A Private Bolthole Exclusively for Therapists & Practitioners
Restorative Retreat in Valencia 30th April ~ 4th May
Take time out to recover from burnout and reconnect with your self-care
This retreat is for any type of therapist or practitioner such as: retreat leaders, coaches, tutors, academics, speakers, social workers, domestic violence workers, court personnel, doctors, counsellors and psychotherapists. As a busy practitioner myself, I understand the difficulties in confronting one’s own issues relating to burnout, compassion/empathy fatigue and/or vicarious trauma. When we are obligated to be our best selves in service to others, it can be a worry when work takes its toll and negotiating breaks from it all is not an easy thing to do - for so many reasons. We can allow ourselves to become overwhelmed with the fear of what will happen if we don’t keep on soldiering on and even martyr ourselves. But, I’m encouraging you to consider the consequences of not taking a break and looking after yourself. My retreat provides a nurturing space for you to take time to listen to your needs and work out how to meet them - to rest and relax and to recharge your batteries. Working in small groups - no more than 8 - you will be in safe hands with experienced facilitators offering experiential exercises and therapeutic group work to help you transform the way you self-care. If you find that self-care itself has become a chore and that you feel guilty for not doing all the things on your self-care list, then this is the retreat for you to change your way of caring for yourself and making sure that burnout is a thing of the past. It’s not about telling you what to do or advocating a strict regime but rather it’s about getting yourself into a different energy space: it’s about transformation rather than information. So, come and join me in the sunshine to treat yourself, create more of what you need and invite more joy into your life.
Villa La Canada: An Urban, City and Beach Retreat
"When my heart is heavy, the sun helps make it light."
― Terri Guillemets
Valencia is a beautiful historic Spanish city on the east coast of Spain. From the cultural old city to the stunningly modern City of Arts and Sciences, Bioparc, there is a host of experiences waiting for you. Enjoy the Central Market, Malvarrosa city beach, El Saler beach, shopping and local beachside restaurants and cafes. The Turia river bed park runs for 8km through the city is ideal for exploring on foot or by bike.
Located in the Canyada area of Valencia, around 5 miles from the city centre and only 10 minutes from Valencia Airport, the nearby wild and rugged beach only a short drive away is perfect for walking and reflecting.
La Canada is a spacious property with a 35 sqm yoga studio, 25 sqm meditation area, 33 square metre outdoor yoga platform, massage room, large outdoor swimming pool and Wi-Fi.
In peaceful, soothing surroundings, you can partake in as little or as much of what is on offer. Start each day with morning yoga, swim and play in the outdoor pool, and walk in the fresh air and sunshine of Valencia, where the start of May is a truly beautiful time of year. Wonderful, healthy, vegetarian food is prepared by local chefs and included in the cost. Facilities are comfortable and of a high standard.
Dates/Times/Prices 4 nights April 30th-4th May
Check in is from 13.00 Tuesday 30th April. Check out is before 11.00 Saturday 4th May.
Prices are as follows: £625 for a shared twin bedroom suites with shared bathroom, and £775 pp for a bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
EARLY BIRD PRICES: £500 and £650 if you book and pay before the end of March
Full fees required at time of booking and 80% refund for cancellations up to one month beforehand.
The nearest airport is Valencia (10 mins drive). Flights are not included in the prices. Transfers are available at reasonable rates.
Price includes morning yoga with Thomas, up to three group sessions a day with Laura, accommodation, use of the villa, the pool, all facilities, and food, created by local chefs using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Unlimited tea and coffee. Unlimited filtered water. Hairdryer, towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap provided. Free Wi-Fi
Flights, transfers, alcohol, fizzy drinks, massages, laundry and excursions or car/bike rentals whilst at retreat are not included.
Come join me on my experiential retreat for people like you and me…
… transformation awaits!
I have a great deal of experience in facilitating groups, including group therapy and psycho-education in a variety of settings from prison drug-treatment programmes to high-end residential addiction treatment centres. I am a counselling supervisor and academic supervisor. For my doctoral research, I planned and developed a training programme for practitioners with reflective practice and reflexivity at its heart. I teach Humanistic Counselling Practice at Nottingham University, and enjoy facilitating experiential learning.
I work alongside other experienced practitioners in the field to provide a safe, supportive, contained space for group work. I have several trusted colleagues whom I have worked alongside for a number of years who bring their own perspectives on self-care for practitioners.
of Great Dane Yoga in London
Villa La Canada is a beautiful place to rest and revitalise.
You can take part in as little or as much as you like of what is on offer.
The retreat can be whatever you need at this time in your life.
Please contact me using the above button to enquire about future retreats in 2019-2020 exclusively for therapists and practitioners
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Cornwall 12th-15th September 2019
Valencia 28th December-4th January (New Year 19/20)