Women’s Creative Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs Retreat 2021

Go to creative workshops, relax with yoga and meditation and soak up the beauty of the lake. We are 3 hours north of Detroit.Due to COVID-19, we will be keeping more of a physical distance & using more stringent sanitation practices.

Creative Workshops include: God/Prayer Box & Ice Breaker Exercises, Journaling Workshop, Shortcoming/Strengths Workshop, Letting it Go Stone Workshop, & AA Meetings (Topic, Discussion, Big Book Study & Open Talk).

Meals included: Snack throughout the weekend, Breakfast Sat & Sun, Lunch Sat & Dinner Sat. (Be sure to let us know if you have any food restrictions).

Christina Hansen M.Ed – Retreat Leader

– Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of Detroit Mercy

– Master of Education from Oakland University

– Post Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies from Wayne State University

– Clean and Sober for 6 years

Lain MacKenzie – Director of Anchorage Retreat Center

-Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Women’s Recovery Retreat Tentative Schedule –

“Creative Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs” (Subject to Change)


5:00 – 7:00 Registration and Cottage Assignment at the Tent

7:00 – 8:00 Introductions, SWAPS exchange, and Open Talk by Facilitator (Snacks provided)

8:00 – 9:30 Workshop: God/Prayer Box & Getting to know each other / Ice Breaker

9:30 Quiet Time


7:00 – 7:20 Sunrise Meditation on the Beach

8:00 – 9:00 BREAKFAST

9:00 – 10:00 AA Meeting (Topical)

10:00 – 11:30 Workshop: Journaling (Create your own Journal & Journaling Workshop)

11:30 – 12:15 **FREE TIME

12:15 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30 Workshop: My Character Defects and Assets (Mask Decoration)

2:30 – 4:00 **FREE TIME

4:15 – 4:45 Yoga

5:00 – 6:30 Workshop: Letting Go (Stone Collection and Decoration)

6:30 – 7:15 DINNER

7:30 – 8:30 AA Meeting (Big Book Study)

8:45 – 9:30 Review of the Day. Collect Retreat Evaluations

9:30 – 10:30 Fellowship & Refreshments around the campfire


7:00 – 7:20 Sunrise Meditation on the Beach

7:30 – 7:50 Yoga

8:00 – 8:45 BREAKFAST

9:00 – 10:00 AA Meeting (Discussion)

10:00 – 10:30 Closing Remarks

10:30 – 11:30 Letting Go Ceremony (Beach)

11:30 – 12:00 Clean up, load cars and key return – Safe travels! We hope to see you next year!

Choose what you wish to attend, nothing is mandatory

Free time: Opportunity for rest, private prayer, walks, reading, etc.

**Water, Tea & Coffee will be available throughout the weekend. Bring your own pop & other.

** Snacks will also be available

If you know you have a problem and want to do something about it; if your new on your recovery journey; if you have been sober for years – this retreat is for you.

Check out more information here on our Retreat Page:

Two Women’s Self-Care Retreats for 2021

Check out our Retreats page or at the end of this post to check out or ticket options! We will have two Women’s Retreats this year, in May and September. A great addition to our program is the use of the yoga studio at To the Moon & Back in Downtown Oscoda when weather is not bright and sunny.

There are many ways to lodge this year, including a private cottage, shared cottage and bring you own tent! We want some of our local ladies to come as well and there is a ticket for the weekend activities without need of lodging. We will continue to socially distance on Retreat and everyone’s health is our top priority!

Come to the Lake and find your tribe here with us at ARC! See you soon!

Your Mind is Magic! Now Learn to Wield It

Behold the Magic of your Mind!

Do you need a vacation?

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep cleansing breath
  • Imagine in your mind’s eye your favorite spot you wish to travel to. (It’s easier if you have been there before)
    • What smells do you remember?
    • How did this place make you feel?
    • Who are you with?
    • Remember every detail, small and large to really immerse yourself

…And you are on vacation!

Do you miss someone?

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep cleansing breath
  • Picture that person in your mind’s eye
    • What do you remember about their face?
    • Their hands?
    • What do they smell like?
    • How do you react to their voice?
    • How did they made you feel?
    • Use every detail you can remember to bring them to you

…And they are with you!

Do you want to travel back in time?

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a deep cleansing breath
  • Think of the time you wish to revisit in your mind
    • What music was playing at that time?
    • Where are you?
    • Who were you with?
    • What smells reach your nostrils?
    • How did it make you feel?
    • Use every memory to transport you to that particular time

…And you are back there!

Your brain is a magnificent machine. It keeps our body in perfect balance without a conscious thought from us. It can also be a teleporter, a time-machine and a space ship that can take us anywhere in time and space that we can imagine. USE that BEAUTIFUL brain of yours! When you feel tired and in need of a vacation, when you miss someone far away or someone who has passed, and when you wish to be immersed in a moment in time. Your mind can be your ticket to paradise and a ticket to hell in the next thought. Choose where your mind takes you. Learn to hone your mind-wrangling skills with these exercises and see the endless places you can travel! Safe journeys!

Positivi-TEA Check-In

Join me tomorrow for a chat and a self-care check-in. Bring a cup and spill the tea! Find your positivity again with our Anchorage Tribe. Everyone will get a chance to talk about their week and ask advice from those participating. If you don’t feel like talking, you can just lend an ear to someone else in need. I want to create a space that gives some relief in these stressful times and we need community now more than ever!!

What you will need:
Tea (or beverage of your choice).
Journal to write down your affirmation for the week and what you’re grateful for.
You’re beautiful face!

It will be a zoom party so come on 5 min early if you can! See ya there!

Spiritual Guidance Meditation

Take a deep inhale, exhale with a sigh.

Start to think about the problem you have that needs a solution.

What kind of emotions come up?

Feel them for a brief time, and let them go.

Surrender so that you may find clarity.

Give yourself grace for your reaction.

Take a full breath, inhaling creativity, exhaling fear.

In your mind’s eye, visit your heart space.

Picture your inner light as a flame flickering warmly in your chest.

Listen intently.

Your heart wishes you to move deeper and follow its call.

When you are on the right path, your flame becomes an inferno, lighting your way in the darkness.

Open yourself up to the universe for the guidance you seek.

There are signs and clues all around you, one needs just to look.

Inhale resolution.

Exhale confusion.

Slowly come back to your body.

Love & Light!

©Anchorage Retreat Center 20220

Path back to Love

Sin is created by suffering.

Underneath our actions there is cause and effect.

Judgement is not for us to render,

for we do not have eyes to see the connection between misery and reaction.

The trials that shifted someone’s path towards fear is invisible.

Only when we can look past decision’s based on trauma,

will we be able to glimpse the true nature of the soul.

May I show compassion to those held in the grip of fear,

for they need my kindness to see the path back to love.

Love & Light!

The Cosmic Dance of Life

Listen closely to the crashing waves

It is the breath of our world


Her roiling fury, white caps breaking the surface, wrinkles on the face of the sea


Her fervent grasp on the shore, eroding hillsides, grinding stone into sand

The hypnotic rhythm of silence then sound

Sometimes soft and lapping

other times like a whip cracking

Her destiny is tied to the Moon

The lunar covenant which binds as long as they both shall live

Primordial matrimony bared witness by the stars with no objection.

This interstellar pairing a reminder that we are part of that infinite pull as well

Our bodies burning sugar and starch, transmuting calories to energy

Flowing synapses recharge our system and move our limbs

Organs shifting in tandem to detoxify and respire

The ancient magick of divine creation

Mirrored in every facet of life

Micro and macro are linked and share the same story

Connection is our communion

The human heart our church



The cosmic dance of life