© 2016 by Megann McGill


CHAT Retreat is a place where meaningful connections with others are created and nurtured. CHAT stands for Community, Harmony, Advocacy and Transcendence as this retreat brings adults who stutter together to share ideas and build camaraderie.


It’s a place where individuals who stutter can learn to be a powerful voice in their community to inspire positive change. We at CHAT Retreat believe through personal recognition of one’s unique attributes, adults who stutter can build the necessary self confidence to conquer any speaking situation. 


Additional Information

  • CHAT Retreat will take place at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach, OR on Labor day weekend (08/30/2019-09/02/2019). The cost of the retreat will be $180.00 per person, which will include lodging for three nights and eight meals. 

  • ​CHAT Retreat will be facilitated by Oregon-based SLPs who specialize in fluency disorders and SLP graduate student clinicians from Portland State University


  • Would you like to make a contribution to CHAT retreat? If so, please follow these steps:  

    • Go to 

    • Click the green "Give SPHR Program" buttom at the top of the page 

    • Enter the amount you would like to donate and select "one-time gift" 

    • Under the comments section type "CHAT Retreat Donation"

    • Click the green "continue" button at the bottom of the page 

    • Fill in your personal information and click the green "check out" button at the bottom of the page

    • Enter your payment information and click the blue "complete payment" button at the bottom of the page 

    • Complete the transaction - retain email or printed receipt 

    • If you would like a donation receipt please e-mail chatretreat@gmail.com with your donation receipt 


We appreciate your support! With your contribution you are helping us provide transportation to all our participants to and from the camp site.

Retreat Schedule


Arrival Day - Friday (08/30/2019)

  • 4:30-5:00pm: Check in

    • Fill out Pre-OASES/social connection

    • Review paperwork, hand out t-shirt

    • Schedule

    • Journal, towel, and make name tags 

  • 5:30-6:30pm: Dinner

  • 6:30-7:00pm: Orientation

    • Welcome to camp

    • Review mission and philosophy

    • Review schedule

    • Review journals

    • Introduce staff

  • 7:00-7:30pm: Introduce pods.

    • Team building exercise - Human scavenger hunt

  • 7:30-8:00pm: Meditation

  • 8:00pm-8:30pm: Create Goals Activity (in journal)

  • 8:30pm-9:30pm: Campfire 

    • Two Truths and a Lie Activity

  • 10:00pm: Retire


Full Day - Saturday (08/31/2019)

  • 7:00am-7:30am: Wake up

  • 8:00am-9:00am: Breakfast

  • 9:15am-10:00am: Ladder Activity (Pods)

  • 10:00am-12:00pm: IMPROV with Curious Comedy (2 hour workshop)

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: Curious Comedy Show

  • 2:00pm-4:30pm: Pod choice breakout session 1  (pick 2, all activities offered in two separate time slots. One activity will be before dinner and one activity will be after dinner.)

    • Hike

    • Art Activity: Tye-dye shirts and wood coasters

    • Ropes Course

    • Water sports

    • Archery

    • Giant Swing

    • Challenge Course

  • 4:30pm-5:00pm: Break

  • 5:00pm-6:00pm: Dinner

  • 6:00pm-7:15pm: Pod choice of breakout session 2

    • Hike

    • Art Activity: Tye-dye shirts, wood coasters, and canvas activity

    • Ropes Course

    • Archery

    • Giant Swing

    • Challenge Course

  • 7:15pm-7:30pm: Break

  • 7:30-9:00pm: Movie screening

  • 9:00-10:00pm: Campfire

    • Rose, Thorn, Bud Activity (music, conversations, smores)


Full Day - Sunday (09/01/2019)

  • 7:00am-7:30am: Wake up

  • 8:00am-9:00am: Breakfast

  • 9:00am-10:30am: Scavenger hunt/tower team building activity

  • 10:30am- 11:00am: Break

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Camp Magruder Activity

    • Hike

    • Art Activity: Tye-dye shirts, wood coasters, and canvas activity

    • Ropes Course

    • Water sports

    • Archery

    • Giant Swing

    • Challenge Course

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Decorate flag with pods

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Capture the Flag, archery, or nature walk

  • 2:30pm-3:00pm: Break

  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Intersectionality - different identities

    • Identity Markers Activity 

  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Decorate puzzle pieces

  • 4:30pm-5:00pm: Letter to self

  • 5:00pm-6:00pm: Dinner

  • 6:15pm-6:45pm: Journal Activity or Vision Boards

  • 6:45pm-7:45pm: Sunset Yoga

  • 7:45pm-9:00pm: Puzzle Activity

  • 9:00pm-10:00pm: If you really knew me activity


Departure Day - Monday (09/02/2019)

  • 7:00am-7:30am: Wake up and pack

  • 7:45am-8:00am: Group camp picture

  • 8:00am-8:45am: Breakfast  

  • 9:00am-10:00am: Small group sessions

    • Talk about goals in pods

    • Review and create new goals (all within in the same group)

    • Fill out the OASES/post social connection

  • 10:00-10:30am: Camp Video

  • 10:30-11:00am: Goodbyes

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Please fill out the application form if you are interested in attending CHAT Retreat. An alternative dietary request form is also available for participants with specific dietary needs. Additionally, a financial assistance form is available for those needing assistance to cover the cost of the retreat. Submit all completed forms to CHATRetreat@gmail.com.

