Retreat: Resistance, Resilience, And Re-emergence:
A Retreat for Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Their Friends
Retreat: Resistance, Resilience, And Re-emergence: A Retreat for Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Their Friends
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22nd from 8AM-4PM
Location: Hurst Home Bed and Breakfast
154 E Farmersville Road Ephrata, PA 17522
Our Spring retreat will combine reflective space, outdoor time, trauma education, and group discussion.
Resistance, Renewal and Re-emergence is an apt descriptor of the cycle of seasons, as well as our lives as we heal from trauma. We find ways to resist what threatens devastate our lives; we build our resilience muscles as we push back against despair and loneliness to make space for life; and we re-emerge not as we once were, but as someone who has been made strong at the broken places and moves into a different stage of life.
We know that many survivors find resilience and a sense of peace in nature, so we searched for a space that could help fill our resilience wells. The location of our gathering is the beautiful and spacious Hurst Home near Ephrata, PA, where the outdoors comes indoors as you step from the ground level retreat space directly onto the patio with a spectacular view of gently rolling hillsides and farms. A winding path leading down to the pond on a slope below invites you to find stillness in the reflective waters.
The home is equipped with an elevator and can accommodate those with difficulty in walking.
We invite you to journey with us on April 22 as we explore the life-giving ways that we resist, renew and re-emerge. Register by selecting the button below. You will receive an email confirming your registration. The cost is $75 and includes meals. Limited scholarships available for those who need assistance; contact MHarris@safecommunitiespa.org
You may also register by calling Mark directly at 717-560-9989 and pay cash or check at the door.
8:00AM – 8:30AM
8:30AM – 9:15AM
9:15AM – 11:45AM
11:45AM – 1:15PM
1:15PM – 3:30PM
3:45PM – 4:00PM
Registration and Light Refreshments
Welcome & Orientation to Our Day Together
Resistance - Special Guest Rev. Lyn Reith Barrett (via Zoom)
Lunch & Conversation
Resilience & Renewal – Linda Crockett and Mark Harris of Safe Communities
Closing Our Space
Lyn is an author, speaker, and retreat leader. She graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2004 and served at St. Luke’s UCC in Lititz, PA and First Congregational Church in Woodbury, CT. She now resides in New Mexico, and is the author of Crazy, Reclaiming Life from the Shadow of Traumatic Memory (2022, Koehler Books). A survivor of childhood trauma diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), Lyn is an advocate and speaker for those living with DID. She is the founder and facilitator of Dissociative Writers (DW) a virtual creative healing space offering workshops and support (https://www.dissociativewriters.com). Lyn is currently serving as bridge pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, NM.
Learn more about Lyn here: https://www.lynbarrett.com
Executive Director, Safe Communities
Linda is an author, consultant, and group facilitator with more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is a survivor of childhood sexual and other traumatic abuse. She has worked on local, state, and national levels with other leaders in the movement to end child sexual abuse and to design new ways of collective healing for survivors. Her book “The Deepest Wound: How a Journey to El Salvador Led to Healing from Mother-Daughter Incest” (2001,Writer’s Showcase) explores the social conditions that foster private and public war zones, and the cultural dynamics that impede healing from individual and collective trauma.
Recently her work has focused on stopping child sexual abuse in Amish communities and empowering Plain women to advocate for themselves and their children through the Rachel Project.
Learn more about Linda here: https://www.safecommunitiespa.org/our-team.html
Assistant Director, Safe Communities
Mark Harris has been the Pastor of Historic Salem United Church of Christ in Columbia, PA since 2018. He graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2020 with a Master of Divinity, and is working toward ordination in the UCC. Mark has served as Interim Director of the Re-entry Management Organization, and as Executive Chef for Meals On Wheels of Lancaster County. He is a contributing author to Safe Community’s Guide to Creating Safe Environments for Survivors of Sexual Abuse in the Congregation, and was featured as a guest on Survivor Voices. Mark also served on a workgroup created by the Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform to formulate guidelines for providers to offer Trauma Informed Care to sexual abuse survivors.
Learn more about Mark here: https://www.safecommunitiespa.org/our-team.html