What to Expect

The purpose of a MATT TALBOT RETREAT is to assist Alcoholics* of all faiths in their spiritual rehabilitation. It is a weekend spent with members of our Fellowship, with time to think, rest, listen, share and meditate. You will go away refreshed, ready to face and accept the responsibilities of daily living. It is a weekend you can evaluate only by attending and participating. Our meetings will be centered on spirituality and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A retreat offers a chance to step away from the hustle of daily life for a few days, dedicating time to spiritual recovery from alcoholism. It brings together individuals on the path to recovery in an environment conducive to fellowship and sharing over the weekend. Typically, retreats center around a specific theme, with a Retreat Guide—a recovering alcoholic—conducting conferences on the topic throughout the weekend.

Over the three days, participants engage in 3-4 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, attend meetings/workshops led by the Retreat Guide, partake in yoga, meditation, free-time activities, and engage in heartfelt sharing. However, attendance isn’t mandatory for any activity; individuals are welcome to simply relax or rest if they prefer.

The registration fee covers all meals and accommodations, housed in cozy 4-bedroom cabins. Each bedroom offers either two twin beds or one double bed, along with a private bathroom. Common areas in the cabins feature comfortable seating and a small kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker and refrigerator.

Here are a few items you may want to pack to make your weekend more enjoyable:

• AA books
• Swim suit
• Bottled water
• Bug spray
• Cell phone charger
• Creamer
• Flashlights
• Jacket
• Games

• Pillow – there is one on your bed, but you may need another
• Snacks (must be kept in kitchens and not in bedrooms)
• Sweats – for yoga
• Towel (for swimming)
• Travel coffee mug
• Umbrella / Rain Poncho
• Water shoes (for canoeing)
• Yoga mat and/or towel