Arizona Women's Empowerment Retreat

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Sedona, Arizona


At this unique retreat for women who have lost a relationship partner, sibling, child, or parent, we will use a holistic approach to explore ways to move forward within our new normal. If you've been asking questions such as "Who am I now? What do I want? How do I get there?" and you are ready to take the next steps toward transforming your life, this retreat will help you along that path. Using a combination of athletics, art, journaling and accountability partnerships, we will take inspiration from the desert and our peers and create a plan for healing and growth.

This event will focus on the needs of our minds, bodies and spirits as we take steps to manifest what we want rather than simply letting our lives happen to us. There is often such a fog in grief that we know that we want something more, but we don't always know what that is. This retreat will be a place to explore those feelings and desires in a purposeful way. Whether we hope to open our hearts again, focus on health and fitness, achieve financial stability, make a career change, or go back to school, this retreat will help us understand what we want in our lives and create concrete steps to reach those goals.

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This retreat is rated as an intermediate intensity adventure. Activities will involve moderate physical activity and will challenge you, but do not include extreme adventures.

Please note that this is also a technology-free weekend. In order to fully immerse ourselves in the activities and with respect to our fellow participants, we ask that cell phones and other devices are only used for true emergencies.


Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, TAPS will provide lodging, most meals and all activity costs. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide transportation to and from retreats.

Who should attend? Due to the unique nature of this event, TAPS Empowerment Retreats 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 RETREATTAPS REGIONAL SEMINAR & GOOD GRIEF CAMP and/or the NATIONAL MILITARY SURVIVOR SEMINAR. 

TAPS Regional Seminars feature activities, workshops, small group discussions, memorial celebrations, and special events. A unique "track" system will ensure that whether you are a few weeks, several months, or many years out from your loss, the seminar will meet you where you are in your grief journey.


Throughout your journey, your TAPS Family is available with ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES such as Care Groups, Peer Mentors, an online community, casework and benefits assistance, special events, local resource referrals and much more. Please call 1-800-959-TAPS (8277), and we will assist you in finding the resources and programs that are right for you. This resource and information helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

A $50 deposit will be collected at the time of registration. At the conclusion of the retreat, you may choose to donate this deposit to TAPS to support future programs; otherwise it will be fully refunded to attendees.

If you have any questions, please email RETREATS@TAPS.ORG or call 800-959-8277. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does holistic mean? At this retreat, we'll focus on addressing the needs of our minds, bodies, and spirits.

What do you mean by transformation? We will encourage you to take steps to manifest what you want rather than simply letting your life happen to you. 

How am I supposed to achieve transformation? During this retreat we will focus on working through and understanding what we actually want in our lives and then creating concrete steps in order to reach those goals.  After grief sometimes there is such a fog that we don't even know what we want but we know we want something more.  This retreat will be a place to explore those feelings and desires in a purposeful way.  Whether it be opening your heart again, losing weight, financial stability, career changes, or going back to school, the choice will be up to you!

What is an accountability partnership? We will set you up with another widow to help keep you accountable with your goals. We'll also check in with participants monthly after the retreat to see if you're taking steps toward meeting your goals!

What kind of athletic activities will we be participating in? We will be doing some form of exercise every day including yoga, hiking and more!

Will we have free time to sightsee? This retreat will be contained to the resort and our athletic activities. If you would like to explore the Sedona area, you should plan to extend your visit on either end of the retreat.

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