Practitioner self-care retreats
Restorative retreats for all types of practitioners who want to relax, restore and replenish in beautiful environments, with experienced facilitators, offering small group work, healthy food, and physical exercise. Considered, holistic attention to the body, mind, and spirit.
Various locations in the UK and abroad throughout the year - please see my website for details - www.drlauramonk.com/retreats
Take time out to reconnect with your self-care...
This retreat is for any type of therapist or practitioner, such as;
- retreat leaders
- social workers
As a busy practitioner myself, I understand the difficulties in confronting one’s own issues relating to exhaustion, burnout, compassion/empathy, fatigue and/or vicarious trauma. When we are obligated to be our best selves in service to others, it can be a worry when work takes its toll, and negotiating breaks from it all is not an easy thing to do for so many reasons. We can allow ourselves to become overwhelmed with the fear of what will happen if we don’t keep on soldiering on, and even martyr ourselves. I encourage practitioners to realise their own value and invest in themselves wisely.
My retreats provide nurturing spaces for you to take time to listen to your needs and work out how to meet them - to rest and relax and to recharge your batteries. Working in small groups, you will be in safe hands with experienced facilitators offering experiential and therapeutic group work to help you transform the way you self-care. If you find that self-care itself has become a chore and that you feel guilty for not doing all the things on your self-care list, then this is the retreat for you to change your way of thinking about self-care and making sure that burnout is a thing of the past. It’s not about telling you what to do or advocating a strict regime but rather it’s about getting yourself into a different energy space: it’s about transformation rather than information. So, come and join me in these beautiful spaces that I have selected in the UK and abroad - to treat yourself, create more of what you need, and invite more joy into your life.
You can take part in as little or as much as you like of what is on offer.
"The retreat in Valencia was simply divine. Such a stunning place, beautiful people, delicious food all helping me reconnect myself as one. Focusing and spending time on truly listening to my body and what it needs, totally transformed me. I can’t thank Laura, Thomas, Lindsay, and all the retreat staff, for making me feel like we were all part of one big family adding to the experience. Everyone made me feel listened too, accepted and space to experience my inner self. Thank you, Mandy"
- Mandy, service manager
"Having gone on a number of yoga retreats previously, I was not quite sure what to expect from a retreat where there was an additional psychological component involving a person-centered therapeutic approach.
The experience was wonderful for so many reasons;
There was incredible food from the Spanish chefs - Angel and Angel - who lived up to their names producing heavenly tasting healthy vegetarian meals every evening, and the delicious brunches served by Elliot.
Doing yoga practice with Thomas, completing enlivening, awakening and opening yang practices in the mornings and relaxing, restorative Yin evening practices created a wonderful balance to the day.
The location was beautiful and the environment quickly felt like a home away from home due to the atmosphere created by Laura. Participating in the group work I felt seen and heard - and a real sense of group belonging. Laura provided a safe space where I felt cocooned and able to open up about current and past issues impacting on my stress levels and my emotional well-being. Things came up for me that were challenging and emotional to work through, however by the end I felt like there was a clearing and cleaning out of 'stuff' that had been confusing or was impacting on me negatively.
In the retreat, I found a period of incredibly useful reflection and processing time that has been transformative moving forwards in my life. I came away feeling reconnected with my self, and both inspired and empowered about my future. The retreat has been a catalyst to setting new intentions and making positive changes in how I live my life so I am living it from my authentic self. There has been more personal growth and development that I could have anticipated from one week away, as the benefits are beyond a wonderful week away to a lasting change within me on the inside and a change in my relationship to myself. These effects are wide-ranging and continue to impact on my life daily in far-reaching ways such as my connections and relationships with others, my communication with others, and how I am spending my time. While there is still stress in my job and in life the way I am approaching these things has shifted so that I am managing life feeling more in control and resilient.
I think so many professionals working in health, social care and charitable organisations would benefit from this retreat. The impact of any job where people give so much of themselves can have such a detrimental cost to the person giving. We are all at risk of burnout due to the stress involved in these type of roles. Taking time out for restoration and reflection is essential to stay well.
This retreat is for any professionals who:
- are feeling lost in life at the moment
- are feeling stressed, exhausted and burnt out at work
- want to feel better in their lives but don’t know how to look after themselves better
- are fed up of to-do lists of self-care activities that stress them out"
- Fran, occupational therapist
Having not experienced a retreat before, I had no idea what to expect and was a little apprehensive before coming to Valencia. I’d booked my place with the intention to support my friend but to also learn about burnout and self-care, having nearly broken myself earlier in the year.
Dr Laura’s retreat truly did exceed expectations - we had a small but intimate group, who after a day together gelled extremely well. We worked hard but also laughed a lot.
The villa and surroundings were an oasis of calm and we looked forward to the delicious freshly-prepared meals each day - we had the luxury of being cooked for by two amazing chefs. Brunch was after yang yoga first thing with Thomas. Our check-ins each day were often taken outside in the pine-tree laden gardens. The check-ins, 1-2-1s and workshops were both motivational and explorative. I learned a lot about myself and gained tools that I have used to aid my resilience both in my professional and personal life.
This retreat would benefit people of all backgrounds that wanted to re-connect with themselves and focus on the wonder of self-care. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend time spent with Laura, Lindsay, and Thomas - they were an absolute dream-team.
- Dee, Manager
About Laura Monk
I take a holistic approach, which may mean paying attention to the: psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, relational, social and sexual aspects of our being. My way of working is intuitive, mindful, heart-centred and creative. Originally trained in person-centred counselling and psychotherapy, I went on to gain a PhD in social psychology.