Friendship Retreat

What is it?

Once a year a Friendship Retreat  is held to review important information about friendship building.  We all know how important it is to have friends but sometimes it can be scary to make new ones and hard to keep existing friendships healthy.  We will be focused on exploring Friendship Do's and Don'ts and proactively building new friendships.

Some of the topics we cover include: 

  • Where can we look to find friends?   
  • How can we strike up a conversation?   
  • What are some things we should do when we are making friends?   
  • What are some things we should avoid doing in order to keep friends?  
  • How can we handle difference

ATS will facilitate and host the Friendship Retreat by providing experienced helpers, transportation services, meals, communication supports and networking opportunities so that people of all abilities can learn to be healthy.  Healthy recipes will be cooked, providers will act out skits, and activities will be sprinkled in each day as well.  Of course, we won't forget the bonfires on the beach and watching the coastal sunsets.   


We stay in a very large beach home on the Oregon Coast for three days and two nights. Participants  cook and eat  meals together, learn about keeping their friendships strong and healthy, and best of all hang out at the beach together!  Set times for learning are woven in to each day  as well as lots of time for enjoying  the beach, going to shops, and relaxing in our fantastic beach house. All retreats are run with the help of ATS providers who are CPR/First Aid certified and trained in Person Centered Thinking, Mental Health First Aid, and Positive Behavior Supports. 

Friendship Retreats have been summer favorites since 2012! Come join the fun!! Beds are limited so RSVP right away using the PayPal link and Overnight Consent form above!   

You must submit an Overnight Consent form to your Pod Lead and payment in order to be registered.

Who can go?

Retreats are only open to adults who experience I/DD  and who can safely function in the community in groups of  3-4 people per 1 provider.  ATS must have a contract from a person's caseworker before the person can attend or RSVP for retreats. 

Call 503-847-8164 to see if you qualify or to ask questions about getting a hold of your caseworker or personal agent! 

When is it?

The 2019 Friendship Retreat is Monday, September 16th-Wednesday, September 18th.

How do I sign up?

In order to sign up and secure your spot, you must both submit payment and send in an Overnight Consent form. Scroll down to make your payment using PayPal and register by filling out an Overnight Consent form. When your registration form is complete, send it to your Pod Lead.


Friendship Retreat 2019

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Prices are ALL INCLUSIVE! 

In order to sign up, you must pay and register by filling out an Overnight Consent form below.

Our Overnight Consent Form comes in both a Word Doc and PDF version. Choose whichever works best for you and email the completed form to your Pod Lead!