Before starting the weekly meetings for the new school year, the 7th and 8th grade Nia ladies attend an annual overnight retreat together. The retreat focuses on strengthening their self-esteem, sisterhood, respect for one another, and problem solving skills. The retreat is held at Grizzly Creek Ranch, and the girls are exposed to a challenge course which includes a series of difficult tasks which must be completed together, and require group communication and cooperative working skills in order to accomplish. Only after completing one challenge successfully can they move to the next. The girls are also exposed to kayaking, archery, hiking, swimming, and other activities. After attending the retreat, the girls tend to have a stronger bond with one another, in addition to stronger self-esteem, having accomplished tasks together they never viewed as possible. They come back from the retreat stronger, and ready to start the new Nia year with a bang!