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Shuswap flower farm hosts second retreat for child sexual abuse victims

U Grow Girl has raised over $60K with flower sales, community donations
Shuswap fundraising flower farm U Grow Girl has raised over $60,000 and will host its second Time to Heal retreat for survivors of child sexual abuse. (Contributed)

A flowery fundraiser is once again helping Shuswap survivors heal, bond and empower each other.

U Grow Girl is a flower farm in Salmon Arm that plants with a purpose, selling high quality flowers to fund the Time to Heal retreat that allows survivors of child sexual abuse to gather together in a safe place.

The flower farm has been in operation for four years, raising funds and accepting donations from community contributors.

The farm recently announced it has raised over $60,000 to allow survivors to attend the retreat free of charge.

Founded by Leha Marshall and Crystal Wood, both survivors themselves, the retreat is celebrating its second year bringing together survivors, support team members, holistic and therapeutic practitioners and a clinical supervisor, as well as a neuroscientist. The retreat itself lasts five days and offers over 40 hours of community building and trauma-informed education, reads a U Grow Girl news release.

“Your support is not just a contribution; it’s a lifeline for survivors seeking healing, hope and a brighter future,” said the U Grow Girl co-founders.

“I left the retreat a much different person than the one that arrived, not that you could tell from the outside but from how I felt on the inside,” shared a survivor who attended the first retreat.

“I left with such peace and knowing that those scary parts of myself could be touched in a way that didn’t re-traumatize me. Among my fellow attendees I found my new sisters.”

This year’s retreat will take place Nov. 15-19. For more information, visit U Grow Girl’s website or follow them on social media.

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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