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practitioner self-care retreats, Exclusively for professionals

Retreat yourself…

Restorative retreats for all types of practitioners who want to relax, restore and replenish in beautiful environments, with experienced facilitators, offering group work, healthy food and yoga/exercise. Considered, holistic attention to the body, mind and spirit

Valencia, Spain ~ 1st to 8th September 2019

Penzance, Cornwall ~ 12th to 15th September 2019

Tarifa, Spain ~ 16th to 23rd May 2020

(details and prices of each retreat below)

Reconnect with your self-care…

…and emerge a fresher you.

Take time out to 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, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and psychotherapists. As a busy practitioner myself, I understand the difficulties in confronting one’s own issues relating to exhaustion, 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, because how can we advise others to look after themselves if we don’t look after ourselves first?

My retreats provide nurturing spaces 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, you will be in safe hands with experienced facilitators offering experiential 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 thinking about self-care 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 these beautiful spaces that I have selected in Spain and Cornwall - to treat yourself, create more of what you need and invite more joy into your life.

Further details and prices of each retreat as follows:


Villa La Canada in Valencia: 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 Canada 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 sq/m yoga studio, 25 sq/m meditation area, 33 sq/m 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.

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Dates/Times/Prices 7 nights in Valencia 1st to 8th September 2019

Check in is from 17.00 Sunday 1st September April. Check out is by 11.00am Sunday 8th September

Prices between £795 and £1200 for a range of rooms including private bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shared or twin bedroom suites with shared bathrooms. Spaces are limited - maximum of 8

Early bird prices offered for bookings paid in full by the end of May at 15% discount and by the end of June at 10% discount

Rental deposit of 20%, balance of 80% due 2 months before Retreat start date. Payments required in full after 1st July and with early bird prices.

Price includes approx. three group sessions a day with Laura (@drlauramonk), morning and evening yoga with Thomas (@greatdaneyoga), and bespoke fitness training and nutrition coaching with Lola (@workoutwithlola). Accommodation, use of the villa, the pool, all facilities, and vegetarian food, created by local chefs using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, is all included. Dinner offered every evening except one, so that you may eat out at a restaurant of your choice. Unlimited tea and coffee. Unlimited filtered water. Hairdryer, towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap provided. Free Wi-Fi.

The nearest airport is Valencia at about 10 mins drive. Flights are not included in the prices. Transfers are available at reasonable rates (approx €20 each way).

Day excursions are offered at extra charge, e.g., in the May retreat 2019, we spent a day in Valencia, starting in the old town and walking to the beach along the old riverbed, which is a beautiful nature walk where the old river flowed many years ago before it was re-routed.

Flights, transfers, alcohol, fizzy drinks, massages, laundry and excursions or car/bike rentals whilst at retreat are available but not included.


St Dorothy's Retreat – Penzance, Cornwall 12th to 15th September 2019


A Beautiful and Refreshing Retreat in Cornwall

Are you searching for your next venue for a reunion, family holiday or place to hold a small group training event in? The location  of  our  house and former family home, is truly the Star of St. Dorothy's show.  The Cornish/Celtic  Spirituality and positive  energy within  the large acreage, which includes its own river, waterfall, meadows and woodland  has a powerful affect on the majority of people who have visited it over the years. The breath taking view of St Michaels Mount and Bay from the house and grounds never fails to delight.

Located in rural West Cornwall, near Penzance,  just eleven miles from Lands End  St Dorothy's House is surrounded by  an abundance of  gardens, with  bays of light and shade, which visitors are  free to explore or just  to sit and relax in .  The outside terrace and front of the house offers  you  panoramic views of  St Michael's Mount and Mounts Bay.

Built by the current owners family as part of  a small Horticultural Holding in the 6O's and 70's, the land  boasts a wonderful selection of semi tropical plants and established trees and shrubs . The small business ceased to trade in the 80's. For  almost three decades no major work was done on the land or gardens. Nature as it does, took a strong hold of the gardens and shrubbery. Slowly, the family  have been  rediscovering  and reclaiming the  wonderful shrubs and natural features in the gardens. Improvements and modernisation of the house have taken place and  are  ongoing.

The house comfortably sleeps 8 in four bedrooms and one additional connecting bedroom. There are  2 bathrooms, a large sitting room  with modern log burner, and an open plan  kitchen and dining area with all utensils.

Additionally, the potting shed has been converted into a wonderful space for group work and for yoga.


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Dates/Times/Prices 3 nights in Penzance 12th to 15th September 2019

Prices between £595 and £900 for a range of rooms including private bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shared or twin bedroom suites with shared bathrooms.

This is a small, intimate retreat and spaces are very limited.

Arrive Thursday 12th September. Check out Sunday 15th September.

Deposits of 20%, balance of 80% due 2 months before Retreat start date. Payment in full required if booking after 12th July or with early bird prices

Early bird prices offered for bookings paid in full by 12th July at 15% discount and 10% up until 12th June

Price includes approx. three group sessions a day with Laura (@drlauramonk), morning and evening yoga with Thomas (@greatdaneyoga), and bespoke fitness training and nutrition coaching with Lola (@workoutwithlola). The accommodation and all food cooked by Gabrielle - the owner - is included. Unlimited tea and coffee. Free Wi-Fi.


