Retreat Schedule and Descriptions

Retreats are held at The Institute’s Retreat Center in the mountains near Brevard, NC.

Dates for upcoming groups, retreats and intensives are posted here as they are scheduled. (Not all retreats are offered every year.)

2017 RETREAT SCHEDULE

Name of Retreat Dates
Healing the Aftermath June 13 – 18
Symptom Management for the Gentle Life August 15 – 20
Healing the Aftermath October 24 – 29

 

RETREAT DESCRIPTIONS

The Institute’s flagship retreat is Healing the Aftermath of Pathological Love Relationships (HAM) which has been operational since 2006. This ‘core’ retreat teaches the basics of personality disorders, psychopathy, relational dynamics, super traits, and recovery approaches. The same material is included in our 1:1 Intensives but is covered privately and individually with Sandra.

These two retreats, the HAM and 1:1s, are our primary support approaches. All other retreats build off the material laid out in the HAM and 1:1s, therefore, you need to have attended the HAM, a 1:1, or completely finished tele-counseling/coaching with Jennifer Young, L.M.H.C. in order to attend and benefit from additional retreats.

Retreats are 6 days, 5 nights and are held at The Institute’s recently acquired Retreat Center near Brevard, NC. To learn more about our location and facility, visit our Retreat Center page.

Healing the Aftermath of Pathological Love Relationships (PLR)

(This retreat and/or a 1:1 is a pre-requisite for other retreats.)

This is our signature retreat for which we are so well known and is for those who have left their relationship, are seeking to understand pathology, and to have connection with others who have also experienced a pathological relationship.

The focus of the retreat includes understanding pathology and its’ permanence, your Super Traits, pathological love relationship dynamics, managing intrusive thoughts and cognitive dissonance, and symptom management.

Package price for Healing the Aftermath is $750.

Retreat package includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Asheville, NC airport (AVL)
  • Lodging (shared accommodations with fully furnished kitchen facilities)
  • Approximately 5 hours of group coaching per day
  • Evening outdoor fire (weather permitting) and “processing” time
  • Transportation other than airport pickup/drop off and food are not included

If you are interested, please email Counseling and Retreats through the Contact Us form in the right hand sidebar. Please state that you are interested in the Healing the Aftermath retreat.

1:1 Intensive with Sandra

(This retreat and/or HAM is a pre-requisite for other retreats.)

This personal and individual retreat is for those who are in the early stage of the aftermath from a pathological love relationship. A one-to-one intensive includes private intensive support and educational sessions with Sandra L. Brown, M.A.

The focus of the retreat is on your patterns of relationship selection, the permanence of pathology and why it is permanent, your Super Traits and the risk factors they bring to a pathological love relationship, pathological love relationship dynamics, and symptom management for intrusive thoughts and cognitive dissonance.

Package price for 1:1 intensives is $1,400.

Retreat package includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Asheville, NC airport (AVL)
  • Lodging (fully furnished with kitchen facilities)
  • Approximately 2 hours of counseling/coaching on the day of arrival
  • Approximately 4 hours of counseling/coaching on the second, third and fourth days
  • Transportation other than airport pickup/drop off and food are not included

If you are interested, please email Counseling and Retreats through the Contact Us form in the right hand sidebar. Please state that you are interested in a 1:1 Intensive with Sandra.

Symptom Management for the Gentle Life

(Pre-requisite: Must have attended HAM, 1:1, or completed a full cycle of tele-counseling/coaching.)

This retreat is for those who have previously attended a HAM, 1:1 or completed tele-counseling/coaching and are looking to enhance their recovery skills through a lifestyle enhancement of ‘gentle life’ approaches.

The focus of the retreat is to create a recovery tool box of approaches and skills to manage the symptoms of PTSD, trauma, intrusive thoughts, and cognitive dissonance, to increase distress tolerance, and to add somatic experiencing techniques to increase mindfulness while reducing dissociation. Retreat activities include:

  • Daily yoga
  • Daily PTSD, neuroscience, and aftermath lectures
  • Daily practice of various breathing techniques
  • Experiential mindfulness training
  • Hiking
  • Evening outdoor fire (weather permitting) and “processing” time
  • Guided relaxation
  • Internal symptom management
  • Super traits and their management
  • Self-care
  • Inner healing
  • When available, walking a nearby labyrinth

The package price for Symptom Management for the Gentle Life is $750 and includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Asheville, NC airport (AVL)
  • Lodging (shared accommodations with fully furnished kitchen facilities)
  • Approximately 5 hours of group counseling/coaching per day
  • Transportation other than airport pickup/drop off and food are not included

If you are interested, please email Counseling and Retreats through the Contact Us form in the right hand sidebar. Please state that you are interested in the Symptom Management for Gentle Life retreat.