Retreat Pricing and Details
COST: $1,500 per day. Standard retreats last 3-6 days depending on your needs and availability. Please note that this does not include meals or accommodations.
TIMING: We meet from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (or 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) with a 60 min lunch break and additional breaks as needed each day.
SCHEDULING: Retreats are available throughout the year on any available days. Ideally, we like to start earlier in the week, providing you with the opportunity to take the weekend to enjoy your time in Northampton.
FOLLOW-UP: We are happy to provide online follow-up coaching to help you integrate the tools and changes you acquire during the retreat and to support your progress moving forward. We can make these arrangements following your retreat. We recommend that you have an ongoing therapist at home.
1 Year of Weekly Therapy vs Intensive Retreat
Frequently Asked Questions
When you’re in distress, a powerful intervention may be the only way to change the momentum and get things back on track.
An intensive retreat offers relief and healing in days, not years as required by one-hour weekly in-person or online therapy.
A single retreat day adds up to (8) 45-50 min sessions. In other words, 1 retreat day is equivalent to 2 months of weekly therapy, but the effects are substantially more powerful because of the continuity of your work.
You have your therapist’s attention all day, every day of the retreat, with a lunch break and other breaks as necessary. There is no wasted time saying hello, catching up or shutting down a session – it is ongoing.
Every person is unique in how they cope with trauma and the symptoms they struggle with. We have worked with people facing all sorts of problems and found that all can be healed, no matter how drastic, provided they are willing and motivated to do the work. Below are some problems that can be addressed during an intensive retreat much more quickly and effectively than in weekly counseling sessions:
•Depression: One of the most common symptoms of past trauma, depression can manifest as a general lack of motivation or interest in things that were once considered enjoyable or in severe cases as suicidal tendencies. Depression can change over time, often affected by seasonal changes and the amount of social contact. We have a tendency to downplay our depression if it is not overt, but coming to a retreat and working with a professional who is trained in the ways that trauma can manifest itself provides the opportunity to confront our depression for what it is; a coping mechanism for the unhealed wounds of our worst past experiences. Processing those memories can often completely resolve depression in only a few days, freeing you from the painful emotions related to the past.
• Anxiety: Anxiety can present itself in countless ways, affecting everything from our ability to meet new people to the ease with which we drift off to sleep. We may feel tremendous work-related anxiety as deadlines approach. At the extreme end, panic disorders can cause severe anxiety that often seems to emerge from nothing, gripping our body with intense feelings of terror and a sense that the end is near. Confronting anxiety during the retreat and processing the emotions behind it can yield miraculous results, offering you the freedom to finally breathe again and recognize that today you are safe and what you were afraid of is no longer a threat.
• PTSD: Well known as a condition experienced by soldiers subjected to particularly traumatic wartime experiences, PTSD can develop from any number of causes. Physical and sexual abuse victims can experience PTSD, as well as survivors of crime, natural disasters and even a fight or car accident. Our life experience is entirely subjective, and as such, nobody can tell us how traumatic an event was to us. Fortunately, whatever happened to cause your PTSD can be thoroughly processed and released over the course of a retreat, encouraging post-traumatic growth as your experiences are integrated as a part of your history. Processing trauma will allow you the freedom to continue living your life while leaving your debilitating symptoms behind.
• Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse: Physical abuse is an intense violation of our safety and autonomy. The same goes for emotional abuse, which includes bullying, ridicule and the degradation of our independence as we experience in unhealthy and codependent relationships. Sexual abuse is an intense violation of our privacy in an extremely sensitive way that often occurs alongside other forms of abuse. All of these experiences are tremendously challenging and can throw our lives and sense of safety into turmoil. It is a natural coping mechanism for us to feel anxious, depressed, withdrawn and dissociated from our bodies and minds after such an event occurs. At the retreat center, we deal with victims of attacks, rape and extremely hurtful and damaging emotional relationships. Our first priority is to establish safety and trust, before working our way into the details of the experience and the painful emotions related to it. We have found that regardless of the nature of the event and the severity of symptoms, all past trauma can be healed when approached with skill and care.
• Low Self-Esteem: Often our negative life experiences can trigger deep feelings of guilt and shame, either related to the event itself or our ability to cope with it. Low self-esteem keeps us from expressing ourselves easily and authentically, debilitates our willingness to reach for new achievements and limits our belief that we deserve healthy boundaries and relationships. Low self-esteem is often a side effect of past trauma, even pre-verbal trauma that occurred before we were old enough to understand words and language. We may have picked up the limiting beliefs that we are not worthy of love or care, or that we are destined to fail. All of these negative ideas can be addressed when we look at the core trauma that is connected to them. A retreat gives you ample time to unpack all of these issues in full detail, allowing you to process the underlying emotions and finally put them to rest.
