Schedule of Events

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming SUDC Foundation Family Retreat!  For your convenience, we have summarized the weekend schedule below. Please note the schedule is still a work in progress, times and activities may be slightly adjusted over he next few weeks as additional information becomes available.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Milliken, Director of Development, at elizabeth@sudc.org or 973-795-1268. We wish you a very special weekend with the SUDC community.

- Sincerely, The SUDC Foundation.

Friday, October 11

Time Description Location/Details
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

For Early Arrivals Optional Pre Retreat: SUDC Research Update led by SUDC Foundation President and Executive Director Laura Gould Crandall. Due to the nature of this topic, this session is for adults only. 

       Palo Verde Room
4:00 pm  Check-In Wigwam Resort Guest Rooms
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm SUDC Foundation Ambassador's Meeting Palo Verde Room
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Welcome Reception- Join together for a lovely outdoor gathering featuring entertainment, refreshments and appetizers. Get to know Foundation staff, ambassadors, families and guests.  Wigwam Resort Lawn and Patio
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm On Your Own: Get re-acquainted and enjoy free time for a light dinner or cocktail, explore the resort, or take a walk downtown. Groups are encouraged. Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Downtown
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Children's Program: Kids and Teens Dessert Taco Fun and Craft Activity (Ages 8 & up)- SUDC siblings will have an opportunity to connect as they build a sweet Southwestern treat and decorative craft to represent the Southwestern retreat experience.

Bacabi Living Room
 

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Dads Gathering- Join other SUDC Dads outside near the Bocce Ball/Corn-hole game area for an evening focused on getting to know each other, offering some much deserved "Dads only" time. Grandads and Uncles are welcome to join. Courtyard Lawn and Game Area
 

 

Saturday, October 12

Time Description Location/Details
6:30 am - 7:30 am Sunrise Yoga and Meditation- Awaken your soul with light exercise as you join with with other SUDC parents to witness an inspiring Sonoran sunrise.

Trellis Garden area, Towel and water stand provided. 

7:00 am - 7:45 am Early morning Group Run or Group Walk. 

Meet SUDC Ambassadors outside front gate to Wigwam. Maps provided.

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast- Be sure to grab a hearty breakfast at one of the resort's eateries in preparation for the day's activities. 

Breakfast using voucher provided by the SUDC Foundation

9:15 am - 10:00 am Children's Program: Youth Yoga and meditation session led by certified child/youth Yoga instructor. Ages 5 and up. Aztec A
9:15 am -9:30 am Retreat Kick-Off - Welcome remarks by SUDC Foundation Executive Director and President, Laura Gould Crandall. 

Sachem Hall

9:30 am -10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Grief Specialist, Dr. Sandra Howlett will present Restoring, Reconnecting and Renewing After Profound Loss.

Sachem Hall

10:15 am - 11:00 am  SUDC Parent Panel: Grief and Resilience over time Sachem Hall
10:00 am -11:00 am Children's Program: Activity Room staffed by professionals from New Song Grief Center offering a variety of age-specific craft and activity sessions. Ages 5 and under must be accompained with an adult. Aztec B 
10:00 am-11:00 am Children's Program: Kids Music Therapy Drum circle led by Facilitator Frank Thompson. Ages 8 and up. Aztec C
11:00 am - 11:15 am  Break   
11:15 am -12:15 pm Children's Program: Activity Room staffed by professionals from New Song Grief Center offering a variety of age-specific craft and activity sessions. Ages 5 and under must be accompained with an adult. Aztec B
11:15 am -12:15 pm Children's Program: Kids and Teens Workshop: Educational presentation of reptiles and other southwestern native species. Ages 5 and under must be accompained with an adult. Aztec A
11:15 am -12:15 pm Adult Music Therapy Drum circle led by Facilitator Frank Thompson.

