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 20 participants of the same gender, we offer both Women’s and Men’s Recovery Weeks. These 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.

Deeply life changing, the full impact of which is yet to be seen.” -Recovery Week Participant


Completing the Healing the Wounded Heart online course is required before arriving at Recovery Week. Our hope is that the course will foster categories and a shared language among the group that will deepen your experience. Individuals accepted into a Recovery Week will receive a discount code to access the course at no additional cost.

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The impact of what I learned and experienced at the Men’s Recovery Week is life changing. Even though I am still unpacking all that I learned, I can already see evidence through the peace of my spirit because of the ability to be kind to the child that was abused years ago. The large groups, small groups, 1:1 times with my facilitator, the interactions with other men participating in recovery, and the time given to practice, reflect, and exercise all played a vital part for the success of the week. The kindness received from the Recovery Week leaders, the staff… and the participants of the week is an example of God’s grace that He freely gives with unbound love and care.” -Recovery Week Participant