Retreats

Healing and Connecting Retreats

Healing and Connecting retreat 2022

Therapy Northwest offer two retreats, 3 day and 6 day. They are particularly suited to individuals with some experience of IFS and participants are often therapists, practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Each offer an intensive healing experience, combining Internal Family Systems Therapy, Polyvagal theory, Compassion Focused Therapy and body work with holistic approaches to healing trauma.

Retreats are offered within beautiful surroundings in the UK, these retreats are residential, offering you a private room within shared accommodation with your small group in stunning Lancashire countryside.

There is a maximum of 12 individuals per retreat to provide a high ratio of psychologists and other practitioners to provide a highly individualised experience, offering a balance of group experience and individual internal exploration.

  • A retreat where all parts of you are welcome
  • Opportunities to explore and map your internal system
  • Body focused practices to access safety, connection and self compassion.
  • A unique opportunity to try the safe and sound protocol
  • Deeper inner work held by the compassion and safety of the facilitators and broader group each day
  • Exploration and healing of experiences of shame
  • Deepen your understanding of patterns that show up in your internal and external life which are barriers to a life more fulfilling and joyful.
  • Multiple opportunities to practice ways to anchor the body into the energy of safety, compassion and connection with both the self and others.
  • Leave the retreat with many practices to continue to enjoy in your daily life
  • Craniosacral Therapy to support your healing
  • Optional follow up consultation for further integration

*Now taking bookings for 2023*


These retreats will be led by Dr Zandra Bamford, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with many years experience working with trauma within a deeply compassionate and holistic approach, and supported by Dr Maria Kaltsi, a Clinical Psychologist trained in a variety of modalities, including IFS, bringing great gentleness, care and body focused practices to this experience for your healing. We are honoured that Jeanette Warren (healing in stillness) a wonderful Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist is joining us to provide a session for each of you should you choose. 

April 2023 retreat:

Arriving Friday 21st April, departing Monday evening on the 24th April. We are delighted to house this at the stunning Rydal Hall Estate, with beautiful en-suite bedrooms, full board, dedicated beautiful communal spaces for our practices and gardens set in 30 acres, at the very heart of the English Lake District, a World Heritage Site.

*Now taking bookings*


IFS retreat in Lancaster 2022

RETREAT TESTIMONIALS

“The IFS Retreat was a wonderfully enriching experience for me and allowed attention to my personal needs as well as my professional curiosity. I felt that genuine healing occurred at the level of mind, body and spirit and opened the door to deeper understanding of myself and a clearer vision for my life. The space and group experience felt very safe and I really enjoyed spending time with like-minded others. It was joyous and fun with lots of laughter, as well as being emotionally impactful. I would highly recommend to all therapists.” 

Dr Mel Lee, Clinical Psychologist, CAT Practitioner, EMDR Therapist and IFS Therapist, Managing Director, Trust Psychology Ltd.

“Despite not knowing quite what to expect, this retreat exceeded all of my hopes and wishes. Everything from the venue, the facilitators, the group, to the food were all second to none and contributed to what was an incredibly powerful, connecting and healing experience. I cannot recommend Zandra, Maria and the Rewilding space enough

Adele, Clinical Psychologist

“This was a relaxing and life enhancing retreat skilfully and gently facilitated by the staff”

Anonymous

I left the retreat with a general sense that all was well with the world; that at the heart of it, there is something deep that connects us all that is fundamentally healing. It felt thoroughly therapeutic. The facilitators created the most calming, safe, playful, open and authentic context for the group to flourish. I was blown away by the healing power of IFS and feel so grateful to have experienced this gorgeous retreat. 

The food was exquisite, the location was wholesome and surrounded by wild and beautiful nature. On top of immersion in IFS, we had the opportunity to experience other healing and body-based therapies (craniosacral therapy, a sound bath, restorative yoga, and a range of exercises aimed at toning the vagus nerve). The facilitators had planned a programme for the mind, body and soul and gently adjusted the plans based on the ebb and flow of how the group naturally developed and what it needed at each stage. I felt genuinely nurtured. All my parts are so grateful for the beautiful Self-energy generated by this experience. Thank you!

Anonymous

“I’m fairly new to IFS but feel such a strong connection with it, so when the opportunity to attend this retreat came to me, I instantly had to book on. There were some anxious and petrified parts – they soon felt at ease when they were welcomed, along with all my parts to the retreat.

The location was perfect and the timetable felt a great balance of IFS practise as well as other practises that complemented each other nicely. There was plenty of time for self reflection and time to connect with nature and the others on the retreat. The food was just amazing too!

I could have stayed there longer and feel that the more familiar I get with IFS and the practise, the more I will get from attending these retreats. I will certainly be looking forward to book onto more and maybe next time for a longer period!! 

Thank you Zandra, Maria, and all the other practitioners as well as all those who attended the retreat too, in creating such a safe and nurturing place for me to explore my internal family system more

Dr Jenny Nam, Counselling Psychologist

“The retreat was very enjoyable and nourishing on many different levels. Zandra created a safe, loving and nurturing space and I would definitely book up again”.

Kathy, Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Please email therapynorthwest@gmail.com or use the contact form for a booking form, register your interest or further details