Adult Retreat

The adult retreat is a weekend session; an opportunity to join discussions, workshops and reflections, or just relax, and have some fun.


The Adult Retreat has a wide range of activities catering to all adults with facial differences, ages 18 years and older! Hosting a yearly virtual retreat, provides the opportunity to connect with peers from the facial difference community, build bonds, and have fun.

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The Details

November 19th - 20th, 2021

The 2021 Adult Retreat will be virtual!

All times listed below are Eastern Time.

The retreat is open to adults with facial differences who are residents of Canada.



November 19th

7:30pm to 8:30pm

American Sign Language Beginners class hosted by Lisa Faria from the Bob Rumball Center.

9:00pm to 10:00pm

Games Night with Stefania!

Join to test your random knowledge with some Trivia! There will be themed, general knowledge, and music rounds.


November 20th

1:00 pm to 2:00pm

Conversations with Phyllida Swift!

Phyllida is an appearance activist, CEO of Face Equality International and model with Zebedee Management. After being involved in a car accident aged 22 in Ghana, Phyllida sustained significant facial scarring. She has since been involved in campaigning around face equality, mental health and body image with various charities and media outlets. This involved a TEDX talk which talked about modern day experiences of being a woman with facial scars and how poor media representation shapes public perception.

2:30pm to 3:15pm

Train with Sukhi Manku

Sukhi completed her BSc Kinesiology at Brock University with an extensive curriculum in biomechanics, human growth, anatomy, neurology, and sports injuries. After University, Sukhi completed her diploma in osteopathic manual practice from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto and her Doctor of Osteopathy (DO,Spain) from National University of Medical Sciences.

She has had the opportunity to work as a personal trainer with individuals living with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations, and special needs, providing personalized exercise programs that are focused on health and functional goals.

Active Warm Up: Increase range of mobility, while decreasing risk of injuries.

Main Workout: Will target the whole body! This workout will consist of body weight exercises to help activate muscles and encourage proper form.

Cool Down: Stretching and releasing tension in the body. Participants will be educated on what muscles they are releasing with guided breath work.

3:45 pm to 4:25pm

Bake Bake Bake!

Learn how to bake your own cake sponge with Lovleen Walia, owner of Made with Lov. Lovleen started baking and decorating cakes for her parent’s small business approximately two years ago. After taking classes with McCall’s School, Lovleen honed her baking and decorating skills.

**ingredient list will be provided after registration

4:40pm to 5:40pm

Coffee and Conversation!

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s discuss our favorite part of the retreat and share ideas on how to make the future retreats even better!


If you are interested in volunteering at the Adult Retreat, please complete the volunteer application form.


If you have any questions about eligibility or programming related to the Adult Retreat contact us at 1-800-665-3223 ext 21 or namrit@aboutface.ca.