9/4/2017 - Announcement - Due to a variety of reasons, the 2017 Healing Vicarious Trauma Weekend Retreat has been cancelled. We hope to resume in 2018. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on that.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to being of service again in this capacity.
In the meantime we are still offering Reiki Courses, Private Sessions, and Align & Thrive™: VIP's Energy Alignment Mentoring Program. Make sure to check those out if you feel called to do work with us.
"Thank you for putting together and presenting this workshop. I would say it’s probably
the most important topic for our interpreting community." - 2015 Retreat Participant
Each year we host one Retreat Weekend where
ASL-English and C/DI Interpreters can learn about Vicarious Trauma,
how it impacts them individually and as a profession AND
you gain tools on how to heal it in a wholistic way.
The 2017 Healing Vicarious Trauma Weekend Retreat (in ASL)
for Interpreters will be taking Registrations and Sponsorships starting March 2017!!!
NOTE: This retreat is conducted in ASL only. No interpretation is provided.
Only those fluent in ASL and willing to honor Signing-only space should attend.
November 10th - 12th, 2017
Friday, 11/10, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, 11/11 & Sunday, 11/12, 9am - 5pm
American Mountaineering Center (AMC)
710 10th St
Golden, CO 80401
Early Bird - before 4/30/17
Regular - 5/1/17 - 8/30/17
Late Registration - 9/1/17 - 10/31/17
Note: Due to the space and nature of the information, this Retreat maxes out at 35 Participants. Registration will close at 35 participants or on 10/31/17 - whichever comes first.
This is a weekend is conducted entirely in ASL for those who work as:
Interpreters (hearing, Deaf or coda/IDP),
- who work in any setting: educational, community, freelance, staff interpreters, Mental Health, VRS, Medical, Legal, and any others.
- who are considering leaving the field
- who are feeling burned out, overwhelmed or exhausted by their work
This Retreat is planned very intentionally right down to each detail. From the information, how it's presented,
to the food, the Self-care Services, the location, the date....everything!
Food: Lunches are included in your Registration (Saturday & Sunday lunch) and snacks and refreshments Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the breaks. All of the food provided is Gluten-Free and mostly Dairy Free. We make sure that everything we serve is delicious and nutritious! If you have any additional food sensitivities, allergies or preferences, you will be able to note these on your Registration Form.
Location: Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the American Mountaineering Center is wheelchair accessible and conveniently has their own parking lot. There are several hotels and B&B's within just a few minutes walking distance of the AMC - see Travel & Lodging below. There is a lovely park across the street with Clear Creek running through it. The main street, Washington Avenue, has lots of local shops and restaurants for you to enjoy just a couple of blocks away from the AMC! To see more about great adventures you can enjoy in Golden, Colorado, click here.
Please read carefully! Travel & Lodging: All Travel and Lodging arrangements are left up to the attendee. Lodging is NOT included in your Registration. Golden, CO is located roughly about 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (Airport code: DEN). Please arrange your own shuttle via your hotel, or use companies like Uber/Lyft or Super Shuttle: http://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/DENAirportShuttleDenver.aspx.
There are a variety of lodging options within walking distance of the AMC in downtown Golden. We have a group code for Table Mountain Inn with a discount for all attendees. Click here to download the details on how to reserve with the discounted code. You can also check out local B&B's as well: The Dove Inn and Pansy's Parlor Bed & Breakfast. Others include The Golden Hotel and The Silk Pin Cushion.
An important note for ALL attendees:
We encourage ALL attendees to arrive Thursday night at the latest, to have time to get acclimated to the altitude and make sure to avoid any inclement weather that may happen. In order to receive any of the CEUs provided you must be present for the *entire* workshop. This means you are present Friday at the start of the workshop (1pm) until Sunday at 5pm. Plus we want to make sure you get the most of the workshop!
Weather and Altitude Disclaimer: Keep in mind that Colorado weather can be unpredictable, particularly during November. Bring lots of layers, and give yourself plenty of cushion time to travel to Denver. We recommend planning to arrive on Thursday night at the latest to prevent any delays or loss in CEUs. Additionally, drinking lots of water and electrolytes before and during your trip can help with keeping you hydrated. Make sure to bring lotion, lip balm and stacks to help with the altitude acclimation as well.
CEUs: 2.0 Continuous PS CEUs are offered for this Weekend Retreat through RID. Meaning YOU MUST BE PRESENT THE ENTIRE TIME (1pm Friday - 5pm Sunday) in order to receive the CEUs. They are NOT broken down into days. Check-in opens at 12:15pm on Friday and 8:30am on Saturday and Sunday.
With more activities in the works, there will be additional options for CEU's as those activities are arranged. These will be announced as they are confirmed to those who are registered.
In the past, Self-Care services have included: Massage, Tapping (EFT), Energy Healing (Reiki and/or other modalities) and Talk Therapy. These trauma-informed trained professionals are all located on-site and are available for your support and healing process during the retreat.
Self-Care Services are an inclusive service and are provided at no additional out-of-pocket costs to you!*
We have also offered on-site activities as well (Museum Tour & possibly Rock Climbing, yoga classes, etc.) for additional CEUs.
Read FAQ's and all about the 2017 Self Care services and the Practitioners here!
