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Virtual Retreats


The purpose of a Virtual Retreat is to provide the same information and support to TOPS and KOPS members who would otherwise be unable to attend an on-site retreat.

Who May Attend

Each Virtual Retreat has 48 openings for Adults (18 and older). Only paid, registered TOPS members will be allowed access to the Virtual Retreat sessions.

Not a member? You can join online and enjoy a full year of membership benefits. Call or email our retreat registrar (listed below) for assistance.

It is important to use the name under which you are a TOPS member when registering for the Virtual Retreat. Use this name also when signing in for the sessions. Retreatant names will be verified and those not registered will be denied access to sessions.

Session Structure and Content

Using the ZOOM platform, Virtual Retreats are held over 3 days and are divided into 5 topic-specific sessions.

  1. Eat the TOPS Way
  2. Think the TOPS Way
  3. Care the TOPS Way
  4. Cope and Move the TOPS Way
  5. Success the TOPS Way

The sessions, which run from 90-120 minutes, follow a standard format with each Retreat Director bringing her own signature style to the presentation. Days and times are specific to each retreat and outlined in the individual retreat listings.

Additional Guidelines

  • Nutritional information is from Real Life: The Hands-on Pounds-off Guide, which is available to registered retreatants at a discount.
  • Topics that may be controversial are not used as subject matter.
  • TOPS Rules and chapter situations are not subjects of discussion.
  • Confidential matters are respected and treated as such.
  • All sessions are live and will NOT be recorded.

Time Zones

All Virtual Retreats are listed in Central time. Please use to check the times in your area.

Required Hardware/Software

  • Communication will be through the use of Email.
    • The capacity to download and open attachments is required – printing is optional.
  • Virtual Retreats will be presented on the ZOOM platform.
    • A computer, laptop, iPad or notebook is recommended for the best virtual meeting experience because cell phones limit viewing and participation and may result in extra phone charges.
    • Internet access of sufficient speed to participate in a ZOOM meeting is needed.
    • Retreatants must have the technical knowledge/experience to comfortably access and participate in a virtual meeting over the Internet.
    • Retreat Directors do not teach how to use ZOOM.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel attending a Virtual Retreat for which you registered, the amount paid may be applied to any Virtual Retreat within the next twelve months without penalty.

To cancel, please contact Virtual Retreat registrar immediately:

Laurie Blada
Phone: (414) 482-4620 ext. 13
Fax: (414) 482-3955

Mail: TOPS Club, Inc.
          P.O. Box 070360
          Milwaukee, WI 53207