Self-Care for Practitioners in Valencia

A 4 day reflective retreat for practitioners with a focus on recovering from burnout and self-care

Come and spend four days in Valencia in beautiful Villa La Canada to practice some self-care. Take time to reflect, to listen to your needs and work out how to meet them, 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, reflective writing, psycho-education and therapeutic group work. Avoiding a rigid structure, we will work with whatever is going on in the group, which is likely to include exploration of issues relating to burnout, compassion/empathy fatigue and/or vicarious trauma. We’ll focus on how to self-care and reconnect with the self through reflective practice and reflexivity. We will also take time to celebrate the good things in our lives and consider how we can create more of what we need and more joy. 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 my local chefs and included in the cost. The facilities are very comfortable and of a high standard. There is a selection of rooms to suit different budgets - scroll down for prices.

This retreat is also running for 7 days in September 2019. Additional days can be spent on excursions and free time to explore and enjoy Villa La Canada and the surrounding area.

Villa La Canada – Valencia, Spain

An Urban, City and Beach Retreat Venue in Spain

Villa 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.

Located in the La Canada area of Valencia, around 5 miles from the city centre and only 10 minutes from Valencia Airport.  The nearby rugged beach is wild and perfect for walking and reflecting.

Valencia is a beautiful historic Spanish city, from the cultural old city to the stunningly modern City of Arts and Sciences, Bioparc. 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.

Dr Laura Monk MBACP (Accred.)

I have a great deal of experience in group facilitation and group therapy. I have run psycho-education groups and facilitated therapy groups in a variety of settings from prison drug-treatment programmes to high-end residential addiction treatment centres. I teach Humanistic Counselling at at Nottingham University, and am experienced at facilitating person-centred experiential learning.

I work alongside other experienced practitioners in the field to provide safe co-facilitation. 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. We are all humanistic/person-centred in our approach.

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With Lindsay - friend, colleague and experienced facilitator

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: £725 for a shared twin bedroom suites with shared bathroom, and single person supplement of £75, i.e., £850. and £975 pp for a bedroom with en-suite bathroom.


Dates/Times/Prices 7 nights 1st-8th September 2019

Check in is from 13.00 Saturday 1st September. Check out is before 11.00 Saturday 8th September.

Prices are as follows: £1025 for a shared twin bedroom suites with shared bathroom, and single person supplement of £150, i.e., £1175. and £1295 pp for a bedroom with en-suite bathroom.


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, three group sessions a day with very experienced, well-qualified practitioners, accommodation, use of the whole villa, the pool and its facilities. Plus all 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.

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.

"When my heart is heavy, the sun helps make it light."

― Terri Guillemets


More to follow about retreats in 2019-2020, so come back soon!

One is a self-care for practitioners with a focus on recovery from burnout and revitalisation, and the other is working on maintaining recovery (e.g. addiction, trauma and abuse). I am running these three times in Valencia in Spain (April-May, September and December-January New Year), twice in Penzance in Cornwall (April and August) and once in Hexton in Hertfordshire (September).