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Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center

7415 East Elbow Bend Road

Carefree, AZ 85377

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22q are in need of some major relaxation and time for YOU. We are so excited to offer the first The 22q Family Foundation Mom's Retreat: Finding YOU in the Midst of 22q. We will gather at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona June 15-17, 2018.

We all share a common bond, brought into this community by a loved one affected with 22q. Our journeys have been different, most challenging and unpredictable. But we all have experienced worry, heartache, sleepless nights, and busy days with our kids. This break is definitely something that all of us need. We all know how many hats you wear each and every day to care for yourself or a loved one with 22q. This weekend will be all about YOU! Many of us have an entire community of 22q moms we have connected with virtually or by phone, but have never met in person. Now is your chance to make those connections in person, share stories, and continue to build new relationships.


What's Included?

-Meals provided all weekend including a Mexican Flare Fiesta Dinner on Saturday night!

-Lodging from Friday June 15- Sunday June 17.

-Welcome Reception with Appetizers & Cocktails

-22q Swag Bags

-Official 22q Moms' Retreat Shirt

-Photography Session

-Outdoor Activities that include: hiking and swimming.

-Elective Pampering Sessions

-Yoga/Meditation (see details below)

-Healing Mandala Art (see details below)

Yoga/Meditation Sessions:

Join Kris to start the day with grace and gratitude at the beautiful Labyrinth at Spirit of the Desert as the sun rises. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Kris will lead a gentle, energizing physical Yoga practice to greet the sun, then with some simple instructions on meditation you can find a quiet seat to be still or walk the labyrinth in mindful meditation. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed.

Breakaway Yoga: Get back to you! Connect to that place of peace within you. Move, shift, and allow yourself to just be. Breakaway Yoga sessions will be guided for all levels of experience, so whether you have never done a Down Dog or done a thousand, take time out to move and connect with your breath. These will be slow flow Yoga sessions, focusing on safe alignment for your body, and creating a practice that you can take home with you.

Healing Mandalas/Group Mandala

Mandalas are an ancient tool used for creating balance, peace, healing and so much more. They are sacred circles, the word meaning “center” and the space within the circle considered sacred space. Michele will use her mandala expertise with us and share how they offer the power of healing.

In small group sessions Michele will be teaching you how to create mandalas for YOU—to center into your own needs and recharge and regenerate. Mandalas are circular, generally symmetrical designs, fun to draw and are amazingly powerful. We will be using colored markers and no previous experience is necessary. Mandala making is a tool you will learn and take with you to use anytime, any place. Michele have used them herself to heal and lift her energy and she continues to do so. Let’s play and heal with mandalas!

On Sunday morning let’s gather together and create a big community Nature Mandala. During your stay here, gather leaves, flowers, stones, sticks, rocks on the property—whatever speaks to you. Bring those natural items from home as well to our gathering on Sunday morning and we will have fun creating a big nature mandala together for peace in our lives and on the earth. They are awesome!

What will the room assignments be like?

There are two options available: Private rooms or shared rooms. A private room will consist of your own bed and own bathroom. A shared room will consist of having your OWN bed and sharing a room with up to 3 people in a room. By purchasing a shared room ticket, you are agreeing to share a room. Don't worry you'll be able to indicate a few poeple you would be willing to share with over the weekend.

Can I attend if I'm a local mom in Arizona but I don't need a room overnight?

Yes, you should select the Local Mom Ticket. You'll be charged for all of the other amenities, except for lodging. You'll be charged for dinner on that Friday, Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner on that Saturday, and Breakfast on that Sunday. You'll be able to participate in all of the retreat events and get all of the other perks the out-of-town moms will receive.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

-Local moms are encouraged to drive and carpool. There is free parking available!

-Transportation options to/from Spirit to
Sky Harbor Phoenix Airport – or - Gateway Mesa Airport
Spirit in the Desert does not have a transportation system. If you are flying in and not renting a
car, we have some selections for transport to/from the airports that our guests have used. Be advised that there
may be an up-charge from Gateway Mesa Airport—Allegiant Airlines—to the center. All of these carriers are licensed and bonded. You can book online or by phone and they take all credit cards.
*Always remember to confirm any online reservation by phone and email!

SUPERSHUTTLE 800-258-3826
$42 - $46 per person, $7 for each additional only if booked at the same time.
Takes all credit cards.

$80.00 flat rate for Town Car Up to 4 people with carry-on luggage or 3 people with checked luggage.
$90.00 SUV Up to 8 people (no luggage stipulation) They also have stretch limos for larger groups. Must
be made several days in advance for this service. Can book online but need to make sure to tell about this rate. Takes all credit cards.

Uber is very reasonable and on-time. You need to register online and then follow through. Allow about
15 minutes at the airport for it to arrive for last-minute calls. Our experience so far with reservations is on time-- fee ranges from $36 to $55 (not per person) per car ride.

SAM'S TRANS (602) 539-9000
$80.00 flat rate for up to 4 in the vehicle.
You can book online easily. Takes all credit cards.

$80.00 flat rate (Sedan) up to 4 people
$95.00 SUV flat rate up to 8 people
You can book online easily. Takes all credit cards.

RENTAL CARS: Phoenix Sky Harbor airport has every rental car company available. Make sure to reserve early as Jan – April is very busy and economy cars go very quickly. If you want to rent a car for a day or two in Carefree, Enterprise is local and a good deal. Call their local number which is (480) 575-6527. They’ll pick you up/drop off car at our center.

What can I bring into the event?

-Comfy attire for fitness sessions you may choose to participate in.

-A dressy outfit (whatever that means to you) for our Mexican Flare Fiesta Dinner night.

-A swimsuit

-Please bring sunscreen and will be pretty warm in Arizona!

-A bag of natural materials found around your yard and/or neighborhood to share in making the voluntary group mandala with Michele. Examples of items to bring include: (shells, flowers, pepples, sticks, flattened leaves, feathers)

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For ANY QUESTIONS please direct them to Lindsey Garcia either through email: or call the foundation line: 831-200-4227.

What's the refund policy?

We have a 60 day full-money back refund policy. We completely understand that things come up that may be hard to plan for etc. Unfortunately the system won't allow to check off a refund of 60 days; however, every participant will have till April 16, 2018 to cancel with a full refund. At that time, you will be refunded your money and your spot will be replaced with someone on the waiting list.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. At registration, you'll just need to provide your name.

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7415 East Elbow Bend Road

Carefree, AZ 85377

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