Activities are optional and may include: arts and crafts, massage, reflexology, reiki, meditation, discussions, movie night, game night, a ride on the Maid of the Mist and (indoor) swimming. Participants are encouraged to explore the beautiful grounds of Stella Niagara at their leisure.
All activities are optional except for the opening and closing group meetings. We provide all meals plus evening snacks, and each participant gets her own modest private room.
2020 Program Dates
Alums from the summer programs: February 7-9
Mothers with Children on the Autism Spectrum: March 20-22
Women with Cancer Weekend: April 24-26
Pilot Program for Mothers with Children who have special needs: May 16-17
Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren Weekend: May 29-31 (Click here for our most recent flyer. Go to "Applications" to download the pages you need.)
Mothers (with low income) Summer Respite: July 30 - August 1. Go to the Announcements section of this website to find all the forms you need to apply, plus a flier with details.
Who is eligible?
Summer Retreat: Mothers with low incomes and over the age of 25. “Low income” means near or at the poverty level established by the U.S. Government, but will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Grandmothers Retreat: Grandmothers who are currently raising their grandchildren; priority will be given to low-income and/or single grandmothers.
Women with Cancer Retreat: Women currently in treatment for any kind of cancer or recently recovered. Priority will be given to low-income single mothers and women currently in treatment.
Mothers Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum: Women who have one or more children with a diagnosis somewhere on the autism spectrum are welcome to apply. For this weekend, mothers have a choice of joining us for one or two nights. Women of all income levels can apply; we give priority to women with low incomes.
Alumnae Retreat: Women who have attended previous retreats are welcome to apply for a return to Stella Niagara for another weekend. Everyone is deserving of a break – it shouldn’t be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This is a popular event so applicants are chosen by lottery.
Spiritual Retreat: This weekend is held every other year and is intended to provide our alumnae an extended period of quiet reflection and an opportunity to examine their inner lives. Activities are conducive to spiritual health: walking the grounds, prayer, various kinds of meditation and yoga. All alumnae are eligible to apply. We will accept 25 women for the weekend.
REFERRALS: All applicants for the grandmothers and mothers program must be referred by a professional such as a social service worker or healthcare provider. We encourage referrers to use discretion when making referrals: please consider both who would benefit most from a relaxing weekend AND how they might interact with or contribute to the group. Women who are currently abusing alcohol and/or drugs are not eligible, but women who have been in stable recovery for at least one year are welcome.