Themes include managing health, disease symptoms and medications, as well as alternative therapies and emerging discoveries and treatments. There are optional worship and spiritual activities.
In plenary and small-group settings, retreat participants choose to talk about living with HIV while caring for friends and families and struggling with finances, relationships, aging minds and bodies, sexuality, self-exposure and other conflicts and crises.
Yoga and meditation, massage therapy, arts and crafts, music, games, recreation are all on tap. In the process, participants learn to challenge habits and addictions and wrestle with difficult emotions like guilt, anger, grief, shame, fear, isolation and loss of self-esteem. As a result, many gain a sense of fellowship and camaraderie, safety, confidence, hope and joy for living.
All QLR events are ecumenical and interfaith. Created by members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, QLR has developed a viable model of how the religious community can respond compassionately and effectively to the HIV/AIDS crisis in partnership with community volunteers and helping agencies. Over 29 years, QLR has hosted about 100 serving more than 3,600 people with HIV and AIDS.