ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Heal For Life Foundation has developed a program from working with survivors of all forms of childhood trauma for the last 16 years. We have helped nearly 6,000 people heal from the impact of their childhood trauma. We know that everyone provided with the right safe environment  can heal from even the most devastating of childhood trauma and abuse.

We  all try to minimise the impact of what happened  to us when we were young and we tend to self blame, for our addictions, dysfunctional relationships and lack of “joie de vivre”.  However the private retreat gives you the opportunity to give yourself the space away from the distractions of work and home  to unlock the hidden pain.

Every element of the program has been developed by survivors of childhood trauma informed by the very latest scientific research and information.

The program includes workshops on Boundaries, Inner Child work, Attachment theory, and Effects of Trauma on the Brain, all of which help you understand why you act behave and feel the way you do and you learn how you can change. We now know the brain is plastic  and can change. We provide the tools so that when you are triggered or suffer from flashbacks or nightmares you can process though this on your own. We help you recognise the ways we all over compensate by over achieving, over working, over committing and generally looking after everyone but ourselves!

The program is run in groups with a maximum number of four, however all our work is done independently and we do not share our stories in the group.

This retreat is different from the Adult Centre (Heal For Life) in that:

  • There will be less people enrolled for the program (thus, more private)
  • You will have your own room
  • You will not need to bring bedding
  • You will not need to bring food
  • You will not need to prepare meals
  • It will cost significantly more (as a result of the above)

The program uses the same model as that run at the Adult Centre (Heal For Life) but is additionally tailored to meet your individual needs.

Heal from trauma such as:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Spiritual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Satanic ritual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Inter-generational cycle of abuse
  • Bullying
  • Rape
  • Loss of Family Member
  • Serious Illness

You may be experiencing one or several of these symptoms:

  • Anxiety, depression
  • Over achieving
  • Poor sleep patterns, nightmares
  • Feelings of guilt, self-blame, shame
  • Flashbacks
  • Disconnection or co-dependency in relationships
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addictions – alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, workaholism, obsessive spending, people pleasing
  • Self harm, Eating disorders
  • Feeling unsafe at night

We believe all trauma and abuse, including sexual, emotional, physical, satanic, ritual, and spiritual abuse, as well as abandonment and neglect, are equally abhorrent. Trauma affects our brain’s development. We cannot just “get over it”. We cannot just “forget”. But we can heal. We just have to learn how.

All of us at the Heal For Life Foundation centres are survivors of child abuse. We have all felt at times that life cannot go on. However each one of us has reached the point where we wanted to heal more than we wanted to stay a victim of abuse. Each of us has discovered that we can heal when we feel safe, learn to love ourselves and feel believed.

Child abuse takes so much from us, our sense of safety, our ability to laugh, our ability to easily have successful relationships. The joy of healing is the joy of discovering life can change. We can change. We don’t have to continue in the endless circle of suffering and difficulty.

Healing is about discovering we have choices, choice as to what we do with our lives, who we associate with, how we feel; the choice is ours and ours alone, unlike in our childhood when we had no choices at all.

Healing is about discovering we are not alone in our pain and isolation. Hundreds of thousands of people all over Australia are suffering as we have suffered. All we need to do is connect with each other and know that we are not mad, not stupid, and not weak; we just suffered too much when we were children.

But take heart, this is the best time to be alive, society is beginning to listen, society is beginning to care, we can be heard, our needs are very slowly beginning to be recognized and we need to find our voice to help others and to ensure we help save the children of future generations from suffering as we have suffered.

Breaking the silence is a huge step. It starts the process of healing, it starts the process of believing our truth and it starts the process of breaking the isolation. As long as we deny the pain we assist the pain to remain.

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