United Kingdom October 23 - 26 2020

Resilience Retreat North Devon

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Overview

The renowned, life-changing Resurface retreats are designed to help you redefine yourself, reconnecting you to your purpose, as well as building resilience and flow into your life. It is the truly unique fusion of the power of surfing, experiential group therapy, psycho-education, mindfulness and bonding in an intimate group that translate our healing goal into reality.

At Resurface we combine flow activities and group work, bringing back a sense of order and allowing you to reframe your narrative. We have clearly seen through our previous retreats that our clients often experience a deep therapeutic boost with a concurrent acceleration of both understanding and recovery from past traumas.

We believe that it is the holistic approach of mind, body, science and fun, set in the confines of a small group within a safe environment that underline our success. Our aim is to facilitate a new found recovery that positively affects your life strategies and behaviours.

Included

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Yoga
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Psycho-education
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Mindfulness
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Experiential group therapy
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Surf lessons
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Three nights accomodation
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All meals
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Detailed assessment
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Follow-up after-care suggestions
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Meditation

Highlights

Surfing

This is a core element of the Resurface programme that underlines and supports everything we do. The therapeutic effects of surfing are becoming increasingly evident in psychological research. Recent studies have started to document how surfing can lead to improvements in post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression (Rogers, C. M., Mallinson,T., & Peppers, D., 2014). There are various reasons why surfing might have such a positive impact on mental health. The most obvious being participating in physical activity, but other important factors include engaging in a group activity and experiencing flow states. The surf lessons will be with The Woolacombe Surf Centre.

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Psycho-education

Psycho-education is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention for clients and that provides information and support to better understand and cope with depression and trauma. Psycho-education teaches problem-solving and communication skills and provides education and resources in an empathetic and supportive environment. Results from more than 30 studies indicate psychoeducation improves family well-being, lowers rates of relapse and improves recovery (Vreeland, B., 2012) Each day starts with a workshop related to trauma recovery. The purpose of these daily interactive workshops and lectures is to explain and frame the basics for each day’s topic, as well as giving you an understanding of the traumatic condition. These workshop also give you the tools to manage traumatic symptoms, reframe thinking styles and develop positive resources to help you build resilience and flow in your life. Research shows that education alone has a powerful therapeutic effect and is particularly empowering when part of a holistic program.

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Experiential Group Therapy

Developed in the 1970s, experiential group therapy is a therapeutic approach that encourages patients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as role playing, guided imagery, the use of props, and a range of other active experiences. The deep potential impact of these sessions cannot be understated. We see again and again from past testimonies that clients experience powerful realisations and revelations during these experiential groups, enabling major positive behavioural changes. While each session will have a volunteer main protagonist enact a scene from their past, present or future, enrolling the help of their ‘fellows’ to do so, it is often those witnessing these that will gain the most from the process. These sessions invite a deep connection between participants and help heal many of the defects associated with neglect and trauma.

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Body Work Groups (Yoga & Mindfulness))

In our view, and in the view of many, the body needs to be part of the treatment process. We have to actively and purposefully engage the body and learn how to 'intercept' if we are to recover from trauma. Interoception is our capacity to feel and sense our body’s experience. It’s our sense of the physiological condition or environment of the body, e.g., our perception of sensation and muscle dynamics. In the words of functional neuroanatomist A. D. Craig, interoception is our experience of our “sentient self.” Because of advances in neuroimaging, we now know that particular parts of the brain which are involved in interoception are under-active in traumatized people. At Resurface we hope to start reactivating these interoceptive pathways.

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Evidence-based - Significant Decreases IN ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

At Resurface we believe that all our therapeutic interventions must be evidence-based and proven to work. Our research shows significant decreases in anxiety and depression, and an increase in outlook after attending a Resurface retreat.

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Meet The Team

Josh Dickson

Josh Dickson

MSc., FDAP(accredited), SMMGP,
EMDR (accredited)

Josh spent two years training as an addictions and a systemic family counsellor, qualifying in late 2011.

He has been working in private practice and as a consultant for Start2Stop since 2012 and has a special interest in treating trauma and promoting positive psychology. He is an experienced group facilitator, lecturer and public speaker.

Josh is both an accredited FDAP Alcohol and Drugs Practitioner, an accredited EMDR practitioner and a licensed Heartmath coach. He has just training with The Flow Research Collective in Seattle.

Kristine Steffenak

Kristine Steffenak

Medical Doctor and certified yoga Teacher

Kristine is a medical doctor with experience as both a GP and Obstetrics/Gyneacology, working in both the UK and Norway.

She completed her 200 hours yoga teaching in Kerala, India, in January 2019 and her 200 hours with The Power Yoga Company in June, 2020. She is certified by Yoga Alliance USA. Kristine is currently furthering her training in Trauma-focused yoga (TCTSY).

Kristine is a keen photographer and her photos can be seen on the Resurface Instagram page.

Venue

Holwell Holistic Yoga Retreat & B'n'B

A special place to stay, away from the hustle.

A serene farmstead steeped in history and character. Peaceful accommodation, a stunning Yoga centre in a converted eco barn, holistic therapy rooms, arts space, music jamming area, and five acres of wild and wonderful grounds. Welcome!

Accomodation

Single Room

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic only single rooms will be available on this retreat.

From: $1,587.00/pp

Schedule

SCHEDULE


Schedule subject to change


Day 1 – Friday – Arrival


3pm onwards - Check In


4pm - Psycho-education Workshop - What is Resilience?


5.30 - 6.30pm - Yoga/Mindfulness


7:30pm – Dinner

Day 2 – Saturday

7.15 am - Optional Yoga


8am - Breakfast


9am - Psycho-education Workshop - Positive Emotions


10.30am - 12.30 pm Surf lessons,


1.30pm - Lunch


3.30pm-5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy


6-7pm - Yoga/Mindfulness


7:30pm – Dinner

Day 3 – Sunday


7.15 am - Optional Yoga


8am - Breakfast


9am - Psycho-education Workshop - Flow


10.30am - 12.30 pm Surf lessons,


1.30pm - Lunch


3.30pm-5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy


6-7pm - Yoga/Mindfulness


7:30pm – Dinner


Day 4 – Monday


7.15 am - Optional Yoga


8am - Breakfast


9am - Experiential Leaving Exercise


10.30am - 12.30 pm Surf lessons,


1.30pm - Lunch


3pm - Check Out

United Kingdom October 23 - 26 2020

From $1,587 Per Person

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