Thank you to all of you for the sacrifices you make serving in our U.S. Military. We are 603698_10151603057814444_905096869_nhonored that you will be attending a Project Sanctuary retreat. Our hope for you during retreat week is that you feel empowered and reconnected to your family.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  Click here for a printable list of frequently asked questions and answers about the retreats.


A $100 commitment fee via check is required to secure your family’s retreat date. The original, un-cashed check will be returned to you at your retreat. We are unable to confirm and hold your retreat spot until the commitment fee is received.

If you cancel less than four weeks before your retreat date, or are a no-show for your scheduled retreat, you will be ineligible for another retreat for two years, and your check will be cashed with the funds allocated toward program costs.


  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Activities and needed equipment, including helmets
  • Family portraits

If you have any needs during the retreat like prescriptions or special supplies, or absolutely must buy that souvenir or t-shirt, then you must pay for that on your own.


Each family gets their own cabin, lodge room, or duplex. Lodging includes:

  • Linens and blankets
  • Running water and heat


All classes and workshops are mandatory. Each full day of the retreat has one class per day. Topics include a healthy marriage workshop, First Command Financial Services’ “Money Matters, Family Matters” workshop, and a “Field Guide to PTS and Military Families” class hosted by licensed counselors from Project Sanctuary. Classes are interactive and fast-paced; there will be no death by PowerPoint!

All recreation activities are optional and offer something for everyone. This includes those with disabilities, however ADA-accessibility can vary by venue. Recreation activities vary by season and location. Each full day of the retreat involves at least one recreation activity. Some activities you may enjoy include:

  • Outdoor: Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing, zip lines, ropes courses
  • Indoor: Swimming, bowling, foam pits/gymnastics rooms

While we take the education and therapeutic aspects of retreats seriously, we also want you to have fun! Our goal for the week is for you to bond with your family, make lasting memories, and feel empowered with the tools to thrive as a family unit.


Our Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) have built age-appropriate curriculums for teens and youth that mirror adult classes. While you’re in class, kids will be doing activities like art therapy, goal-setting, and just as importantly, having fun.

If children are too young to participate in recreation activities (for example, snowmobiling), our fantastic volunteers will help out during those times.


What happens at a Project Sanctuary retreat stays at a Project Sanctuary retreat. We have no chain-of-command reporting and receive no federal funding.

Licensed counselors, social workers, and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) are all bound by law to keep client information and interactions. All volunteers are made aware of our confidentiality policy and receive a background check before attending a retreat.

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