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Chartered Schooner Vacation in Maine. August 16-20, 2015 (reservations preferred by November 30, 2014). Relaxed and casual, sail aboard one of the oldest sailing vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association (1871): the Schooner Stephen Taber. "Your Maine windjammer vacation will be spent exploring spruce-fringed islands, gunkholing amongst seculed covres, visiting remote fishing villages, and reaching across the bays that lap the Maine coast. ... Mornings begin with coffee and tea being served on deck at 6:30. At 7:30 those who choose will gather for meditation before breakfast. A variety of 12-Step meetings (AA, Al-Anon, CoDA, OA, etc.) are held later in the day. There will also be workshops/lectures incorporated throuhout the week. Bring your instrument if you play one. Music is an integral part of the schooner experience. Even if you're not the sort to sing along, you'll find there is something special about hearing the strains of a sea chanty in the background as you study the stars or drift off to sleep in your cabin." Please visit the website for full description of the trip.
Featured Cruises With Melissa ...
Cruise With Melissa. Sail away with others in Recovery on RCCL Enchantment of the Seas on September 20, 2013. Starting at just $259 plus tax. Make your deposit of $50 per person by April 15 and receive a $50 Stateroom credit. Call Cruise Planners 866-765-4264 or visit www.CruiseWithMelissa.com (click on groups, then click on Easy Does it) to get more information and to register. "Come join us ... meeting, fellowship, and fun!"
More Cruising With Melissa:
Bahamas September 19, 2014 Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas 3 Night. Round trip from Port Canaveral, visiting Nassau Bahamas, and Cococay. Speaker TBA, meetings, activities, fun, and fellowship. Prices starting at $229 per person. 866-765-4264
- Sept 19, 2014 3-night Bahama
- Dec 6, 2014 7-night Caribbean
- Jan 31, 2015 5-night Caribbean
- May 9, 2015 7-night Exotic Caribbean
- Sept 5, 2015 5-night Bermuda
- Oct 30, 2015 3-night Bahamas ( Halloween Cruise )
More Vacations, Getaways, and Retreats
Step Music Fest is a camp out for all 12-step fellowships.
Held in the Florida Keys. "It's a mini Woodstock, minus
the drugs and alcohol, but add meetings and fellowship!" Produced
by No Matter What Productions, a not for profit, 501 c 3 charity.
Step Travel. "14
years of group travel with people in the recovery community have
provided amazing experiences,
breath taking scenery and wonderful adventures. All this, plus
a forum of terrific speakers who help us with discovering our own
AA member in Bhutan available to help with your next journey to that Himalayan Kingdom.
Aerie Inn of Vermont. Where eagles soar and sober camels stay. The location of The Aerie Inn means that your options for exploring Southwestern Vermont are endless. The front steps of the Aerie Inn offers convenient and exciting choices for plenty of fun on the water at Emerald Lake, or in the Green Mountains. Explore the history of East Dorset, home of the Vermont Summer Festival, and discover the birth place of Bill W., attend an AA or Al-anon meeting at the Wilson House, or sit on the front porch of the Aerie and rest, reflect and rejuvenate your soul as Bill and Lois Wilson did when they would come home to East Dorset for a visit. Their favorite place to stay was Erdmans Eyrie, the Eyrie Motel — now known as the Aerie Inn of Vermont.
Attitude of Gratitude Sober Cruises (Florida). Twice a year, April and October departures. For info, call 1-772-801-3391. or visit the vendor's website or Facebook pages,
NEW! Bhutan Rebirth Tours & Treks. "Make sure your Rebirth from practicing alcoholic to recovering alcoholic has some gain. Travel to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan with Bhutan Rebirth Tours & Treks. Thanks to the Bhutan Government’s policy of making holidays of high quality rather than quantity they enforce a tariff of US$ 250 per tourist per day. If you are willing to exchange that for a holiday of a lifetime, which for a change you’ll remember,, then visit BhutanRebirth.com and we promise you heaven on earth!"
Black Mountain Center (Cazadero, California). "We are a beautiful and affordable rural retreat center north of San Francisco for spiritual seekers and workshops of all kinds. We welcome 12-step groups . Can accommodate groups of 12 ro 125. Facility is 100 percent nonsmoking, Wifi available."
