SCO Surrogate Retreat

Our Surrogates are giving the most precious gift. We intimately understand the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the women who selflessly choose to help others to fulfil their family dreams. Our annual retreats are meticulously planned to show our appreciation, pamper surrogates, and facilitate relationship building.

2023 UPDATE
Accommodations/food is FREE (surrogates responsible for travel arrangement which you can request to expense).  Partners/children are welcome to attend, however there will only be 1 King/Queen bed in the rooms (some rooms have an additional sofa bed).

The focus of our retreat is rest and relaxation! We will have meetings you can attend (circle time, yoga, henna, psychic, spa etc.) or you can choose to just spend your weekend doing absolutely nothing! 🙂 The Goderich beach is a 10 min drive from Benmiller and there is also an indoor pool and hot tub. Food is all prepared by amazing chefs!

ITINERARY

Day 1 Friday June 23rd, 2023
Register at the main desk (Woolen Mill) and get settled into your room (check in is 3pm).  Enjoy the pool/hot tub/sauna or go hiking! 

3pm-9pm - Please register with us at the Maitland Meeting Room (Gledhill House) so that we know you have arrived safe! You will receive a gift bag/name tag.
5pm - Domino's Pizza and Cake will be available at the Maitland Meeting Room (Gledhill House). You can eat here or feel free to take food back to you room.
3pm-12am - Psychic Readings with Cristina Crowley (Gledhill House - Room #66) *optional/sign up sheet
3pm-12am - Henna Time with Sherri-Lyn (Sharpe's Retreat House) *optional/sign up sheet
6:30pm-7:30pm - Kids Group with Paula (Gledhill House - Colborne Room)

Day 2 Saturday June 24th, 2023
8am - Yoga with Lauren (Pool Side or Colborne Room TBA) *optional/sign up sheet
8-10am - Start your day with a beautiful breakfast in the main dining hall (Woolen Mill).
10-11am - Kids Group with Paula "Pool Party" (Pool)
11:45am - Group Photo on front steps of Gledhill House – Please do not be late for the photographer!
12-3pm - Buffet Style Lunch/Meet & Greet & Circle with Paula - Games & Prizes too! (Gledhill House – Maitland Meeting Room) Due to space, Surrogates only please for circle - your guests can take plates of food back to their room. *optional
Afternoon - Video Sessions with Braedan (Gledhill House Room #72) *optional
Afternoon - Henna Time with Sherri-Lyn (Sharpe's Retreat House) *optional/sign up sheet
Afternoon - Psychic Readings with Cristina Crowley (Gledhill House - Room #66) *optional/sign up sheet
3pm - Group Hike with Erin *optional/sign up sheet
3pm - Kids Group with Paula - outdoor games/scavenger hunt (main lawn in front of Woolen Mill)  *optional/sign up sheet
4pm - Yoga with Lauren (Pool Side or Colborne Room TBA) *optional/sign up sheet
6-7:30pm - Italian Buffet Dinner (Woolen Mill Dining Room) *optional
7pm - Paint Nite (The Hollow Meeting Room - Next to the Woolen Mill) You can take a plate of food from the Buffet to Paint Nite. *optional
7pm-8/9pm - Kids Group with Paula - PJ party w/ Movie!  (Gledhill House – Maitland Meeting Room) *optional/sign up sheet

Day 3 Sunday June 25th, 2023
9-10:30am… departure day… enjoy a beautiful buffet breakfast before you go. Due to our large group this year, breakfast reservations are required, call 1-800-265-1711 before heading over. Check-out is at 11am! Safe travels!

Each guest has their own accommodations with a King Bed. There are Spa Services in the River Mill building (this must be booked in advance with Petit Aveda Spa and is not covered by SCO). Click this link to visit the Spa booking page... https://www.benmiller.ca/spa

Don’t forget your bathing suit, robe and flip flops to travel from your room to the pool area!

Attending meals, workshops/Paint Nite or the group photo is all optional. Surrogates are free to spend their retreat time relaxing, painting, swimming, hiking, doing henna, visiting local sites or connecting with other surrogates.  Our focus is on RELAXATION!  If at any time you need to reach Sally or leave early please text (519) 527-2404.