2018 Registration is now open
Why do so many return every year? Because there is nothing like it! Look at the bottom of this page, read the comments, then buy your ticket and book your flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. You have an opportunity to be a part one of the oldest and best recovery retreats in the world. The 33rd annual ACA Arizona Retreat on Mingus Mountain is September 7-9th. Tickets are limited, we can only accommodate 160 people. Our camp is in the crater of an extinct volcano, on top of the mountain above the mountain-side artsy ghost mining town of Jerome. If you are not familiar with the artist colony of Jerome, the streets are lined with gift shops, art galleries, and restaurants, where miners, gunslingers, gamblers, and cowboys roamed the streets only a century ago. The retreat is 1.5 hours north of Phoenix, 2.5 short hours from The Grand Canyon and less than 35 minutes from Sedona. Sedona vortex map. Click here to see a video of the scenic drive up and over the mountain into Jerome.
In September when it’s 105 degrees in Phoenix, it’s typically about 75 to 80 degrees on the mountain. Late night temperatures are usually a comfortable 50 to 60 degrees. That mountain weather will be a welcome change by September. For just $150 or less you can join us and take a break from the recovery monotony. Let someone else do the cooking for a change, and work your program at your pace in this serene rustic environment.
Cost: The cost has changed by $10 from 2017 ($150) for 3 days of events, speakers, meals and lodging ($130 if you bring your own tent, camper, motorhome or stay in a hotel), and $80 for a day pass that includes lunch and dinner. If you can’t commit to the weekend, try the Saturday day pass. It could be the best $80 you’ll ever spend. If you can afford a small donation to help someone with limited funds attend, you’ll find that option on the payment registration page. Additional costs include an optional retreat t-shirt for a $10-$15 donation. We are happy to announce that the retreat is covering the costs on the zipline, we want anyone to be able to connect with their inner child via zipline!
What to expect: Lots of fun, new friends, plenty of food, fellowship, with a blend of ACA recovery meetings, speakers, workshops and great people who are also pursuing recovery and self improvement. There’s campfires, music, hiking, trails, fishing, guided meditation, volleyball, frisbee golf, a meadow for games or sun bathing, plenty of shade, sports, kite flying, and anything else that sets your spirit free. When you want a ride, we even have 6-seater golf carts to transport us around the small camp. Maybe you want to go watch the hangliders jump off the mountain and soar above it? Want to hear what past retreat participants had to say? Click here. Every year we listen and improve. This event is about the fellowship. The world-class speakers, events and atmosphere are just a bonus!
2018 Agenda: (draft to come soon)
Most of our speakers are themselves ACA’s, or in one program or another. Many will be announced with anonymity. Additionally, ACA and the Retreat does not endorse any speaker, form of therapy or business. We provide a forum for world-class speakers and you decide what you relate to, or not.
- 2018 Events
- New! Claudia Black will be at the 2018 retreat as our keynote speaker, she will be speaking on “Getting to Emotional Sobriety”
- New! Sarah McLean is considered one of the world’s experts in meditation, she will be presenting a workshop called “Reclaim the Power of Your Attention with Mindfulness & Meditation”
- New! Howard Peiper will be presenting on either emotional eating and nutrition for ACA’s or on one of his many workshop topics he has done, so the topic is still in the works.
- Jennifer Sobel is a yoga specialist and a therapist, she will be retuning to lead a yoga session that incorporates all of the 12 steps.
- Sara G. is a meditation and yoga specialist, she will be returning to participate in our experiential workshops, and breath work for the heart meditations.
- Anne N. In addition to years of recovery, Anne is an accomplished yoga instructor and will teach us “Step 11 – Yoga Nidra“.
- Early morning Yoga to be announced.
- Early morning Tai Chi to be announced.
- Don’t forget the outdoor candlelight ACA meetings. If you get a chance to experience one at the mountain’s edge, do it.
- Multiple ACA meetings, Speaker meeting, Men’s and Women’s meetings.
- New! Experiential workshops which incorporate activities like art, music, physical activity and spending time to explore or journal how these events help us in our recovery. More details to come.
