Hope for HIE sponsors a variety of in person opportunities to connect with others in our community. All of these events are planned by volunteers, and are fellow HIE families and parents. What started as six moms coming together for a weekend to relax, has grown into different experiences sponsored by Hope for HIE.
We encourage all families in our network to get together - connect with local families, moms, dads, extended family. Have you connected with a few families? Plan a weekend family meet up. We are here to help give you ideas so you can also be empowered over your experience and journey with HIE. There is no magic formula to connecting. It's taking the chance and a little planning and you can create your own experience!
Biennial Mega Mom Conference Retreats
Every two years, Hope for HIE sponsors a large "mega" conference retreat. These retreats are held at a hotel and conference center and focus on celebrating the connections we have as a large community, provide a variety of sessions focused on self-care, healing through trauma and connecting with others to spark long-lasting relationships. These are more structured experiences with opportunities to connect through on and off-site experiences and have a large community group feel.
We have hosted Mega Mom Conference Retreats in the mountains of Tennessee, and the lakes of Michigan, to Hill Country in Texas.
Our next Mega Mom Conference Retreat will be held in Golden, Colorado in May 2018. Registration is expected to open October 1, 2017. Details will be posted in our closed parent forum on Facebook with registration links.
Biennial Regional Meet Up Retreats
On the down year from the Conference Retreat, Hope for HIE will facilitate regional meet up retreats. These retreats are typically held at smaller venues such as beach houses, or cabins, and range from 10-20 attendees where the goal is to simply "meet up" and enjoy each other's company. These focus on a loose structure, giving individuals flexibility to get what they need out of the weekend. Some group activities are planned, but mostly things happen organically and are driven by attendees. Some attendees prefer more solitude, to actually get uninterrupted sleep, and some prefer small group outings to take advantage of the area they are in - trips to the beach, hikes, shopping, etc. The goal is always to foster connections in a laid back environment.
Our next Meet Up Retreats will be held in 2019.
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