Wider Lens Renewal Retreats -- Arizona 2022


Sun Oct 30 2022 at 03:00 pm to Fri Nov 04 2022 at 12:00 pm


Franciscan Renewal Center Lane | Paradise Valley, AZ

A chance for parents of gender questioning teens and young adults to take time for themselves to renew and get support.
About this Event

Our retreats offer a unique and transformative opportunity for parents to take time for themselves and prioritize their own mental health. They allow you to build connections with other parents who ‘get it,’ take intimate workshops with Stella, Lisa, and Sasha, and commune in a beautiful, tranquil environment. This time will help you deepen your understanding of your child’s distress and develop your parenting skills…and also have some fun!

Each retreat is uniquely tailored to its attendees, so the workshops are slightly different every time.

Come and:

  • Discover opportunities for growth amidst difficult parenting challenges
  • Balance your own needs with the needs of your child
  • Allow yourself to feel and express any and all emotions (including difficult ones like grief and rage)
  • Work through guilt: you are not a bad parent!
  • Find self-acceptance and self-forgiveness
  • Reconnect with your sense of agency and parental authority
  • Learn to set boundaries with your child
  • Discuss your situation in small groups based on the age and sex of your child
  • Find support and acceptance among like-minded parents
  • Share some laughs

Foundations Retreat:

If you’ve never been to a Wider Lens Retreat, start here.

This is the first stop where you will get the opportunity to share your story and receive support. Foundation sessions revolve around important basic concepts that all parents of gender questioning kids should understand. You’ll work through all the complex emotions associated with parenting a gender-questioning child and learn about parental authority, guiding with love and structure, and reinvesting in your own life. This is a transformative and powerful opportunity to meet and develop deep friendships with other parents who understand your struggle.

Advanced Retreat:

If you’ve attended an event in the past, join this retreat. This is a chance to reconnect with old friends and go deeper. Building upon foundations, this retreat will help you expand your inner resources and focus on your personal development. Highly tailored, the participants will provide direct input in the design of the sessions through a needs form sent out 6 weeks before the retreat. With this feedback, focused sessions will address specific parenting scenarios through expert consultation, live demonstrations, role playing, and in-depth presentations. Come access the wisdom of the group to workshop your trickiest problems, and help you better understand and resolve specific challenges. We’ll equip you to manage your thorniest difficulties including interaction with your child, medical personal, schools, etc.

About the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona

The 25-acre center features comfortable guest rooms, delicious meals, and beautiful grounds in the peaceful Arizona desert. This location, in the most desirable zip code of Paradise Valley, is accessible to Phoenix and Scottsdale. Incredible mountain views, desert air, and warm sunshine will offer a chance to escape into tranquility and rejuvenation. Amenities include a pool, spa, and outdoor barbecue. The stone labyrinth and meditative healing garden offer moments of reflection in the natural landscape. The beautiful stained-glass meditation room will be the setting of some of our small groups. Excellent hiking and golf are nearby and we’re only 20 min from Sky Harbor, our major international airport.

Retreat Dates & Prices

Foundations - For New Parents

Sunday, October 30 - Wednesday, November 2, 2022




$2400 w/ Early Bird Discount


$2500 per person

$2100 per person w/Early Bird Discount

Advanced- For Parents Who Attended Our March, 2022 Retreat

Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4, 2022




$1700 w/ Early Bird Discount


$1800 per person

$1600 per person w/Early Bird Discount

Foundations + Advanced - For Parents Who Want to Do Both Retreats

Sunday, October 30 - Friday, November 4, 2022



$3650 w/ Early Bird Discount


$3700 per person

$3500 per person w/ Early Bird Discount

* If you're interested in booking a double, just pay the deposit for one ticket and contact us right away to notify us.

Where is it happening?

Franciscan Renewal Center Lane, Franciscan Renewal Center Lane, Paradise Valley, United States

USD 700.00

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