Living as a visually impaired woman comes with its own unique set of challenges, both physically and emotionally. Many of us choose to fully embody our role as caretakers, giving every ounce of ourselves to our children, families, careers and friends. Sometimes we need to take a moment, catch our breaths, and reconnect with ourselves.
The Oasis Center for Hope (OCH) was founded in 2014 by two passionate licensed clinical mental health counselors to offer support, education, and empowerment to individuals, families, and communities facing a loss. OCH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Becky Andrews, Director & Co-Founder of OCH is a LCMHC, FT specializing in grief and loss (death, disability, trauma, life changes, chronic illness, divorce, etc.) including individual, family and group therapy. Her personal experience as a blind wife, mother, marathoner, and therapist makes her an invaluable resource in helping women embrace their personal journey through vision loss.
A published author, Andrews’ book, “Look Up, Move Forward: My Journey of Losing Vision & Finding Resilience”, tells her own story of being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye condition, when she was just 18 years old. Becky’s remarkable story of living life to the fullest, illustrates her own courage, tenacity, and resiliency. It is because of her unique perspective on vision loss and her mental health background, that she has started retreats specifically aimed towards helping visually impaired women.
Why Attend A Retreat Specifically for Visually Impaired Women?
There are many reasons why attending a retreat can be beneficial. Becky and her team have painstakingly prepared a curriculum that is both comprehensive and enjoyable. Here are just a few of the reasons to attend these retreats:
- Thoughtful, research-based curriculum: The Daring Way & Rising Strong™ programs incorporate Brené Brown’s academic studies and outcomes on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Discover meaningful insights as you complete the work.
- Connection: Blindness is uncommon in America. Retreats bring together women facing challenges of living with vision loss while balancing the demands of family, friends, work and community. At the retreat, blindness becomes a common trait so participants can put away emotional armor and connect with peers without having to explain or educate on blindness.
- Support: Share the struggles and changes in your life; free from judgement. Build friendships and extend support to other women along this emotional, mental, and even physical journey.
- Professional Facilitators: Becky Andrews, LCMHC, who is blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa, Nicole Wall, LCMHC, a certified Brené Brown Daring Way & Rising Strong™ Facilitator, and Lisa Bradford, LCSW are engaging and experienced therapists who will compassionately lead you through tough discussions and activities.
- Quality Amenities: Delicious food, comfortable lodging, and reliable transportation are part of the program.
- Life-changing Experiences: The time spent at the retreat creates a lasting impact that will stay with you as you move forward in your life with family, friends, work and community.
When & Where?
Oasis Center for Hope is pleased to be hosting “two” retreats during the Summer of 2017:
1. Rising Strong in Your Story:
Open up to the stories we tell ourselves after we have fallen and gain an empowered outlook with the Rising Strong curriculum facilitated by Nicole Wall, LCMHC, CDWF. Connect with other women living with blindness and discover valuable tools to deal with loss and uncertainty, and develop shame resistance. Choose authenticity and write the ending to your story.
This dynamic program includes four nights lodging, all meals, and amazing activities including a ropes course, water activity, hiking, yoga, time for reflection, and the Rising Strong curriculum. This life-changing retreat will be held in Park City, Utah. June 21-25. $1,095 (Scholarships Available).
2. Daring to Own Your Story:
Begin your journey of wholehearted living with the Daring Way curriculum facilitated by Nicole Wall, LCMHC, CDWF. Specifically designed for women who are blind, visually impaired or have been diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, this retreat is an opportunity to form meaningful connections, while highlighting the importance of empathy and self-compassion. Participants will leave with empowering tools and new insight through the Brené Brown experiential activities. This retreat is a sacred time to truly own and celebrate who you are and your story.
Retreat attendees will stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Bountiful, Utah, and activities will take place at Becky’s home and office in Bountiful and a morning/lunch in Salt Lake City, Utah with a hike to Ensign Peak. All transportation while you are at the retreat will be provided. Lodging and some meals are not included in the retreat cost. The retreat size is limited to 10 to help create a valuable experience. August 10-13. $395.
Where to Get Additional Information:
For more information about these retreats or to inquire about scholarship opportunities, please visit: oasiscenterforhope.com/retreats/. You may also email Becky Andrews directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org and she will happily answer any of your questions.
To learn more about Becky Andrews, check out her personal blog, Blind Resilience, or purchase her book, “Look Up, Move Forward: My Journey of Losing Vision & Finding Resilience.”
Editor’s Note: This is not a paid sponsorship post for Oasis Center for Hope. Staying true to its mission, Blind Motherhood seeks to inform our readers about potential resources that may be beneficial for all blind/VI women.