The Adult Retreat

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The Adult Retreat provides a survivor-driven program allowing the opportunity for approximately 20 adult burn survivors to learn about their healing process and their journey as a burn survivor. This program is for adult burn survivors 21+ and is an intensive weekend, developed by burn survivors for burn survivors. It will include workshops, support groups and promotes healing, self-discovery and socialization. The weekend is fully staffed with AARBF personnel, fully screened volunteers and mental health professionals.

The Adult Retreat provides:

  • A safe place for burn-injured adults to get away from the stares and unwanted attention associated with being burned;
  • A loving and supportive family atmosphere that helps soothe the potentially devastating emotional and physical pain of a burn injury;
  • An opportunity to meet others who have been through a similar experience and to be a part of new and challenging activities together; and
  • A program that ensures that adult burn survivors have a great time!

“I am so glad that AARBF now offers a retreat for all of the survivors that end up aging out of Champ Camp. It helps to make new friends and keep in touch with old friends. I had a great weekend creating new memories,” —Angel C., Age 26

The Adult Retreat begins on Friday evening and continues until Monday afternoon. All meals are provided. A $25 per person fee may be required for this event. Please note: the location has a hilly terrain. Accommodations can be made by contacting AARBF prior to the weekend with your specific needs.

Packing List:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • WARM and comfortable clothes (4 days, 3 nights)
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear (umbrella, poncho)
  • Bath towel
  • Flashlight
  • Comfortable shoes for walking and hiking, possibly in dirt & mud
  • Personal hygiene items (tooth paste and brush, deodorant, shampoo)
  • ID (Either government issued or school)

The retreat is on the coast and can experience inclement weather with cool temps in the evenings and night.


  • Self
  • Carpool
  • Contact AARBF one month prior for other arrangements

Participants – Please use the link below to register. After creating an account or logging into your existing account, click “Register for a New Session,” then select Retreat Participant 2024.

For Volunteers – You will use the same link, click “Register for a New Session,” then select Retreat Staff 2024.

AARBF’s Virtual Adult Retreat

February 9 – 12, 2021 

*For more information on the Retreat, contact McKenzie Dern at (559) 286-0710 ext. 15  or