Spirit of Healing – Connections Retreat


October 1-3, 2024
Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

The annual connections retreat, organized by the Council of Elders and open to all, is a time to enjoy living with love and gratitude, and bask in the support and camaraderie of your AHVMA family.

This year’s retreat will be held immediately after the 2024 AHVMA Annual Conference and Exhibition, at Camp Richardson, on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Many AHVMA members have discovered the retreats are a great way to enrich their lives and make lasting friendships with like-minded colleagues.

Not only do we have the opportunity to connect with gifted healers, but we can do so in a space that current members cite as being a favorite among previous retreats.

Connections Retreat is all about finding and reawakening the beautiful and very important being you are and magnifying YOUR source energy, while sharing time for connecting with other gifted healers. You can call it a get-away, time for relaxing or self-care. Regardless of the gifts you receive at this gathering, it will be an unforgettable experience, certain to impart positive energy.


The retreat will include the following sessions, sure to accentuate all 6 senses:

  • Firepit Gatherings on October 1 & 2
  • Meditations
  • Morning Tai Chi – Jim Clarke, DVM
  • “Tastings” of a variety of food, teas, spices, & desserts – Cindy Maro, DVM
  • Scent experiences
  •  “Interplay” Movement – Sue Swanson, DVM
  • Native American Wisdom – Mark Haverkos, DVM
  • Drumming Journey and Spirit Animal Discovery – Cynthia Lankenau, DVM
  • Spirit Animal Clay Totem Creation – Angel Mitchell, DVM

There will be lots of opportunities for both structured and unstructured time, while meeting up with old and new friends. 

Lodging & Transportation

Lodging and meals are at the individual participants’ expense. Camp Richardson offers on-site restaurants, a general store, and marina.

Contact the resort directly to book a cabin, hotel room, RV or camping reservation.

Camp Richardson Resort
1900 Jameson Beach Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

If looking to share lodging, please contact the AHVMA office to get on a room sharing list.

Participants will need to rent a car or carpool to the resort.


Registration includes attendance and activities.

Lodging and meals are the participant’s responsibility.

Cost: $150 per person