There are times in my life that stand out, things I only need to hear once to know it’s what I need. The Haven Retreat is one of them. I didn’t procrastinate, I applied, and was accepted.

Walking into the house was scary and exciting at the same time. They took care of me; it was the first time anyone did. It was also the first time I started taking care of myself. I gave myself permission to be and listen to what I needed.

The moment that stands out the most was during the session on shame. The counselor said shame presents as anxiety. As the words sunk in, I realized I felt so much shame and my anxiety quieted. This was the gift I was given at the retreat.

I am grateful for the chance to attend The Haven Retreat.

-Linda, Survivor

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