The COVID-19 pandemic has put healthcare workers under intolerable pressure. They are stressed and exhausted with ‘burnout at an emergency levels’.

We are offering one-day nature and wellbeing retreats to NHS teams, which aim to restore mental and physical well-being for those on the frontline.

Each retreat is designed around the specific needs of a team or group and includes mindfulness, embodiment, reflection and nature connection practices.

Participants will be introduced to simple tools and practices that help regulate stress and anxiety, with the aim to build a sense of wellbeing and resilience for when they return to their everyday lives.

The retreats are facilitated by experienced teachers and forest bathing guides.

Testimonials from a South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust team who participated in a day retreat on 19th May 2021:

“Nurturing, peaceful and a wonderful sensory experience in nature”
“Beautiful, calming, inspiring, revitalising, stilling, collaborative”
“Loved the forest bathing. A much-needed opportunity for the team to reflect on the past year and going forwards. Excellently facilitated.”
“Overwhelmed by the generosity of care for us. Bringing calm, loving kind energy to a group of people who are quite burnt out”

Cost
A day retreat at The Quadrangle or partnering venue is £1500 for a group of 15 (£100 per person), which includes process design, full catering, facilitation, and the venue.

For an ‘in-house’ day retreat using facilities at the hospital/healthcare centre/GP Practice and local outdoor spaces: £800 including process design and facilitation.

The Quadrangle, facilitators and our partners are working at reduced rates to keep costs as low as possible to support NHS workers in need.

We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to support five further one-day pilots with NHS teams with the goal of developing longer term partnerships with NHS Foundation Trusts.

For more information please contact jessie@thequadrangle.co

Further testimonials from two-day retreats
“After several months of working on Covid wards and seeing the immense suffering patients and their families endured, burnout was inevitable. The retreat helped me reconnect with myself through nature. I felt re-calibrated, more balanced and I still go back to that feeling mentally when things get stressful now.” Dr Hanifa Koguna, Northwest London

“Retreats of this nature are needed more than ever. They should become a recommendation for all Healthcare worker and highly promoted in maintaining our wellbeing. All sessions were delivered with clarity, love and wisdom and has really helped me to deepen my appreciation of how nature nurtures us daily.” Angela Graham, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust