Programming Connection

Weekend Wellness Retreats 

Positive Women's Network (PWN)
British Columbia
2011

What is the program?

The Weekend Wellness Retreats are a way for women living with HIV from across British Columbia to come together over three days in a safe and confidential environment to recharge, learn more about HIV, form friendships, talk about struggles and celebrate successes with others. The goal of the program is to improve the mental, emotional and physical health of women living with HIV by facilitating a break from social stigma and isolation and creating a peer support network.

By offering an opportunity to leave home and participate in workshops on health and wellness, which are often facilitated by experts from various disciplines (massage therapists, HIV specialists, Aboriginal elders and others), outdoor activities and informal conversations, the retreats serve as a vibrant and empowering break from the isolation commonly faced by many women living with HIV.