On November 2-4, Brookhaven Retreat participated in its alumnae led Staying Well Fellowship Weekend. The reunion took place in the Smoky Mountains, where many alumnae participated in a weekend of celebration, friendship and health.
This reunion was an important part of the aftercare process provided by Brookhaven Retreat. It allowed women to take time out for themselves, renew connections with fellow alumnae and provided a continued source of support for recovery.
Friday night featured a get-together and dinner that offered women a chance to reconnect with friends and staff, while Saturday featured both a reunion dinner and a walk in the surrounding mountains. The five-hour hike took women through new and old growth forest, remnants of 19th century life in east Tennessee, a bubbling waterfall and wildlife unique to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Keeping in touch with the friendships and support created during treatment is both beneficial to recovery and a lot of fun. Staying involved supports success in recovery and helps women create joy and meaning in their lives.