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Taylor Made Spiritual Retreat is a place where those desiring recovery from drugs or alcohol can seek fellowship, spiritual awakening and receive a fresh design on life through the 12 steps.

in memory of
Taylor Hanes

 

This program is Taylor Made for the those who are suffering from our horrible disease - named after a man who was legendary in the Seattle/Maple Valley area in the 80’s and 90’s and in Wenatchee after that – Taylor Hanes.

 
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Taylor Made Retreat is housed in a 1933 mansion on SW Walker Rd, in Beaverton, Oregon Just a stones throw away from downtown Portland. This 6,500 square foot “Castle” was built by the ex-boxer and bootlegger Phil Polsky. The home was used to host lavish parties, boxing matches and wild affairs of various sorts during prohibition. The irony is not lost on those of us committed to recovery that this site started out as a bit of a debauched abode. The rich history and quiet setting make Taylor Made Retreat the perfect place to implement a spiritual life - or have one revived. the residents of Taylor Made Retreat will be applying the 12 steps as a design for living. thus empowering them to find a spiritual solution to their substance abuse disorders. Taylor Made Retreat is committed to providing a loving and supportive living space for those residents intent on implementing the spiritual design for living as outlined in the 12 steps of recovery.

Our staff and volunteers are all front row members of the 12 step community and their goal is to facilitate a complete psychic change in you.


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Taylor Hanes was born on March 28,1933, but to hear him tell the story, his life didn’t fully begin until he achieved sobriety on December 15, 1967.  His final drinking spell was said be the result of learning that his new bride was not interested in having children; Taylor was heartbroken at the news and his natural response (pre-spiritual solution) was to turn to the bottle.  After disappearing from his home for three days, he returned and his wife relented.  Happily for them both, their daughter Michelle was born 18 months later in June of 1968.

Taylor never drank again until his death in August of 2013.  Michelle grew up with a father who was sober and his wife Nancy was able to experience the “real” Taylor.

Taylor’s sobriety started in Huntington Beach with his original sponsor Dan, who introduced him to Alcoholics Anonymous and to the importance of carrying the message of the 12 steps to others.  Their home group was called the “Spiritual Mother F%*#ers” in order to celebrate the movement and to eradicate swearing in meetings.  They may not have been conventional, but they helped a lot of people. They also helped to solidify the 4th Tradition - Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA. as a whole.

Taylor had a unique style of working with men. He held up a mirror to those he was stewarding, helping them to see themselves in a new way (as they really were) and helping them to take responsibility for their lives, rather than being victims of circumstance.  Having that spotlight shined on people wasn’t always comfortable; but the result was - lives were turned around, families were reunited and new paths were forged.  His efforts lifted people off the scrap heap of life and onto the road to success.

 Taylor called this method of working with his sponsorees “womb to the tomb” because he walked people back through their lives from their earliest memories to the the present. No matter what Taylor’s physical or mental condition, he seemed able to recall what was needed to right the ship for the person he was talking to at the time.

His impact was felt deeply.He housed people in his home, he took on the people that were hopeless and gave them hope and he helped glue broken lives back together. 

Taylor was deeply loved by many, especially by Founder, Lowell MacGregor, who was given a new life by Taylor and who has spent the last 28 years wondering how he could ever honor his memory properly. Lowell and all those who have supported this project hope that the principles Taylor embodied in his life will be carried on for years after his passing.

 

our board

 
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Karen Willock

Karen Willock CADC II graduated from Omaha School of Nursing in 1969 and practiced as an LPN for 10 years. Certified alcohol and drug counselor since 1984. Employment includes: Providence Chemical Dependency Program treating addictions from 1984 to 1992. Offering direct service to clients and becoming a Team Leader. Springbrook NW, now known as Hazelden Betty Ford Program, from 1992 to 1998 offering direct service to clients and working in the extend care program. From 1998 to 2012 with Serenity Lane Health Services she served as a direct line counselor, Out Patient Manager and Director of Out Patient Programs until 2012. From 2012-2016 she was VP of Clinical Services with Serenity Lane.

In 2016 she completed the yearlong Intern Certification Program with Wisdom and Recovery in Portland Oregon and is currently Certified in the use of the 20 Concepts. This is a program that teaches clients how to use the 20 Concepts to manage PTSD and Childhood Attachment Trauma. She is currently offering these services at Wisdom and Recovery by individual sessions, educational classes and support groups with continued focus with addicted clients.

She is also a group facilitator for the Washington Physicians Health Program Monitoring Health Care Providers struggling with addictions or mental health afflictions since 1996. In addition, she works as an Ethics Investigator for the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon.


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Anthony McNamer

Anthony McNamer is an attorney (Stanford Law ’95) and real estate investor.  He also owns Expunged Records (an indie record label) and The Original Pronto Pup (restaurant) and always has several other things in the works.  When not spending time with his family, or working on one of his various business ventures, he enjoys collecting collecting and working on vintage cars, snowboarding, performing stand-up comedy, and mixed martial arts.


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Madelaine Parmley

Bio coming soon...


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Terry Leckron-Myers

Terry has been an active member in long term recovery. She has participated on the Partnership for Safety and Justice board since 2006, having many years of experience working with individuals with multiple barriers to entering into mainstream life and employment due to substance abuse disorder. Her passion is to always find multiple ways to working with individuals who struggle with finding recovery and Taylor Made Retreat is a great opportunity to finding a spiritual solution to a spiritual problem. Terry is currently the Mentor Program Director at Bridges to Change, empowering people by strengthening individuals and families affected by addiction, mental health, poverty, and homelessness. Terry has led people in recovery to making social changes as lead organizer for the Recovery Association Project in 2001. As Director of Central City Concern Portland Metro Worksource from 2003-2009, Terry created pathways to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in finding employment and integrating back into society. Terry feels strongly that all people deserve the chance to be tax paying citizens and live their lives with grace and dignity. Her interest in the board of Taylor Made Retreat is to continue creating hope throughout the community by programs that fit in line with her own personal and professional goals.


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April Broughton

April Broughton has spent most of her career managing large frontline, multinational operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. She is a leader with deep and broad experience in business and proven abilities to build teams and develop employees. After completing her successful business career, April returned to school and completed a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling.  She is now busy in her encore career as a Family Therapist for one of the countries most renowned residential treatment facilities. 

Throughout April’s 31 years of sobriety, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome challenges so that they may realize their full potential.


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Larry Boileau

Bio coming soon...


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Lowell MacGregor

Lowell lives one might say to help people to get that monkey off their back. Taylor Hanes shared the process of the 12 steps (which he loved enough to share it with anyone that was willing regardless of who that person was) with Lowell in 1990 and charged Lowell with doing the same with others. This Lowell has done this one on one for decades to great success however has maximized his potential on that front but wanted to share the message with more. When Lowell visited The Retreat in Wayzata, MN - he knew he had found the next level of sharing the 12 steps. Lowell has made it his mission to take the hard driving no-nonsense style of Taylor Hanes sharing of the steps to the next level and see how many people can be helped.