If I understand what you are asking, I think you are asking for info from those who have already attended a Level 1 Weekend of Recovery. If I am correct, I may be able to assist.
I don't live in an area with a lot of resources either. In fact, locally there was one option for individual therapy. When I started it last year, despite feeling that at long last I was starting to get my life back, I felt utterly alone in my real life with my survivor status. I didn't know one single solitary soul who was like me. Until I attended the Weekend of Recovery at Mysthaven, near Toronto, last year.
Then, to meet 18 other men, just like me, well, I could start crying all over again about just how good, and empowering it was for me. Yes, it was scary at first. Just the thought of meeting other men like me was almost enough to make me want to run and hide. But I decided I had had enough of the secrets, and lies, and bullshit, and managed to get my butt in the door. And without a doubt, I met the most caring bunch of guys possible. No disbelief, no judgements, no blaming. It was pure acceptance on a level I had never, ever previously experienced, or dared to dream was possible.
The facilitator team, headed by Howard was nothing short of expert, and superb. They have been doing this for a number of years now, and they know what the hell they are doing. Despite being with a large number of other men, each of us was treated as an individual with an inherent self worth. And when it came time to share our stories, we all found ourselves on a level playing field. Sure, the stories of how we all got here differ, but I was , and continue to be amazed at the similarities of the aftermath. How we feel, as men, and how now, for whatever reason, we have chosen a better path toward recovery. Understanding perhaps for the first time in our adult lives that it was not our fault. Ever.
I'll stop gushing about the merits of a Weekend of Recovery now. But please feel free to ask any other questions, either here, or via PM if that would be more comfortable for you. It goes without saying that attending my first WoR changed my entire outlook on life. And having just returned from a Level 2 WoR, I still have no regrets. At all.
My name is Jim
WoR Mysthaven 2008, Level 2 WoR Alta 2009, Kirkridge 2010, 2011, Oprah 200 men