- Fun activities integrated into the weekend for your inner child to have fun relaxing, hiking, or playing without a critical parent.
- Various guided meditation and yoga sessions.
- We have two time slots for a zipline ride up on the mountain! The cost as of 8/7/2017 is being covered by the retreat, so find one of the time slots on the schedule to play and have fun.
- Evening campfires with laughter, song, and instruments. Some say that these are the best campfires they have ever attended.
The facilities: We have 3 large lodges and 6 cabins. You can bring your tent, camper, motorhome or stay at a hotel in Jerome (closest to the retreat) or a neighboring community below. Each retreat lodge has 6 bedrooms, each with 5 beds (2 bunk beds and 1 single twin bed). The lodges have separate rooms for men and women. The restrooms are large with multiple sinks, private showers. camp diagram and lodge layout
The Retreat lodges have an interior fireplace in a spacious common room; kitchenette with refrigerator, freezer, and sink; indoor restrooms with 3 private shower stalls in each one; and a covered porch that runs the width of the cabin. Lodges are dorm style, with built-in bunk beds and private restrooms and showers in each. Please bring your own bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows and towels).
Tents, campers and motorhomes: There are many areas to set-up your tent for close neighbor socializing or complete privacy. You can use the multiple bathrooms and showering facilities in any of the lodges. In the event of heavy rain, we can usually find space for you in the lodges or a rustic cabin. There is a motorhome and camper area on the east side of the camp, but we cannot guarantee electricity, water connections. This is dry camping with no sewage connections. If you want to start your weekend early, there is a public campground in the area as well as the many hotels in the area.
Hotels: In the event you would prefer the comforts of a hotel or bed & breakfast, there are many in the area for you to choose from. The accommodations in Jerome are only 10 to 15 minutes from camp, and Jerome is an international tourist attraction at 5000 ft on the mountain. The hotels in Sedona, Prescott, Prescott Valley or Camp Verde are about 25 to 45 minutes from camp. Here is a list of the hotels in Jerome along with their contact information. Remember to book your flight to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and unfortunately we don’t have the staff to coordinate transportation.
Free time: We provide you with opportunity, but you manage your schedule. When you need a break, try some of the activities listed below or just go make something happen. Make time for yourself, and try to find time to take one of the hikes so you can experience the views, wildlife, fresh air and mountain beauty.
Activities: Meetings, workshops, meditation, hiking, fishing, volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf, kite flying (bring one), exploring, and any group type games you bring. Trails for riding your mountain bike. If you need some solitude, you can find that too. Walk across the street and explore the pond. Walk to lookout point. Drive to Jerome and go shopping in the unique stores, have a meal or coffee.
Food: Includes dinner on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. The food is good, and you won’t leave the table hungry. If you have a very restrictive diet, please make arrangements for your food as the cafeteria cannot cater to special needs. They do have some alternatives for vegetarians, but not vegans. There are also grocery stores on the way to the event, or in Prescott Valley which it about 20 minutes from the camp site. There are refrigerators in the lodges where you can store your special dietary supplies.
Restrictions: No refunds (you can always sell or donate your slot). You must be 18 or better, and actively working a 12-step program to attend this retreat. No smoking within 20ft of a building and no butts on the ground. $35 returned check fee. No pets/assistive animals, alcohol, guns, or fireworks are allowed on camp property. If you ride your motorcycle, keep the noise to a minimum by idling thru the camp.
Details: The camp will be open at 12:00 noon for arrivals on Friday. Try to get to camp as early as you can. Volunteers can arrive as early as 10am. Dinner for Friday night is at 5:00 pm. (The kitchen closes after 6:00 pm) The price includes 3 days and 2 nights on the mountain and 6 balanced meals. (Dinner Friday Night, 3 Meals on Saturday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday). Meals are served family style and include an entree, vegetable serving, and salad bar. Vegetarian meals are also available.
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What can you add? Are you a skilled yoga instructor, good at guided meditation, Tai Chi, breathwork, like to lead groups, help organize, photographer, we’re interested in hearing from you. Participation and volunteering drive the success of this event. Tell us what you can do or ask us a question, by sending a note thru this link.