It has been a while since we started this blog. We have talked about what to do with it off and on, however, as survivors ourselves, sometimes life and PTSD gets in the way. One of our dreams has been to open a retreat for survivors. A place of respite for those who have endured abuse at the hands of churches or religious institutions. (Thus, our name RIASN.)
Those of us desiring to build this retreat are all survivors, however, we wish to establish a peaceful setting, originally, we were thinking in Minnesota, though Colorado has been tossed around. We all love Colorado.
Currently, our status is “Dreaming with intention.”
We know what we want to do. We have a tentative plan. However, the challenge is we are real people with real lives and real issues. To do this, we need help. We need someone who knows about filing 501c3 status. We need land. We need to be able to get the land to retreat comfort. We need to get all the paperwork. And so much more.
Please bear with us while you support us through this journey. Your help and support helps make this dream a reality.
Our mission statement:
“To create an environment of peace and healing in the form of a non-religious retreat for those who have been abused in church or in religious settings.”
You can help us here.
The platform in which we are using to reach out to our fellow abuse survivors offers a sample post that is always headlined, “Hello world!” This seems apropos as we are wanting to reach all those in the world who don’t know there is a safe place to share their stories. A place where you can say, “Hello world! This is what happened to me.” Where you can be as anonymous as you want or need to be.
We want *you* to feel safe. Why? Well, because we want to feel safe. We have searched high and low for a place where *all* people are accepted to tell their story. We know from personal experience that religious abuse and all the abuse that occurs with it is difficult to communicate about. People have different ways of coping. Often, individuals return to religion for their healing. This forum is for everyone, including those that have chosen to heal without religion. For those who as they continued on their journey no longer fit the norm of religion. Are you agnostic? Athiest? Christian? Muslim? LGBTQIA? None of the above? Do you feel like you don’t fit into most support groups?
Then you belong here. Where you can share your story with others who will also support you regardless of your personal life choices. Welcome home, to RIASN. You are not alone. Hello.