One day and residential retreats to help restore health and wellbeing.
Participants are introduced to simple tools and practices that help regulate stress and anxiety with the aim to build a sense of wellbeing when they return to their everyday lives.
The residential (two-nights) and one-day programmes include nature connection and forest bathing, mind-body practices (most often following the Sophrology method), refection practices, wild swimming, organic food and campfires.
Specifically, the retreats are an opportunity to:
– Take time out to rest and experience mind and body relaxation
– Build relationships, understanding and camaraderie within and across the health care practitioner community
– Gain familiarity and confidence with mind-body practices and to explore how to integrate simple techniques for wellbeing into daily life
– Reflect on the last few years and capture key insights and learnings on what supports wellbeing moving forward
Thank you to the team who are supporting this project – Eve Annecke, Jo-Anne Nighy, Jon Ottley, Jen Morgan, Liz Murphy, Andy Somerville, Rachel Fenn, Miriam Saltmarshe, Roberta O’Callaghan, Matt Murphy, Claire Watson, Janice Carrie & Chris Baker at Common Ground photographer and NHS worker Glenn Dene and Sam Rowe at Honeybells Tents and Events.
“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
“I’d always considered retreats to be something of a middle-class indulgence but I went on the basis of having a new experience. I ended up really enjoying the September retreat and I’ve meditated daily since, using some of the techniques we were guided through.” Jeetan Vadgama A&E Doctor – University Hospital Lewisham
“There was acknowledgement that people need such a space to be a way, be safe, and held and feel welcomed without judgement.”
“The meditation practice was tranquil and personally allowed me to experience a great sense of peace.”