Adult Retreat

The adult retreat is a weekend getaway; an opportunity to join discussions, workshops and reflections, or just enjoy nature, 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! The location changes from year-to-year and the 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 6-8, 2020

The 2020 Adult Retreat is going virtual!

Given the current global situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retreat will now be held virtually.

Dates: November 6-8, 2020

Cost to attend: $60.00

Register by October 26!

You may attend one session or all sessions over the weekend. Please review the schedule below before registering. All times are in Eastern Standard time.

Friday, November 6

7:30 -8:00pm – Cultivating a safe space (Please note: this session is mandatory for the attendance throughout the weekend)

8:00 – 9:00pm – Body Positive Restorative Yoga – A slow flow warm-up, leading into a prop-assisted restorative sequence. Aka adult nap time. Please note this session has a max of 10 participants.

9:00 – 10:00pm – Trivia/Social – Join us for a fun hour of games and socializing.

Saturday, November 7

1-1:45pm – Zumba – Let’s start the day off by moving our body in a way that feels right for us to good music. Beginner-friendly!

2-3:00pm – Creative Writing – designed to help you pause, reflect, and connect to your own story. We’ll use short, fun guided writes to move your story onto the page and feel into your own strength and power. Everyone will have a chance to share work and reflections on each other’s work in this safe, cozy session. Please note this session has a maximum of 10 participants.

3:15-4:15pm Lizzie Velasquez Key Note Speaker -Lizzie Velasquez, 30, is a global motivational speaker, YouTube personality, anti-bullying activist and author. In December 2013, she took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen event and gave a talk titled “How Do You Define Yourself?” that has garnered over 13 million views across the Web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, Associated Press, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo!, among many other national and international media. She is an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary based on her life, A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, which chronicles her journey from cyber-bullying victim to global anti-bullying activist. The film was released by Cinedigm in the U.S. in Fall 2015 and began its international release in 2016. Her latest book DARE TO BE KIND was released in June 2017.

Sunday, November 8

1-1:45pm Painting for all levels – Join us for a guided nature painting using acrylic paints. Please note you will need to purchase minimal supplies for this activity.

2-3:00pm Open Hat Discussion – This is a chance to ask questions and share feelings in a safe non-judgemental space. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Lisa Jewett. Dr. Jewett obtained her doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Lisa works with adults and adolescents experiencing a range of difficulties, with particular expertise in the areas of anxiety, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic; and with mood disorders such as depression. Please note, there will be an opportunity to submit questions anonymously prior to the session.

3:00-4:00pm Wrap Up Social – A time to debrief the weekend.

Registration is now closed.


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 christina@aboutface.ca.