The Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat is a free of charge, safe place to heal emotionally and spiritually from an abortion(s). Participants can be a mother, father, grandparent, friend, sibling, etc., or anyone affected by abortion.
The retreat is held at the very private Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, TN, located between Knoxville and Chattanooga. The beautiful new retreat houses offer private rooms with bathrooms. All meals during the retreat are included.
All COVID-19 restrictions will be followed during the retreat.
Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat Includes:
Private reflection time
Friendship & emotional support
Memorial service to honor your lost child(ren)
Supportive group discussions
Private or group counseling services
Don’t suffer one more minute in silence. There is help, hope and healing after an abortion. Take the first step. Michelle did.
“Going on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat was the best gift ever. Prior to the retreat, I had suffered for 18 years in silence since I aborted my baby in 1996. At the retreat, I was able to discuss my story for the first time in a supportive environment with empathetic people without being judged. The healing that occurs over the weekend is nothing short of miraculous! I now know that my baby is in the best of hands. I highly recommend a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat to anyone who has suffered from the aftermath of an abortion.” – Michelle
There is no cost to attend our Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.
The retreat will begin at 5 pm on Friday, September 24 and end at 3 pm on Sunday, September 26.
The Project Rachel, a Pregnancy Services program at Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, is the coordinator of this Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
You are not required to practice any faith in order to attend the retreat weekend, however, to get the best experience from Rachel’s Vineyard, you should be comfortable in a spiritual setting.
Generally, we cap participation at 10 participants to allow for a small group. However, depending on interest, we may allow more participants.
We see abortion as a trauma. Traumatic events are often aggravated by the need to keep it a carefully guarded secret whereby your feelings have no voice. Healing for victims of trauma can be accomplished by establishing safety, reconstructing the traumatic story, and restoring the connection between survivors and the community. A group context is very cathartic because others who "have been there" can provide validation of symptoms and a supportive, healing element to the process. This does not negate the value of individual counseling and support, however, an experience of group process, particularly when family support can be introduced, often provides a deeper more complete level of healing. Read about the experiences of others who have experienced Rachel's Vineyard here.
Yes! After abortion, men can often struggle with a sense of powerlessness. This can lead to a deep anger and resentment that needs to find a voice, and be healed. Many men have attended the Rachel's Vineyard weekend and have found deep emotional and spiritual healing. Men are most welcome to attend our Rachel's Vineyard retreat. Read about the experiences of other men who have experienced Rachel's Vineyard here.
Yes, you are welcome to invite a support person to the retreat. However, there are no observers at the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekend, and everyone is required to participate
The weekend can be especially helpful to couples who have not been able to grieve together. The inability for husbands and wives to acknowledge this loss can create distance, bitterness and resentment. When couples both join in the healing journey, it opens the door to a dramatic increase in physical and emotional intimacy.
Yes. Rachel’s Vineyard is completely confidential. When you sign up for the retreat, your name will not be given to any other individual or group for any circumstance. If you choose to be listed on a contact list for the other members of your weekend group, that is your decision. You can inquire about this program by e-mail or telephone, and you can specify how you would like to receive any information.
At this time, our Rachel’s Vineyard retreat is primarily for those who have had an abortion or been affected by an abortion. There may be other Rachel’s Vineyard retreats that allow attendance for other forms of pregnancy loss. You can search for them here.
After your weekend, you will have met some wonderful people whom you may become very close with. If you wish to participate, an optional email address exchange is done for those wishing to stay in contact. Referrals are also given for aftercare.
NO photography of the participants will be taken during the retreat weekend. However, general photography of the retreat space may be taken.
If you are unable to attend a weekend retreat, one-on-one counseling is available with counselors who have been trained in this area. For more information on the retreat or counseling, please contact Sandi Davidson at (865) 776-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls and emails are secure and confidential.