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Dear CSA Survivor... It's Time To Heal

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"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it" Helen Keller

Is it possible to Heal from the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse?

My answer today is very different than it was many yesterdays ago. Now my answer to this question, Yes Yes Yes, you absolutely can, and I'm living proof of that.  

With the right help, Survivors can be given the chance to live again, to love again, and to finally find the peace they so desperately long for. 

A retreat for women who survived Child Sexual Abuse changed my life, and it's time to pay it forward. 

This Is Our Story

Three years ago our crazy blended family consisting of 3 generations, left the city life behind in pursuit of a shared passion and a dream first realized by Crystal Wood nearly ten years ago. 

As a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA) Crystal spent most of her adult life seeking an understanding of her trauma and the lasting consequences she wrestled with daily. It was through her healing journey that she found her passion and purpose in life. She vowed to turn all of her pain, all of her darkness, and all of her sorrow into light. She had no idea how or when but she knew intuitively that it was her mission in life to help other survivors heal from their pain. 

After she had the life-changing experience of attending The Haven retreat for survivors of child sexual abuse Crystal’s dream of helping survivors was finally realized. Her path to healing had become clear and she knew at that moment how she was going to help survivors. It was then that the Time To Heal Retreat and U Grow Girl was born.

What Is U Grow Girl?

U Grow Girl is our way of giving back to survivors and our community. We are a family run Social Enterprise located in Salmon Arm, BC.

Created by Survivors for Survivors.

We are on a mission to help women overcome and heal from the trauma of CSA.

Visit our website to learn more about our mission > U GROW GIRL

A 5-day clinically supervised retreat for female survivors of CSA that incorporates, education, somatic release techniques, proven ancient holistic healing practice, equine-assisted therapy, and a powerful survivor community. Here survivors find the support, education, and love needed to experience profound change in their lives.

How Will The Funds Be Used?

Time To Heal Retreat Budget (5 Days/4 Nights) (8 Survivors)

Staff Salaries/Wages: $17,920 
(Retreat Director, Clinical Supervisor (Psychologist), 3 Team Leaders, On Call Emergency RN)

Healing Practitioners/Contractors: $3,472
(Equine Assisted Therapy, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Thai Chi, Muay Thai, Yoga Om, Reiki, EFT)

Retreat facility and accommodation: $5981 

Catering For All Food & Beverage: $5500

Supplies & Care Packages: $1145
(Art Therapy Supplies, Journals, Workbooks, Blankets, Closing Ceremony Gifts, Miscellaneous Supplies)

Other Expenses: $1365
(Insurance, Van Rental - Transportation to and from Equine Assisted Therapy Ranch)

Total Cost To Fund 1 Time To Heal Retreat with 8 Survivors Attending: $35,383

Cost To Give The Gift Of Healing For 1 Survivor: $4400

We are halfway there and have already raised the money to sponsor 4 survivors for the upcoming 2023 Retreat, which means we have only 4 more survivors to raise funds for!

Total Goal $17,600 (4 survivors X $4400)

Donate now and be the reason a survivor finds healing today!

With Love & Gratitude,

Leha Marshall, Crystal Wood and The Time To Heal Team
U Grow Girl Co-Founders


  • Cedar Cavanagh-Marsh
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
  • Wendy McGhghy
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Pascale Hansen
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Dauna Geddes
    • $200 
    • 1 yr
  • Vallerie Byrne
    • $5 
    • 2 yrs

Fundraising team (4)

Crystal Wood
Salmon Arm, BC
Brenda Wood
Team member
Bree Blackstaffe
Team member
Leha Marshall
Team member

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