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Touching Beauty in Grief Retreat

28th March 2022 - 1st April 2022 Bala Brook Retreat Centre, South Hams

Introductory Workshop

In these times of change and loss, not enough and too much, following lockdowns and the uncertainty that remains, there is much that we are trying to cope with, often with limited support. In response Diana Barnard a Focuser and Cranio-sacral/Qigong practitioner and I a Focusing practitioner and psychotherapist, are creating a retreat, bringing people together to work with the territory of grief and loss. Inspired by the work of Francis Weller we are diving down to find the treasure that can come with touching the more vulnerable within us. Using Focusing, Qi-gong, bodywork, rituals, meditation and nature we will be exploring what we need, inner and outer to include the beautiful and the painful and so connect again.

It is at the beautiful South Devon Bala Brook Retreat centre on the 28th March – 1st April 2022.

Accommodation will be in single rooms at the beautiful & spacious Bala Brook retreat centre (https://www.balabrook.org.uk/) with its own woodland and brook on the edge of Dartmoor.

Delicious vegetarian food.

Cost of retreat £400 / £340 concessions, deposit £100 to secure a place.

Diana Barnard practices as a Cranial Sacral and Shiatsu therapist, working in private practice and on a program for people experiencing addictions, with a special interest in trauma. She worked with people with cancer for many years at Penny Brohn Cancer Care and regularly teaches Qi Gong on retreats. www.dianabarnardtherapy.co.uk

Isla Macdonald is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Focusing practitioner working in private practice in Bristol. She worked as a hospice nurse for many years, developed mindfulness classes for pain and stress then became a Palliative Care Hospital Chaplain. She trained in counselling then group therapy and is currently exploring Embodied Processing, Dynamic Focusing, Wild Therapy and Celtic nature rituals.

Do get in contact with Isla () if you would like more info, or a booking form to join us, there’s just a few places left.

Francis Weller: The Wild Edge of Sorrow. North Atlantic Books 2015

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