Promises Treatment Centers and Dr. Sonee Weedn Offer Malibu Recovery Retreat October 15-18, 2009

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During the “Resilience, Renewal, and Recovery during Challenging Times” retreat, participants will learn advanced strategies for recovery in a rejuvenating and nurturing environment.

Learning to access wisdom from other cultures and trust their own intuition while connecting to a higher power, will enhance peoples’ quality of life and tolerance of uncertainty.

Promises Treatment Centers and Dr. Sonee Weedn, a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, are holding a recovery retreat October 15-18, 2009 in Malibu, California. The retreat, “Resilience, Renewal, and Recovery during Challenging Times,” will focus on holistic health through experiential learning, exercising creativity, and cross-cultural wisdom teachings to help participants renew themselves and develop and maintain resiliency in recovery.

“Although our challenges are unique to today, they are not unusual in the experience of the cultural existence of this planet," explains Dr. Sonee Weedn. “Participants will experience multicultural traditions and apply the wisdom of the ages to today’s issues so that they can deepen their recovery process.”

Presentations will provide participants with tools for connection, creativity, and reflection. They will learn ways to access their own inner guidance and renew their spiritual connection.

The retreat will be held at Pepperdine University’s Villa Graziado Executive Center. The exceptional location nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains offers a peaceful and inspiring environment for reflection and renewal.

Albert Sombrero, M.S., a counselor and Navajo Spirit Guide, will lead healing ceremonies, including a Talking Circle, sweat lodge, White Bison teachings, Potlatch, and meditation.

Participants can also make appointments to meet with Dana Patterson, who uses her intuitive abilities to see at the core what is going on in a person’s life at a subconscious level.

Keith Arnold, Executive Vice President of Elements Behavioral Health, is co-facilitating the retreat. Keith is a nationally recognized figure in the recovery and addiction treatment community. He was previously the Executive Director of Sierra Tucson and has long been a leader in the movement for the treatment of chemical dependence, addiction, and trauma recovery.

“We are excited to bring together the skills and knowledge of Dr. Weedn, Albert Sombrero, and Dana Patterson to help people in recovery improve their life and their ability to thrive despite challenges they are confronted with,” says Keith Arnold. “Learning to access wisdom from other cultures and trust their own intuition while connecting to a higher power, will enhance peoples’ quality of life and tolerance of uncertainty."

The retreat begins on Friday, October 15 and ends on Sunday, October 18. To learn more about the retreat visit or You can register online or call Amy Van Landingham at 866-825-1104.

Promises Treatment Centers has alcohol and drug rehab centers in West Los Angeles and Malibu, California. Promises also offers a National Workshop Series for clinical professionals to earn continuing education units. Promises is part of Elements Behavioral Health, which aims to fill the gaps in mental health treatment between inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services; in co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders; and between traditional and alternative settings to help clients that are underweight or overweight due to eating related and other issues. The goal is for full recovery and well being with permanent life change and life style improvement and not just symptom reduction. Our focus is not only on the patient, but on the health and support of the family system. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers visit or call 866-548-3978. For retreat information call 866-825-1104.


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