2014 Spring Retreat - March 29 - 30
Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon SK
The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association's 2014 Spring Retreat was held in Saskatoon on March 29th and 30th at the Park Town Hotel. The theme this year was Rock 'n' Roll…some participants even thought to wear their favorite band's t-shirt. The decorations and the photo booth in the conference room definitely made everyone feel like a rock star.
Participants began the conference with a welcome luncheon, followed by an enlightening presentation, by Tracy Friesen, titled "How Thoughts and Rocks Can Keep You Rolling in the Present."
Tracy Friesen is a Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner. Tracy shared her experiences and her positive energy with a message that focused on "our thoughts are what create our world…in a world where there are a lot of additives…sometimes we need a little help to get us back on our path."
Tracy was kind enough to give each participant a clear quartz crystal and a book mark. Tracy is the author of the book ‘Ride the Waves.'
Later on in the day caregivers learned about resources from a discussion with a panel of ABI professionals.
They had the great fortune to learn from Cathy Deneiko from Cognitive Disabilities, Scott Heil and Rob Jameson from the Central ABI team in Saskatoon, and Sandy Millar from SAC Community Support Services.
Meanwhile, other retreat participants heard a touching Personal Story from Melanie Leis. The group then went on to make a musical shaker out of craft materials.
After supper the participants danced and grooved to the rockin' sounds of singer/guitarist Dale Swistun. Laughter and joy filled the room all evening as people danced, played games to win prizes, or they relaxed and visited with new and old friends. The smiles in the room were absolutely contagious as friends cheered one another on games, like the pop bottle ring toss.
The next day delivered a new skiff of snow on the ground, but that didn't stop the participants from sharing wonderful smiles and rock star hearts.
Caregivers listened to Darren Ziegler from Scotia Bank discuss Financial Planning and the Registered Disability Savings Plan. At the same time, participants could listen to a presentation about Rockin' Relationships from SBIA's own Social Worker, Robin Treso.
She discussed the characteristics of a healthy and unhealthy relationship, and the importance of clear communication.
Robin's main message was about unconditional love and how people at the conference truly are experts at exemplifying unconditional love to the rest of the world.
Following the morning presentations, the group participated with Kelly Duncalfe-Baker in an Adapted Jazzercise Fitness session that got everyone moving and shaking before lunch.
The Rock 'n' Roll Spring Retreat 2014 was a true celebration of fun, friends, and...AMAZING people!
Register for this year's Retreat