You are warmly invited to join the TAPS Empowerment Program at our Women’s Week of Renewal for all women grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces.
In the mental fog of grief, we sometimes feel a yearning for something more, but it can be hard to pinpoint what, exactly, that is. Join other surviving women who seek to step into mindfulness, reclaim their identity and create a new vision for their future.
This event will focus on the needs of our minds, bodies and spirits as we clarify our direction in life and create our own path to transformation. Using a combination of yoga, meditation, art and journaling, we'll learn practices to improve our resiliency and well-being while creating deeper self-awareness. We'll be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains, gain practical wisdom from a course in happiness, and take inspiration from our TAPS sisters in creating a plan for healing and growth.
During our time together, we'll focus on building connections and fostering accountability within our group. We'll work to establish a supportive community that will provide encouragement and inspiration long after this event ends. Together, we'll honor the past, recognize the present and intentionally step into the future.
Who should attend? Due to the unique nature of this event, TAPS Empowerment events are intended for those survivors whose loss occurred more than two years ago. If you are within the first two years following your loss, we encourage you to attend a traditional TAPS Retreat or Seminar.
Day 1: The first day is set aside as a travel day. Once you arrive in North Carolina, TAPS staff will be there to greet you and get you checked in. Then, the day is yours to get settled in, meet fellow survivors, explore the area and relax.
Day 2: We’ll start the day with breakfast and an opening ceremony, giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our loved ones. You’ll get an overview of what to expect at the event, along with the opportunity to ask questions. We will begin our practice together with programming aimed at self-discovery, goal setting and mindfulness.
Day 3, 4 and 5: After breakfast, we'll spend the day with a yoga practice and continue programming using tools for self-discovery, goal setting and mindfulness. Along with structured programming, the schedule will also have built-in opportunities for solo work, rest and reflection. Every evening, we will close our time together as a group.
Day 6: We'll say our final goodbyes and depart from each other.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, TAPS will provide lodging, most meals and all activities at no cost to you. A $50 deposit will be collected at the time of registration. At the conclusion of the event, you may choose to donate this deposit to TAPS to support future programs; otherwise, it will be fully refunded to attendees.
Lodging will be provided for all attendees from Sunday to Friday. You will share a room with another event attendee. TAPS covers the cost of lodging at no cost to you, and we'll take care of booking your lodging for the event.
You'll need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from Boone, North Carolina. The closest airport is the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Please DO NOT book your flight until you receive a notification of your selection or waitlist status.
This event will be contained to the retreat location and our outdoor activities. If you would like to explore the area, please plan to extend your visit before or after the event.
This event is rated as a light intensity adventure. We will be active throughout the week and will challenge you, however, activities will involve light physical exertion. We will be doing some form of low-impact exercise every day including stretching, yoga, light hiking and more!
Please note that this is a technology-free event. In order to fully immerse ourselves in the activities and connect with fellow attendees, we ask that cellphones and other devices are only used for emergencies.
Event attendees will be selected through an application process. The application period will be open from 9 a.m. ET July 16 to 11:59 p.m. July 22. Applicants will be notified of selection or waitlist status in late July. Applicants not initially selected to attend will be placed on a waitlist and notified as space becomes available.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).