HIV/AIDS retreats are intended to provide people affected by the disease with a form of therapy. They can provide much needed reflection and recreation. Some people feel isolated because of having HIV or AIDS, and these retreats help to provide a sense of community for people living with the disease. Through such arrangements, they can come together and share their experiences, fears and goals for the future.
HIV retreats around the world
Guide to HIV/AIDS Retreats in the U.S.
- The Earth Abides Land Trust – Catherine’s House
- AIDS, Medicine & Miracles Retreat
A three-day retreat offering empowerment programs for people living with HIV, their loved ones and service providers. (Fees have ranged from $200 to $450. Scholarships are available.)
- WORLD Retreats
Three-day beachside retreats in the spring and fall offer 40 women a chance to participate in treatment education workshops, art activities, support groups and discussions on living with HIV. (The fee for first-time attendees is $40. Scholarships and travel assistance are available.)
- Strength for the Journey at Camp Cedar Glen in Julian
- 2011 HIV Retreats at Shadowcliff
A three-day retreat at a scenic lodge on cliffs near Rocky Mountain National Park offering workshops, seminars and social activities. (Depending on your ability to pay, the fee is between $90 and $175.)
- Red Ribbon Trails
A three to four-day therapeutic retreat for Illinois families affected by HIV at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in the summer and in Bloomington in the spring. (Free.)
- Idaho Women’s Retreat : Cost is Free to women living with HIV/AIDSEvery year, a.l.p.h.a. (Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS) offers this retreat in a beautiful, secluded retreat center in the heart of Boise, Idaho. The weekend is filled with opportunities to laugh, be creative, feel pampered, socialize and feel supported by other women walking in your shoes. We offer massages, arts and crafts, mani/pedis, movie nights, games & fun “workshops”. Come play with us! To register contact Martha at Martha@alphaidaho.org
- Campit Resort
- Higher Ground
Higher Ground offers retreats throughout the year. Their annual retreat has been held in northern Michigan. The retreats provide a place for Higher Ground participants to establish friendships, to gain further knowledge about complementary therapies, and also learn what other HIV-positive individuals are experiencing.
- Montana Gay Men’s Task Force HIV+ Gay Men’s Health Retreat
A weekend of healing and wellness for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men at Feathered Pipe Ranch.
- AIDS Family Services Retreat
Just 10 miles from Niagara Falls, people with HIV and their relatives can spend a weekend reflecting, resting, worshipping, enjoying massages and making art.
- Do Not Fear To Hope
An annual spiritual weekend retreat for people with HIV held by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, a Catholic religious order. (Free)
- POZ Brotherhood Retreat
A gathering of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men at a countryside retreat in the Poconos. (The fee ranges from $495 to $795, including room and board.)
- Whispering Oaks Camp
- Strength for the Journey
A retreat sponsored by the United Methodist Church in the mountains of upper-east Tennessee offers an opportunity heal your spirit, nourish your body and strengthen your social network. (Free)
- PWA Camp Outs
PWA camp outs are camping trips in the Texas Hill Country for those who may not have the finances, the transportation or the equipment to go camping due to the impact of HIV/AIDS on their lives. There are two camp outs every year; one in May, and one in September.
- Straight Talk and Annual Women’s Retreat
The Twin States Network holds a weekend retreat for straight HIV-positive men and women and their partners in White River Junction and a four-day retreat for women with HIV or hepatitis C at a country inn in Landgrove. (Straight Talk is free. The Women’s Retreat costs $50 per person, but scholarships are available.)
- Vermont People With AIDS Coalition Retreat
Four days of workshops, support groups, meals and discussion groups, with the evenings reserved for fun and entertainment.
- Transformation Retreat
Since 1989, Transformation Retreats has offered people with HIV an opportunity to meet at retreat houses nestled in peaceful, reflective locations. (All retreats are free.)
- BABES Retreats
BABES, an organization for HIV-positive women, hosts two women’s retreats each year, a one-day retreat in February and a four-day retreat in July.
- Strength for the Journey – Pacific Northwest
- Quality of Life Retreat for People Living with HIV/AIDS
The Quality of Life Retreat, established in 1988, features workshops, entertainment, singing, prayer and a talent show. (There is a $10 application fee.)
- The Next Step Program: HIV/AIDS Retreat Program
A spiritual retreat for people with HIV, especially HIVers in recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction.
Guide to HIV/AIDS Retreats in Canada
Providing secure and affordable supporting housing and services for PLWHA.
A weekend for women with HIV to come together.
British Columbia Persons With AIDS Retreat
Three retreats for people with HIV are held each year: the Couples Workshop Retreat, Spiritual Workshop and Loon Lake Camp, a three-day event at a rustic site.