The Caddyshack — Healthy and Historic Classic Retro Vintage Las Vegas home available for 4-night and weekly rental. Private pool, next door to the Las Vegas National Golf Club, high-speed DSL, and just 5 minutes from The Strip.
Camping Trip. Bangor, Pennsylvania. Clean and
Sober camping trips since 1986.
Hamaca, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico. "Since
there are twelve steps leading up to the main entrance of the
Casa Hamaca, any member of any twelve-step program is welcome
to visit us in a safe, secure atmosphere. Anyone recovering from
surgery, illness, divorce, trauma, separation, grief or abuse
is also welcome to spend time with us in a caring, nurturing
environment. There are regularly scheduled twelve-step meetings
within a few blocks of Casa Hamaca. Structured programs, directly
related to recovery, can be offered for groups which do not have
their own programming. Volunteer activities are also available
separately or as part of a recovery program. Of course, any mix
of these activities is also possible depending upon requirements.
We can accommodate individuals or small groups up to approximately
38 people (the maximum number depending mostly on male/female
ratio) as part of a retreat group. There are 8 rooms that sleep
at least 3 people each (2 in beds and 1 in a hammock) as well
as two larger rooms with hammock hooks for an additional 14 people.
Charter bus service is available to and from either the Merida
or the Cancun airport as is scheduled bus transportation. Car
and van rentals are available in either airport. Although we
are a bed and breakfast, other meals can be provided as needed
with advance notice."
Serenidad Alcanonholidays, Puerto Serrano, Cadiz,
Andalucia, Spain. Casa Serenidad offers a perfect, tranquil and
picturesque setting in the Spanish Andalucian Mountains for 12
Step Retreats providing Step Lectures by qualified counselors
combined with intensive instruction into the use of the 12 Steps,
together with all inclusive alcohol-free holidays at our Retreat
Centre all year round. Airport transfers and holistic
treatments available. Further information can be found at www.alcanonholidays.com or
telephone 0034 690731212.
Celebrate Life Tours does trips to Conventions as well as Cruises and weekends in New England. "We have been doing trips for folks in Recovery for over 25 years. You can find us at joyisinthejourney.info. Or you can contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jack can also be reached at 860-989-7993. If you would like to get on our mailing list send us your email address or if you don't have email access, phone us with your mailing address."
Clean Getaway Travel. "All of our trips are 'for us, by us,' and will provide daily 12 step meetings for those who choose to attend. Travelers who are not in 12 step programs, but committed to a sober vacation for any reason, are welcome to accompany us. Our groups will be small, and our focus will be on personal service, creating an intimate environment in which to explore and grow."
Cortijo El Saltador, Almeria, Spain. Relaxed sober holidays. Andaluz farmhouse situated in a silent valley between the desert of Tabernas and the unspoiled beaches of the natural park of Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Andalucia. Healthy Mediterenean food, special diets, homeopathic detox programm in a friendly, safe environement with a lot of individual space. "We offer massage and osteopath treatment, yoga clases, guided hikes and climbing."
Dominican Republic. Have a pleasant stay in the Puerto Plata. Clean, pleasant, comfortable room for you to relax in during your stay. Very close to the town, beach, wonderful golf course (Playa Dorada Golf Course) and shopping. (All within a mile.) Your host has been living in Dominican Republic for more than 12 years and has been in the program 34 years. You would be picked up at the airport and guided to places of interest at your leisure. Please call 809.320.1087 for more info or email email@example.com. Reservation necessary.
Dutch St Maarten. One bedroom, one bath new condo units available
as weekly rentals in Dutch St. Maarten for the December through May season... details
Easy Does It Adventures specializes in adventurous group travel experiences for people in recovery. SCUBA diving with sharks off Roatan? Riding a Vespa through Italy? Or motorcycle touring across South America? What's your idea of adventure? We have SCUBA trips on the schedule with more adventures to come in the near future. We provide daily 12-step meetings for those who choose to attend. Travel in the company of like-minded folks who share a sense of humor, an adventurous spirit, and a clean/sober lifestyle! Contact us for more information.
