Created for You Retreat

March 20-22, 2020, at Laurelville Retreat Center, Mount Pleasant, PA This beautiful retreat center is located just 45 miles south of Pittsburgh and 15 minutes from the PA Turnpike in the heart of the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Click here for directions. Our weekend together includes fellowship with other moms on a similar journey, anointed worship, teaching to equip you for your journey, recreation activities, built in time for rest and five meals cooked for you! (That’s five times you don’t have to fix a plate, cut up food, or wash dishes!) We know you’ll enjoy it. Meet the Keynote Speaker Kayla North Kayla North and her husband Ryan have 6 children, 4 adopted from foster care. They spent 10 years as foster parents and have learned many of the things they share with families, churches, and schools in the trenches. She is the co-founder of One Big Happy Home and is an expert on childhood trauma. Together with her husband, she has developed training materials and programs for churches, schools, and parents educating them on trauma and its impacts. Kayla is a Trauma-Competent Caregiver and the Executive Directory of Tapestry, a non-profit that supports and equips churches with the tools and resources needed to help the families they serve. She is a TBRI Practitioner and speaks at churches, schools, conferences, and retreats nationwide. The Norths have had the privilege of working with some of the most respected voices in the fields of Developmental Trauma and Attachment including; Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, Daren Jones, Dr. Curt Thompson, Dr. Tina Payne-Bryson, Cindy Lee, and Jayne Schooler. You can hear them on The Empowered Parent Podcast and read their writing on Empowered to Connect, and at One Big Happy Home. The Norths have trained and mentored hundreds of ministry leaders and trainers in the United States and Canada. They have developed online training for parents and churches which is available at their online trauma school. Kayla lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, their 6 children, and 2 dogs, Snowcone and Elvis. Customize Your Retreat Weekend Since this weekend is Created for You, we invite you to customize your retreat experience in any way you choose. If you need the encouragement and equipping of the teaching sessions and breakouts, attend them all. Or skip a session and take a nap. Get up early and go for a hike, or sleep in late. Want to leave the retreat center grounds, go ahead! There are nearby attractions you can explore. This weekend is for you. Make it exactly what you need. Cost Cost: $185 includes two nights lodging, 5 meals, all activities, retreat materials, and access to an exclusive retreat Facebook group to begin building your community early and continue the support throughout the year. We hope you’ll be able to spend the entire weekend with us, should you need to modify the schedule in any way (leave early, arrive late, etc.) we understand, but we are unable to adjust the cost of the retreat. Using Post Adoption Funds to Pay for the Retreat If you are an adoptive family in PA, there are respite funds available to you. Respite doesn’t need to mean that your kids go away, it can mean you do. Contact SWAN at 1-800-585-7926 to register for services. You can choose the agency you want to work with, and begin the process to get the retreat paid for. More information is available here. Testimonials So well run, just amazing!
It had been a rough year. So much going on personally that I was left feeling alone and empty. The retreat was exactly what I needed. Being with others who understand the struggles and the time to just breathe, be still and let God speak to my heart is what I needed.
It was such a gift to be there and I am already excited to return next year!
I arrived on Friday feeling nervous that I wouldn’t know many people, and unsure of how much I would really benefit from it. When I left on Sunday, I had made so many new friends and connected with the other moms in a way that only God can orchestrate.
I feel like more than just an adoptive mama now, I feel like a human again.
A refreshing, inspiring, equipping weekend that I look forward to every year!
God used this weekend to refresh me in so many ways! I appreciated the authentic community of the moms and the unity among all of us.