These programs saved my life. I spent over 40 yrs being quiet about what happened to me and at least 25 years in and out of therapy. The education I received in 4 days at this retreat made all the difference. They gave me the practical, daily tools to take control of my life and finally move beyond what happened to me as a child. I highly recommend their services!
The Younique Foundation is one of the most selfless, heartwarming nonprofit groups that I have experienced. I was blessed enough to be one of the lucky women to have the opportunity to attend the Haven Retreat that this Foundation created. I am a survivor of childhood sexual assault and I can say the Younique Foundation changed my life and gave me a second chance to have the life that I deserved. Thanks to this amazing organization the only thing I had to pay for was my flight to and from, the four days of food, therapy, classes, and other activities was completely covered through the Foundation. On average it costs $2400 per woman to attend and they have 24 at a time almost every week and have opened a second location to help that many more women get a second chance at a happy and fulfilling life. They don't stop there, after attending they stay in contact and have 12 weeks of online classes to help us transition and continue the healing process. The President of the Foundation personally shows up every Thursday to present the participants with necklaces to remind us that we are reclaiming hope and our lives. She is my hero and there are not enough ways in the world for me to thank her for what she has given myself and my family. Without her I would not have graduated with my Associate's degree this past May and I would not be going for my Bachelor's for I did not believe I was worthy of such amazing things in my life. Now I know "I Am Enough" and I am worthy of love and every opportunity life has to offer. I am enclosing two photos with the President Shelaine Maxfield, the first one was on the day I broke my silence of 31 years and told my story of my survival. That was the first time I met her and two days later got an email stating I was going to the Haven Retreat. The second photo is a year and a half later getting to thank her for saving my life. This woman has a heart of gold and truly cares about every single person that she meets. She will always have a piece of my heart for seeing in me what I didn't think I deserved.
I attended the Haven Retreat May, 2017; there are not enough words to express what the Younique Foundation has done for my life. I had walked a long dark path for 32 years, living the lie that we were the perfect family. I was scared, as I was on that plane heading to this place where we were going to confront things we have buried for many years. My mindset up until I attended the Haven Retreat was that "I just survived it", and I must have done something to cause it. I never dreamt that so much could change in such a short time. They offered classes that helped us understand and finally accept that we did not do anything to provoke what happened. Our brains were not developed enough yet to be able to make the distinction between good and bad touches. We were given tools on how to deal with triggers and panic attacks, and that we had the right to decide who and what I allow in my life. That was a huge lightbulb moment for me, I had always just tried to avoid conflicts and kept quiet even if my insides were screaming no. It never crossed my mind that this is my body and life and I was no longer going to stay silent to protect other people's image. When it was time to leave, I had a new feeling of self-worth and was no longer going to allow toxic situations or people in my life. I have finally closed that part of my life, having the answers to what did I do to make this happen; "Absolutely Nothing". I felt excited to explore and find out who the Authentic Self was without having to play a role. I am only 4 classes away from finishing my AS in Computer Tech and Networking and will be graduating this May on the anniversary of us completing the retreat. I am now play a larger part in my children's lives, no longer just getting through the days, instead I am making memories to hold onto. Without this amazing gift that was presented to me I don't even want to think of where I would be. My children even made frequent comments after my return that I was smiling more now than I had in years. I now look forward to my future and the sky is the limit, I will achieve greatness because I now believe in myself. The photo below is from the makeover and photo shoot that they do on your second day to show you the version of yourself that the world sees, it was hard to accept that I was that beautiful woman. Now I believe that I am beautiful both inside and out, and I have nothing to prove to anyone. I am surrounded by people who accept me on my terms, I am now a "Warrior"
Had a wonderful experience going to the Younique Foundation retreat. It truly helped me find my true self and healing.
I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and had the opportunity to attend the Haven Retreat, which is fully funded by the Younique Foundation. The staff are all professional, compassionate and skilled to assist survivors in their healing journey. For this reason I am also a regular donor to this organization and believe that all donations are utilized with 100% accountability and responsibility to the support of survivors. I can’t say enough how vital this organization is to promote healing and wellness as well as education for parents and communities about the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.