LOON LAKE CAMP
Healing retreats for HIV-positive men and women. Join HIV-positive people from all walks of life. Meet new friends and learn more about yourself.
- Healthy meals in rustic camp setting
- Innovative Workshops
- Community building
- Small group work
- Rock climbing
- Nature hikes
- Art projects
Location: Loon Lake [ Map ]
Registration: Register at reception
Toll Free: 1.800.994.2437 ext. 200
Be sure to bring this completed medical form to the interview!
Join other HIV-positive men and women on Vancouver Island for a 3-night, 4-day progressive workshop devoted to spirituality. Non-denominational, supportive, unique and fun!
- Organized by the BCPWA Society Retreat Team
- Designed and facilitated by Rev. Gary Paterson, Minister, St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, with his spouse
- Rev. Tim Stevenson, Vancouver City Councillor
- Using concepts from the ground breaking and healing work of Mathew Fox.
- Facilities and meals provided by the Benedictine Sisters in support of BCPWA Society’s work.
Location: Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Vancouver Island
Toll Free Telephone: 1.800.994.2437 ext. 323
COUPLES WORKSHOP RETREAT
For HIV+ Members and their HIV- Partners, the BCPWA is offering a 4 day/3 night workshop for 12 HIV+/HIV- couples to engage in peer and professionally lead activities to strengthen, affirm and support their relationships. Located at the Walter C. Koerner Lodge at UBC’s Loon Lake Research and Education Centre, couples will socialize and take part in fun and therapeutic group and couple activities. This retreat is free of cost to HIV-positive members of BCPWA and to their HIV-negative partners. Created and run by the BCPWA Retreat Team.
Location: Walter C. Koerner Lodge, Loon Lake
A Guide to HIV/AIDS Retreats in UK
- KPS Trebullom retreat
- Specialised Short-term HIV Retreat
Craiglwyd Road, Penmaenmawr, Conwy, Wales LL34 6ER
Tel: 01492 623322
By clicking here you can view KPS’ information on Tyddyn Bach Specialised HIV Short to Medium-term HIV Retreat
- Waverley Care Milestone
113 Oxgangs Road North, Edinburgh EH14 1EB
Tel/Fax: 0131 441 6989.
By clicking here you can view KPS’ information on Milestone Specialised Weekend HIV Retreat
- National Long Term Survivors Group
BM LTSG London WC1N 3XX
Tel: 07967 430797(Keith)
By clicking here you can view KPS’ information on NLTSG
- Respite & Retreat Caravan’s
Body Positive Tayside
11-15 Princes Street, Dundee DD4 6BY
Tel: 01382 461555. Fax: 01382 461424
By clicking here you can view KPS’ information on this Caravan
- HIV-AIDS Carers & Family Support
Suite 226 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6HJ
Tel: 0141 2218100. Fax: 0141 2218529
By clicking here you can view KPS’ information on this Caravan
- Specialised HIV Respite & Palliative Care
The Sussex Beacon
Bevendean Road, Brighton BN2 4DE
Tel:01273 694222.Fax:01273 682740
By clicking here you can view KPS’ information on The Sussex Beacon
- The Mildmay Hospital
Retreats,support and resources in Australia
AIDSLINE – Telephone Counselling Information education and referral service on HIV/AIDS, Sexually transmitted infections and sexual health. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9-11am, 6-8pm.
Counselling Line: 9347 6099
Country Freecall: 1800 133 392
TYY for Deaf Callers: 1800 0320665
Australian AIDS Fund Inc.- Providing: HIV/AIDS information resource at www.aids.net.au
*Respite camps in Victoria for infected/affected families
*Awareness,schools education and advice programmes
*Supporting PNG’s first HIV/AIDS hospice
*Supporting Orphanage care in Malawi
*Supporting Lemons and AIDS project, now undergoing clinical trials in Thailand.
Counselling-HIV/AIDS –Free service for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Available Fridays at the Bouverie Centre, Flemington ph: 9376 9844.
Leave message or talk to team member on Fridays.
HIV/AIDS Legal Centre –Free confidential legal advice and referral for PLWHA’s, partners,
carers, family, friends where problem relates to HIV/AIDS.
Sessions Wednesdays 7-9pm; appointments phone Tim (03) 9525 4455 (bh) 1800 134 840
HALC – HIV/AIDS Legal Centre Victoria. Free Legal Advice.
The HIV / AIDS Legal Centre is a community legal centre, providing legal advice and referral to people infected and affected by HIV / AIDS.
6 Claremont Street
South Yarra 3141
ph: 9525 4455
freecall 1 800 134 840
Northern Pals – a social group for PLWHAs, their lovers, partners, friends and family.
