recovery weeks

Recovery Week

Recovery Week is a holistic experience designed to create a relational, healing space for survivors to explore and engage the impact of their stories of sexual abuse. These six-day intensive workshops led by Dr. Dan Allender encourage participants toward a deep engagement of the psychological, spiritual, biological, and social aspects of both the personal and collective experience of trauma and abuse.

Recovery Week offers a kind, nurturing environment for participants to engage this sacred, healing work away from everyday distractions and in the context of relationship with other survivors. The week provides teaching and discussion with Dr. Dan Allender extending from his work in the book The Wounded Heart, narrative-focused group work facilitated by Dr. Allender in which past abuse and its effects can be discussed with others sharing similar stories and struggles, and daily individual sessions with an Allender Center trained facilitator.

With groups limited to 15 participants of the same gender, we offer both Women’s and Men’s Recovery Weeks. These six-day intensive workshops are a time to reflect on how abuse has shaped your life. The issues considered are betrayal, powerlessness, ambivalence, and how the gospel frees us to trust, dream, and embrace life. You will be invited to engage the profound brokenness of your heartache all the while learning to love your own story.


Recovery Week participants are required to attend a Healing the Wounded Heart conferencedownload audio from a past Healing the Wounded Heart conference, or complete the Healing the Wounded Heart online course. Having an experience of this material allows participants to dive into the Recovery Week with a shared understanding of some of the language, categories, and themes that will be engaged in depth during the workshop.

Workshop Details & Application Process