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"Aspie's Retreat is not your neurotypical experience."

Every family tree has leaves, branches, and roots affected by Autism. We at Aspie's Retreat, want to enrich the lives of everyone on the Autism Spectrum by expanding their experiences.

A Safe Place for Aspies

The facility is dedicated to making each of its guests comfortable. It is a safe place where those on the Autism spectrum can relax and enjoy a non-judgemental zone.

Activities Abound

Guests can enjoy a rich variety of indoor activities such as painting, pottery, photography, music, and yoga.

"The outdoors await you!"

Aspie's Retreat is close to the Ironman course, so swimming, mountian biking, and trail riding abound. St George, Utah is a vacation paradise.

Explore all of Nature

Aspie's Retreat is nestled in the natural beauty of Southern Utah, so breathtaking views abound. The red sandstone of Zion National Park is just 25 miles away.

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Welcome to Aspie's Retreat

 

Serving individuals and families affected by Autism. 

Our goal is to bring all of us together.

 

The other day I was asked why I use the puzzle pieces as a symbol of Autism.  I answered that it was because of "symbol recognition."  I have since pondered the question and have developed a more profound response that is closer to my heart.

I do not subscribe to the notion that the puzzle piece symbolizes the "missing pieces within an autistic child."  Instead, I view our community and society as the giant jigsaw puzzle.  Each individual piece represents a person.  Every person in the community adds to the community's depth, breath, and texture.   When every piece is interlinked a beautiful mosaic is produced.

I become frustrated when I invest all the time to put a puzzle together only to find the last two pieces are missing.  The picture just doesn't seem finished. Imagine our community or society jigsaw puzzle where one out of every 50 pieces were missing. When the community or society marginalizes those with autism it removes one out of 50 pieces of the puzzle.  Likewise, when those with autism choose to remove themselves from the community, we as a community lose some of our depth, breath, and texture.

Two phrases are displayed on my dresser. One reads, "How monotonous the sounds of the forest would be if the music came only from the Top Ten birds."  by Dan Bennett.

The second phrase reads, " To the world you may be one person, But to one person you may be the world."

 

In short, our puzzle piece symbolizes a challenge to search out the missing, forgotten, and secluded pieces to add them back to the picture as a whole.  Our logo represents that joining of the pieces into a circle .

 

Jed Gardner

   

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