In 2016, in partnership with others, Miriam's Heart helped to facilitate the Cruising with Connection - parent training and respite cruise. Adoptive and foster parents arrived frazzled and frayed and left passionate and encouraged as trauma-informed, rested, and knowledgeable parents.
In 2021, a group of trainers gathered to revive the idea and bring the Thrive Retreat to restore, train and renew parents. Join us as a couple, individually or with a friend. This program is flexible and meant to offer plenty of time to learn, rest, and play! To THRIVE!
Ph.D.,LCDC - Trauma-Informed Coach & Consultant
Dr. Angie Proctor is a wife 23 years, and a mom to two teenagers, AnMarie and Wil. She also has an adopted sister who is grown and now has a beautiful family of her own. Dr. Proctor has worked with at-risk children and teens since 2001. Read more
TBRI Practitioner, Parent Mentor, MS Child and Adolescent Psychology
Speaker, author and co-founder and President of Miriam’s Heart, Elizabeth Occhipinti leads this New Jersey based non-profit that provides support to adopted and foster children and families. Elizabeth and her husband Jim first developed Miriam’s Heart in 2009. Read More
Mazî Travel was designed based on the word 'Mazî'. In the Italian language, it means 'together'. Because together matters. That's my focus.
I want to bring people together in ways that create memories that'll last a lifetime.
3 Night Retreat
4 Night Retreat
5 Night Retreat
"This [trip] was the true meaning of ALL INCLUSIVE to us! You don't find many opportunities to get training for foster/adoption parents where you can really get to know others who are literally in the same boat! We found connections with everyone in the group, and had many opportunities to speak one on one with the parents trainers. The other awesome part of this [trip] is that you are on vacation too!! It's a much needed break from everyday life routines. We reconnected as a couple as well as self care this week. After fostering siblings for 3 years they were finally reunited with their families. It was hard emotionally on us as a couple as we were hoping to adopt. God has other plans for us and after this [trip] we are ready to take in kids who need our love and compassion. Many thanks to all who made this [gathering] to connect possible!!" - Past Participant
"This training was one of the best things we've done! I loved the laid back atmosphere, small group, access to trainers and the respite. It was so encouraging to be with people who "get it". Plus, the suggestions for resources was invaluable. We had decided before the scholarship was offered that we were going; however, the scholarship was incredibly helpful in justifying the time required to get away. We would 100% do it all over again" -Past Participant
"This was a marriage-saving cruise for me and my husband. It gave us the training and respite we need to jump back into our family!" - Past Participant