For nearly 20 years, I have conducted private retreats for individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. Locations range from luxurious, private resorts to rustic, secluded cabins to rugged, outdoor campsites (see sidebar about Stillwater Journeys). Your private, personal-growth retreat can take place in whatever nurturing environment you wish, but what matters most is that you step away from the demands of your life to fully relax and devote your attention to developing deeper insights into yourself while finding positive ways to cope with your challenging life situations.
After completing an intensive retreat, my clients report that our one or more days together made it possible to experience personal improvement beyond what we could have accomplished in shorter counseling sessions.
Mindfulness as a Foundation
I include mindfulness practice as part of our work together as it is an extremely effective way to create inner calm and awareness while reducing stress. When combined with intensive counseling and coaching over multiple days, mindfulness practice often provides the clarity and focus needed to view your life challenges from a fresh perspective and to find healthier ways to cope.
David Stringham, MPH, MSW
If you would like to explore the option of a private counseling and mindfulness retreat, I encourage you to contact me to set up an initial no-cost phone consultation. Together we’ll talk about your needs, my counseling and coaching approach, as well as retreat location options and formats that are likely to be the most inspiring and helpful to you. As a prelude to scheduling a retreat, some clients choose to schedule one or more phone, Skype or in-person counseling/coaching sessions. These sessions can last an hour or longer, and provide an excellent opportunity for us to get acquainted, to understand your struggles, and to provide you with some initial coping skills. This can be a valuable way to lay the groundwork to the deep inner work that your intensive retreat will help facilitate.