WHY SUNLIGHT RETREATS?
Our Belief: The phone and online are naturally impersonal—sexual trauma can only be supported and healing can begin when people are brought together to address the unique symptoms of trauma, human to human.
Sunlight Retreats helps Survivors shine with an accelerated healing experience for survivors of rape through safe and healthy retreats where we come together to learn, grow and heal in a serene environment through guided sessions facilitated by trauma care specialists based on scientific research. Watch us shine.
"Circle of healing and light. Our feet ground us, support us and take us into our new futures. An unlikely sisterhood. We come from varied upbringings, socioeconomic status and professional backgrounds... but the thing that brings us together is the trauma of Rape. We came from all over the country to Sunlight Retreat to continue heal ourselves & in the process bonded as sisters. The weekend wasn't slumber parties and pillow fights... it was hard work. Therapy. Release. Bonding. Learning. Understanding. Uplifting. Sharing. Embracing. Crying. Letting go. Taking back our voices. We were victims of Rape / Sexual Assault / Molestation but that DOES NOT define us. It wasn't our fault. We didn't rape ourselves. But we can, and will, choose to heal ourselves. To press forward in strength. To fight for life & healing & happiness. We are warriors. We do not fight alone. Out of violence we rise. We will uplift those around us light & love & healing. We are stronger together. Never underestimate the power of a woman & respect the tribe. Thank you to our fearless leader and everyone who sponsored, donated, volunteered and attended. I am better because I know you. ❤ "
By Rabeka Harrison, Survivor, Activist and Sunlight Team Two Alumni
"Expressed with gratitude from the bottom of my heart for this soul shifting experience. Sunlight Retreat 2018, the weekend the lives of 15 women radically changed. The retreat doesn’t only reach this weekend, it reaches an entire lifetime. I have been hiding under a blanket of shame, and terror and loneliness for years but being afforded the opportunity to be at this retreat has altered my reality."
- Sunlight Retreats Team One Participant, San Diego 2018