Fellowship of the Spirit West
Due to the coronavirus and as Los Angeles continues to re-open, it is not yet clear how this year's retreat will look, but we do know that there will definitely be a FOTSW 2020 Retreat.
If not in person at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, then on Zoom or a similar platform, or perhaps a combination of both. The answer is in God's hands.
If you are already registered, please be assured that if the retreat is not held in person at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, your money will be refunded.
Retreat Flyer & Schedule
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You Asked, We Answered
When is the retreat?
The retreat is annually held on Labor Day weekend with registration opening at 4pm Friday and concluding 12pm Sunday.
Where can I register?
Just click the link above for the year you want to attend. On this site, we take Paypal and all majors credit cards. If paying with cash or check, download the flyer and mail it.
What is included in registration?
The retreat includes all meetings and workshops, your room with it’s own bathroom, all meals, coffee and tea, and a nifty badge.
Can I register for just one day?
No, this is full all-inclusive weekend, there are no day passes.
We asked everyone to be there no later than 730pm Friday night. Since this is a monastery, later check-ins are not possible.
When should I get there?
The Registration table at the retreat will open at 4pm on Friday. This is where, after having Pre-Registered, you will pick up your retreat packet (which will include a badge, a program, and some other fun things).
Will there be any other activities other than meetings and workshops?
Yes, there will be a few extra-curricular activities including fellowship, guided meditations and yoga. The rest you’ll have to see when you get there.
What should I bring with me?
A towel… Actually a Big Book, maybe a notebook and writing utensils, as this is a workshop weekend.
Also if you have any dietary restrictions or requirements, though we are providing food and will have a very generous spread, we would not want there to be any issues.
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you-until then. pg. 164
“Fellowship of the Spirit West” is a gathering of Alcoholics, Addicts, and Al-Anons who come together to celebrate recovery from alcoholism and addiction. To show others precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of the retreat. We have found the answer to questions that suffering men and women ask themselves: “What’s wrong with me?” and “What do I have to do?”
We are members of Anonymous groups that follow the 12 Step process outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. We want to make this particular retreat available to all who are interested in the plan of recovery described in our book. We’ve met annually since 2001 to provide an opportunity for men and women from all over the world to come together and share their experience, strength and hope.
Your Generosity Makes This Possible
If you would like to provide funding to help another attend Fellowship of the Spirit West, your contributions are greatly appreciated. You can donate any amount. This money goes directly to registration for others who are in need. Thank you.