Sunlight Retreats For Survivors of Rape Testimonials

I cannot express the gratitude I have. This retreat was life changing for so many of us. To have a safe place to grow, connect, and find the tools necessary to cope. You helped to change not only my life but so many others. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

”Thank you so much for donating and making this retreat possible for survivors like myself. Being around other women that have been through similar things… There’s no words to describe how much healing is possible through connecting with other strong women. This retreat changed my life. Thank you!!”

”Thank you so much for caring about my healing! This is the very first time I’ve sought group treatment, and it was extremely helpful. I finally feel like I am not alone with what happened to me. This has been an incredibly healthy and healing weekend, and I could not have been here without you. Thank you so much!”

”Thank you so very much for your generosity and support in making Sunlight Retreat happen. I never thought I would have a safe space to connect with other people who have been through similar trauma, who could see me/hear me and lift me up. I gained valuable tools here as well as did some beautiful healing with other beautiful survivors.”

”Thank you for this life changing opportunity. I have been so lucky in so many ways. This weekend has been a gift and a balm. It is a very special thing to gather with people who have struggled with similar traumas to one’s own. It is helpful because I got a chance to see so many strong, potent, and courageous women. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making this possible for all of us.”

”Thank you SO MUCH for making the Sunlight Retreat possible. Wow, what an exceptionally healing experience. It was such an absolute gift to receive knowledge on trauma and training processing in such a lovely, tranquil environment. On top of that, to be surrounded by people who have experienced similar traumas, gave us the opportunity to heal collectively and connect with other survivors and advocates. Thank you!”

”The acupuncture, NET, and educational lectures are something I’ll keep for a lifetime. My favorite quote is, “If it’s not in your bucket, fuck it.” Love to all…
To all the donors and all the brave women who attended… this weekend was such a blessing; I feel like I got a year of therapy in just one day!”

”I’ve gone through a great deal of work, hard work, to heal already but this weekend helped push me forward that much more AND inspired me to my future. I was at a place where I was ready for it and this retreat, the people here and the variety of activity and learning, have given me that next step in my life. I’m so excited! The extra icing on this has been the incredible and genuine care and love from every single volunteer who gave of their time and their heart to make us all feel very taken care of and valued. Thank you!!!”

”I loved it! It was amazing and I feel hopeful instead of hopeless for the first time in almost nine years!”

“It was a beautiful experience and I am glad I got to spend it with such amazing women. It fills my heart to know there are such good souls out in the world willing to listened and be there when I need it. I will cherish these memories forever!”

“Words cannot express how healing and helpful this retreat has been. It broke down walls and old beliefs of worthlessness I felt. Thank you for your donation and please know it had a huge impact.”

“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. Britt is a beautiful woman with a heart, soul and mind that can and is moving mountains. Dr. Shiva is a force to reckon with and I know she is just getting started. The women this retreat brings together are wonder women in my eyes, true fighters and survivors. So, thank you truly for everything.”

“Thank you for caring about our healing! This was an extraordinary experience-much needed healing time doing self-care and learning to overcome PTSD. I hope these retreats continue to help the community heal and those impacted by sexual abuse and rape. Retreats help us see that we are not alone!”

“Thank you for helping me in this journey. This retreat has definitely impacted my life. It was a short weekend but it was still full of love and support. This really helped me understand my PTSD and that it is temporary.”

“It was important and very beneficial for me to get the chance to attend the retreat, I would hope every survivor gets the chance to attend something similar and learn about what was taught here.”

“For me, for us, a retreat like this makes the healing process easier. We are strong, we are able, you have made this even more obvious to us. I could go on all day about this. Thank you for seeing the power in donation. I am one step closer to having my power back.”

“I don’t know you and you don’t know me but it means a lot for me to have your support of my healing. I know this retreat has been a great help and I know it is what survivors need and have been hoping for. In the future, I look forward to even more healing for others.”

“I want to be just like you when I grow up (Dr. Shiva Ghaed) You have given me hope and the feeling of the first part of healing that I NEVER have received from my shrink or any other doctors! I no longer (mostly) have the feeling that I am broken and crazy. Thank you for your eye opening, strong and inspiring words. You are a rockstar!”

“Thank you so much for your understanding and support. Retreats like the one Brittany has organized is rare—-rare to the point I flew in from Boston to be present. The company of others who understand my trauma was invaluable to my healing. We can go contribute positively to the world because of your positive contribution to it, and to us.
— Sunlight Retreats San Diego participants via anonymous survey
Your generosity saved lives this weekend. Your consideration and thoughtful gift was an integral component of my healing journey. I have a five-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. Before this retreat, I sincerely believed I wouldn’t be alive to see my babies grow up and have babies of their own. I believed my husband would be better off marrying anyone else instead of me. I believed that I’m so damaged and broken, such a waste of time and space, I must be better off dead than alive. I believed the non-stop sounds of my rapists’ voices in my head calling me a whore, piece of shit, dirty, and gross. Because you opened your heart with your gift, I have taken my first leap towards life. Towards freedom. I actually made statements of love and hope. I will see my baby girl walk down the aisle. I will be around to raise my son to be a loving, kind, and respectful man. My life feels like a thunderstorm and I am constantly drowning in the floods of fear and despair. Sunlight Retreats allowed me to see a rainbow off in the distance. That rainbow is love and life. Thank you. I will pay your gift forward. I will give to Sunlight and help wherever I’m needed. I am striving to love me. Thank you for loving me with your gift so I may learn how to love and honor myself again.
— Team 3 Survivor