Dimension Resort/Retreat. Tamarindo, Costa
Rica. "Our resort is designed to provide a vacation paradise,
catering to clientele who have chosen a lifestyle of recovery,
free of alcohol and drugs. Our mission is to provide a safe and comfortable
place for adults seeking a vacation in a tropical climate that includes
adventures, activities and fellowship in a sober & serene environment.
The Fourth Dimension Resort is the perfect place to enrich your spiritual
well-being and enhance the quality of your sobriety."
Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Victoria, BC, Canada. "We
welcome all varieties of 12 steppers. Daily 7 a.m. AA meeting
is just a short stroll away and return to the best Austrian Apple
Strudel and hot breakfast. Central to Victoria's downtown and
gorgeous scenery, we provide a safe place with lots of hot coffee
and conversation, tips on all 12 step meetings, what to
see and how to avoid the tourist traps.
Bay Cottages, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Situated on a crested
knoll 850 feet above the Caribbean Sea, Hull Bay Cottages offers
some of the most spectacular views imaginable. To the east we look
at St. John, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and numerous
barrier islands belonging to both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
To the north we have the uninterrupted beauty of the ever changing
ocean and to the west we have several smaller islands and the western
end of St. Thomas.
In This Life has served the recovery community since 1988. Trips are planned for every budget and cover every corner of the world. Annual trips include a Sober Safari, the AA European International Convention in Greece, conferences at sea and much more. For information and to get on our mailing list, go to www.travelsober.com
Recovery Guest House. Sober vacation in Cabarete,
North Coast of the Dominican Republic for people who are in
recovery from alcoholism or addictions. Alcohol and drug free environments.
We provide vacations without temptations. AA meetings held daily
right at the guest house.
Living Water Campground. Family camping in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Alcohol-free.
Meditation Lodge Retreat on the Costa Blanca of Spain offers an intimate, caring, and personalized approach to seeking out a more serene and balanced way of life. Surrounded by countryside, hills, and mountains, close to the historical village of Busot and only 15 minutes from the coastal resort of El Campello, it is an ideal place to spend a vacation or short break in a safe, alcohol- and drug-free environment. Our 12-step councillor Karen M., herself in recovery for eight years, is on hand to hold meetings in the Lodge daily. Our other therapists offer meditation and yoga sessions. The rest of your day can be filled with other activities such as golf at the local course of Bonalba, spa treatments, and use of an indoor pool — as well as walking, climbing, mountain biking, and sailing. We offer many holistic and beauty treatments, available daily.
MyTravelGroups.com. "You don't have to be
from California to travel with California Sober Travels, you just
have to be interested in living the sober lifestyle and traveling
with like-minded people. Our groups vary in size, from small to large,
but you are guaranteed to meet some fun loving people. We have scheduled
meetings and guest speakers on all of our trips, and our group leaders
are AA members. We can also assist other groups or individuals in
organizing and handling the set up of group travel activities.
We have traveled over 100+ countries, are Destination Specialists
in many, and can provide the expertise in Sober Travel." Also
check out the
Ocean Front Condo's for rent. 10% discount
to AA members.
NYC Sober Tours. New York City has a rich and exciting history, with thousands of things to see and do. "If you have always dreamed of visiting or living in NYC and sobriety has finally brought you to that point on your path, it would be my honor to help make your dream come true! I will create a New York City holiday that includes everything from Bill & Lois’s home inBrooklyn, Towns Hospital, Wall St, The Empire State Building, world-renowned museums, a personalized shopping experience, and assistance in finding a beautiful place to stay!" Christine H. is a native New Yorker and a licensed NYC sightseeing guide and real estate broker. For more information, please contact Christine with any questions at any time. http://www.nycsobertour.com 917-887-7368
Not A Glum Lot Sober Cruises and Tours for AA and Al-Anon family members. All packages feature AA and Al-Anon speakers, meetings, fellowship, and fun. Website or Facebook
Ocean Breeze Retreats " ... are held in the Caribbean location of Akumal, Mexico, an incredibly beautiful and safe area. In addition to the use of traditional psychotherapies, our expert staff utilizes Ocean Therapy, a novel, gentle approach to healing. The combination of therapy, gentle yoga, and massage helps participants experience the oneness of mind, body, and spirit. There will be abundant time for relaxation and fun in the sun and sea. We specialize in therapy retreats for those in 12 Step Recovery, codependency, and loved ones affected by addiction. We also provide retreats for helping professionals such as counselors, medical professionals, teachers, and clergy. We are pleased to invite you to our weeklong all-inclusive therapy programs. Each retreat is an experiential group process in a healing environment. Please visit our website at OceanBreezeRetreats.com for full information or call 267-980-5623."
