"My experience was amazing. I was surrounded by a loving, supportive community with total acceptance and authenticity. I came away with a ton of healing and a sense of freedom and wholeness that I still carry with me today out in the 'real world'."
Marissa L, Newton, MA
The Old Story
We all long to shine in our lives and express our true nature. We long to be fully alive and present to each moment. We want to love and be loved.
But too often we find ourselves entangled in conflicts and limitations, out of sync with our hopes and dreams. We repeat old destructive behavior patterns in new relationships, unconsciously recreating the conditions we want to avoid.
We find ourselves caught up in addictive patterns of behavior, focused everywhere but the present moment.
We’re stuck in the same old story.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
On this retreat we’ll journey into the transforming power of a loving community to restore emotional wellness and bring about emotional healing. First, we will create a warm and safe container. Then, using processes drawn from humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy and diverse spiritual traditions, we’ll learn to connect with fear, grief, anger and other deeply held feelings and work them through to the other side.
Miraculously, an alchemical transformation takes place. Lead becomes gold.
We come back to our bodies in a new way and experience a fresh aliveness and spaciousness in our hearts.
Our dark, stuck feelings come bearing gifts, treasures waiting to be discovered. And in this discovery is celebration!
Come to this retreat if you want to:
• Free yourself from anger, release guilt and shame
• Lift up depression by owning suppressed feelings
• Heal relationships and create emotional wellness
• Transform grief and pain, release trauma
• Embrace your Soul's calling
• Discover your true nature as a source of pure love
• Live life more passionately
• Learn to trust your life’s journey
These emotional wellness retreats are held in comfortable and informal settings with small groups. Every effort is made to create a safe, warm, supportive environment for deep work.
If you are interested in attending one of these events we request that you contact us to set up a phone interview to answer questions you may have and for us to determine if this retreat is appropriate for you. Contact Jon by using the form below. There is no charge for the call which usually takes about 10 minutes. Longer consultations and counseling sessions are available as well, at regular rates.
Jon has an office in Northampton, Massachusetts and in downtown Manhattan, New York City, and if you are near those locations we can set up a counseling session if you prefer.
We offer emotional healing retreats in New York State and Massachusetts, and once a year in California. Retreats run from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon and the cost varies with each location. Food and housing is provided in the fees.
East Coast Retreats are offered at Shalom Mountain Retreat Center in the Catskills, New York and in western Massachusetts. California retreats are offered at different locations.
For additional details about the Shalom Mountain retreats go to the Shalom Mountain website, and click on the calendar menu to see the dates. On their site the retreats are called simply Shalom Retreats. You can register through them.
There is some tuition assistance available through Shalom Mountain.
Simiiar western Massachusetts retreats are called Grief and Loss Retreats. For more information go to Next Grief and Loss Retreat.
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"That was the best weekend of my life!! I feel quite different; the "worthlessness" is gone and I'm seeing through new eyes, feeling through new emotions and my bod feels good!"
Michele W, Boulder, CO
"Previous therapists I have worked with took months to grasp my situation and understand the personal hell I was in. Within ten minutes Jon was able to completely understand the personal turmoil I was in and I felt understood.
At the retreat he was then able to identify my most pressing issue which for me was my loss of any sense of empowerment or hope as a result of an abusive relationship. He helped me stand up to this person and create space for myself to start healing.
I was surprised to find out this new found sense of self and space carried over into the real world once I left, and actually it continues to build upon itself.
It was a foundation for me that I wasn't able to build myself. And Jon was so kind, supportive, and helpful. I felt safe with him instantly.
I can't believe the amount of help I received in one weekend, and I was astounded by Jon's gift, he was obviously born to heal people."
Sarah McInerney, Bethlehem, PA
"I came back from my retreat with my tank full, loved, nurtured, supported and a whole lot of great feelings that I haven't felt in a long time. I went from functioning to living.
The retreat was no cake walk. I did a life time of growing and forgiving in 4 days. This week has been incredible, I am able to handle the curve balls that life throws at me with love and efficiency. My relationship with my family as well as my colleagues at work has been the best its ever been.
Most important of all I feel like the weight's been lifted off me. Thank you for the support and guidance in this journey and for giving me my life back."
Bhavani Kurtz, Saratoga Springs, NY
"After my life partner of 15 years passed away, I sought out a 'healing retreat' of sorts, knowing I needed 'something' to help me cope with this profound and excruciating loss and pain... I came upon Jon's website and connected with him.
So I took that leap of faith and signed up for the Nov. retreat and I'm glad I did. Upon arrival, everyone was so warm and welcoming; very friendly. It is a rustic, country setting and everyone helps out in various ways... and within 24 hours, it was indeed a 'community' where you feel very connected to others.
With his natural ease and calming nature, Jon helped me with my grief and what evolved was a slight shift in the pain that remains with me. Although I still mourn and grieve, there is a different level of acceptance that I achieved.
Jon's keen instincts, candor, unconventional exercises and smile engaged me to 'trust the process' within the backdrop of 'the community - very powerful and supportive. While hard to describe, suffice it to say it is a weekend well spent with much positive upside!"
Molly Levi, Brooklyn, NY