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Host or Lead a Retreat

Together, we can help reach the lost.

Have a nice facility?

Host a Retreat

Do you have a facility that can accommodate 50 – 100 people, accommodate overnight stays, and have a heart for advancing addiction recovery? We need you! Consider hosting a retreat at your facility and bring transformation to your community.

Are you Ready to Lead?

Become a Retreat Leader

Came to Believe retreat leaders are responsible for building the teams that manage all aspects of running Came to Believe retreats. Leaders must display and espouse the core beliefs, values, and Christian principles that were held by the founders of AA, and the original 12 Step recovery method that promised permanent recovery. They must have a working knowledge of Annette Nelson and Clarence Snyder’s intent and purpose for starting the Florida retreat in 1967 and practice their methodology of taking individuals and groups through the Steps. Each leader must be able to clearly articulate the grassroots history of AA, its origin within the Oxford group, the use of the Bible as spiritual inspiration, and the ultimate expression of the God the founders understood.

The job role is that of servant leader. A servant leader coaches, educates, shares power and demonstrates trust in, and respect for, others abilities. The leader serves the people. Retreat leaders must possess the attributes of patience and tolerance and must be effective communicators and listeners.

CTB retreat leaders lead by example, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.


  • Has a minimum of 5 years sobriety (desirable) or is co-leader with someone with significant sobriety.
  • Has attended at least 1 CTB retreat (multiple retreat attendance desirable)
  • Has worked alongside retreat leaders and has participated on at least 1 leadership team
  • Has read the Big Book and has a working knowledge and significant ability to speak with authority on the first 5 chapters
  • Is able to effectively take someone through their steps as the founders did
  • Has read Dr. Bob and the Good Old Timers and can overview the history presented in the book
  • Understands the goals Clarence Snyder had in mind when he and Annette Nelson started the first retreats in 1966
  • Understands how the founders and first AA’s got recovered
  • Understands the spiritual practices and principles of the program
  • Understands the key part the Bible played in early A.A.
  • Understands how Came To Believe supports A.A., especially with newcomers
  • Has sponsored people in the program
  • Has experience speaking or has co-leader who carries the public speaking responsibilities
  • Is fiscally responsible
  • Can make quick, informed, and intelligent decisions


  • Establish an appropriate venue with accommodations and facilities to conduct a retreat
  • Establish methods of receiving funds and paying bills (budget, bank account/checking account)
  • Select effective appropriate speakers
  • Ensure that the program Master of Ceremonies is appropriate and capable.
  • Determine 12 Step workshop format (single presenter, panel or small groups)
  • Use Legacy Guide for Step workshop regardless of 12 Step experience format
  • Coordinate a follow-up strategy to engage and help retreat attendees continue to grow and work steps 10,11 and 12 on a daily basis
  • Organize and lead a team around core retreat functions:
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Budget, finance and registration
    • Acquiring all ancillary books and materials for retreat attendees
    • Shopping for snacks, drinks, coffee and other supplies as necessary
    • Set up, greeting, logistics, A/V and breakdown/cleanup

*Many of the early retreats as well as several current retreats are led by married couples or two co-leading individuals. We recognize that this is a family disease and that inclusion of spouses and family members within the leadership team is appropriate and welcome.

Tom is committed to the CTBR mission to #ENDADDICTION throughout the world and to help all the broken learn how to become free and Live in The Go. He makes it a priority to work with alcoholics one on one whenever possible.

Tom Williams is the CEO of Came to Believe Recovery since 2018. Attending well over 100 retreats made Tom uniquely qualified to lead the movement. While Came to Believe Retreats have been around for decades, this coalition of leaders was essentially a startup, requiring universal branding, training, and materials for all events. Tom is a veteran of the US Army and spent 15 years as a fitness professional. Once RECOVERED, Tom earned an undergraduate degree in business followed by an MBA — graduating with high honors. Tom worked as a recruiter for Centenary University and advanced to become the Director of Business Development. Tom has a passion for running and weight training and his favorite hobby is playing guitar.

Casarah joined Came to Believe Recovery in 2021. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Science from Muhlenberg College and has a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University. Casarah previously worked for Morris County Prevention is Key-C.A.R.E.S as the peer services coordinator. At C.A.R.E.S, Casarah ran recovery meetings, did outreach to high risk populations/homeless populations, handed out Narcan while teaching the individuals how to use it, and supported all individuals that entered the recovery center. She has taken training such as Peer Recovery Specialist Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Trans/Queer/LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence. Casarah entered this field because she wanted to be a part of creating a continuum of care for those with substance use disorders and others struggling that is based on compassion and unconditional support.