Step at a Time. " ... a clean and sober environment for
members and friends of 12-step recovery groups to participate in
outdoor and social events in the spirit of conservation, preservation,
Pieter Carst Travel offers personal and friendly care to visitors to South Africa. "I am based in Cape Town, provide owner operated professional tour and travel arrangements, and am now delighted to help sober travelers enjoy sunny South Africa as part of my own desire to recover and share journeys of discovery." For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 27 21 794 73 56.
Pinafore Run Farm Bed & Breakfast. Beautiful 100-year-old farmhouse B&B nestled on the east rim of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania offers discount to Friends of Bill W. If you are after a beautiful getaway weekend in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, where you can kayak, hike, bike, ride horseback, or just wander the hiking trails looking at the waterfalls, this is for you. Check us out at www.pinaforerun.com. Lcal meetings available..
Point Resort and Dive Center. Book an entire resort!
Special rates are available for groups of 16 to 20. Diving,
snorkeling, 40,000-gallon pool, on-site meetings ... homemade
breads and desserts done daily. For information, contact Gay
Morse at email@example.com.
Queenstown Tennis Tours. We operate customized tours into the ‘adventure capital of the world’ – Queenstown, New Zealand, This is an incredible destination for an active vacation set in stunning scenery. The birth place of bungy jumping and jet boating Queenstown is an adventure sports mecca but for the less adventurous the tennis, golf, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and scenic tours are world class. Custom designed packages are available for groups of sober travelers, sober tours do not appear on our website so for more information please contact me directly. Lan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jungle Retreat. A unique Bed and Breakfast nestled
in the heart of Dominica, next to the Bamboo River. "We
love having guests visit us and we especially like it when we
have special interest groups. We have built our bed and breakfast
with recovery in mind ... there are even 12 steps going up to
the restaurant. It's
a very spiritual place, parrots flying overhead, a gorgeous river,
and surrounded by jungle. We were thinking that it would be
ideal to have groups come with the intent of working the first
three steps or all twelve depending on how long their stay is.
We can certainly adjust that as needed. The mornings can begin
with prayer, meditation, meetings; then hiking, diving, whale watching
or one of the fabulous excursions available here; and in the evenings
we can have a speaker or a topic meeting."
NEW! Rule 62 Travel Club.. Motto: "Be Sober. Have Fun." Cruise Planners offers sober cruises. Visit the website for current cruise dates and destinations. Melissa and her husband David met in the rooms of AA and have been celebrating recovery for a combined total of over 20 years. They have a passion for travel and love to share the experience with other sober friends ... even friends they haven't met yet! "What better way to travel than with friends with common interests and principles in living. There is something for everyone, you and young-at-heart. Lots and lots of fellowship, meetings, great speakers, activities, movies, and amazing cruise ships and destinations! Making vaction memories that last a lifetime along with wonderful friendships that last long after departure day! Come along with us and Be Sober. Have Fun.".
Retreat League. "Serenity Retreats are nondenominational,
ecumenical and spiritual rather than specifically religious. The
leaders may be Catholic, Protestant, Jewish ministers or lay persons.
Only spiritual leaders familiar with Twelve Step programs lead Serenity
She Recovers — "Yoga and Recovery on the Beach." Akumal, Mexico.
Celebrations. "Life can be celebrated in the most memorable,
tasteful and outrageously fun way without any alcohol or mind altering
drugs. A sober vacation is one you will remember for the rest of
your life. There is a great feeling of comfort while vacationing
knowing there are others close by in recovery who also want to
live a 'happy, joyous and free' life wherever they are in the world."
