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The first ever SOAR SPA was held September 16 – 18, 2005 in Orlando at the Westin Grand Bohemian. It was an extraordinary three days. Nearly 50 participants attended the inaugural SPA retreat, with 10 of them being accompanied by a support person (husband or friend). The group quickly came together and formed a sacred bond. Each person respectively listened while others shared; they extended their arms and hands in comfort; and felt safe in each other's company to be true to their emotions. Yes, there were tears, but there was also laughter.

As individuals, they brought together a vast collection of experiences from childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. Although each person's experience of sexual violence was unique to them, they realized they were much more alike than different. Collectively they embraced the opportunity to grow, not only as individuals, but also as a group. By the end of the weekend, relationships were formed that will hopefully last lifetimes.

To sum it up in one sentence, fifty strangers were brought together through a shared history of sexual violence, yet departed as friends with a new history of healing!


SOAR Would Like To Thank The Following For Their Support

Jamie Zuieback for the brain storming session that produced the name SOAR SPA.

Kelley Bevis for giving me the courage to finally put SOAR SPA together. And for getting the great products for the gift bags. You Rock!

Carmen Gimeson for giving up many hours of her life to talk about SOAR SPA over and over without it ever going anywhere.

Linda Rodgers for keeping me motivated and for the great award nominations! Where to next?

A special thank you to all of the presenters and volunteers who gave up their weekend to share their expertise and compassion.

And thank you to The Florida College of Natural Health and their students for sharing the gift of massage with all of us.

Monetary Support:

Knight Images

Office Depot


Product Donations for Gift Bags:


Soulful Living

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center


Magnetic Poetry

Time Warner Book Group and Alice Sebold



Gems Direct


Blooming Grove

Donna Ferres