The STAR Experience

The first half of the STAR Retreat is the uncovering process, designed to help identify early sources of emotional wounding which may be impacting one's present life. The second half is the rebuilding process. Participants are offered opportunities to create a new blueprint— based upon the insight gained earlier— of the kind of life they want, free of the many patterns and symptoms which preceded their participation. 

Our wonderful and caring staff is comprised of all former STAR participants, many of whom are highly skilled and professionally recognized psychotherapists using both cognitive and experiential methods involving physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the human experience. 

Participants emerge with new tools for living, greater clarity in decision-making, and heightened skills in listening and communications. Upon leaving, participants have access to a wonderful community of STAR graduates and staff for continued support. 

STAR Retreat Registration

Enrollment begins with a call to the STAR office. We will answer any questions you have, and will offer gentle support as you determine if STAR is the right fit for you. Once you have decided to enroll, a deposit of $800 is needed to reserve your space. Your enrollment will continue with an intake appointment with STAR Clinical Director, Ken Ball, PhD, LMFT, followed by the completion of your registration documents and the payment of your tuition balance. A member of the STAR team is always available to assist you throughout the enrollment process. 


Retreat tuition is $5200 and includes:  Program Fees, Double Occupancy Room & Board, All Meals & Snacks, Bodywork Session, & Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Tucson International Airport

Retreat Tuition and Shuttle Payments are due no later than 30 days prior to the start of each retreat, unless other arrangements are accepted by the STAR office. Payments can be made online or by phone. Please contact the STAR office at 520.398.3105 with questions regarding enrollment and payment options. 


STAR participants and staff enjoy exclusive use of Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch in Sasabe, Arizona. This serene setting, in the high desert grasslands of southern Arizona, offers participants a safe, nurturing, and private space to do deep healing work. 

Rancho de la Osa is one of the most historic properties in the west. Enjoy scenic trails frequented by U.S. Presidents and legendary figures like Pancho Villa. Relax in the room where 'Gone with the Wind' author Margaret Mitchell stayed and the house where the Marshall Plan was drafted. The property offers expansive views and is surrounded by sweeping mountain ranges and rolling desert grasslands. Located approximately 70 miles southwest of Tucson, Rancho de la Osa is situated on 590 acres and is surrounded by an additional 120,000 acres of the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge, making it an ideal setting for our program. 

Enjoy comfortable and relaxing accommodations during your STAR retreat. Each room offers rustic charm along with modern conveniences like air-conditioning, and in-room coffee makers. Meals— breakfast, lunch, and dinner— are prepared on a daily schedule by the in-house chef. Self-service tea, coffee, and snacks are available throughout the day. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations are subject to the following policies:

More than 30 days prior:          Tuition deposit less a $250 administrative fee will be refunded. 
Less than 30 days prior:           Tuition deposit forfeited in its entirety.
Less than 14 days prior:           No Refund of tuition will be given. 
Other:                                       If you do not attend the program, are discharged from or leave the retreat early, you will not receive a refund. 

Payment in full is due 30 days prior to the retreat.

Upcoming STAR Retreats

Click on the image to be brought to the details for the retreat you wish to attend. 

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the STAR Foundation will resume regular retreat operations beginning with our Summer 2021 retreat scheduled for July 23rd - August 1st.

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 Tuition deposits made online will hold your space until other enrollment items are completed.
 Full tuition payments made online prior to clinical intake do not guarantee attendance at STAR.
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