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Nicotine Anonymous

In Writing (all kinds) on September 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

To all members of Nicotine Anonymous:

I want to continue to inform or update members about such things as intergroup activities so that more of the fellowship is aware to either attend or consider similar events in their area.

This message is to inform or remind you of the wonderful recovery retreat, Clean in the Catskills, during the weekend of September 30 – October 2nd in Tannersville, NY at the hotel Villa Vosilla. This flyer is about the New York Metropolitan Area’s Intergroup of Nicotine Anonymous (NYMAI’s) 23rd event, followed by some member remembrances of recent Clean in the Catskills. I have attended nearly all these retreats and can easily say they are among the best days in recovery I’ve known since joining Nicotine Anonymous in 1989. If you want to be part of this special weekend, please make your hotel reservations ASAP before there may be no rooms available.

Checko M
WSO chairperson (2016-17 term)

Clean in the Catskills
Pumpkin Tableau by Checko M.
REMEMBRANCES OF PAST CLEAN IN THE CATSKILLS
CLEAN IN THE CATSKILLS 21 (2013)
The weekend was perfect. We thought it wouldn’t be, but it was. Mother Nature decided to bloom early and grace us with an Indian summer weekend. We climbed the mountain in T-shirts and sat at the bonfire in the same! Those of us who gathered were a fabulous bunch of new and old friends. And we were all very VERY pleased with everything. Now that’s a great mix: invigoration, inspiration, contentment and joy.
Thanks, Tony! Let’s make next year unique in its own individual way.
Dale K. Columbia, MD

Over the course of the weekend we improved our conscious contact with a power greater than ourselves as we reinforced strong connections with each other. We felt renewed, restored and re-connected to our fellowship. We knew we would return to CITC again. I will miss all of you until we meet again.
In service,
Guenevere

Sculpture by NicA member, Checko M

CLEAN IN THE CATSKILLS 21 (2014)
Nearly 50 members from California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas attended the 21st annual Clean in the Catskills weekend on October 17-19, 2014. There were members from face to face meetings, phone meetings and Voices of Nicotine Recovery (VONR) online meetings. It was one of the most successful events in years.

Pumpkin Sculpture and Tableau by Member Checko M.

CLEAN IN THE CATSKILLS 22 (2015)
October 2-4, 2015
By Nick M
The theme of this year’s Clean in the Catskills event, “Together we can do what we cannot do alone,” was brought home to me from the minute I arrived at Villa Vosilla and registered. Alison A’s warm greeting set the tone for my visit and for meeting many fellow members over the course of the next days. After relaxingon Friday afternoon we gathered for dinner and fellowship followed by the weekend’s first meeting in the hotel’s yoga room, given a fall theme with decorations and a NicA-themed carved pumpkin all made by Checko M. Chaired by Michael B, the theme was gratitude and Ladd J’s deeply heartfelt and inspirational talk about his
gratitude for recovery set the tone for openness both in speakers’ qualifications and members’ shares throughout the weekend.

Saturday morning started with some members joining Alison A for yoga practice, followed by Susan O leading a short meditation. She shared her thoughts on her own meditation practice and also drew parallels to Step 11. The weekend’s second meeting couldn’t take place outdoors due to rain, but chair Ladd J and speaker Nancy O from Pennsylvania who is also Nicotine Anonymous World Services Secretary-Elect, more than made up for the lack of sunshine.

After lunch on Saturday, 16 hikers drove over to the nearby state park and joined hike leader John O for a 1 1/2 hour climb up the mountain. Despite some morning mist, the weather cleared and everyone enjoyed a rain-free hike up the mountain. At the top a brief meeting was held with Chick P of NY chairing and World Services Treasurer-Emeritus, Sherry B, of Nevada sharing her experience, strength and hope. There were many first timers on the hike who made it up the rock scrambles with the assistance of their fellow climbers. It was truly a team effort. A highlight of the CITC weekend for the past 22 years, the hike provided living proof of the weekend’s theme, “Together we can do what we cannot do alone.” I started out attempting the climb but after only a few minutes of walking though the wet grass my shoes and socks were soaked through and I had to turn back. Next year I’ll bring better shoes…

After dinner Saturday evening the weather had cleared enough for the annual bonfire meeting. Ladd J must have a degree in pyromania because the fire burned bright (and proved that not all smoke emerges from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes) so that we were well warmed in the chilly night air. The bonfire meeting was chaired by John O who decided to rename me Nick “A” before I spoke. I was thrilled, petrified, and humbled by the opportunity to address my fellow members and concentrated on talking about how I had lost the faith I had grown up with only to find and embrace my higher power again via Nicotine Anonymous.

Sunday morning’s spirituality meeting followed breakfast and Paul C eloquently spoke about his own spiritual odyssey at the meeting chaired by Sarah B. After members shared, Michael B took a vote on possible dates for next year’s event and it was decided by a majority vote that Clean in the Catskills 23 will take place from Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2, 2016. Hope to see you all there!
Nicotine Anonymous World Services, 6333 E. Mockingbird, #147-817, Dallas, TX 75214

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