Cruises Committee. "The Sober Cruises committee is a organizer
of RoundUps for people in recovery programs, AA, Al-Anon, their
friends and family members that would like a sober cruise and sober
vacation combined with a conference or roundup. You will not only
be traveling with people that have a common interest but if you
ever needed a boost to your program these RoundUps will inspire
and invigorate even the "Eldest Statesman" and reveal
to the newer member "the vision" that they will want
to be a part of."
Sober Haven Bali " ... is a boutique holiday experience on the magical island of Bali created especially for 12 steppers just like you. Our retreat provides enchanting space where you can surf, scuba dive, tour, golf, yoga and shop at your leisure while in a totally positive and supportive environment. This is a time to unwind from the pressures of life and take time to pamper yourself while staying close to your program and surrounded by fellow 12 steppers. Retreat to a paradise full of transformative yoga sessions, scrumptious meals, decadent spa treatments and a wide choice of outdoor activity packed with fun and laughter with your old and new friends!" Brochure and Poster (PDFs); AA Bali web site
NEW! Sober in Baja.. "Vacation with Inspiration! Come enjoy peace, tranquility, and fellowship at a private beachside sober retreat while improving your conscious contact with your higher power. Whether you are traveling solo or are part of a group. Baja Retreats will provide you with a safe and nurturing environment where you will not only expand spiritually, you'll also be able to enjoy relaxation, fun and adventure." Located in El Pescadero, B.C.S. Mexico, just 35 minutes north of bustling Cabo San Lucas and only 15 minutes south of the "Pueblo Magico" and artist colony of Todos Santos. At Baja Retreats you will also find miles of pristine Pacific beaches, world renowned surf breaks, and awe inspiring sunsets all nestled up against the majestic Sierra de la Laguna mountain range ."We also provide destination management services arranging eco tours, adventure trips and activities for our guests." For information call 682-738-7328 (682-RETREAT), email email@example.com, or visit www.bajaretreats.com.
Sober Surf Retreats. OceanaSurf is pleased to offer sober surf trips for those who are interested in enjoying their surf vacation with other clean & sober travelers. These trips are by reservation and are limited to those in recovery, living life without drugs and alcohol.
Travel Adventures. "You're not alone on a Sober Travel
Adventures vacation. There is safety and comfort within a group
that shares a common bond. These people know how to have fun! Far
from home, surrounded in an environment so beautiful and so exciting,
we are distracted from the thought of imbibing."
Sober Vacation Share Available. Woodstock,
NY. 2 Rooms available in non-smoking sober house.(3BR total). Enjoy
your own room in beautiful serene home located moments from the center
of the village. Artist's restored 100 yr.old red farmhouse in tranquil
setting ... details
Vacations International. Since 1988.
Sobriety Sports Tours. "At
Sobriety Sports Tours, we offer unique packages for those looking
to combine travel, major sporting events, recovery-based meetings
and fellowship into the experience of a lifetime. We take care of
the travel arrangements, the hotel accommodations, the tickets, the
tee times. We bring recovery-minded people together. We create a
program-inspired atmosphere, and that includes speakers and discussions
of our own. We provide the same kinds of services that one would
expect on a sober cruise. We also encourage those interested to attend
local meetings with us, when possible. You bring the experience,
strength and hope." Visit the website at www.sobrietysportstours.com.
South Africa ... Pieter Carst Travel offers personal and friendly care to visitors to South Africa. "I am based in Cape Town, provide owner operated professional tour and travel arrangements, and am now delighted to help sober travelers enjoy sunny South Africa as part of my own desire to recover and share journeys of discovery." For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 27 21 794 73 56.
Southern Cross Charters. Sober Captain, Sober Crew. Live your dream. Experience the Bahamas.
