Autism Spectrum Family Retreat

Deadline to Register: Thursday, February 1

RETREAT INFORMATION

Experience LOMC’s core value of sanctuary as we welcome families with children on the Autism specturm. Enjoy a camp experience in common community.

WHO

This special retreat is open to all families with school-age children on the spectrum (1st-12th grades).

Rooms Include:

  • 3 individual beds
  • Each room has their own heating/cooling.
  • Each room has their bathroom.
  • All bedding and linens supplied.
  • Great room/common area that serves the 6 private rooms.
WHY

The traditional camp experience is often rarely possible for our amazing kids on the spectrum. Having a family member or caregiver attend camp with them can lessen some of the other stressors that come with a new place and with new people.

By offering a blended experience for children on the spectrum and their families, activities can be offered in a variety of ways to best meet the unique needs of the individuals.

WHEN & HOW

FEBRUARY 23-25
Friday-Sunday

-Register Online –

Cost: $125.00
(Per Room)
The cost is greatly reduced thanks to a generous grant.
Each room sleeps 3 people.

Retreat includes all activities and meals.
(Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch and 1 Dinner)

WHAT (part 1)

The weekend seeks to provide a safe and appropriately-engaging retreat environment for families to interact with other families providing socialization and confidence-building activities.

*This retreat requires family members to attend and participate. Staff and workshop leaders will be present to lead the group. Family members/caregivers need to be present to partner with and supervise their child.

Is this a religious retreat? There will be an optional worship experience, otherwise all activities and workshops will be non-religious.

WHAT (part 2)

In addition to blended family activities (for those able and willing), we intend to offer break-out activities for the various members of the family.

For example, this will allow parents/caregivers to meet with other parents/caregiver to receive either education and/or support. A sibling group will be held to provide an opportunity to socialize, have fun and share about the joys and challenges of having a sibling with special needs. Additionally, therapeutic opportunities will be specifically geared towards the individuals with Autism.

SPONSORS

We are pleased to have the following organizations help make this retreat possible:

  • ELCA
  • Florissa
  • LOM Network
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Accomodations

Accommodations are in Freedom Tree Village. Each room has 3 beds, all linens and towels provided, individual room heating/cooling and your own bathroom.
“Autism is about having a pure heart and being very sensitive… It is about finding a way to survive in an overwhelming, confusing world… It is about developing differently, in a different pace and with different leaps.” – Autism Parenting Magazine

OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

We are thankful for the help and support to help make this retreat possible!

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

Take a look at some of the opportunities the retreat will bring your family!

GREAT CAMP ACTIVITIES

Campfire, team building, games, nature and more! Of course we will build in time for rest and exploration.

* Activities will depend on age-groups represented, weather and other factors.

PARENT BREAKOUT SESSION

Led by a session leader, we will provide a time (apart from your family) to be supported and uplifted.

SIBLING WORKSHOP

A time for siblings to interact and share their experiences.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

We are busy working on providing a number of other possibilities including: yoga, music therapy and Sunday worship.

RETREAT SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

The retreat starts at 6:30pm on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. Families may arrive earlier (4pm) with dinner on your own. A detailed schedule is being developed and more information will be shared before the event.