July 28 – 30, 2017 in Denver, CO
2017 Retreat Directors: Jon Reinert & Devon Shendleman
We had our second successful Adult Adoptee Retreat in 2016, with adult adoptees attending from around the country. International & domestic adoptees were in attendance, and the workshop topics and presenters were reflective of their varied experiences. Many stories were told and shared within large and small group discussions. The “Raising Aspens” exhibit held at Red Line, a Denver art gallery on Friday night of the AAR was impressive with visual, music, and performance art created exclusively by adoptees of all ages. This is an event we hope to continue in 2017.
We are also working on some exciting changes to the AAR schedule and format for 2017, and we are looking forward to our third year of learning and sharing together in an environment like no other – created by and for adult adoptees. We hope you will join us in 2017!
Here are a few quotes from the 2015⁄2016 Adult Adoptee Retreat participants:
“Adult Adoptee Retreats: A great experience to come together with other people who are like you, another group to call your family. A place to share open and honest communication about your experiences.”
“The retreat was very connecting; letting everyone talk and share both their struggles and triumphs with being adopted – I’ve never felt so validated.”
“As a youth, going to camp was always a fun activity. As a counselor, it became cathartic helping children address their adoptions. Now with the AAR, I can meet with other adults and work towards establishing my own mature identity.“
“Today we have become one people, a tribe, with one voice telling individual stories…The Adult Adoptee Retreat has brought together young and old, international and domestic, and we look forward to next year, sharing with even more adoptees, whether or not they’ve ever been to camp before.”
“A discussion in which I found inspiration, motivation, and solidarity as I continue my journey as an adoptee”
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