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Are you a stressed-out, overwhelmed, overworked, tired and under-nurtured mother of a child with ADHD, ADD, OCD, SPD, PBD, FASD, Autism, PDD, or any number of other brain-based differences that lead people to judge your parenting, make you second-guess yourself, challenge your relationships, and keep you up at night worrying incessantly about your child?
If so, look no further for a soft place to land — the Happy Mama Retreat has been created especially for you!
Mamas get very little time for themselves. They’re always on alert and never seem to get a chance to relax. Plenty of time for relaxation and respite is set aside during the Happy Mama Retreat, ensuring that you’ll get time to yourself to relax and recharge.
You must take care of yourself in order to do your best for family. Our speakers educate you on the importance of self-care and how to fit it in your busy life, and motivate and inspire you to take care of mama.
Feel Less Alone
Raising a child with invisible behavioral disorders is isolating. At the Retreat, you’ll meet dozens of mamas on a similar parenting journey, who ‘”get” what it’s like to raise a child with developmental and behavioral challenges. You’ll be part of our Tribe.
You deserve to be happy, mama!
The Happy Mama Retreat is a weekend away for moms of children with special needs, created by moms of children with special needs. Not just a relaxing weekend, not just an educational conference, not just a moms-only weekend away — it’s all three rolled into one.
I want to help you gain community with other mothers who share your questions, concerns, worries, and fears. I want to provide education to help you advocate for your child and yourself, and to give you the tools to re-discover your own happiness. I want to nurture you with a beautiful setting and fun, relaxing activities.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10th
3:00 PM Arrival and Relaxation
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception & Fireside Chat
SATURDAY, JUNE 11th
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Welcome
10:00 AM Sarah Wayland, Ph.D.
Grief: Understanding Yourself
While Loving Your Child
11:15 AM BREAK
11:30 AM Breakout Groups
12:00 PM LUNCH
Lunch Sponsored By:
1:15 PM Joy Cadelina, OTD, OTR/L
Sensory This.. Sensory That
2:30 PM Breakout Groups
3:45 PM Enjoy Local Activities
6:00 PM Private Event in Downtown Asheville
Daddy Mac’s Down Home Dive
What is the address of the retreat location?
The Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC. The closest airport is Asheville, NC, which is a 20 minute drive from the retreat location. Shuttle options are available.
How will COVID-19 affect this year's retreat?
The retreat will not be cancelled due to COVID-19. You may wish to purchase trip insurance in the event you are unable to travel due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
Vaccines are not mandated, but strongly recommended. Masks will be optional at the retreat venue, but may be required by local merchants in town. Please self test three days prior to travel to ensure the safety of all attendees.
Can the caterer handle food allergies or food preferences, like being a vegetarian?
Yes, within reason. The menus are carefully crafted to hopefully meet the needs of all our mamas. The caterer will accommodate all food allergies and requests. If in doubt, please contact us. We want you to have something delicious to eat!
Can I get a registration refund if I cannot attend?
I wish I could say yes to this, but we cannot provide refunds to this years event. I highly recommend trip insurance that can be purchased through a variety of agencies.
Do you offer scholarships to the event?
We offer the Tanji D. Dewberry Happy Mama Scholarship each year, which is funded by public donations and the raffle we hold during each retreat.
Is alcohol allowed?
If you’re staying onsite, you are welcome to bring adult beverages to drink in your rooms. We hold a wine social each year as well. Of course, you’re expected to drink responsibly and not ruin the enjoyment of other guests, both in our group and at our venue.
How do I sponsor the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat?
Contact us. We are actively looking for sponsors for the conference at many different levels.
Can you do a Happy Mama Retreat where I live?
That would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? Our goal is to keep building these retreats, see how it goes, and take it from there.