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.

Taylor Hanes

Taylor Founder of Taylor Made Retreat Addiction recovery in Portland

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. Taylor remained sober until his death in August of 2013.

Taylor had an amazing daughter named Michelle who grew up with a sober father, and his wife, Nancy, who was able to experience the “real” sober Taylor until he passed.

Taylor’s sobriety began in Huntington Beach, CA. His original sponsor, Dan, 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 practiced 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. He showed them how to see themselves in a new way, as they really were.. He taught them how 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 certainly worth it —lives were turned around, families were reunited, and new paths were forged. His efforts helped lift people off the scrap heap of life and onto the road to purposeful living.

Taylor called this method of working with his sponsees “womb to the tomb” because he walked people back through their lives from their earliest memories to the the present. Giving them skills to use for the rest of their lives. No matter what was going on in Taylor’s life, he intuitively knew what was needed to right the ship for the person he was working with. His impact was felt deeply. He housed people in his home. He gave people who were hopeless hope. He helped glue broken lives back together.

Taylor was deeply loved by many, especially by Taylor Made Retreat founder, Lowell MacGregor. Taylor was instrumental in Lowell’s recovery. Lowell spent years wondering how he could honor Taylor’s legacy.  It is the hope of Lowell and all who support this project that the principles Taylor embodied will be carried on in the lives of those who come to the retreat to heal.

Taylor Made Retreat

Taylor Made Retreat Addiction recovery in Portland outdoor grounds

Taylor Made Retreat is housed in a 1933 mansion on SW Walker Rd, in Beaverton, Oregon Just a stone’s 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.