Morocco | May 30 - June 6 2020
The evidence-based therapeutic retreats are set-up to help clients address their trauma whilst offering them a chance to flourish and grow.
Managing the uncertainty of life can be emotionally and physically overwhelming, resulting in feeling stressed, burned out and cycling between States of adrenaline and exhaustion.
This can have a negative impact on whole swathes of life including obsessive thinking, loss of appetite, diminished sleep, isolation from family and friends, and a sense of pessimism about one’s own life. Often anxiety has its roots in poor self-esteem with clients believing the they are either unable of doing the basic activities of life or unworthy of being happy.
The impact of trauma and depressive thinking often drive this anxiety and it is these conditions that we begin to tackle at Resurface. A week-long Resurface retreat or EMDR intensive gives clients the opportunity to make significant changes to their levels of anxiety through the participation in various evidence based psychological interventions and activities.
These include trauma sensitive and regular yoga classes, psycho-educational workshops, surf-lessons, experiential group therapy, meditation/mindfulness sessions and the social interactions of being with an open group of peers. The therapeutic activities are facilitated by psychologist/therapist Josh Dickson and Dr. Kristine Steffenak, with the surf activities led by Youness Arhbi.
Completing a Resurface retreat will give participants essential tools to manage their anxiety as well bringing more optimism and confidence into all areas of their lives. Our research gathered from Resurface retreats shows significant reductions in anxiety having attended either the ‘Trauma Resolution Resolution’ or the ‘Resilience and Flow’ programmes.
Anxiety was measured using the standardised Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) questionnaire, which is highly reliable and commonly used in NHS practice in the UK . A paired sampled t test showed a statistically significant improvement in anxiety from baseline to post-retreat (p=.038), whereby the mean score was reduced from 10.9 (SD= 3.5) before treatment to 7.7 (SD= 4.6) post treatment (see Figure 1).