Dates for shared retreats with private rooms are available from the Program Dates page. Dates for fully private retreats are available by request. Please call the office on 02 4998 6003 to discuss your preferences for a fully private retreat.
Childhood trauma and 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 that life can change. We can change. We don’t have to continue in the endless circle of suffering and difficulty. We believe all trauma and abuse 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 are survivors of child abuse or trauma. We have all felt at times that life cannot go on. However, each one of us has reached the point where we want to heal more than we want to stay a victim of abuse. Each of us has discovered that we can heal once we are in a safe and caring environment and give ourselves the time away from busyness and constant distractions. 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.
Private Retreat options suit those who prefer privacy and a more personalised experience. You can choose a totally individual experience or share with up to 3 other guests who have expressed interest in this option (shared retreat with private room). If you attend a shared retreat with other participants, privacy is assured as all work is done independently and stories are not shared with the group.
“I am someone who helps others get clear about who they are in their leadership roles. Taking a leadership role by attending a private healing week has been one of the most transformational weeks of my life and has had positive ripple effects on my husband, children and my business. The private retreat gave me space to think and feel. The small group really helped me heal. If you are a professional helping others, and have experienced childhood trauma or abuse – you may also benefit from a healing week and then your family and clients can get the ripple effect too!” Shivani Gupta, CEO and Executive Coach, Passionate People Institute
If you choose the private retreat with other participants option you will have your own room in an exclusive 50 acres of peaceful countryside. Those who choose the fully private retreat will have the spacious house to themselves. We intend it to be a peaceful, loving, reclusive and nurturing environment. You will be surrounded by kangaroos, bush and water.
Our program provides as much one-on-one as you want with our fully trained team, led by a highly qualified Facilitator. Members of the team can be requested, for example, female and/or male carers. You can choose which workshops you think will be most beneficial for you – Boundaries, Effects of Trauma on the Brain, Attachment Theory, Inner Child work and Transactional Analysis. Each one helps you to understand why you feel and behave the way you do, you will also learn how you can start making changes.
Private programs are fully catered and we encourage you to let us know what your favourite foods are so we can include them in your menu. Please think about particular meals you would like, your breakfast preferences, type of bread (for example multigrain, wholemeal, white etc), full cream or skim milk, favourite fruit and vegetables, snacks, if you have sugar, natural or artificial sweeteners in your tea or coffee etc. Please advise us in advance of any food allergies or special dietary needs that we need to cater for eg diabetic, gluten intolerant etc.
Additional services are available upon request (subject to availability). It is best to indicate your interest in the type and number of services you would like prior to the start of your private retreat so bookings can be secured. Services include
- Bowen therapy
- Movement therapy
If you are interested in any other services not listed please call us and we will make enquiries.
“Believe me, I was a dead man walking … and to think it all changed in just five days!”
The Heal For Life Foundation believes that every person has the innate ability and right to heal from childhood abuse/trauma. We see healing as holistic: i.e. involving body, mind and spirit. Privacy and confidentiality as well as feeling cared for and nurtured is essential for a person to heal from within. We believe that those of us who have suffered trauma and abuse and are healing are the most able to understand and help others.
We now know the brain can change, it is ‘plastic’ and we provide the tools so you can continue to take control of your life after you leave the program. We will help you to recognise the ways you may often over compensate by over-achieving, over-working, over-committing and generally looking after everyone but yourself!
This retreat is different from the Adult Centre (Heal For Life) as:
- You have your own room
- It is one to one, each team member focuses exclusively on your healing needs
- The week is fully-catered providing nurturing and healthy food; we cook what you want to eat
- Additional services are available upon request at no extra cost (masseur, body therapist, movement therapist etc)
- The program is tailored to meet your specific needs
The Heal For Life program at the private retreat is the same program that runs at the Adult Centre (Heal For Life) in that:
It enables you to heal from trauma which may have been caused by any number of factors such as:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Loss of a Family Member
- Domestic violence
- Serious Illness
- Spiritual abuse
- Satanic ritual abuse
- Inter-generational cycle of abuse
Trauma causes behavioural issues and you may be experiencing one or several of these symptoms:
- Anxiety, depression
- Addictions – alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, obsessive spending, people pleasing, being a workaholic etc.
- Need to over-achieve
- Poor sleep patterns, nightmares
- Feelings of guilt, self-blame, shame
- Disconnection or co-dependency in relationships
- Low self-esteem
- Self-harm, eating disorders
The vast majority of people suffering from addictions, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses share a common background of childhood trauma or abuse. Generally, health professionals do not mention this connection and so each person ends up with a profound sense of failure, as if they “ought” to be more together. Our belief and philosophy is that we can heal from addictions, anxiety, depression and other problems by addressing the core issue: our unresolved childhood issues. Our independent research proves that our guests have all healed to a significant extent from the symptoms – such as depression – by having the courage to address their childhood pain.
Our program has been devised by consumer health professionals who have used the combined wisdom of all the years we have been involved in helping people heal, to develop a unique Australian healing model. We offer a chance to Heal For Life, to free yourself from medications and the symptoms of childhood trauma.
Fully private retreats can be run for people of all ages including children. They are flexible and tailored to your needs, if you are only available to attend for 1 or 2 days this can be arranged.
Please advise of anything else you feel would benefit you during your stay. We wish to optimise your experience and healing.
What does the Private retreat cost?
Once your registration and initial payment is processed a confirmation letter will be sent providing further information including how to get to the property.
Click the button below to register for a Private Healing Program.
At HFL I found caring, compassionate people who not only listened but also heard me and respected me for the first time in my life. Thanks to HFL I now see the world as a fun, colourful place full of loving, caring, compassionate people.
Ruth Health Professional 2013