Adult Empowerment Retreat

Virtual Empowerment Retreat

for adults with disabilities 21+

 September 17-19, 2021.

“Challenge Perceptions, Embrace Interdependence and     LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE”

Thank you to all those who made the 2021 Empowerment Retreat such an amazing virtual event, including the engaging speakers and movement artists who shared their knowledge, expertise and creativity, and the wonderful co-coordinators and facilitators for their dedication and hard work.   And thank you to the retreaters themselves for their curiosity, willingness to learn and kindness to themselves and others.  We can’t wait for Empowerment Retreat 2022!!


All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Schedule subject to change without notice. 


3 p.m. Zoom Room Opens 

3:30 p.m. Check-in + Welcome 

4 p.m. Dance! with Harmanie Rose 

4:30 p.m. How Sex and Disability Feels with Andrew Gurza

6 p.m. Self-Care + Meal Break

7 p.m. Contemporary Inclusive Improv with Janice Laurence 

7:30 p.m. Body Positivity with Karin Hitselberger

9 p.m. Group Chat + Reflections


11 a.m. Zoom Room Opens 

11:30 a.m. Check-in + Welcome 

11:45 a.m. Elements That Surround Us with Jess Martin

12:15 p.m. Living Well With A Disability with Dr. Timothy Brei

1:45 p.m. Self-Care + Meal Break

3:30 p.m. Yoga with Amy Meisner-Threet

4 p.m. Gender-Based Violence with Marianne Ruffin

5:45 p.m. U-Jam Fitness with Ania Flatau 

6:15 p.m. Accessible Sexuality with Ligia Andrade Zuniga

7:45 p.m. Self-Care + Meal Break

9 p.m. Group Chat/Activity + Reflections


11 a.m. Zoom Room Opens 

11:30 a.m. Check-in + Welcome

11:45 p.m. Fitness with David Figueroa 

12:15 p.m. Your Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act with Robert Hanski

1:45 p.m. Self-Care Break + Meal Time

3 p.m. Modern Dance with Amanda Trott 

3:30 p.m. The One Relationship that Matters Most and What Stops It From Being Meaningful (Loneliness) with Nathan Todd

5 p.m. Recap + Takeaways/Reflections

5:30 p.m. Survey + Farewell!

All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Schedule subject to change without notice.

The Adult Empowerment Retreat is an annual unique, peer-led, fun and interactive three-day conference for adults with disabilities, 21 and over, which is designed to increase independence, socialization, self-esteem and overall growth.  Workshops and other activities explore health & wellness, relationships and intimacy, disability justice and other important topics. 

Because the retreat is developed, coordinated and facilitated by individuals with disabilities, it provides participants the opportunity to gather in a safe space to discuss the impact that disability-related issues have on their lives, both as an individual and as a community.


84 Park Avenue, Suite G-106
Flemington, NJ 08822


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