2011 Spring Parent Retreat


As most of you learned last week, we are having our third semi-annual spring parent retreat April 28th-29th. As promised, I wanted to share a few more details to help you in your planning. This year will be different from previous retreats in location, theme and activities but we promise a meaningful and joyful experience to all who attend. Please remember that this is for all current and former Calo parents/guardians and students. In order to attend we need you to please RSVP your current or former Calo family therapist. The lodging, meals, and experiences/activites are provided to families at no additional cost.

Thursday April 28th  Friday April 29th 

Lake of the Ozarks

Theme:  Be a "peace" of the change

In preparation for the retreat we kindly ask all parents/guardians to read The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by the Arbinger Institute. Some of our experiences during the retreat surround the principles contained in the book. You may buy The Anatomy of Peace at most bookstores or on-line: http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Peace-Resolving-Heart-Conflict/dp/1576755843/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298579738&sr=1-1

Thursday Highlights

Morning start (between 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM)

Parent Breakfast

Parent Seminar

Therapeutic Activities

Family Time

Parent Support Groups

Campfire Activity

Friday Highlights

Therapeutic Activities

Family Time

Slide Show

Ending around 2:30PM or so (may change slightly)

Lodging Information

Anyone with special needs or circumstances is encouraged to contact treating therapist

Private family lodging rooms or cabins

Parents/guardians will be responsible for student during retreat time (please discuss concerns with therapist prior to retreat)

All will have a bed and mattress 

Running water, restrooms, and showers will be in the unit or nearby 

Electrical outlets in the unit or nearby 

All guests must provide their own linenssheets, pillows, blanket, sleeping bag, etc.

Clothing/Gear List



Rain jacket








Insect repellant

Lip balm



Wet wipes

Hand sanitizer

Conservative and appropriate swimwear

Towels for bathing and water activities

Bedding–pillow, sleeping bag and/or sheets/blankets

Sleeping attire

Camera (confidentiality restrictions) – only pictures of you, your student, facilities and/or staff (no other pictures of students)

No pocket knives

No weapons, fireworks, matches, etc.

Parents/guardians are discouraged from bringing exessive or distracting items (i.e. I-Pods)