Frequently Asked Questions
The Haven Retreat is a psychoeducational program for adult female survivors of childhood/adolescent sexual abuse which occurred at or before the age of 18. The retreat consists of a 4-day in-person experience followed by a self-directed online course. The purpose of The Haven Retreat is to create an opportunity for survivors to build community, provide education related to the effects of childhood sexual trauma, and facilitate experiential activities to address the impacts of trauma on the brain and body. Participation in the education and activities is optional but highly encouraged. Participants are not required to discuss their abuse.
This retreat is specifically designed to serve women who, despite their trauma, are functioning well across multiple areas of their lives. A prospective retreat participant may be working, raising a family, and contributing to her community. Despite these successes, she is still affected by what happened in her past. Due to the generosity of our founders and donors, the retreat is free. Participants are responsible for the costs of traveling to and from the retreat property.
The Haven Retreat is NOT a crisis intervention or treatment program and therapy is NOT provided. Each application is carefully screened to determine if the retreat is the right fit, or right timing, for an applicant. The Haven Retreat is not a replacement for therapeutic services. A Younique Foundation therapist or registered nurse may reach out to an applicant’s therapist or physician for a collateral contact to gather more information about the applicant’s readiness to attend the retreat.
If you would like further information, please contact Sarah Burton at (435) 271-9766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Younique Foundation defines child sexual abuse as forcing or coercing a child or adolescent into sexual activity. It is not restricted to physical contact and may include unhealthy sexual exposure, voyeurism, and child pornography.
Any adult woman who was sexually abused at or before age 18 is eligible to participate in The Haven Retreat. Participants must be able to safely live in a social environment for four days with a group of other survivors and abstain from drugs and alcohol without withdrawals. The retreat is specifically designed to serve women who experienced trauma but who are functioning well across multiple areas in their lives. They may be working, raising a family, and contributing to their community. Despite these successes, they are still affected, often deeply, by what happened in their past.
The Haven Retreat is not a crisis intervention program. We encourage women who are struggling with significant untreated mental health symptoms, active drug and alcohol addiction, or homelessness to seek professional help from other sources prior to applying.
When an application request is made via The Younique Foundation (TYF) website, the applicant will receive an email with a link to the application. Note: It may take a few months to receive the application link. Once the application is received and reviewed, TYF may contact the applicant to schedule a phone call with one of the intake coordinators, TYF clinicians, or nurses to obtain more information as needed. Once the application is accepted, the applicant will receive an email from The Younique Foundation staff about scheduling the retreat. Note: This entire process will vary depending on the waitlist, availability, and specified time-frame of the applicant.
Every day, participants can choose to participate in a variety of activities designed to meet three objectives:
1) Education: Courses are available that help survivors understand the impact of trauma, develop strategies to heal from trauma, and use tools to overcome self-defeating and unhealthy behaviors.
2) Experience: The Haven Retreat provides experiential activities that address the effects of trauma on the brain and body. These include yoga, Muay Thai, and mindfulness activities.
3) Community: The Haven Retreat offers a space for developing a community with other survivors. Feelings of support, validation, and understanding are invaluable to healing from trauma.
All activities are optional but highly encouraged. Participants are not required to discuss the details of their abuse.
The online course builds on the experiences you have during the in-person portion of retreat. The online course has two main elements.
1) Self-directed courses: These courses are designed to deepen your understanding of healing topics and give you opportunities to apply healing tools in your day-to-day life.
2) Live classes: These classes give you an opportunity to both deepen your knowledge and continue connecting with a supportive community of other survivors who are participating in retreat.
Yes. You will be sharing a room with 2–3 other participants. We make every effort to ensure each room has comfortable space and access to a nearby bathroom.
No. We do not allow emotional support, comfort, or companion animals at the retreat locations. The Younique Foundation permits service dogs that are trained to perform a specific task for the benefit of a disabled person. For further information about our service animal policy, please speak with our intake team once your application has been processed.
No. We will never ask you to share the story of your abuse at any point. Some participants may choose to share, but it is completely up to each individual.