Meets at Collingwood on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 6.30-9.30pm
contact Gary Ferguson at PLC ph: (03) 9525 4455
People Living With HIV/AIDS (Victoria) – An organisation that assists people with HIV/AIDS through information, advice, advocacy, support & representation.New members & supporters welcome.
6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. ph: (03) 9865 6772 or website: www.plwhavictoria.org.au
PLWHA – Positive Living Centre -Community space for all with HIV/AIDS,family, partners,
friends. Offers treatment information, social activities, hairdressing, massage, low-cost meals,
speakers bureau, confidential peer support.
51 Commercial Road. Prahran.
ph: (03) 9865 6700 or 1800 134 840 or 1800 134 840
Positive Attitude –An informal lunch for HIV/AIDS affected people every
Thursday at 12pm. BBQ every first Sunday of the month. Fitzroy/Collingwood location.
For further information contact Yvonne (03) 9882 3134
Positive Women Victoria-Support group for women living with HIV/AIDS. We provide information,referral, support and advocacy.
Contact: Positive Women
ph: (03) 9276 6918
Quilt Project Melbourne -Workshops first Saturday of each month
Room 19, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra.
For details ph: (03) 9826 1954
The Centre Clinic – Community health service for positive people and the LGBT community but open to all.
Rear 77 Fitzroy Street. St Kilda. ph: 9525 5866
Victorian AIDS Council Gay Mens Health Centre –
6 Claremont St.
South Yarra 3141
03 9863 6700
Toll Free 1800 134840
HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) NSW – HALC has provided free legal assistance on HIV-related issues to people living in NSW since 1992.
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 9206 2060
Freecall – 1800 063 060
Fax – 9206 2053
PO Box 350
DARLINGHURST NSW 1300
Women with HIV/AIDS – a comprehensive set of Fact Sheets for women with HIV/AIDS is available.
Call ACON on (02) 9206 2000 or contact family planning
on (02) 9716 6099
Albion St Centre – Albion Street Centre, a facility of the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service, is the only major Australian community based multidisciplinary centre dealing exclusively with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C clinical management, counselling, research, prevention and education.
The Centre has over 60 professional staff and more than 200 volunteers who provide care, support and education. The staff has significant experience in HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, infection control, sexual health, and health care worker education and training both in Australia and overseas.
Pozhet (Heterosexual HIV/AIDS Service) for men and women living heterosexually with HIV/AIDS. Support and resources. Freecall Line Counselling.
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation-Community based charity providing direct financial assistance, supported housing and financial counselling to people in NSW disadvantaged as a direct result of HIV illness. Assistance is provided in the form of financial counselling, helping to pay essential bills, lending essential appliances and medium to long term supported housing.
PO Box 97,
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
ph:(02) 9283 8666
fax: (02) 9283 8288
ACON – AIDS Council of NSW
Treatments Information Project – – For all information on HIV and treatments
Peer Support groups: Contact Guy Taylor on 02 9206 2014
Hunter Region: Karumah Inc Lunch Thursdays 11am-3pm. Games night: Wednesdays 6pm-9pm. For information call (02) 4940 8393
Women’s HIV Support at ACON
The contact numbers for the Women’s HIV Support Officers are now
(02)9206 2012 and ((02)9206 2083 for info on support groups, 2 a month in the inner city and 1 a month at Penrith. We also offer among other things a bimonthly newsletter.
Sydney: Central Sydney Area Health Service BBQ last Friday of every month in Glebe.
Call (02) 9690 1222
Hunter AIDS Council, Newcastle & Hunter Valley Region
Counselling, Legal & Treatments information and referral, peer education groups/ support, return- to- work assistance,
job search and skills program (internet, basic typing etc:)access, CSN (Community Support Network), Vitamin service
ph: (02)4927 6808 fax: (02)4927 6485 email@example.com
Positive Fun and Esteem Support
referral and information service for HIV + guys under 26 whom are gay or bisexual.
We have regular support and social groups.
Call : ACON 02.92062000 02.92062034
Luncheon Club AIDS Support Group – For people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Free lunch and entertainment from noon Monday at the Exchange Hotel, 34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
Call Carole Ann on (02) 9389 7477
Luncheon Club Larder –Provides free food and essential items to people living with HIV/AIDS
struggling on a pension. Open Wednesday and Friday
12-4pm Pride Centre, 26 Hutchinson St, Surry Hills.
Call Carole Ann for further information on (02) 9389 747
Positive Living Centre Sydney – Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Tue-Sat); takeaway meals, complementary therapies, bus & transport services; tickets to venues; recreational activities; computer and Internet access;information and referrals.