"This was so uplifting. This was by far the most helpful and inspiring workshop I've ever attended! Offer more like this to heal our interpreting/Deaf Community!" - 2015 Retreat Participant
ML Ruiz-Williams, CI, CRMT
Staff Sign Language Interpreter at the Mental Health Center of Denver
ML Ruiz-Williams has been working as a professional sign language interpreter for 11.5 of the past 14 years. ML stepped out of interpreting after 1.5 years due to significant burn-out that led to a hospitalization. After taking two years to heal, returned to interpreting. In doing so, became a Mental Health Interpreter, specializing in community mental health, for well over 7 years. In the Spring of 2013, ML was lead to step away again. This time, seeking alternative and holistic ways to relieve the numbing grief, sadness and depression that comes from many years of exposure to Vicarious Trauma. As someone who “Feels their way through the world” ML sought to find a way to not be completely shut down and disconnect from the heart and empathy all together. In the pursuit of self-care and healing, ML became a Certified Reiki Master Teacher (CRMT) and was led back to this field, once again. This time, to promote and co-create healing for our healers, our service providers, our INTERPRETERS. To create a space where the secret-keepers are encouraged to begin the journey of healing. Join us. Take your place in the new movement, the new revolution, one that begins…with LOVE, Self-LOVE, and Self-Care.
ashley koe, Energy Intuitive, Alignment Coach & CRMT
Founder of VIP Holistic Services
ashley’s deep inner knowing of ‘everything happens for a reason’ couldn’t be ignored despite the daily experiences she witnessed for years while working in fields of trauma, heartbreak, suffering and oppression. This incongruence fueled her desire to find more answers and after years of studying and practicing holistic approaches, she now specializes in bridging the human experiences with the spiritual lessons through connection, compassion and empowering others to trust their inner guidance. She feels the most joy in her work when people work through blocks. This feeling is like no other when the weight is lifted, illuminating their aligned self. ashley has applied her unique approach using Energy Medicine to lessen the symptoms of Vicarious Trauma for countless service providers throughout the nation.
What others have experienced
"The hosts were amazing at setting up a safe space and maintaining it throughout. They do things intentionally with all their decisions and it makes the event that much more special and cohesive."
I've been an interpreter for 14 years. I've done freelancing, interpreter coordinating, and vocational rehab work. I attended this workshop last year in the middle of work, a 2 year old boy, and my father being diagnosed with cancer and dying. Needless to say, in a little stressful time. I'll also start by saying that on personality profiles I am a "thinker" not a "feeler". That being said this workshop was tremendous.
As interpreters we tend to be relatively isolated and often better at putting others before ourselves. The hosts were amazing at setting up a safe space and maintaining it throughout. So much self discovery to be made. They do things intentionally with all their decisions and it makes the event that much more special and cohesive. My favorite activity was a special timeline we made that really helped identify stressors, VT, and injury as well as counseling and massage.
I use my knowledge from this workshop often in making work decisions and taking care of myself. It was absolutely THE BEST workshop I had ever been to. Thank you guys for such a wonderful experience.
"I continue to practice self-care learned at the retreat and as a result
my job satisfaction and performance have improved greatly."
The presenters of the Healing Vicarious Trauma Retreat took me on a journey of self-discovery and introduced a variety of healing techniques and strategies. I left feeling cleansed, with a renewed sense of purpose. I continue to practice self-care learned at the retreat and as a result my job satisfaction and performance have improved greatly. I highly recommend the workshop!
Authorization: Educational Interpreter (A:EI)
"The entire weekend was a pivotal moment in my career and one of the best things I have ever done as an Interpreter."
"I adored the Healing Vicarious Trauma Retreat for so many reasons. Vicarious Trauma is one of those subjects that can be overwhelming, triggering, and ignored until it becomes an un-ignorable. I left this workshop on both days feeling whole and invigorated, not something I was expecting when you're delving into such a deep and important topic.
The biggest and most life-changing aspect of this weekend was learning about the different kinds/stages of Vicarious Trauma. I had no idea that I was dealing with 'compassion fatigue.' Knowing that there was such a thing AND learning how to cope with healing that part of my professional career was... liberating. Armed with this new and empowering information is what gave me the ability to do an EVEN better job as an interpreter and global citizen AND take care of myself more fully.
I can't thank everyone at the Retreat enough for holding such an invigorating space for me (facilitators, participants, practitioners). The self-care services provided were top-notch and allowed me to integrate what I was learning - instantly. The entire weekend was a pivotal moment in my career and one of the best things I have ever done as an Interpreter. Thank you ashley & ML - your care and devotion have made more of an impact than I could ever put into words."
Shannon Townsend, A:EI & NIC
Owner, Townsend Interpreting Services
We'd like to thank the incredible sponsors who have helped us make this 4th Annual even happen!
We appreciate all of your support and collaboration in making our community more healthy, whole and thriving.
If you are interested in becoming an official Sponsor for the 2017 Healing Vicarious Trauma Weekend Retreat, please contact our office here.
When you become a Sponsor, you have the opportunity to send one or two participants - or you can donate those as scholarships.
2016 Sponsors Included:
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The final fine print
Return and Cancellation Policy: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, your registration is 100% transferable to other participants; be sure to communicate with the planning committee (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) if you intend to transfer it to a new person. If your registration is an Alumni registration, then the person taking over your Registration will be responsible for paying the difference of the current Registration Rate (when you have let the committee know about the Registration Transfer). No refunds are given.
Accommodations/Accessibility: All reasonable requests for accommodations will be considered, and there is a specific section in our registration form devoted to collecting this information. If you have questions, please contact us directly (email@example.com).
Please note diluted essential oils will be used in the room where the Self Care Services will be. The building is wheelchair accessible.
Gender-Neutral Bathroom: There will be a gender-neutral bathroom available at all times at American Mountaineering Center during the retreat.