Balance in Recovery Retreat

Balance in Recovery Retreat

MARCH 8 – 10, 2024

Balance in Recovery: How to Achieve & Maintain emotional sobriety

Are you in recovery? This retreat is for you! In this Balance in Recovery Retreat for men you will learn skills to achieve and maintain emotional sobriety.

This time, the retreat is open to men only.

Objective: To provide insight, education, and practical skills that empower people in recovery to effectively balance their relationships, work, family, and recovery.

What Does It Mean to Achieve Balance in Recovery?

Balance in recovery refers to achieving a holistic balance among your mind, body, and spirit. To maintain the holistic balance in recovery, you must heal and support all three aspects of body, mind, and spirit. The body’s physicality must be considered, and addressing aspects like nutrition, activity levels, hobbies, and relaxation methods are vital to the healing process.

Preparing your mind is another essential part of balancing yourself in recovery. To fully heal, you must be ready to feel better and heal the wounds created by addiction. Additionally, you must find positive ways to engage your mind. Using relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, or practicing a sport or hobby are all ideal options.

Finally, balance in recovery is also about spirit and connecting with your inner self and essence.

What’s involved?

Experience this retreat as a catalyst for a renewed commitment towards balance, becoming a compassionate presence, both to yourself and to others who are amid pain and struggle. Participants will learn practical skills and grow in trust as they discover and explore their path toward healing and transformation.

This Balance in Recovery Retreat for men includes presentations, resources, small group dialog, free time for fun and quiet times for reflection.

At this Balance in Recovery Retreat, you will:

  • Explore creative and practical spirituality in everyday life 
  • Learn ways to unlock your Identity and valuing your true self
  • Develop awareness of the mental and emotional connections in the body
  • Identify what stress and burnout are, and recognize your personal signs before emotional burnout 
  • Consider sensations that present with different “parts,” the personal parts that show up in daily life and honor the parts of you that have life questions (internal parts assignment)
  • Learn tools to reduce the dread and find the joy
  • Discuss the ProQol instrument
  • Review your daily inventory in recovery v.  mental status
  • Discover a new language for your spirituality, the spirit that speaks as the sum of the parts
  • Discover your deepest desires for a fulfilled life

This retreat is open to people (men only) from all faiths or no faith.



  • 6:00p Connecting with fellow participants
    • Check-in, greetings
    • Appetizers
  • 7:30p Ice-breaker exercise and outline goals for the weekend


  • 8:00a Breakfast
  • 9:00a Session 1 – Who am I?
    • The Suns gorilla story
  • 10:00a Break
  • 10:15 Small groups
    • What masks do I wear? How do I mask?
  • 11:30a Personal reflection time
  • 12:00p Lunch
  • 1:00p Session 2 – Internal Parts
  • 2:00p Break
  • 2:15p Small groups
  • 3:30p Session 3 – Understanding my higher power
  • 4:30p Free time
    • Pool, labyrinth, walk through town, etc. or spiritual direction
  • 5:30p Dinner
  • 6:30p Debrief, Q & A
  • 8:30p Social time


  • 8:00a Breakfast
  • 8:45a Non-denominational worship (non churchy church)
  • 9:30a Session 4 – Living an authentic life
  • 10:30a Break
  • 10:45a Small groups
  • 11:30a Overall feedback and close
  • 12:00p Lunch


Friday – Sunday, March 8-10, 2024


Weekend Retreat, Price per person:

  • One person, two in a room : $400 per person
  • Price reduced by $75 per person if there are three in a room

Price includes: Three days of programming, two nights lodging and 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner).


Click red button below, call 480.488.5218 or email to register.

This Desert Sojourn Retreat at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona is for men only.

Retreat Leaders

Henry Rojas is a popular speaker and gifted spiritual director, who is currently serving as the spiritual director at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. His unique brand of humor and insight has helped individuals and groups make transformational change for more than 20 years.

Henry was the creator behind the most recognized of all NBA mascots, “The Gorilla” of the Phoenix Suns. His engaging parody, dancing rhythm and visual comedy is still unrivaled in sports and won him a place in the Hall of Fame. He is equally known for walking away at the peak of his popularity to explore his true identity and intrinsic worth. Today, unmasked, Henry has become a powerful voice and resource for recovering performers, addicts, and leaders who have been called to a journey of inner freedom.

Jerry Ehmann is currently the Executive Clinical Director at Soberman’s Estate in Cave Creek and operates a private practice in Phoenix. He has worked with individuals in both residential and out-patient treatment facilities and counsels from a person-centered approach. He is trained in EMDR therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and stresses the treatment of underlying conditions and past traumas when working with clients. Jerry is a member of International Society of ART, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the American Counselor Association, the AzCA, and Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society for Counseling.

Ehmann holds a BS in Psychology and earned his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Jerry is licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health as an LPC and LISAC, is a member of the Arizona Supervisor Registry, and is a National Certified Counselor with the NBCC.     


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