HEART Retreat


Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 HEART Retreat in Branson, MO.

Intimate setting (3-6 female participants) for sexual assault victims

When: March 2-6 (5 days, 4 nights)

Where: Table Rock Lake in Branson

Cost: $100 refundable deposit

For more information about this session, contact us.

For more info about the program, visit the HEART website at h-e-a-r-t.org

If you would like to apply for the retreat, please print the Participant Application

The mission of H-E-A-R-T (Hope Exists After Rape Trauma) is to provide HOPE for victims of sexual assault through the provision of essential and therapeutic support, by affecting positive change in laws influencing their lives, and by educating both the public and professionals commissioned to serve victims. H-E-A-R-T promotes victim empowerment and encourages the public to have a greater understanding of and respect for sexual assault victims.

H-E-A-R-T’s Victim To Victim Retreats have become one of the core programs of the organization. Several years ago Debbie Smith was led to plan and offer retreats for victims of sexual assault to encourage them on their path to healing and to speak out about their experiences, ultimately to help other victims. A steering committee was selected to meet on a monthly basis, which they did for a period of three years, to develop the retreat guidelines and teaching curriculum. The core teaching was refined, adding activities and games to enhance each segment of the curriculum. Participants in the retreat must have the recommendation of their counselor and for each three team members (victims), there is a coach to work more closely with them daily to process the teaching, process journal writing activities, and to follow up with them on a regular basis after the initial phase of the retreat.