- WHAT IS THE HEAL FOR LIFE FOUNDATION?
Heal For Life operates an innovative, affordable Healing Retreat for adults, who have experienced childhood trauma. The Heal For Life Foundation Retreat Centre is on a peaceful property near Basingstoke, Hampshire. Heal For Life Foundation UK is a not-for-profit organisation. Our aim is to empower people to heal from childhood trauma and abuse, through a programme based on safety, peace, equality, integrity and unconditional love. Heal For Life Foundation is run by survivors for survivors. We believe we all have the capacity to heal.
- WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A HEALING WEEK?
Over 90% of guests surveyed reported our programme as being life-changing or very positive. We have seen many people from all walks of life learn how to heal themselves from childhood trauma and become empowered. The Healing Week programme is designed to be an important, but not the only step on your healing journey, and we encourage you to use the tools you learn to continue healing when you return home.
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:
- Debilitating side-effects of medication.
- Extreme life crises or stressful events, such as homelessness, or very recent separation from a partner.
- Alcohol or drug dependency / or severe withdrawals.
- Active symptoms of mental illness or intellectual impairment that mean you are unable to function within a group or take care of yourself or any other issues which may distract you
- WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE HEALING WEEK?
The purpose of the Healing Week programme 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 providing you with the tools that can help you heal from your childhood trauma.
Our highly successful programme has developed from combining the latest scientific research on the effects of trauma on the brain with knowledge gathered from many survivors over time. We will share with you what we know and support you to ‘heal’ yourself.’ Please know you do not need to have prior knowledge about healing from trauma in order to benefit from our programme. We believe that all survivors intuitively know what they need to do to heal from childhood trauma. 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 that they CAN heal. Hopefully, you will come to a deeper understanding, appreciation and love of yourself and feel validated and acknowledged, this may be a new experience for you. Participating in a loving community will also help build self-esteem, self-respect and a renewed feeling of self-worth. We’ve discovered the programme 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 enter into it.
- HOW LONG WILL MY STAY BE?
Our Healing Week programme runs from 5pm Sunday until 2pm Friday. Please arrive at 5pm on Sunday to settle in and be ready for a 6pm start. If you have a last-minute emergency please phone the facilitator as the programme cannot start without you. After the programme ends at 2pm Friday you will need to travel home, or find overnight accommodation in the local area. No accommodation is available at the retreat prior to the healing week or after it has finished
- WHO WILL I BE SHARING THE WEEK WITH?
Each week we welcome a maximum of 12 guests from across the country. You will be supported by a trained facilitator and 3 trained peer support volunteers. Usually the weeks are run with both men and women.
- WHO WILL BE RUNNING THE WEEK?
The facilitator of the week is a survivor who has qualifications and experience with our healing programme. Each facilitator has 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 peer support volunteers to listen to, encourage and support you in your healing.
We deliver a trauma informed model focusing on recovery and not management. We do not diagnose, give advice or instructions. Our programme operates on a peer support model and our peer support volunteers are survivors who have lovingly chosen to support you in your healing programme. They give their time very generously. Having attended their own healing week, they have completed a comprehensive training programme.
- HOW MUCH TIME WILL I SPEND WITH OTHER PEOPLE?
Heal For Life Foundation offers you the opportunity to live in a true, loving community, and to build friendships with other survivors. Living in community means you will be sharing a room and bathroom facilities with possibly 2-3 other people; preparing, eating and clearing away main meals together; working together each day for about one hour; and supporting each other to create a safe place for all members of the programme. How much you choose to share with other guests is up to you; however, please know that 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’ in the afternoon and evening.
- WHAT HAPPENS EACH DAY?
After you arrive on the Sunday, you will meet the other guests, the facilitator and peer support volunteers and be shown around so you become familiar with the retreat. Everyone will share dinner together, get to know each other, discuss what to expect from the Healing Week and review the safety agreements. From Monday we will follow the daily schedule below:
- 8.30 a.m. Reflections (A time for personal reflection and exploring our needs for the day).
- 10.00 a.m. Labour of Love (Time to give back to the community through work. You will be encouraged to do what fits your feelings, not what you think you should do!)
- 11.00am. Inner Child Workshop A chance to connect with your inner-self and your emotions).
- 1.30 p.m. Lunch (Prepared by two or three guests and a volunteer during Labour of Love).
- 2.30p.m. Free Time (Monday and Tuesday – you attend another workshop in the afternoon)
- 5.30 p.m. Sharing (A time to practice acknowledging your feelings, with the group, in a safe environment).
- 7.00 p.m. Dinner (Prepared by two or three guests and carers).
- 7.30 p.m. Free Time
- 8.30 p.m. Evening Reflections
- HOW MUCH WILL THE HEALING WEEK COST?
The following fee covers 5 nights’ accommodation and all workshops during the programme, we wish to keep our programme as affordable as possible, we trust you will opt to pay the fee that best meets your financial situation.
You may select one of the following:
- Full upfront payment
£400 to be paid in advance.
- Deposit plus 3 monthly installments
A deposit of £100 plus 3 monthly payments of £100 (total £400). Full payment must be received by four weeks before the programme
- Sponsored Place
On each programme we have a limited number of sponsored places which can cover all or part of the £400 fee - if this would better fit your financial circumstances please contact the Office.
You will be responsible for your travelling costs.
- Full upfront payment
- HOW DO I REGISTER?
Decide which week you want to come, see the dates on the top of the Registration Form, look on the website or call the office. Complete the Registration Form and post to Heal For Life Foundation.
Wait to receive a confirmation letter BEFORE arranging leave/time off work or before making any travel arrangements.
Joining instructions will be sent to you approximately two months before the programme, with details of what you need to bring for your healing week e.g. special food that you need, clothing and bedding. Included will be a map and details of how to get to Heal For Life Foundation Retreat Centre near Basingstoke in Hampshire.
Turning our lives around usually results in us becoming more financially stable. Our sincere hope is that, if you take the opportunity to attend Heal For Life Foundation at minimal cost to you, you will commit to helping another survivor attend by making another payment when you are able
Further background information can be accessed on our Australian web site www.healforlife.com.au including video clips explaining the programme in further detail and the positive impact that it has had on adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.