2023 Held & Healed 
Online Retreat:

Rest, Regulate, and Reset

Ladies, you are invited to the Third Annual 
Online Held & Healed Retreat!

September 8-9, 2023

Ladies, you are welcome to join us for the third annual Held & Healed (Online) Retreat. This year, due to some big life and health challenges that Heather and Sarah are facing, we have decided to offer a virtual event. Our hope is that this option will make it possible for more ladies to join us. 

Held & Healed began as a Facebook community on September 12, 2020. This group has grown to 3400+ members and we are healing, learning, loving, and growing together. This will be our third annual retreat and I anticipate the beauty and blessings that will come. 

The retreat is hosted by Heather Elizabeth. Heather is an advocate, speaker, writer, and coach. She facilitates Held & Healed: Christian Women Rebuilding After Abuse, a Facebook Group. She is a survivor of childhood abuse, domestic violence, and spiritual abuse and has a passion to help others rebuild their lives after abuse. 

Our featured speaker in 2023 will be Sarah McDugal of Wilderness to Wild. Sarah is a prolific advocate, speaker, coach and author. She is also a survivor of domestic violence and spiritual abuse, so she understands the plight of other women who are rebuilding after abuse. She facilitates multiple groups online and offers a host of resources on her website. Learn more here.

During our weekend, we will focus on healing after abuse and trauma. We will share about nervous system regulation, as that is a missing link for so  many women who are rebuilding after abuse. We will give you tools to help you on your healing journey. Survivors and advocates are welcome.

After the 2022 retreat, I was in awe of how peaceful this event was. We gathered to meet Jesus and each other, face to face. Our common ground was found in excruciating abuse, soul-crushing betrayal, life-threatening trauma, and debilitating diseases. I felt peace that passes understanding and hope for the dear ones who met there. How I long for every survivor to experience this kind of community. My hope and prayer is that each one will feel seen, heard, loved, validated, and affirmed during our time together. 

Cost is $85. Registration is non-refundable, but is transferable as a scholarship. Space is limited, and is first come, first serve. 

I'll be setting up an exclusive, private Facebook group for retreat guests so that we can begin "mingling" before the event. I hope and and pray that you will connect with other survivors in meaningful ways before, during, and after this event. 

The retreat will kick off on Friday evening from 7-8:30 PM EST with a Girls' Night IN/PJ Party. Come in comfy clothes, bring a warm drink to sip on, and be ready for some girl talk and lots of laughs. 

We'll have three sessions on Saturday (11-12 PM EST, 1-2 PM EST, and 2:30-4:00 PM EST). We encourage you to make this a retreat/getaway and plan some pampering/calming activities for yourself on Saturday morning and evening. 

Registration includes membership to an excusive Facebook group (with weekly opportunities to connect and learn prior to the event), four sessions, long-term access to video content, resource lists, follow up Zoom with Heather, and a special surprise bonus for retreat participants. You'll be able to live chat with Sarah and Heather during each session and participate in a Q&A. And, you'll be able to go back and watch the videos as needed, which is valuable for anyone with "trauma brain."

Retreat Host and Featured Speaker

Host: Heather Elizabeth of 
Held & Healed

Speaker: Sarah McDugal of
Wilderness to Wild 

Retreat Testimonials 
It is such a joy to hear from those who attended previous retreats. 

Registration payment below 
Once you pay, you will be added to an email list for event updates. Closer to the date of the retreat, I will also create a private Facebook group for communications.