Welcome to the Gentle Home of 12 Step Recovery We are currently offering in-person* and online Twelve-Step Retreats and Daily Programs. For information about booking your stay, please call 1-800-262-4882. The Renewal Center has long been a refuge of healing and recovery for guests. This is a place where presenters share their sharpened 12 Step wits to clarify all things recovery. It's a place where newcomers and old-timers engage with one another through lively and compassionate small-group discussions. It's a place where a person retreats from the world momentarily to emerge with a stronger recovery, a gentle resolve and a keen understanding of life. This is a place where recovery lives. And, through our online programs, you can visit this tranquil home to recovery whenever you need support, clarity or comfort to ease your 12 Step journey. "This place is filled with grace. Step off the world for a while and soak it in. You'll be grateful you did." –A thankful program participant Request information → Online and In-Person* Programs that Bring the 12 Steps to Life No matter where you are in your recovery, these programs will renew and invigorate your understanding of the Twelve Steps and how to apply them to your life. People of all Twelve Step experiences come together to learn under the trusted, sheltering wisdom of our Twelve Step experts. Wherever you are on your recovery journey, you are welcome here. Learn more about our In-Person Recovery Retreats. Alongside fast friends and compassionate presenters, you'll begin to practice and apply any of the wide variety of 12 Step teachings. Daily Programs for 12 Step Immersion With our daily 12 Step immersion program that covers everything from the basics to beyond, we can help you if you're: Beginning your transition from treatment to home life Looking for 12 Step support during a difficult time in your recovery Building a meaningful recovery that you fully connect with Seeking a place of spiritual refuge and relief Celebrating a recovery milestone among kindred spirits Our presenters will aim your spirit toward an easy and effective recovery using their extensive experience with the core texts, principles and traditions of 12 Step recovery. Popular workshop topics include: How to handle and release resentments The core and crux of sponsorship The practice of meditation How to emotionally manage the present What emotional sobriety means and how to succeed at it In-Person* 12 Step Program Located on the scenic Center City, Minnesota campus, our in-person 12 Step programs are hosted in the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. In addition to daily Renewal Center staff workshops on the 12 Steps and The Big Book, your program can be completely customized to your individual situation. Your stay on campus also includes: Morning and afternoon group reflection Evening alumni lectures Nutritious meals crafted especially for people in recovery Yoga classes Hiking trails and an outdoor exercise course Use of campus fitness center (pool, jogging track and basketball) Use of the Lavinia Neill Meditation Center Time to browse Serenity Corner bookstore We invite you to stay with us for a couple days, a week or longer. Take whatever time you need to renew your spirit and excel in all your recovery goals. Request information → Online 12 Step Program Our online recovery refuge is available to you from the comfort of your own home. Plus, thanks to the generous gifts of our donors, our online program is being offered at absolutely no cost to you. Join us for one 90-minute session or for the full 12 Step series. Choose a session that delves into any particular Step and get long-lasting clarity and confirmation on how to interpret and work that Step. Register now → Specialized 12 Step and Recovery Retreats If you are looking for in-depth studies of specific 12 Step principles or topics, we suggest one of our focused recovery retreats. These programs are generally best suited to anyone following a 12 Step program, including AA, NA, Al-Anon, ACOA, CODA, OA or others. The topics and specialized skills we'll cover include: Relapse prevention strategies Emotional sobriety Recovery and relationships Growing up in a family with addiction Mindfulness and recovery Recovery and spirituality Addiction, grief and recovery Women and recovery Parents with addicted children Veterans and recovery Request information → In-Person Twelve Step Retreats We are happy to welcome guests back to campus for in-person recovery retreats. Check out our current list of retreats and presenters. All guests must follow COVID-19 mitigation requirements listed above. Online Twelve Step Retreats Please check here for updated information on online Twelve Step Retreats. *COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements Guests who attend in-person Renewal Center programs on the Center City campus must agree to the following COVID-19 mitigation requirements: Guests must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination upon registration. Guests will be given a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. A second rapid COVID-19 test will be administered to guests that remain at the Renewal Center on the fourth day from admit. If either test is positive, the guest will be asked to leave campus and are encouraged to attend our virtual Twelve Step programming. Once on the Center City campus, guests will be asked not to leave campus until after they complete their full stay. All meals are served each day in the Renewal Center cafeteria. Guests will be required to wear a surgical non-cloth mask on campus unless alone, eating, or outside and physically distanced. Guests will not have access to the main Center City campus, this includes any building other than the Renewal Center, however, the walking trails remain open and accessible to all. Guests not able or willing to meet these guidelines are encouraged to attend our virtual Twelve Step programming.