Aztec C

11:15 am -12:15 pm Adults and Teens (ages 13 and up) Self-Care Workshop: Journal Writing and Better Sleep, led by Dr. Sandra Howlett. Sachem Hall
 
11:15 am -12:15 pm Educational session for grandparents and extended family members attending the retreat, led by a trained facilitator Lisa Schmidtt, Executive Director New Song Center. Palm Room
 
12:30 pm -1:30 pm Lunch- Join all attendees for a southwestern lunch together overlooking the lush gardens of the resort. Litchfield Lawn and Patio
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Family Play Time- Some activities options below: Wigwam Resort and offsite
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Gather by one of the pool cabanas, reserved for families by the SUDC Foundation, while the kids have fun on the 25-foot tower twisting water slides. 

Wigwam Resort Pool Cabanas (children's side of pool)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Desert Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion trip, hosted by the SUDC Foundation. The winding paths of this 50-acre desert garden showcase a fantastic variety of arid plants, from towering saguaros to delicate blooms. Transportation to and from the resort provided. If your child is joining, you must provide your own booster seat (ages 5 - 7) or car seat (ages 5 & under) as applicable by Arizona state laws. Click here for Arizona's child restraint systems laws.  Desert Botanical Garden
Pre-registration required
Meet in Hotel Lobby at 1:45 pm
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm On your own: Visit the Children's Museum. One of the top three children's science museums in the nation. The Children's Museum of Phoenix is a wondrous place of imagination, creativity, and just plain fun.  Children's Museum of Phoenix 
Cost: $14.95 pp, under Age 1 free
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Take advantage of resort amenities, play tennis on one of the nine courts, swing a club at one of the three world class golf courses or relax with personal spa services. Wigwam Resort and Golf Club
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Stroll downtown on your own to browse through local shops offering and dining.

Downtown Litchfield Park Park

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm On Your Own: Early Dinner. Wigwam Resort or Downtown Litchfield Park
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Group Tribute;  Join all attendees for a Native American remembrance tribute for SUDC children. Please arrive by 5:45 pm Village Green on the Golf Course
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm On Your Own: Late Dinner and/or additional free time (cocktails, onsite activities and music, pool). Wigwam Resort or Downtown Litchfield Park 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Children's Program: Tween Movie Night and Popcorn. Ages 8 - 12. Bacabi Living Room
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Children's Program: Teen Smores and Outdoor Game Night. Ages 13 and up. Courtyard Lawn Game Area, Fire Pit 
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm  Moms Gathering-Join together in a unique craft making experience designed specially for SUDC Moms.  Aztec A and B

 

Sunday, October 13

Time Description Location/Details
6:30 am - 7:30 am Sunrise Yoga and Meditation- Awaken your soul with light exercise as you join with other SUDC parents to witness an inspiring Sonoran sunrise. 

Trellis Garden: Towel and water stand provided. Pre-registration required

7:00 am - 11:00 am Adult Golf at one of three world class golf courses. Transportation and partial cost provided by the SUDC Foundation. Tee Time 7:30 am. Meet in lobby at 6:45 am Wigwam Golf Club
Pre-registration required.
7:30 am - 9:30 am Group Hike- 1 hour moderate hike led by SUDC Parent Nick Racine. Transportation provided by the SUDC Foundation. Meet in lobby at 7:15 am White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Pre -registration required
Bus will depart at 7:30 am
7:30 am - 9:30 am On Your Own:  Breakfast

Wigwam Resort or Downtown Litchfield Park

9:30 am - 10:30 am  Break  
10:30 am -11:45 am Ambassador Open House Thank you Reception, light refreshments served. Bacabi Living Room
12:00 pm -1:00 pm Join all attendees for the Yadalanh (Apache Farewell) Sunday Brunch

Sachem Terrace 

1:00 pm Departures  

Please note, while most of the weekend’s activities are family friendly, there are a few specific sessions that are adults only -  Dads Gathering (Friday 8:00 pm) , the keynote speaker (Sat 10:15 AM), Moms gathering (Sat 8:00 pm), Adult Yoga (Sat and Sun 6:30 am) and Golf outing (Sun 7:00 AM). Please make other arrangements for your child/children during these times. Note: Activity Room is available on Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for children ages 5 and up.