Wider Lens Renewal Retreats -- Arizona 2022

Wider Lens Renewal Retreats -- Arizona 2022

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$0 – $1,300


Franciscan Renewal Center Lane

Franciscan Renewal Center Lane

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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A chance for parents of gender questioning teens and young adults to take time for themselves to renew and get support.

About this event

Our retreats offer a unique and transformative opportunity for parents to take time for themselves and prioritize their own mental health. They allow you to build connections with other parents who ‘get it,’ take intimate workshops with Stella, Lisa, and Sasha, and commune in a beautiful, tranquil environment. This time will help you deepen your understanding of your child’s distress and develop your parenting skills…and also have some fun!

Each retreat is uniquely tailored to its attendees, so the workshops are slightly different every time.

Come and:

  • Discover opportunities for growth amidst difficult parenting challenges
  • Balance your own needs with the needs of your child
  • Allow yourself to feel and express any and all emotions (including difficult ones like grief and rage)
  • Work through guilt: you are not a bad parent!
  • Find self-acceptance and self-forgiveness
  • Reconnect with your sense of agency and parental authority
  • Learn to set boundaries with your child
  • Discuss your situation in small groups based on the age and sex of your child
  • Find support and acceptance among like-minded parents
  • Share some laughs

Foundations Retreat:

If you’ve never been to a Wider Lens Retreat, start here.

This is the first stop where you will get the opportunity to share your story and receive support. Foundation sessions revolve around important basic concepts that all parents of gender questioning kids should understand. You’ll work through all the complex emotions associated with parenting a gender-questioning child and learn about parental authority, guiding with love and structure, and reinvesting in your own life. This is a transformative and powerful opportunity to meet and develop deep friendships with other parents who understand your struggle.

Advanced Retreat:

If you’ve attended an event in the past, join this retreat. This is a chance to reconnect with old friends and go deeper. Building upon foundations, this retreat will help you expand your inner resources and focus on your personal development. Highly tailored, the participants will provide direct input in the design of the sessions through a needs form sent out 6 weeks before the retreat. With this feedback, focused sessions will address specific parenting scenarios through expert consultation, live demonstrations, role playing, and in-depth presentations. Come access the wisdom of the group to workshop your trickiest problems, and help you better understand and resolve specific challenges. We’ll equip you to manage your thorniest difficulties including interaction with your child, medical personal, schools, etc.

About the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona

The 25-acre center features comfortable guest rooms, delicious meals, and beautiful grounds in the peaceful Arizona desert. This location, in the most desirable zip code of Paradise Valley, is accessible to Phoenix and Scottsdale. Incredible mountain views, desert air, and warm sunshine will offer a chance to escape into tranquility and rejuvenation. Amenities include a pool, spa, and outdoor barbecue. The stone labyrinth and meditative healing garden offer moments of reflection in the natural landscape. The beautiful stained-glass meditation room will be the setting of some of our small groups. Excellent hiking and golf are nearby and we’re only 20 min from Sky Harbor, our major international airport.

Retreat Dates & Prices (includes meals, snacks, and overnight accommodations on property)

Foundations - For New Parents

Sunday, October 30 - Wednesday, November 2, 2022




$2400 w/ Early Bird Discount


$2500 per person

$2100 per person w/Early Bird Discount

Advanced- For Parents Who Attended Our March, 2022 Retreat

Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4, 2022




$1700 w/ Early Bird Discount


$1800 per person

$1600 per person w/Early Bird Discount

Foundations + Advanced - For Parents Who Want to Do Both Retreats

Sunday, October 30 - Friday, November 4, 2022



$3650 w/ Early Bird Discount


$3700 per person

$3500 per person w/ Early Bird Discount


Program Overview (Foundations)

We build our sessions based on the registration questions submitted by attendees, so they are usually a bit different every time. In our first March retreat, for example, we opened with a "tell your story" session with all participants on the first night. Then each subsequent day included a whole-group plenary session lead by Sasha, Lisa, and Stella, followed by a whole-group Q&A. After lunch we split up into small groups based on the child's age and/or sex and went over specific topics such as:

- Everything You Want to Say, But Can't

- Growth Through Difficulty

- Holding the Tension of the Opposites

- Looking Ahead & the Return to your ROGD Child

In March we had morning yoga , social events every night, afternoon whole-group Q&As and of course, all sessions were optional/come-and-go format. In Arizona we will likely have morning yoga and some other fun optional activities. There will also be plenty of time for resting, socializing, and taking advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings.

What Previous Participants Have to Say

"What a gift to spend time in person with three of the wisest and most courageous women on the planet. I am also so grateful for the friendships formed and the support from the other parents."

"The Wider Lens Renewal Retreat was an amazing opportunity for me to meet with other parents experiencing similar situations with their gender questioning children. Sasha, Stella, and Lisa were a source of strength, knowledge, and wisdom that I believe will really help our family and our daughter in the years to come. The three days I have spent here have brought both perspective and calm for me. I would highly recommend the retreat to other parents. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

"This was a “must have” experience and worth every penny. If you are going through this and feel hopeless, prepare to be transformed."

"The retreat was a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded parents and feel a sense of community. Most importantly, receiving in-person guidance and feedback from Sasha, Lisa, and Stella was truly invaluable. I am so thankful to have participated in this retreat. And leave with a renewed sense of hope."

"The Wider Lens Retreat was an amazing experience. I am so thankful to have spent time with Stella, Sasha, and Lisa. I finally feel I have the support of parents and therapists and am no longer alone."

"This experience was transformative for me as a mother, and as a human being. I feel so supported, guided, and grounded. What and incredible gift!"

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