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So we are very excited to announce that the bookings are now open for our first collaborative retreat!

In the future, we may have retreats open to anyone. However, this particular retreat is aimed at women and to all females regardless of your gender identification (incl. those of you who are gender-fluid, non-binary etc) and/or your sexual orientation. We want to make sure that our work is inclusive and one that offers unconditional acceptance and compassion.

Following is an informative post written by Vicky O’Donoghue about what the retreat is all about:

“Excited for my first Retreat collaboration! 😍 2021 is going to be a very special year 😁🙌🏼❤

Together with a team of trauma-informed specialists and facilitators, Mindful Living & Stepping Stones Psychology are offering a unique therapeutic weekend retreat which is exclusively trauma-sensitive & trauma-informed.

Our Retreat is for anyone who would like support to navigate their way through trauma-related issues, using an embodied approach as part of their personal healing and growth journey.

What is Trauma?

Going through very stressful, frightening or distressing events is sometimes called trauma.

Difficult and challenging personal situations or life events can be traumatic and have a lasting impact on our psychological, physical and emotional health.

Traumatic events can happen at any age and can sometimes result in long term effects. Everyone has a different reaction to trauma, so you might notice any effects quickly, or a long time afterwards.
(Adapted from Mind UK)

What is an Embodied Approach?

The classic forms of talking psychotherapy are limited in working with traumatic symptoms since they don’t address the critical role of the body in healing. ‘Trauma is not in the event but in the nervous system’ (Dr Peter Levine), so to heal trauma, the body and specifically, the nervous system must be included.

Somatic based practices are therefore much more effective in helping people come out of trauma-based symptoms and long-term suffering.
This blog by Dr Arielle Schwarz explains this in more detail:

Have I experienced trauma?

Sharmi’s blog helps us to address and clarify this burning question…

Is this retreat for me?

You don’t need a trauma-related diagnosis to benefit from trauma-informed, embodied practices. This approach enables stuck and repressed emotions that may have built up over a lifetime to be safely expressed and released.
Our retreat is for anyone who is called to join us, whether at the very start of your healing journey, at the very beginning of your recovery process; or someone who wishes to integrate a range of embodied approaches into your existing support system.

It would also be helpful to those working in therapeutic support settings, who wish to become more trauma-informed. All embodied approaches need to be experienced first hand.


  • When is our retreat: Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2021
  • Where: Nr Buxton – The Peak District, Derbyshire
  • What’s the investment: From £275 per person (see below)
    Reserve your spot via email writing to either (Vicky) (Sharmi)

Further details are below:

Arrive Friday evening from 6 pm onwards:

  • Welcome Circle retreat briefing
  • Dinner together with time to connect
  • Evening meditation/relaxation session
  • A range of sessions will be available to you over the course of the weekend

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Mindful movement
  • Trauma-Informed Psychoeducation
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness teachings & practices
  • Self-Care (Nurture & Nourish) workshop
  • Somatic-based practice (embodied healing)
  • Mindful walking
  • Creative expression
  • Chakradance
  • Sound Therapy
  • Meditation
  • And more…

The retreat will start at 6pm on the Friday and end at 4pm on Sunday. It will be fully flexible in terms of how many sessions you wish to take part in. There will be lots of time for self-reflection, taking time out in nature and connecting with others.

The retreat is led and supported by highly qualified and trauma-informed therapists or facilitators – with opportunity for 1:1 Support where needed.

There will be other 1:1 sessions offered as optional additions should you choose to take part. (TBC)

This is a unique opportunity to integrate a wide range of therapeutic tools designed for trauma healing and personal growth under one roof; whilst being nurtured by the powerful benefits of nature; and being held in a supportive and inclusive community.

This weekend may kick start your healing journey or strengthen what you have already being doing. Our hope is that you will be able to take away what you gain from our time together and continue to build on this experience when returning home.

Pricing: £275 per person sharing a room. There will be a £50 supplement for sole occupancy on a first come first served basis.
Your investment will cover your accommodation, all main and optional sessions, and all meals; which will be authentic & nutritious home cooked food.

To confirm your spot a £50 deposit will be required upon booking.
Please direct any questions to either of us via email as above.


Oooooooo forgot to mention the delicious authentic home cooking by executive chef Sharmi and her mum 😋

For more information:

Like our Retreat page Embodied Mind & Nurtured Heart Retreat for more info:

We look forward to welcoming you and to sharing this beautiful opportunity and space with you 💜

Warmest wishes
Sharmi & Vicky✨”

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