For more information on opening hours and services call on (02) 9699 8756
701-703 Bourke Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Western Suburbs Haven – www.westernsuburbshaven.org.au
HIV Positive Women’s Support-ACON Women’s team call (02) 9206 2049 or (02) 9206 2054
NSW HIV Information line – Anyone can call the Information Line. People who call include:
* Members of the public concerned about personal risks or wanting information;
* Health care and social service providers;
* People with HIV/AIDS wanting to find out about services;
* Friends, relatives or partners of people with HIV/AIDS;
Service Hours: 9am – 8pm 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday Saturday
Telephone: (02) 9332 4000 1800 451 600
(02) 9332 4268 (Sydney Metro Area) (Toll Free, outside metropolitan area) (TTY – for the hearing impaired)
Northern Rivers AIDS Council, Lismore
Counselling, support, treatment information, lunches, ‘Young & Proud’ group
ph: (02) 6622 1555 Freecall 1800 633 637
Blue Mountains PLWHA Drop-in Centre
2 Station Street, Katoomba. Peer support available, and lunch offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11.30am.
Phone/fax (02) 4782 2119
Pride History Group
The Pride History Group meets the third Monday of each month at the PRIDE Centre:
104 Erskinville road,
Enquiries to: John Witte, Secretary Phone 02 9558 9419,
AIDS Action Council of ACT – Information, referral and support.
Westland House, 16 Gordon Street, Acton.
ph: (02) 6257 2855 www.aidsaction.org.au
Peer Support Network -Weekly social and educational night for positive people. Free dinner. Tue 6-8pm
ph: (02) 6257 2855
PLWHA/ACT Peer Support Network (PSN) – Positive people who meet 6pm Tues. over a free meal. Massage clinic Tuesdays. Advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS. Support for positive people, lovers, friends, family and carers.
Social Networks. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
ph: (02) 6257 4985 fax: (02) 6257 4985
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Westlund House –16 Gordon St, Acton.
Queensland Positive People (QPP) – Providing support, advocacy, information and other services for Queensland PLWHA with representatives in major centres around the state: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. (For contact details for regional offices, please contact our statewide office.)Statewide office: 289 Vulture Street South Brisbane.
Phone: 07 3013 5555 or freecall 1800 636 241 (from anywhere in Queensland).www.qpp.net.au
Positive Directions – Positive Directions is a statewide service with five teams operational in Queensland. We are a care coordination, information support and referral service. Each team has a Care Coordinator and a Client Support Worker who work together with PLWHA to link individuals with supports and services that they are eligible for. Positive Directions also has a Mental Health Advisor, Nutrition Advisor and volunteer programs for PLWHA across the state. Positive Directions also produces a quarterly newsletter, a menu of service and offers wellness programs in chronic condition management. Please contact us for further in
|Brisbane||101a Watson Street
Camp Hill, Queensland, 4152
|Ph: 07 3900 8000
Fax: 07 3843 4962
|Cairns||17 Upward Street
CAIRNS QLD 4870
|07 4051 1028|
|Townsville||Suite 3, Denham Arcade95 Denham Street, Townsville 4810||07 4721 1384|
|Sunshine Coast||Grimwood House
4 Carroll Street
NAMBOUR QLD 4560
|07 5441 1222|
|Gold Coast||18a West Street
BURLEIGH HEADS QLD 4220
|07 5576 8366|
Adelaide HIV/AIDS Counselling team –ph.(08)8232 0966 mobile:015 618 407The Adelaide Diocesan AIDS Council –247 South Rd, Mile End. Has lunch on Wednesdays for positive people.
PLWHA (SA) – Positive Living Centre –Social drop in and health centre for PLWHA.
HIV women’s project in South Australia –we provide support, advocacy information and services for HIV positive women and their families. Also peer support worker available 2 days a week, regular women’s support group. Pam Price project co-ordinator.
Mosaic Counselling – A confidential and free service for people affected by HIV or hepatitis C.
Tasmanian Council on AIDS and Related Diseases (TasCARD)
Alice Springs: AIDS Council of Central Australia (ACOCA) – Counselling, support, treatments information and referral services for PLWHA in Central Australia.
Positive Straight Talk – Support group for heterosexuals
HIV/AIDS Peer Advisory Network (HAPAN) – PLWHA group, meets once a month.
Spirituality Wellbeing and Support Group – Arpad 9247 1595 or Sabena 9482 0000
Western Australian AIDS Council –Support services, counselling, treatmets info, complementary therapies, massage, Reiki, accupuncture and pranic healing , retreats, forums, workshops, one-to-one peer support, education, women’s project, newly diagnosed program.
The following services can be accessed on ph: (08) 9482 0000 www.waaids.com
Women’s Project –Sally Rowell
Take a look at our list of HIV retreats to find one that will get you moving. If you know of any retreats we missed, please let us know (email@example.com).