Parents Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains

renew and revitalize your parenting

West Coast July 7th, 8th and 9th 2017 


Join us at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center in the peaceful beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains for an intensive weekend of laughter, listening, and connecting with the deep support that brings out the best in our parenting.

This adults-only retreat* is a rare opportunity for you to have a break from the responsibilities of parenting, tending house, and cooking. We want you to take full advantage of it!  Laugh, play, and connect while you hone your Hand in Hand Parenting skills and share support with other like-minded parents. This retreat will be led by Certified Instructors Danielle Friedman and Michelle Pate.




If you have any questions about the program, please contact our Program Manager at

Register now and receive free access to Building a Listening Partnership: Reducing the Stress of Parenting online video class, class $89 value.

Early Registrations: Closed

Regular Registration: April 1- June 30, individual $547 couple $917

 Late Registration:  July 1- July 5, individual $597 couple $997 (If space is still available)

retreat schedule

Check-in: Friday, July 7th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet & Greet: Friday, July 7th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Check-out: Sunday, July 9th, 1:00 p.m.

Download the 2016 Agenda

Lodging and Meals: 

The retreat includes shared lodging for Friday and Saturday night and the following meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and bagged lunch on Sunday. Participants will need to bring their own linens and towels and will have a shared bedroom with sink and common bathrooms. We encourage and will make an effort to arrange carpool when possible, but people may need to arrange for their own ground transportation.

*Please note, this is an adults-only retreat for parents and childcare is not available.


There was a time a few years ago when life had gotten really hard and I did not feel I had the attention or energy to parent well. Fortunately that was the year the Parents Retreat was introduced & I signed up for it. What a life saver! I arrived so hurt and it was like putting on the oxygen mask and immediately starting to regain strength and heal with the kind, caring, loving support of the wonderful leaders and other parents there. It turned my life around. It got me back on track to being the parent I want to be. It was such a great experience and it helped so profoundly.

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Parents Retreat

Our research based approach is trusted by over a million parents worldwide
Price $547.00