FAQ

What are the advantages of private retreats?

A fully private retreat is designed by you to meet your specific needs.  You can choose all elements of the program including the type of facilitator (eg female/male, age group, spirituality etc), size of the support team, number of days and types of food which will best nurture you.  A fully private retreat will suit those who want to be alone with the support staff rather than in a small group.  They are fully flexible and you can even make changes to the program during the week, for example, you may prefer to spend more time on one or two topics and less on others and you may prefer to do more of a certain activity.  It is entirely up to you.

A shared retreat with a private room (as opposed to a fully private retreat) is run as a small group with up to 4 people.  Each guest has their own private bedroom.  All work is done independently and stories of trauma or abuse are not shared with the group.  Additional shared retreats can be scheduled throughout the year if there are enough people wanting to attend at that time.  Please contact the office to find out when the next one is scheduled for or if you are interested in nominating another time and being put on a waiting list.

Additional services are also available upon request and may incur an additional fee dependent upon the chosen option. Services you may wish to add include massage, body therapy and a cognitive behavioural therapist.  Please ask if you would like something else and we will advise if it’s available.

What is the cost of a private retreat?

There are 2 options

  1. Fully private retreat – $1000 per day. 3 days is the most common duration.
  2. Private retreat (group) – $3000 for 5 days

How is this different from other self-help programs?

Heal For Life Foundation maintains that we all have many unresolved issues from our childhoods which affect the way we behave, interact and enjoy life. Heal For Life invites you to spend a week in a safe place concentrating on your childhood and releasing feelings which are stuck and not recognised as being from the past.

Who can benefit from a Healing Week?

Everyone can benefit from a Healing Week.  We have seen survivors from all walks of life learn how to heal and find themselves happier and enriched. Our guests have suffered from abuse, abandonment, neglect or tragic circumstances and have succeeded in taking back their power! The Healing Week program is designed to be an important step on your healing journey, and we encourage you to use the tools you learn to continue healing when you return home.

Importantly, the program works best if you are able to focus on yourself and are in good health. For your safety, we recommend you postpone attending a Healing Week, and access medical or psychological care, if you are experiencing any of the following:

  1. Debilitating side-effects of medication.
  2. Extreme life crises or stressful events, such as a very recent separation from a partner.
  3. A very recent trauma (i.e. within the last 3 months) which has not been yet been addressed.
  4. Alcohol or drug dependency / or severe withdrawals.
  5. Active symptoms of mental illness or intellectual impairment that mean you are unable to feel safe within a group or take care of yourself.

What can I expect from a Healing Week Program?

The purpose of the Healing Week program is to provide a safe environment to help you get in touch with and heal your inner self, the part of you that suffered from trauma as a child. Our main focus is learning tools that help you heal from specific traumatic events in childhood, events that you may, or may not currently remember.

Our highly successful program has developed from combining the latest scientific research on the effects of trauma on the brain with intuitive knowledge gathered from many survivors over time. We will share with you what we know and support you to ‘heal’. Please know you do not need to have prior knowledge about healing from trauma in order to benefit from our program. Our program is designed to be one of self-discovery. You will be encouraged to trust in your own wisdom and do what is RIGHT FOR YOU.

Many survivors experience a sense of freedom and empowerment when they discover they CAN heal. They also come to a deeper understanding, appreciation and love of themselves, and feel validated and acknowledged by others, often for the first time in their lives. Participating in a loving community also helps survivors build self-esteem, self-respect and a renewed feeling of self-worth.

We’ve discovered the program works best when you are doing it FOR YOU, and no one else. How much you achieve from the Healing Week will usually depend on how much you are willing to go for it!

How long will my stay be?

This depends on whether you are attending a fully private retreat or a private retreat with a group.  You specify the duration of a fully private retreat. A private retreat with a group runs from 4pm Sunday until 5pm Friday.

Who will I be sharing the week with?

If you have elected to attend a private retreat with a group then you will spend the week with up to 3 other guests from across the country. You will be supported by a trained facilitator and trained volunteer carers. Usually men and women attend the Healing Week together.

What is the role of the Facilitators and Carers?

The facilitator of the week is a survivor who has qualifications and experience with our healing program, an in-depth understanding of the Heal For Life Model, and a strong commitment to their own healing journey. The facilitator’s key role is to provide overall leadership and responsibility for the group. The facilitator works alongside the carers to listen to you, encourage you and support you in your healing process.

Our volunteer carers are survivors who have lovingly chosen to help you in your journey. They travel here from around the country and give their time very generously. After doing their own Healing Weeks and spending time reflecting and integrating, they complete a special training program and many are currently studying at a tertiary level to enable them to help other survivors more effectively.

Please understand that at Heal For Life we DO NOT provide professional counselling. We do not diagnose, give advice, or instructions! The Healing Week is a self-help program and our role is simply to love you, listen to you and cheer you on!! Over 90% of our guests report our program as being life-changing or very positive.

How much time will I spend with other people?

If you have elected to attend a fully private retreat you will only be spending time with your selected support staff.

If you are attending a private group retreat then you can spend as much or as little time as you wish.  Each day there’s workshops to help you connect with whatever issues you have come to heal from. How much you choose to share or socialise is up to you. The focus of the week is not to ‘swap stories’ but to spend time focusing within, feeling your feelings and healing in your own way.  Your private journey will be totally unique.

You will be able to enjoy ‘Free Time’ each afternoon and evening. During this time you can borrow books from our library, enjoy walks around the hills or take a swim in our beautiful dam.

Can you tell me a little about what happens each day?

If you elect to attend a private group retreat you will arrive on Sunday afternoon and meet the other guests and carers and be shown around so you become familiar with the retreat. The group will share dinner together, get to know each other, discuss what to expect from the Healing Week and review the safety agreements.

From Monday to Friday we follow the daily schedule below.

9:00am Reflections (A time for spiritual exploration and reflection ).
10:30am Inner Child Workshop (A chance to connect with your inner-self and your emotions).
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Free Time
5:00pm Sharing (A time to practice acknowledging your feelings, with the group, in a safe environment).
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Free Time
8:30pm Evening Reflections.

How can I keep the retreat safe for myself and others?

It is vital to understand that the retreat needs to be kept safe for all members of the group. Scientists now know that healing of the brain is only possible through being with other people. Each person is here because they want and need some quiet space to reflect and work on their issues so it’s essential that the environment is conducive to this reflective time. If anyone breaches the agreed safety principles or makes other guests uncomfortable intentionally they will be asked to leave.

How do I book in?

If you decide to come to a Healing Week please complete the following:

  1. If you wish to attend a private group retreat please contact the office to find out if any are scheduled.  If you wish to attend a fully private retreat please contact the office to discuss dates
  2. Complete the online registration
  3. Wait for a confirmation phone call from our office BEFORE arranging leave/time off work or making any travel arrangements.

Once your registration and payment is processed a confirmation letter will be sent to you. It will advise the items you need to bring for your healing week and will include a map and directions to the Heal For Life Foundation.

If you need a volunteer to pick you up from the airport or other public transport, please confirm your travel arrangements with the office at least one week prior to the start of your healing week. If your arrangements need to change, please let us know ASAP.

Please plan your trip so you arrive between 4.00 and 5.00pm on the Sunday.  Keep the information pack with you and refer back to it when packing and getting ready to travel here.

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