Caregivers Retreat

Parksville, British Columbia

Thank you for your interest in the Caregiver’s Retreat. To be notified when registration opens for the 2019 Retreat, please e-mail us at:

“As Caregivers we put out so much, and sometimes we need to nurture ourselves before we bottom out.  At the time I went to the Caregiver’s Retreat I was hanging on by a thread, and it was absolutely revitalizing.  I would so recommend this retreat to other Caregivers!”

– Carolyn Main, Caregivers Retreat 2014 

About the Retreat

Being the primary support for a loved one who is vulnerable or who has a disability can be an all-consuming and sometimes overwhelming experience. Some of us feel isolated, exhausted and disconnected from ourselves outside of our caregiving role.

This special weekend retreat was developed by and for family caregivers to allow for the chance to relax, rejuvenate and connect with other caregivers in a beautiful setting. The weekend involves a gentle schedule of activities including nature walks, painting and collaging, sharing stories, guided meditation, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation. All delicious meals will be included.

We invite you to join with other caregiving individuals and couples who are looking for a renewed sense of self and deeper intimacy with their partners, friends, and community.

We hope that this opportunity will give you a chance to take a much-deserved break from your busy lives, to relax and share the experience with other caregivers. There will be no expectation of you other than to enjoy yourself.



Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2019.


Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia


Single Occupancy: $325 per person
(Private room)

Double Occupancy: $475 for two people
(Shared room: queen or two separate beds)

These rates are heavily subsidized and include all meals, two nights accommodation, as well as organized sessions with our Retreat Facilitators. We are extremely grateful for the generous donations that make this retreat so affordable! 

*Please note that some financial aid is available. See The Diversity and Inclusion Fund information below for more details.

*Space is limited to 18 participants



Cathy Anthony

Cathy and her family joined PLAN as young parents, and she truly feels blessed for the journey over the last 32 years which her son Josh has lead her on. What has enriched her has been the connection to families who have been her mentors, guides and supporters.

Pat Tesan

Pat has years of experience supporting and advocating for and with families. Her warm manner and strong listening skills are greatly appreciated by all who know her. Now retired, Pat has provided family support, conducted PLAN orientations, facilitated will and estate workshops and trained PLAN facilitators. Pat and her family are Lifetime Members of PLAN who support their daughter Erin, now a young woman, to live a meaningful life, with a personal support network and individualized staffing through a “Microboard”.

The Diversity and Inclusion Fund

Through the generosity of our friends at posAbilities, the Diversity & Inclusion Fund was established to empower families and parents who are facing financial hardship to attend the annual Caregiver’s Retreat by offering bursaries towards the cost of registration.


  • Parents/Caregivers who are facing financial hardship
  • Decisions will be made by the Family Advisors facilitating the Caregiver’s Retreat, in collaboration with the Plan Institute management team.

How to Apply*

Please write to us at:, and describe:

  • Why are you making this request?
  • What amount are you requesting?
  • What contribution can you make towards your request?
  • Why should we grant your request?

*Please note that limited funds are available, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We endeavor to use the available funds to assist as many families as possible and therefore prefer to provide partial bursaries. If there is a significant need, or in the event of a singular request, full registration bursaries may be considered.

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