Healing Waters Awards Dinner: Renaissance

We are incredibly excited about the upcoming Healing Waters First Annual Awards Dinner: Renaissance on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Historic Verdi Club in San Francisco. For ticket sales, please go to our Eventbrite page by clicking here.

We will be honoring HIV and AIDS Activist and San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, long time community leader and human rights champion, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and revered conservationists Bill and Robin Center.

The theme of the event is Renaissance or rebirth. As the HIV and AIDS epidemic stretches now more than four decades, our clients and community have new hope as they look to the future in ways they have never been able to before. And as an addiction crisis sweeps across California, our clients in addiction recovery programs have taught us that creating a caring community and providing rewarding wilderness experiences can be a game changer on their paths to new beginnings.


 Community Leadership: 


We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to honor San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy as Community Leader of the year.  Supervisor Sheehy is also the Communications Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, was a founding member of the Steering Committee of San Francisco’s Getting to Zero Consortium whose goals are to make San Francisco the first city to achieve the three UNAIDS goals:  zero new infections, zero HIV deaths, and zero HIV stigma.  Because of the work of Supervisor Sheehy and others like him, we are moving closer toward something that was once a distant dream, reducing HIV transmission rates to zero in San Francisco and creating a model for other cities nationwide. 



Diversity and Equality Leadership:


We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (The Sisters) as the Diversity and Equality Leader of the Year.  Since 1978 The Sisters have devoted themselves to community service, and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights and respect for diversity.  For decades they have used humor to combat sometimes overwhelming obstacles and believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty.  The Sisters have grown throughout the U.S. and are currently a network of orders, which are mostly nonprofit charitable organizations that raise money for AIDS LGBT-related causes, and mainstream community service organizations while promoting safer sex and educating others about the harmful effects of drug use.  The Sisters are credited with raising over $1 million for charity.

Legacy Award: 


We are proud to be able to honor Bill (posthumously) and Robin Center in the creation of The Bill and Robin Center Award.  Bill and Robin owned and operated Camp Lotus Lodge and Rafting Resort near Coloma. Long time conservationists and reknown advocates for the environment they helped shape the county and future of the Sierra Nevada.  Bill and Robin started their married lives in 1976 in a teepee near the American River and eventually built an off grid sod house which used solar power.  They purchased Camp Lotus in 1978 and became the center of a rafting and conservationist community.  Bill served as an El Dorado County Supervisor in 1990 and founded the advocacy organization Friends of the River. 


In addition to the opportunity to celebrate our honorees, the Healing Waters Annual Awards Dinner offers us a chance to raise needed funds to support our clients throughout the year.  Again, for ticket sales, please go to our Eventbrite page by clicking here.

Guide Training - 2018


Train to become a Volunteer Whitewater Rafting Guide with a fabulous non-profit organization!



Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures is a non-profit organization that offers outdoor trips specifically for people with HIV and AIDS.  Working with qualified volunteers, we strive to provide an emotionally and physically safe environment in the outdoors for individuals to take a moment to celebrate living, develop a community, and help them challenge their own beliefs about their strengths and abilities.
Healing Waters will train you to be a volunteer whitewater raft guide on the South Fork American River!  In return, we ask that you volunteer a few weekends of your summer to take our clientele down river.  Whether you are an adrenaline junky or just love outdoor service work this will be an amazing and rewarding endeavor.

Cost of guide training is $425 and covers classroom materials, five on-river weekend trainings, and meals. 
Swift Water Rescue is a separate cost of $250 and conducted by Sierra Rescue.

(Partial scholarships are typically available for these courses)


 Click here for a copy of our 2018 guide training schedule:
2018 Guide Training Schedule


Click here for a copy of our guide application:

2018 Guide Application (Online Form)

2018 Guide Application (Hard Copy)

If you have questions regarding guide training, email:   Delton@hwaters.org



AIDS Walk San Francisco

AIDS Walk San Francisco is a 10k fundraising walk and run in Golden Gate Park on July 15, 2018. This event benefits ACRIA, Project Open Hand, Positive Resource Center and Bay Area AIDS service organizations, including Healing Waters.

Join our AIDS Walk team either as a day-of-event Walker, or as a Virtual one and support the organization. We can’t do it without you! 

The Healing Waters team check-in table will be located in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park where AIDS Walk begins, meeting at 8:30am. All team tables are alphabetized in each section. 

See you at the Park! 
Ben Schaeffer, Healing Waters AIDS Walk Team Captain, 2013-2016, 2018