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Recovery Retreats for Healthcare Heroes

Sylvan Dale Ranch, Loveland

Meeting the mental health and trauma response

needs of frontline workers leading the fight against COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has placed a heavy burden of responsibility, stress, and trauma on healthcare workers who have responded to this devastating and unpredictable disease while working to keeping themselves and their families safe.


The Program:

Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning is providing the opportunity for frontline workers to relax, recover, and catch their breath with a two-day, one-night retreat at Sylvan Dale Ranch. This restorative retreat will provide tools for reducing the impacts of the stress and trauma resulting from the COVID-19 response and offer strategies for ongoing resilience.



Any healthcare worker affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including but not limited to doctors, PAs, nurses, EMTs/paramedics, technicians, housekeeping, and support staff.


How it Works:

Heart-J Center is working with hospitals, clinics, healthcare systems, and assisted living facilities to provide retreats for their employees. This can be done in work teams or by function depending on the goals of the employer. Heart-J Center will also create retreats based on function: retreats specifically for doctors OR nurses OR support staff, etc. so that individuals may attend a retreat even if their employer is not sending their full team.


Heart-J Center will offer as many Healthcare Heroes retreats as desired by the healthcare community, beginning in March 2021 and continuing as needed. Each retreat will serve 25 people.



Cost for the program is $345 per person, which includes private lodging, 4 meals, all activities, instruction, take-home materials, and follow-up calls. To the extent possible, we would like to remove barriers to attending this retreat and make the retreat free or very low cost for attendees by securing support from a variety of funding sources including hospital foundations, local and regional grantmakers, service organizations, business contributions, and donations from individuals.

Click here for sponsorship information.


The Place - Historic Sylvan Dale Ranch:

The setting for the Healthcare Heroes Retreats plays a significant role in the restorative power of this effort. Sylvan Dale is beautiful, peaceful, and private. Visitors find serenity and almost instant relaxation!

The Ranch features:

  • Private cabins and guest houses
  • Delicious and nutritious chef-prepared meals

  • Beautiful scenery in a relaxing location on the banks of the Big Thompson River

  • Recreational opportunities like trail rides, archery, and hiking

  • Easy drive from anywhere on the Front Range (just 10 minutes from Loveland, 30 minutes from Fort Collins, 30 minutes from Greeley & 1 hour from Denver)

Heart-J Center’s team includes two therapists, a workplace resilience specialist, and experienced recreation leaders. This retreat is not meant as "therapy" but it will be therapeutic! Meet the team


Are you a healthcare worker who would like more information?

Click here to email Laura Armstrong, Executive Director of Heart-J Center.

Laura will respond with details.

Sponsors Needed: View sponsorship flyer here



Heart J Center for Experiential Learning  •  Loveland, Colorado

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