Blazing New Trails Retreat Program hosts this special weekend for Law Enforcement Officers and their wives approximately four times per year. This is open to any law enforcement marriage, regardless of time on or title held within the department. With the help of Brian and Linda, each couple in attendance will be provided with an environment for healing and recovery from the stress of the job and the often tension that is found within law enforcement marriages. Each retreat is limited to eight couples and costs are generously covered by donors of the Masters Program - that's right, this is a free retreat for officers and their spouses!
what is the blazing new trails retreat?
where will we stay?
The Blazing New Trails retreat takes place at a beautiful, four story, resort-style home on the beach in Oceanside, California.
Each couple will enjoy their own (locking door) private and luxurious bedroom room with an attached and private bathroom. The home and rooms are all decorated beautifully, allowing you to settle in and easily feel comfortable throughout the weekend. Towels, sheets, pillows, comforters and blankets are all provided.
5:00 PM Check In
The Blazing New Trails retreat kicks off at 5 pm with check-in, welcoming law enforcement officers and their spouses to a weekend of growth and connection.
A delicious dinner follows at 6 pm, setting the stage for a weekend of camaraderie and learning.
Session 1: Critical Understanding - Men's/Women's Core Needs
At 7 pm, the team gathers for introductions and an overview of the agenda, highlighting the purpose of the retreat. The evening continues with Session 1, focusing on key understandings that will lay the foundation for the transformative journey ahead.
what can we expect?
The day starts with an 8 am breakfast, fueling participants for a day of exploration and self-discovery.
"The Fundamentals of Conflict - Meeting the Goals of Healthy Communication Together"
"Performance and Shame - How Critical Incidents Affect Your Civilian Life"
A break for lunch at 12 pm provides an opportunity for relaxation and informal networking.
Separate Men/Women Breakouts with Mentor Couple
5:30 PM Dinner
"Maintenance for the Relationship - Rules and Rituals that Create Trust in Marriage"
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
As the retreat nears its conclusion, Sunday begins with a 7:30 am breakfast, fostering a sense of community and shared experiences.
At 8:15 am, Session 6 focuses on valuable resources and wraps up the weekend's discussions. Participants gain practical insights to carry forward in their personal and professional lives.
The retreat concludes at 10 am, with departures leaving attendees equipped with newfound knowledge and connections, ready to blaze new trails in their law enforcement careers and relationships.
Travel expenses are not covered by the Blazing New Trails staff. If traveling from a distance, please consider flying into Santa Ana Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California (before 2:00pm) so that someone from our team can pick you up and bring you to our retreat if needed. Friday check in is at 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm and Sunday check out is at 10:00 am. This timeline will help when arranging flights, although there is flexibility because there is much to do at the nearby Oceanside beach tourist area if we need to waste some time due to a flight delay.