• Chronic Stress: Stress is a necessary and unavoidable part of life, but the way we deal with stress has a lot to do with the intensity of our negative experiences and how we have coped with them in the past. Stress can promote healthy growth, as in the case of a fitness routine, but too much stress can cause overwhelm and breakdown. The same is the case for emotional and psychological stress. The things that hurt us, if they were chronic or too severe and we lacked necessary support, can be debilitating. But broken into small pieces and digested, as when you are guided through your trauma over the course of a retreat, those same huge issues can become your nutrition. Letting go of past trauma can result in a significant reduction in the unhealthy stress you experience towards your life and responsibilities, allowing you to approach new challenges with courage and resilience.
There are certain active conditions that limit our ability to do meaningful trauma work with somebody. If a person is currently in a very fragile mental state or compromised by drugs or alcohol, deep trauma processing can be counterproductive and potentially dangerous. Please note that these limitations are not permanent, and when the situation calms enough that they become more stable, a retreat is the best way to address the root cause of these emotional and behavioral problems.
• Actively Considering Suicide: A big part of our work is moving through emotions related to past trauma, which can trigger intense but momentary emotional discomfort, which would be unsafe for somebody who is actively considering suicide. People who have experienced suicidal ideology in the past can absolutely benefit from a retreat, but it is requested that they be in the care of a therapist before attendance.
• Active Addiction: We request that retreat participants abstain from substance usage 2 days prior and throughout the course of the retreat. People who are suffering from active addition should seek the support of a detox center or substance abuse counselor before attending a retreat.
• Eliminate patterns of behavior that do not work: Learn why your life is in conflict and why resentments accumulate over time. Recognize key behavioral and emotional challenges that push you off track so that you can stay focused on your goals.
• Identify the negative cycle that you are stuck in: Learn about your unconscious driving factors and how they affect your ability to stay open and receptive to life, complicate your ability to proactively work through issues, and contribute to depressing, anxiety, withdrawal and shutting down. Learn new ways of coping with challenges so that you can see the cycle as the problem and not you, so you can maintain trust in yourself even in the midst of challenging moments.
• Learn positive communication skills: Learn how to communicate about anything, even difficult issues, without triggering and disconnecting from others. With the support of a licensed therapist, you will learn the best therapeutic methods and techniques to make requests of others, set healthy boundaries and feel truly heard in your relationships.
• Learn tools to address negative emotions: Our emotions are at the core of all our problems. You will learn tools to enhance your communication skills, self-confidence and self-soothing abilities, and the ability to more effectively cope with difficult feelings when they come up.
• Build a foundation of trust to move forward in life: We can only thrive if our life is built on a solid foundation of trust in ourselves. The best retreat will grant you an enhanced understanding of your deepest inner workings so that you can derive more enjoyment from your life as you learn to strengthen your connection with yourself and others.
Our intensive retreats are not covered by insurance. We are not affiliated with any HMOs or PPOs and we do not accept payments from insurance companies. We recommend that you check with your insurance company to see what mental and behavioral health services your policy covers.
The advantage of an intensive retreat is the opportunity to do tremendously powerful work in a significantly shorter period of time than weekly therapy. We believe that the faster you can resolve your core issues and move forward, the more successful and rewarding your life will become.
Think of all the unhealthy and expensive coping mechanisms that people resort to when they don't feel good. Using food or unnecessary purchases to fill a void, reaching for costly drugs, alcohol or prescription medications, not to mention the cost of missed opportunities that they don't feel up to or deserving of. How much money would you save if you felt good without external crutches?
We believe that trauma processing work is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself, and the spaciousness that it opens up in your personal and professional relationships is hard to fully comprehend until you do the work to unburden yourself and step more fully into your life.
Yes, we utilize a variety of solution focused therapeutic techniques, but the foundation of our retreat is built on two of the most effective modalities to address past trauma and emotional issues; EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and PC (Progressive Counting).
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapy created by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from trauma and disturbing life experiences that often result in a variety of mental health issues.
It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Repeated studies show that EMDR can often produce results in a single therapy session whereas other forms of psychotherapy will take years to deliver. More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR, with some showing that 84-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have PTSD after only three 90 min sessions.
We utilize EMDR during the intensive retreat to rapidly process old trauma that triggers a whole host of emotional and behavioral health issues, helping you to move through and beyond those feelings.
PC (Progressive Counting) is a psychotherapy technique developed by Ricky Greenwald, Psy.D. designed for trauma resolution based on the counting method. It is used to reduce or eliminate symptoms such as anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, and post-traumatic reactions. It can also be used to enhance psychological resources such as confidence and self-esteem.
The procedure involves having the client visualize a series of progressively longer “movies” of the trauma memory while the therapist counts out loud (first to a count of 10, then 20, then 30, etc.). By repeatedly imagining the movie of the memory, the memory gets “digested” or healed, via desensitization, emotional processing, gaining perspective, or other means.