Retreats for AA and Al-Anon. Lake Yale offers a natural
and serene setting for the Annual
Spring Housecleaning Spiritual Retreat,
located just outside of Leesburg in Central Florida. Comfortable
accommodations and amenities, including large and small conference
facilities for our group meetings and break-out sessions. The private
section of Lake Yale provides an abundance of natural beauty to
enhance the weekend stay. The Annual
Fall Mountain Housecleaning Spiritual Retreat, Hayesville,
North Carolina, is held at the Hinton Rural Life Center. The Hinton
Center is known for its friendly and welcome atmosphere. Experience
the beauty, hospitality, and spirit of this mountain home. Relax
on the front porch, and enjoy the morning meditations on the front
lawn overlooking the lake and the many other amenities the mountains
have to offer.
Stewart • Cole
Travel. "We specialize in helping you find sober travel
alternatives at the most popular vacation destinations."
Still Waters is a private retreat center located in Voluntown, Connecticut, providing rustic accommodations for group leaders who want to organize their own events at a beautiful healing location. Nestled among 100 acres of pine forest and situated on a private 10-acre pond, Still Waters offers spacious and comfortable lodging, including two fully furnished cottages, one with a full kitchen (sleeps up to 9), multiroom guest house (sleeps 10), and a 1200-square foot Art & Yoga Studio for workshops and classes. Guests may use the kayaks, grills, hike nature trails, and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Still Waters is smoke-free, alcohol-free and media free.
Beach Trudgers. Sober backpacking in Southern
California. Second weekend of every month.
Sweet Water Farmhouse (Vermont) . "We run a low-key operation here, but we hope it's a little luxurious, too. This renovated 18th century house has two guest rooms with excellent queen beds, hardwood floors throughout and countless windows looking out onto pastures, fields and forests. And the deep clawfoot tub is just the thing after a day out and about or before a great dinner in town. Staying here is like visiting friends of friends in Vermont. (We are all friends of Bill and Lois W. here, too.) Look forward to a homemade quiche or continental breakfast with local organic produce and farm products from our garden or from the organic dairy literally just over the hill. Good organic coffee or tea. (I am happy to provide gluten-free breakfasts.) We love to have campfires at our fire-ring on the hill above the house. Gorgeous, clean swimming pond within walking distance of the house! 15 minutes off I-91 from Bernardston, MA and 15 minutes from quaint, lively Brattleboro, VT, home to an historic arthouse movie theatre, museums, music venues, great restaurants, some good meetings and of course, incredible Vermont scenery. Hope to see you soon."
TravelSober.com. "TravelSober.com brings you the best in 12-Step recovery travel. We have over 20 years experience in the sober travel industry to ensure that your experience is second to none. Whether you're looking for a sober safari in Africa or a cruise round the Caribbean you'll find it at travelsober.com. With speaker meetings and regular fellowship meetings everyday while you're away you'll feel at home anywhere."
Tropix Hotel (Dominican Republic) " ... has been a friend of the sober community for over 25 years. In 1987, the North Coast English speaking group of Alcoholics Anonymous began meeting here. The meeting moved to Cabarete (just 10 minutes down the road) in 2005, but Tropix continues to be a welcome home for sober alcoholics visiting the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. A small hotel tucked away in a beautiful garden setting, it is a perfect spot for groups. With 10 rooms surrounding the pool area, it's just the right size for an small retreat. For as little as $250/night, a group can have a charming hotel all to themselves. Maximum capacity (1 person per single bed and 2 people per double/queens) is 35 persons. Staff will work with you to provide for all of your catering, transportation and tour needs. For more information, please visit our website www.tropixhotel.com or feel free to contact us at email@example.com or (809) 571-2291. We look forward to the chance to serve you."
Sober Campers. "The Vagabonds are an AA and Al-Anon family
oriented camping group that gets together, the 2nd weekend of every
month at a campground somewhere in southern California."
of Recovery Retreats. 2007-2008 retreat locations:
Nassau, Bahamas; Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India; Val Morin,
Quebec, Canada; Catskills, New York; Grass Valley, California.
The retreats offer " ... Morning and Evening Meditation
sessions; Yoga Asana Classes with Pranayama and Relaxation; Ayurveda
Workshops, Consultations and Body Treatments; Open/non-specific
12-Step Meetings; and Tools of Recovery Workshop — Introduction
to Positive Thinking and Meditation. ... "