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Advocacy | Strength for the Journey

Strength for the Journey 2019

October 7-11, 2019

Wa-Floy Mountain Retreat
Gatlinburg, TN

Registration opens on June 1, 2019 and will remain open until all spaces are filled.

Registrar - [email protected]

Download Registration Packet w/Brochure

Strength for the Journey Retreats for persons living with HIV/AIDS originated in 1988 in the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 1997 the Holston Conference hosted the first retreat in the Southeast.

The Strength for the Journey retreat is made possible by support provided by the churches of Holston Conference, businesses and individuals from a variety of denominations.

The retreat planning group seeks to embody the Church's role of compassion and love in this epidemic.



The mission of Strength for the Journey is to provide a safe, caring and healing community for women and men living with HIV/AIDS by offering an opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Comments from past retreats:

"It gave me a new attitude and renewed my hope and love for all."

"(It was) my first experience in finding a safe place."

". . . I know I'm not alone in the world!"

"I started not to come here, but I'm really glad I did.  It really made me stronger."


For more information contact:

Charlotte Riggins Registrar


[email protected]