Retreat Schedule, Descriptions and How to Apply

Retreats are held at The Institute’s Retreat Center in the mountains near Brevard, NC. Dates for upcoming groups, retreats and intensives are posted here as they are scheduled.

(Not all retreats are offered every year and the only retreats that are offered are listed in the schedule below.)


Name of Retreat Dates Applications Close
Healing the Aftermath October 24 – 29 August 24



The Institute’s flagship retreat is Healing the Aftermath of Pathological Love Relationships (HAM) which has been operational since 2006. This core retreat teaches the basics of personality disorders, psychopathy, relational dynamics, super traits, and recovery approaches. The same material is included in our 1:1 Intensives but is covered privately and individually with Sandra.

The HAM is our primary support approach. All other retreats, when offered, build off the material laid out in the HAM and 1:1s, therefore, you need to have attended the HAM, a 1:1, completed the total Living Recovery Program’s on-line course, or completely finished tele-counseling/coaching with Jennifer Young, L.M.H.C. in order to attend and benefit from additional retreats. (No other retreats are offered at this time)

Retreats are 6 days, 5 nights and are held at The Institute’s Retreat Center near Brevard, NC.

Healing the Aftermath of Pathological Love Relationships (PLR)

(This retreat is a pre-requisite for other retreats when they are offered.)

This is our signature retreat for which we are so well known and is for those who have left their relationship, are seeking to understand pathology, and to have connection with others who have also experienced a pathological relationship.

The focus of the retreat includes understanding pathology and its’ permanence, your Super Traits, pathological love relationship dynamics, managing intrusive thoughts and cognitive dissonance, and symptom management.

Package price for Healing the Aftermath is $750.

Retreat package includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Asheville, NC airport (AVL)
  • Lodging (shared accommodations with fully furnished kitchen facilities)
  • Approximately 5 hours of group coaching per day
  • Evening outdoor fire (weather permitting) and “processing” time
  • Transportation other than airport pickup/drop off and food are not included

Automated Retreat Application Process

Our automated retreat application process is administered through Ruzuku, an on-line class platform, with required form submissions presented in Google Docs. This process guides you through the necessary steps, free of charge, in a structured manner and in accordance with specific timelines that facilitate planning and arrangements for clients and our staff.

The first step in the retreat application process is to complete the Pre-Screening module which will provide you with details about:

  • The retreat and its goals
  • How the retreat is structured
  • Retreat admission criteria
  • Rules for group sessions
  • Who may not be a correct fit for the retreat
  • Travel logistics
  • Mandatory timelines and steps in the application process

Once you have read and understand these details, you will be required to digitally sign an agreement indicating you have read, understand, and agree to comply with the requirements described. Alternately, you may indicate that you do not agree and, therefore, do not wish to apply.

Upon receipt of your digitally signed Pre-Screening Agreement indicating you wish to apply for retreat attendance, you will receive an email with what to do next.

Begin the Pre-Screening process

(You will need to create an account login and password in Ruzuku.)