Instructors Retreat

We invite you to register at the silver, gold, or platinum level to help us offer scholarships to those who need it.  Have a fantastic retreat!

We’ll be staying at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center in the beautiful, peaceful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Meals will once again be provided by a local chef–if you’ve tasted Tod’s food, you’ll remember him for sure.

A note for those of you who are flying to the retreat: The retreat center can be most easily reached from San Jose International Airport, which is about 36 miles away from the retreat center.  Alternatively, you could fly into San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport, but these are farther away.  Hand in Hand will attempt to arrange carpools for those participants flying to the retreat, but we cannot guarantee local transportation.  Please allow ample time in your flight schedules to arrive by Friday evening.


instructor retreat


Our research based approach is trusted by over a million parents worldwide
Price $200.00

Check-in: Friday, July 22nd, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet: Friday, July 23rd, ​6​:​3​0 p.m. -7:​​3​0 p.m.
Check-out: Sunday, July 24th, 1:00 p.m.

Download last year’s agenda. Please let Michelle Pate (program@handinhandparenting.org) know if you have specific requests or suggestions for this year's agenda. Thank you for helping us make the Instructor Retreat as useful for you as possible.

Payment for the annual retreat is on a sliding scale. Please pay on the higher end of the scale to allow us to offer scholarships to parents in need. If you would like to be considered for a Scholarship or to set up a payment plan, contact paul@handinhandparenting.org.

We look forward to having you join us at this year’s Instructor Retreat. Please register early as sleeping space is limited.

“I feel empowered to parent the way I do, and to use the tools in a more open-hearted way. I experienced how crucial my own support system is and I will keep working on strengthening that.”

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The weekend levels (with lodging):
Weekend - Platinum ($600)
Weekend - Gold  ($500)
Weekend - Silver ($400)
Weekend - Bronze ($330)
These levels give you access to all the weekend workshops and listening time with Patty.  Your fee includes lodging (shared-rooms) on Friday night and Saturday night.  It also light snacks on Friday night; breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Saturday; and breakfast & a bagged-lunch on Sunday. Overnight participants will need to bring their linens and towels.

The Saturday Only levels are:
Saturday Only - Gold ($250)
Saturday Only - Silver ($225)
Saturday Only - Bronze ($200)
These levels give you access to all the Saturday workshops and listening time with Patty.  Your fee includes lunch & dinner on Saturday.

The weekend levels (no lodging) are:
Weekend - No Lodging ($275)
This level gives you access to all the weekend workshops and listening time with Patty.  Your fee includes light snacks on Friday night; breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Saturday; and breakfast & a bagged-lunch on Sunday.  It does not include lodging on either Friday or Saturday.

instructor retreat


Our research based approach is trusted by over a million parents worldwide
price $425