23rd Annual Alabama Heartsong Retreat

"Inspire, Love, Serve"
Save the Dates:  May 4-6, 2016

Heartsong Retreat
The Alabama Heartsong Retreat is an interfaith spiritual retreat for adults living with HIV and AIDS, for those who work in the epidemic and for caregivers.

The primary mission is for each participant to take the time to listen to one another’s "heartsong" and to use what is learned to continue spiritual growth.

Persons living with HIV are given priority. Caregivers are also encouraged to participate. Most participants are from Alabama, but some persons come from other states in the southeast.

The Alabama Heartsong Retreat has been coordinated by the 1917 Clinic at UAB since 1993 and is planned each year by past participants and staff members. This is our 23rd year! 

The retreat is limited to 60 individuals who are committed to the mission and covenant of the retreat.

When:    Wednesday, May 04 - Friday, May 06, 2016

Heartsong 2016 will be held Wednesday, May 04 through Friday, May 06, 2016. Participants arrive between 9:30-11:30am on Wednesday and depart at 2:30pm on Friday.

Where:   Camp McDowell, Nauvoo, AL

The retreat will be held at Camp McDowell, an Episcopal Church Camp and Conference Center for the Diocese of Alabama. Camp McDowell is located in Nauvoo, AL (near Jasper, AL) 90 minutes NW of Birmingham. (MAP)  Accommodations are motel style with two people per room. All meals are provided on-site by the retreat center. See www.campmcdowell.com for more information.

Why:   Spiritual Connection Matters

Studies have shown that attitude is a crucial factor in the long-term survival of any serious illness, especially HIV disease. A person's spiritual journey or awareness of God and others can positively impact attitude in ways that build hope, strength, and peace in one's life.


Applications will be mailed out to past participants in February 2016 and will be available in the 1917 Clinic’s reception area. You may also access an application by clicking on the following link:

The total cost of the retreat is $160.00. A non-refundable application fee of $30 is required with submission.  Information about where to send checks can be found in the column to the right.

Space is limited to 60 participants who are committed to the purpose and covenants of the retreat.

For more information, to make a donation, or to join the Heartsong mailing list, please 

Phone Us: (205) 975-9103, or

Email: Chris Hamlin, 1917 Chaplain, chamlin@uab.edu, or Kelly Ross-Davis, krd@uab.edu