Lambda Recovery Weekend began with a conversation at a coffee house between four recovering alcoholics, two men and two women. It was realized that there was a need for a way to help build the unity between the gay and lesbian community within San Diego. Collectively the four agreed that a weekend retreat would provide that opportunity. Although the retreat is primarily set up for the LGBT community, everyone is welcome.
The fournding members thought that the retreat setting in the mountains of Julian would help this unification process. In 1997 they put together the first Lambda Recovery Weekend at Cedar Glen in Julian. Attendance was limited to equal numbers of 50 women and 50 men.
Over the years the retreat has moved to Camp Stevens and has continued to support the LGBT community in its recovery. Each attendee has shared their experiences, strength and hope with each other in a open and caring environment.