Villa Valdevaqueros – Tarifa, Spain 16th to 23rd May 2020


A Rustic and Secluded Retreat in Spain

Villa Valdevarqueros is a spacious and secluded rustic style retreat that sits in a stunning elevated position in the Valdevaqueros area of Tarifa, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic vista over miles of sandy beaches. It faces the Straits of Gibraltar, looking out east across to Morocco’s Rif Mountains and west to the Port of Tangiers. Tarifa is a uniquely cosmopolitan town, historically and geographically significant as Mainland Europe’s southern most point, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. It is within a 10 minutes walk of the popular Valdevaqueros beach, cafe and ION wind centre. 

This is a beautiful retreat with lush and spacious gardens, an enclosed 50 sqm yoga space with stunning sea views, extensive open and covered terraces, massage room, a salt water outdoor swimming pool, air-conditioning, under floor heating and Wi-Fi.


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Dates/Times/Prices 7 nights in Tarifa 16th to 23rd May 2020

Check in is from 17.00 Sunday 16th May. Check out is 10.00am Sunday 23rd May.

Prices between £995 and £1450 for a range of rooms including private bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shared or twin bedroom suites with shared bathrooms.

Deposits of 20%, balance of 80% due 2 months before Retreat start date. Payment in full required if booking after 16th April or with early bird prices

Early bird prices offered for bookings paid in full by the end of February at 15% discount and 10% up until 16th April

Price includes approx. three group sessions a day with Laura (@drlauramonk), morning and evening yoga with Thomas (@greatdaneyoga), and bespoke fitness training and nutrition coaching with Lola (@workoutwithlola). Accommodation, use of the villa, the pool, all facilities, and vegetarian food, created by local chefs using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, is all included. Dinner offered every evening except one, so that you may eat out at a restaurant of your choice. Unlimited tea and coffee. Unlimited filtered water. Hairdryer, towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap provided. Free Wi-Fi.

The nearest airport is Gibraltar (40 mins drive). Alternatively Malaga (1hr,45m), Jerez (1hr,15m) and Seville (1hr,45m). Flights are not included in the prices. Transfers are available at reasonable rates.

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Day excursions are offered at extra charge. For this retreat, a Flamenco evening and Stand Up Paddle are on offer.

Flights, transfers, alcohol, fizzy drinks, massages, laundry and excursions or car/bike rentals whilst at retreat are available but not included.



Facilitation

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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.

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Thomas Thoroe

of Great Dane Yoga, London

Vinyasa Yoga

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Lola Chesney

of Workout With Lola, online

Level 4 Personal Trainer & PN Certified Nutrition Coach

I have chosen a number of beautiful places to rest and revitalise.

You can take part in as little or as much as you like of what is on offer.

The retreats can be whatever you need at this time in your life.


Testimonials

The retreat in Valencia was simply divine. Such a stunning place, beautiful people, delicious food all helping me reconnect myself as one. Focusing and spending time on truly listening to my body and what it needs, totally transformed me. I can’t thank Laura, Thomas, Lindsay and all the retreat staff, for making me feel like we were all part of one big family adding to the experience. Everyone made me feel listened too, accepted and space to experience my inner self.
Thank you, Mandy
— Mandy, Service Manager
Having gone on a number of yoga retreats previously I was not quite sure what to expect from a retreat where there was an additional psychological component involving a person centred therapeutic approach.

The experience was wonderful for so many reasons;

There was incredible food from the Spanish chefs - Angel and Angel who lived up to their names producing heavenly tasting healthy vegetarian meals every evening, and the delicious brunches served by Elliot.

Doing yoga practice with Thomas, completing enlivening, awakening and opening yang practices in the mornings and relaxing, restorative Yin evening practices created a wonderful balance to the day.

The location was beautiful and the environment quickly felt like a home away from home due to the atmosphere created by Laura. Participating in the group work I felt seen and heard - and a real sense of group belonging. Laura provided a safe space where I felt cocooned and able to open up about current and past issues impacting on my stress levels and my emotional wellbeing . Things came up for me that were challenging and emotional to work through however by the end I felt like there was a clearing and cleaning out of ‘stuff’ that had been confusing or was impacting on me negatively.

In the retreat I found a period of incredibly useful reflection and processing time that has been transformative moving forwards in my life. I came away feeling reconnected with my self, and both inspired and empowered about my future. The retreat has been a catalyst to setting new intentions and making positive changes in how I live my life so I am living it from my authentic self. There has been more personal growth and development that I could have anticipated from one week away, as the benefits are beyond a wonderful week away to a lasting change within me on the inside and a change in my relationship to myself. These effects are wide ranging and continue to impact on my life daily in far reaching ways such as my connections and relationships with others, my communication with others, and how I am spending my time. While there is still stress in my job and in life the way I am approaching these things has shifted so that I am managing life feeling more in control and resilient.

I think so many professionals working in health, social care and charitable organisations would benefit from this retreat. The impact of any job where people give so much of themselves can have such a detrimental cost to the person giving. We are all at risk of burnout due to the stress involved in these type of roles. Taking time out for restoration and reflection is essential to stay well.

This retreat is for any professionals who:

- are feeling lost in life at the moment.
- are feeling stressed, exhausted and burnt out at work.
- want to feel better in their lives but don’t know how to look after themselves better.
- Are fed up of to-do lists of self-care activities that stress them out.
— Fran, Occupational Therapist