All surviving parents are warmly invited to join TAPS for our Atlanta Parents Retreat.
Connect with fellow surviving parents as we challenge ourselves to step beyond our comfort zones with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium! We will journey with these "gentle giants" as we form bonds of friendship with fellow survivors and celebrate our heroes in historic Atlanta.
Day 1: The first day is set aside as a travel day. Once you arrive in Atlanta, 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 retreat, and you'll have a chance to ask questions. The rest of our day will be spent at our group activities, and we’ll wrap up with a group dinner in the evening.
Day 3: The third day will include more group activities, as well as some free time to relax and further connect with the other attendees.
Day 4: This will be our final day of activities, and we'll wrap up our time together with a closing ceremony to honor ourselves, our new connections and our journeys.
Day 5: 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 retreat, 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 Tuesday to Saturday morning. You will share a room with another retreat attendee. TAPS covers the cost of lodging at no cost to you, and we'll take care of booking your hotel room for the retreat.
You'll need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from Atlanta. The closest airport is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Please DO NOT book your flight until you receive a welcome email after registering.
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.
In addition to swimming with whale sharks, known as "gentle giants," we'll also explore the city and participate in activities that will help us connect with each other.
Registration is conducted on a first come, first served basis; a waitlist will form once registration has reached capacity. Please keep in mind that we hold a number of spots on each event for first-time attendees, so do not be discouraged if you are sent to the waitlist. You'll receive an email if a spot becomes available for you.
We ask that survivors register for one retreat or expedition every 12 months. Once registration has been open for 24 hours, those who have attended a retreat or expedition in the past 12 months may register. If you have previously attended a retreat in this location, we ask that you also wait 24 hours after registration has opened to allow the opportunity for first-time retreat attendees to register.
Upon registration, you'll receive a confirmation email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you DO NOT receive a confirmation email after registering. Within 48 hours, you'll receive a welcome email from TAPS Retreats staff that includes information about accommodations, flights, etc. Please do NOT book your flight until you receive the welcome email.
If this is your first time connecting with TAPS, we welcome you to the TAPS family. Before receiving your welcome email, you can expect to hear from a member of our Survivor Care Team, who will answer any questions you may have about programs.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).