HIV Wellness Retreats

Wellness Retreats for the HIV community

The HIV/AIDS community in rural America faces continued challenges in today’s landscape.  We deal with stigma, discrimination, lack of medical resources, information and isolation.  Our organization was formed 13 years ago to help deal with these situations.  We do that by offering various programs, but one of our most important programs is our annual HIV Wellness Retreat. We have been hosting these retreats for almost a decade now and have reached many people in our HIV/AIDS community with our ultimate goal of bringing people together, so they can share and expand their knowledge on trending educational topics.

The Retreat provides:

  • A safe place to mingle without judgement and fear of rejection in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • An opportunity to engage in strategy building for better heath and productive lifestyles.
  • A heavy emphasis on nutrition, HIV treatment and education.
  • Empowerment and learning to build viable networks to strengthen each person’s ability to tackle HIV/AIDS both personally and collectively.

2019 HIV Wellness Retreat

Please join us this year for our annual HIV Wellness Retreat at Lake Fort Smith State Park, located at 15458 Shepherd Springs Road in Mountainburg Arkansas. You’ll find this retreat educational, fun, entertaining, exciting, relaxing, empowering, and a great opportunity for you to meet and socialize with new friends. The retreat presents an opportunity for you to grow, learn, and experience more in life than you’ve ever thought possible through various educational programming. Participating in the educational presentations will enhance your experience during the retreat. In addition, numerous group activities are planned which include: the annual Cornhole Tournament, private pool party and the Masquerade Bash.

Our first evening will begin with an introductory session to the retreat followed by a relaxing private pool party.

Saturday morning will include educational seminars:

  • Phyliss Carr, MS, RD. LD CDE, CDE Educational Consultant: Arkansas Department of Health: Chronic Disease Management
  • Debra Finney on HIV Discrimination in the Workplace

Each night there will be a group activity following the evening meal. If you would like to join us for this wonderful retreat. Accommodations are mostly double occupancy rooms with single beds. Linens, pillows and towels are included in your reservation fee. Cost for registration is $25 per person, payable on the day of arrival. Scholarships may be possible, please ask. This retreat is hosted by NWA Positive Links Support Network DBA HIV Arkansas a 501c(3) non-profit organization. If you are interested in sponsoring someone for this retreat or making a donation, please visit our website at and click on the donate button. All donations are tax deductible.

Retreat Application