I have personally donated to this organization, and I have also been a beneficiary of their service to women who were sexually abused as children and adolescents. I have met the founder, worked with the staff, and experienced the heart that drives their mission. I can testify that they do exactly what they say they will do. They care deeply for every single woman that comes to their retreat for healing. They treat these women like royalty and give them world class therapy experiences to help them being their healing journey. I have found this cause to be extremely worthy of my donations and I will continue to donate and to tell people about what they do.
This post is for anyone who has experienced something similar. I know it is difficult to apply to this program and trust something good might happen. In no way is this to discourage others or invalidate the great experiences other have gained. I applied to the retreat thinking that in reaching out I would find people who understand what I was going through. I was rejected because of being honest about my struggles. I felt I was judged on those labels unfairly. On paper, I look like a nightmare because of all the diagnosis and labels I have been given. I am so much more than these labels and I have worked hard for years and I am still working to get out of the darkness sexual abuse has caused me. I was ready to meet new people and share in what I hoped would become a part of my healing journey. Unfortunately, I was met with the same judgement I have found for most of my life when people are afraid of the real consequences of abuse. If you don't present yourself like Oprah and have real struggles this place is not for you. I felt extreme judgement and was told when I am further along in my own healing journey I may reapply. I work every day to find hope and a place the purported to give hope quickly dashed the hope I had for trusting those in the role of helping.
I was abused as a child, I thought I had nowhere to turn, no one to talk to, nonone that would believe me.... And then I heard about the Younique foundation, what an amazing charity, so amazing that I wanted to have some part in bringing awareness, and helping women feel empowered again! So I joined younique as a presenter! I didn't think it would do anything but give me a little extra pocket change, but it has Literally helped me be able to use my voice to help others in the same situation the younique foundation is truly amazing ,And I am so proud to be a part of something of this magnitude!! No more 1 in 4.
I love The Younue Foundation and its cause. They are blessing the lives of so many people by bringing awareness to the epidemic of childhood sexual abuse and the need to protect children. The Foundation hS helped over 1200 adult female survivors to get help and healing through therapy and learning ways to heal, and understanding how that kind of trauma affects the brain. So many of these survivors who have attended the Haven Retreat have said that the 4 days at the retreat did more for them than years of therapy and counseling.
The Younique Retreat changed my life. I am truly grateful for my amazing experience! I gained so much knowledge just in the four days I was there... I no longer feel like a crazy person. I walked into that retreat feeling alone, different, broken, and like I was wasting my life away... I no longer feel like that anymore! I feel like I have a calling to help others with the same story as mine! I've learned that helping others has allowed me to fill that void in my chest Ive always had. The staff was absolutely wonderful and made you feel like home. They were all very soft spoken and had a very light touch. i also now have a sister hood with the girls that I met at the retreat. Even though we have that "one" thing in common we have come together and learned to uplift and empower one another!
I went this past July, last day was my 34th birthday. I was angry for 20 years of my life. I had a panic attack in the parking lot and the ladies stood there and talked me down. Then we get to the retreat and in a large room we meet the staff. You feel alone for so long then your put in this room with ladies around the world and suddenly you feel comfort and understanding. Your eyes look around the room and without knowing her name or where she's from you know her pain behind her eyes. Then they put you in small groups of 8-10 and that's who you stay with. You become a tribe. You become a family. They teach you ways to get through triggers, or anxiety, how to cope, sleep (that was a big one for me), and they teach you how to live again. Victims forget to live, but going to the retreat, they teach you how to breathe, live, hope and love again. I have changed in ways I can't even begin to understand completely. Myself, my husband and my kids are very grateful to the Younique foundation for this amazing opportunity to heal. I have became a better wife, mother, and person. You walk in a victim and somehow in 4 days you walk out a survivor, a warrior and a kick ass woman!
Attending this retreat in march saved my life. Transformed me beyond belief. I will be forever grateful for everything I've taken from this experience.
Such an amazing experince from start to finish.
All I can say is WOw! The Younique Haven Retreat was the best experience! I have never felt more safe, honored and respected in my life!
They personally contact you throughout the application process, are super thoughtful about selecting your roomates and your every need is anticipated and joyfully met.
