Our retreat theme this year will be, "Fierce as a Mother"!


No one is as fierce as a special needs mom!  Use this year's retreat to bring out your inner lioness and let her roar!"

This year's retreat will be so much fun and allow you the much needed space to relax and recharge!

About our retreat

It is our mission to not only connect and support our special needs families but to find ways to enhance their lives. This retreat will be a perfect combination of activities and events to provide rest, rejuvenation and community with other mothers of special needs children.

Our #GiveMomABreak Retreat will be a powerful time of rest and relaxation to help our moms gain clarity, peace and calming, and focus to return ready to jump back into the daily routine of appointments and schedules, while doing it with a fresh perspective and knowledge on basic self care practices to keep the whole family feeling balanced. 

We will come together for an amazing 3 nights where special needs moms can take a much deserved break and learn and practice self care with professionals in the field of yoga & meditation, health & nutrition, and stress reduction practices while enjoying the community of being surrounded by like minded women on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Florida panhandle.

ECEF contributes approximately half the cost of this retreat to help make this event affordable for our special needs moms to attend. 


Donate today to help us make it possible for moms to attend this retreat!

Business Sponsorship Packages are also available!

When: January 14, 2022 - January 17, 2022
Where: Margaritaville Beach Hotel, Pensacola Beach, FL

What’s included:

  • 3 night accommodationsEnjoy a 3 night stay at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach, FL

  • Breakfast and Lunch Breakfast and Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday

  • Welcome BagGet a welcome bag filled with goodies and a t-shirt!

  • Dynamic WorkshopsDesigned to introduce you to concepts, tools and activities in order to learn to love yourself FIRST and learn from experts in the fields of health, mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, and self-care!

  • Yoga Sessions Yoga sessions designed to release tension from the body and mind; a playful and creative practice designed to meet every individual where they are.

  • Meditation SessionsMeditation sessions that cultivate a sense of stillness, peace and mindfulness into our hearts, minds and physical bodies.

  • Free Time Use your free time to explore dozens of local restaurants and boutique shopping within a quick bike ride from our stunning beachfront location and/or relax by the pool, take a nap- just breathe.


Retreat Packages

Overnight Guest


Our overnight stay package includes:

  • 3 night stay at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach, FL

  • Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

  • Lunch or dinner on Saturday and Sunday

  • Retreat Goodie Bag and T-Shirt


* You may add an additional guest to your reservation for $150. The  the primary registrant will pay the deposit and balance. You will be responsible for splitting the cost with additional guest.

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Give a Gift Donations

Give a mom you love a gift certificate towards the cost of her retreat registration!


* All money donated in a mom's name will support her retreat costs.

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend the #GiveMomABreak Retreat?

The retreat is open only to mothers of children with special needs.

Is there a deposit for the retreat?

Yes, a $100 deposit is required to book your retreat. You can either pay $100 and sign up for the payment plan or pay in full.

Are payment plans available?

Yes! In order to start the payment plan, you must pay the $100 deposit and then follow the payment schedule as outlined in the registration form. The system we are using for our registration will send you a reminder to the email address you signed up with. If you miss a payment, it will be rolled into the next payment. Any payments missed will be due by January 3, 2021 or you will forfeit your spot.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Yikes - NOOOOO say it ain’t so! Ok, we get it. Life happens. Our registration fees, however, are non-refundable but are transferrable to another special needs mom. If you do not transfer your retreat to someone else, any amount that you’ve paid towards your retreat registration fee will be considered a charitable donation to our 501c3.

What do I need to bring?

Whatever you need to be comfortable! Don’t stress, we will send out a packing list and itinerary in early January so you can prep ahead!

Are there scholarships available?

We are able to offer partial scholarships for the 2022 retreat. Scholarships will be no more than $200 per mom, but the exact amount will not be known until mid-December. Please complete the scholarship form and email it with the required documentation to momsevents@emeraldcoastexceptionalfamilies.org by December 18, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Our goal is to make this as affordable to our special needs moms as possible, by keeping our registration fee low for the retreat. Help us spread the word and share our event!