We are excited to host a weekend long retreat that targets trauma. Our retreat, Traveling Life’s Journey – Overcoming Traumatic Experiences – From Surviving to Thriving, is a 48 hour educational and experiential retreat led by licensed and certified clinicians and healers. Many of us have experienced traumatic events to varying degrees and traditional approaches can hinder progress. We have curated a culmination of rapid and effective processes to target trauma to get relief.
After experiencing one or more traumatic events, it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions and have trouble processing those feelings. Traumatized individuals can isolate and withdraw, experience emotional outbursts disproportionate to the situation, and have flashbacks of their traumatic experience(s). In addition to the psychological impact, physical symptoms are also common. These include sleep problems like insomnia and nightmares, digestive issues, chronic headaches, and a state of hyperarousal, or being unable to relax, as well as many others. Regardless of the cause, trauma can be treated most effectively through a holistic approach to recovery.
The retreat will consist of two overnight stays at Valaterra Retreat Center in Prospect, Kentucky. All food and lodging are covered through payment for retreat. Participants will experience education about trauma and learn skills to regulate emotions and promote internal safety while creating a Target Sequence Plan. Each participant will can experience 3-5 hours of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with a trained clinician. Art Therapy, Meditation, breathwork, trauma-informed yoga, and nature walks will also be incorporated throughout the retreat. Participants will have time to socialize with others and time to reflect and journal about their experience.
Before the retreat, participants will have a 45-minute phone call or in-person consultation with a licensed clinician. During this call, we will discuss limitations, risk factors and potential goals to be achieved. Additionally, after the retreat, participants will have a 1-hour group follow up to discuss life after the retreat. If participants are in therapy, have concerned family members, or have supportive employers, then those people can be notified as support with appropriate consents.
We are excited to host this retreat to the greater community. If you are interested please reach out to Jenifer Jimison, firstname.lastname@example.org.