First--You have to get yourself to Utah. It is a finacial consideration for some, but I know Younique does have scholarships. Also, I know of people who created Gofundme pages to get themselves there. That is your ONLY financial expense! Hard to believe, but so true!!!!
Pick up at your location, either by train, plan or automobile. A few ladies drove themselves in. When we arrived at the house, it was aweinspiring. Beautiful grounds, welcoming staff and just peaceful. Counselors, a nurse, chef's and security are part and parcel of their daily operation. Evenings is a night couselor who is there for anyone's questions or needs.
The accomodations are top-notch! The main house has so many rooms--its 3 levels and houses floor to ceiling windows, double-staired balcony, and an upstairs "apartment". The lower level of the main house has a viewing room, a dining room, mini kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms. Outside patio, walking paths, tennis courts, trampoline and a poolhouse are just a few of the amenities are available.
Also, there is a secondary building on the property. They call it the "cabin." The "cabin" is so huge that it has an INDOOR SLIDE!
Lastly, the actual program: education, counseling--(group and individual), physical training, and artistic workshops all are carefully designed to honor and start the healing process in trauma surviviors.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that I have had the best experince of my life.
I attended the Younique Foundation's Haven Retreat this July. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I was accepted in to a sort of sisterhood with other women who had been through similar experiences. The amount of healing that took place was phenomenal. We all showed up feeling nervous about what to expect but from the minute we walked in the door we were made to feel like queens. We were served amazing, healthy meals. We had "classes" on body positivity, forgiveness, and many more. My life has changed dramatically since attending this retreat. This is one charity that I am proud to say I now work with to help support! The retreat was completely free for us. I can't say enough how amazing this foundation is.
Going on the retreat was truly amazing. I learned a lot of tools to help with triggers. Meet a lot of wonderful women to connect with. I recommend this experience to any woman that would help them grow.
I felt comfortable immediately when we were introduced to the staff and shown around. All the staff were amazing!
The food was top notch and everything was delicious! They didn't hesitate to fix something else for us if we didn't eat fish or ate vegan.
The beds were so comfortable and cradled me. The bathrooms were big with plenty of outlets.
The drums were one of my favorite activities and we laughed and had a blast.
We all bonded but wish all of us could have been at the same location. Some were in the cabin but hey you can't have everything!
The Younique Foundation has helped me more than words can say. Attending the free Haven Retreat has empowered me and truly helped me to reclaim hope in my life.
This organization works from the heart. They lead and live the servant mission. They have already helped 1000s of women start the healing process from being sexually abused as a child or adolescent. I have never seen an organization do so much for each individual that attends the Haven Retreat. And they work tirelessly to raise awareness and are educating the public so that there will be no more victims.
The Younique Foundation has changed my life. It has transformed me from a victim, to a survivor, to a warrior for change. I was sexually abused as a child and have lived my life in doubt, fear and shame. I applied for the Haven retreat on a whim, fully expecting to be rejected. But from the moment I received my first reply, thanking me for having the courage to pursue healing, I felt nothing but acceptance and comfort.
The Haven retreat provided me with an outlet that I had never experienced. It brought together this group of women from all walks of life, who had this one horrible thing in common, and helped them to understand that they are worthy of healing. The Younique Foundation went above and beyond to ensure that we were all comfortable, listened to and felt SAFE. For some of us, it was the first time.
Not only was the Haven retreat life changing for me at the time, but I was also provided with information, resources and contacts to assist me on my healing journey once I returned home. The best part about that, the resources they provide and free and available to the public! Countless lives have been and continue to be changed by this amazing and dedicated organization. They have provided me so many avenues to seek peace, healing and forgiveness. I have also been given the tools to reach out to others. To give them the information and resources to begin their own healing journey.
There is no other program like this. At least not that I’m aware of. The people who work for the Younique Foundation and the Haven Retreat, from the cooks to the counselors, are dedicated to those victims they assist. Genuine, heartfelt affection is something most abuse survivors do not get. But every single one of them opened their hearts to us women. Their dedication is evident in everything they do. Truly life changing. I will forever be grateful to the Younique Foundation for teaching me how to allow myself to live a full life.