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Letter from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (received 26 August 2014)

“The Government is also committed to supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We know the effects of child abuse can last a lifetime and survivors face numerous hurdles. Organisations such as Heal For Life Foundation are essential in this work. I would like to congratulate you and your staff on the important work you do.”

Letter recommending our training (received 2 October 2015)

“I was privileged enough to attend the two day training workshop at Woomera (Albury) earlier this year. Firstly, I commend you and your team for providing access to this invaluable workshop. More importantly, I would endorse the type of program conducted by ‘Heal for Life’ as an invaluable method of assisting those most difficult of clients to make positive changes to their lives. These clients often present as clients of multiple agencies and are at high risk of harm to themselves or others. Many of these people have often been ‘written off’ as too difficult to deal with, or beyond help.” David Cottee, Detective Chief Inspector, Albury Local Area Command, NSW

Testimonial recommending our work (received April 2015)

“Public Mental Health Services are not resourced for the long term management of the sequelae of childhood trauma.  NGOs such as the “Heal For Life” programme are an urgently needed and valuable resource for unresolved trauma issues.” Dr Andrew Walker, FRANZCP, M.Psychotherapy (UNSW), Psychiatrist, Toronto, NSW (April 2015)

Do you want to heal from childhood abuse or trauma, depression, anxiety, self harm or poor relationships?

We provide a proven, long lasting solution in a safe and supportive environment.

We have helped nearly 6,000 people heal during the last sixteen years. 

Over 90% of people who have attended our residential retreats have said it was ”life changing” or “very positive”.

Our healing programs are carefully designed to help survivors understand the impact trauma has had on their lives. We provide the knowledge to understand and some tools to help you start healing from the past so you can create a new and better future.

You can learn more by visiting our Programs page.

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Testimonials

“ Terrified and anxious when I arrived, it was a struggle to first let myself be … the experience ebbed and flowed with highs and lows but sitting here now reflecting on my week I’ve never done anything better for my healing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts” – Kellie Stastny (February 2016)

“This healing space and land I feel has literally saved my life for the second time now as this is my second healing week. Thank you” – Kellie Jones (February 2016)

“Really inspiring – was scared to go to Heal For Life, now here I don’t want to go home. It’s so nice to be in an environment with people who are so nice, where I can be myself. The anger pit is such a great idea. Will look forward to my next trip here – definitely coming back again” – Helen Mason (January 2016)

I can’t thank you enough for this healing journey in this sanctuary that you provide. With love and gratitude” – Simone D (January 2016)

“Thanks for changing my life” – Fran P (January 2016)

“The Heal For Life healing week program is as perfect a program as anyone could hope for. It is scary, uplifting, tumultuous, enlightening, messy, physical, visceral. Most importantly it is safe and loving!” – Zac Shapiro (January 2016)

“So life-changing. I had no expectations coming in, all I knew was I felt called to be here and I was ready. I can’t believe how much can be transformed in just 5 days!” Indigo-Khai Rivers (December 2015)

“Life will never be the same and words cannot express the Joy and Love I’ve gotten. All in my world will benefit from the knowledge I’ve received. Thank you! Thank you!” Melly Harris (December 2015)

“I wish I could do more for this place … I wish I was closer. I pray for blessings over EVERY PERSON who owns, works and volunteers at this place. I pray that this place will thrive and grow … I really do!” Leah Griffiths (December 2015)

“Heal For Life is a magical place where real healing occurs. I have never felt so nurtured, cared for and safe. I felt safe enough to open up and start my healing journey.” Amanda R (November 2015)

“This was an amazing experience that has truly changed me. I no longer feel as if I’m in a black endless pit with no hope of escape.” Kelly K (November 2015)

“Overall this has been the hardest thing I have ever done – challenging. And it is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself.” Caroline C (November 2015)

“This was 5 of the best days of my life. I finally feel heard, I feel validated and worthy.” Linda T (Oct 2015)

“The focus is, quite rightly, not just on having an amazing week with big transformations, but on getting us ready to live those transformations in our ‘outside’ lives, stronger and healthier. I come here every year or two. It changes my life.” Jude A (Oct 2015)

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“Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering.” Dr Peter Levine, Author of Waking the Tiger.