projectjason.org/retreat.html
for additional information.
We're very excited about the retreat, and look forward to meeting you there!