Fellowship of the Spirit West
“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.
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When is the retreat?
The retreat is annually held on Labor Day weekend with registration opening at 4pm Friday and concluding 12pm Sunday.
Where is the retreat?
The retreat is located in Sierra Madre, CA at the Mater Dolorosa Monastery.
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 a single 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 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 please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, we are providing food and would not want there to be any issues.