The Woodlands Weekend Retreats are experiences like no other! These special getaways for children and adults with disability and chronic illness allow for exposure to a diverse offering of sports and recreation, music, creative arts and nature adventures. Participants get to engage in meaningful and adapted activities that truly enrich their quality of life. Our retreats are designed by age group to nurture creative expression and confidence at all experience and ability levels. Together, we develop routines to teach activities of daily living throughout The Woodlands campus. Transition skills and life skills such as self-care, self-efficacy, teamwork and problem solving are taught through our residential overnight model. Retreats offer a chance for healthy separation between participant and parent/caregiver while encouraging independence.
The retreat season runs throughout the school year from September to May, providing an opportunity to try out The Woodlands Weekend Retreats before committing to a whole week in the summer. Participants may also choose retreats as day programs and work their way towards an overnight visit.
Our year-round schedule serves as the foundation for creating and maintaining sustainable friendships from season to season and year to year. Many participants attend month after month and develop their own unique communities and sense of individual belonging. The Woodlands Retreats are a home away from home for both staff and participants alike, while caregivers find a welcome respite as well.
What to Expect
Weekend Retreats run Friday evening through Sunday morning, with overnight accommodations provided in the accessible, barrier-free and air-conditioned Woodlands Lodge. You may even find us under the stars in tents at our on-site campground. The lodge has six units, which house eight participants each, and is equipped throughout, including accessible bathrooms and showers. We share family-style meals in the Dining Hall to support socialization and community building.
*Participants are required to be able to self-regulate their own behaviors and need to be able to be redirected easily by staff in order to experience success with this program. We do encourage and support participants to bring their own support staff to any Woodlands programs.