CHAT Retreat Directors

Daniela Marquina Cuevas is from San Diego, CA and is a first-year graduate student at Portland State University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her clinical interests include pediatric dysphagia, speech sound disorders, language development and disorders, and stuttering. Daniela strongly believes that sensitivity to different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives can create a space where everyone feels comfortable expressing who they are. When she isn't studying, you can find her exploring Portland, watching Netflix, or traveling back home. 

Laura Shea is first-year graduate student at Portland State University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is primarily interested in pediatric medical, specifically infant swallowing impairments. On her spare time she loves to hike, snowboard, wake board, play soccer, and hang out with friends and family. Laura is a big movie buff and is a total nerd when it comes to Game of Thrones. She loves being outside, whether it be rain, shine, sleet, or snow, and you can always find her looking for any dog that is willing to let her pet them. 

Felix Yeung is a first-year graduate student at Portland State University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. His clinical interests include working with adults in a medical setting. He enjoys playing badminton and competes at tournaments several times per year.

Elizabeth "Elle" Cazier is a first-year graduate student at Portland State University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is interested in working with pediatric medical, early intervention, traumatic brain injury and stuttering populations. Elle completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She has been a certified yoga instructor for over 8 years, and feels passionate about incorporating yoga principles into treatment with clients. She believes that skills of body awareness, mindfulness, and self-compassion make a valuable addition to clinical therapy techniques. She values creating a genuine human connection when working with clients, and the consideration of the whole person rather than treating communicative disorder symptoms exclusively. Elle is eager to share her knowledge as a clinician and yoga instructor with adults who stutter.

Megan Berry  is a first year graduate student at Portland State University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is interested in the use of telepractice therapy for clients who stutter. Her clinical interests also include social communication and pediatric neurological disorders. Her hobbies include running, backpacking, traveling, and hanging with her dog. 

We would like to say thank you to Christy Bisconer, Denise Nguyen, Lindsey Johnson Taylor, and Alla Bess for being the founders of CHAT Retreat. This retreat is possible because of the strong foundation these individuals built a year ago. We hope to take their creation and build upon it to create an environment where we continue to inspire, community, harmony, advocacy, and transcendence.


CHAT Retreat SLP Supervisors

Megann McGill PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. She is  the Primary Investigator in the PSU Stuttering Lab. She received her bachelor's, master's, and PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Megann's research and clinical interests include fluency disorders, telepractice, and bilingualism. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on her research. Additionally, Megann has been an invited presenter to Portland Public Schools, the National Stuttering Association - Portland Chapter, and SABOR (SLPs Advocating for Bilingualism in Oregon). Clinically, Megann has worked as a Spanish-English bilingual SLP in acute care, private practice, home health, and educational settings. On the weekends, Megann enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and miniature-schnauzer, Lulu. 

Glenn Weybright is a person who stutters and a Portland speech language pathologist. He holds a Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Portland State University, the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency under certification standards established by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. He also teaches university graduate students who take the Stuttering class at Portland State University. Glenn is a founding member of the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association.


Glenn was born in Astoria Oregon and grew up in Warrenton Oregon and St. Helens Oregon, both Columbia River towns. His father was a commercial fisherman when they lived on the coast. Glenn’s love of water and fishing and boats comes from there. Glenn and his wife Debbie have four grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Beaverton Oregon.


Glenn began stuttering at age 11. At age 20 he received speech therapy at Portland State University and learned tools to help him manage his stuttering. 


Glenn met his wife while both were taking a biology lab at Portland State University. He was impressed with her positive attitude and scalpel skill as she dissected a fetal pig.


Glenn has spent time at Meadowood Springs, a speech therapy summer camp in the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Everyone there had camp names. His camp name was Possum.


Glenn likes running. He has run 15 times in the famous Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay races. He has also run four marathons in Portland. On the day he turned 50, Glenn walked and ran 50 miles around Portland with friends and family keeping him company.


Glenn also likes hiking, fishing, clam digging and crabbing, and kayaking and canoeing. For years, he was a member of a competitive Portland dragon boat paddling club called Hampton Woods. Glenn also enjoys biking, camping, reading, and writing. His favorite foods are yakisoba noodles and chocolate.


Glenn has worked as a kayak guide in Sitka, Alaska and Ridgefield, Washington. He is also a card-carrying Angler Instructor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is probably the only person in Portland who collects beaver sticks (he has over 50). In his spare time, you might find him practicing fly casting out in the street in front of his house.