We offer retreats for people with depression, grief and other challenging emotions.
Our depression retreats are helpful for people who experience the darkness of depression either due to a recent event, or more chronic depression that has gone on for an extended period of time that may be due to suppressed feelings including grief and anger.
Depression can be caused by long-suppressed feelings that keep you feeling stuck and powerless to change your life. Our depression retreats help you access these old stuck emotions, and transform them, freeing up all the energy held in them back into your life, back into the present moment.
This can bring in a boost of energy, a feeling of increased awareness, and an emotional lift. Joy and hope become more available and sustainable.
Many people feel trapped in uncomfortable and destructive feelings that have plagued them for a long time, in some cases for a lifetime. For others it can be triggered by a traumatic event such as the death of a spouse. Our depression retreats may be able to help.
Depression dampens down your life and drains your life force. Emotions such as depression, sadness and grief often don’t respond to more traditional talk therapy, because talking about feelings does little to change feelings. To do that, emotional work is needed.
At our retreats we do just that.
Suppressed anger can also cause depression. The reason is that anger is a very big and powerful emotion. It takes a lot of energy to suppress it. Many of us grew up in a family where anger was not acceptable and we learned to hide it.
When anger is squashed, our life energy is squashed along with it. For more information on this go to our Anger and Depression Page.
When emotions get stuck they can cause us to feel numb and out of touch with ourselves. Healing depression can give you back your life.
The retreats for depression and other stuck emotions have been a turning point for folks who have tried a lot of other methods and are still struggling with finding a way to heal their chronic stuck emotions or who feel caught in a cycle of negativity and negative attitudes.
I am continually inspired by how our depression retreats have helped people to be free of these stuck places. The unique format of the retreats gently guide participants into their stuck places. With the support of a loving community, healing beyond words can take place.
Once people uncover some of the repressed energy they very quickly improve their EQ, their emotional intelligence. This is because the key to growth is not so much insights or new perspectives but transforming these stuck feelings.
In our depression retreats we don’t focus on the thought
level, although new ideas are presented to help everyone understand the
process. The real work, however, is working through the stuck feelings,
which is how, as I sometimes say to "Break free of the old story."
It is not about talking so much as it is about working at the core energetic level of emotional healing. Emotions are connected to our core life force. Free stuck emotions and free up your life.
Even if people are used to avoiding the depressed feelings – the process we use guides them to experience those feelings and reclaim their power.
This is not about indulging the emotions, but rather allowing them to breathe. When you breathe into the pure energy of the emotion, you shine a light on it. You help it transform, evolve into a healthier form.
The sadness, anger and perhaps fear trapped in depression evolve
into joy, passion and excitement. For more on this go to my
Emotional healing occurs because the stuck energy is now freed to move to its more natural, free flowing state. We feel more relaxed, energized, freer!
In our depression retreats some people are aware of where they are stuck while others will have this revealed through the emotional healing process we go through together.
We need help with stuck emotions because when you are deeply
depressed it feels that that is the way it is and that there isn't much
hope of change. There can be a pervasive sadness, dullness and lack of
life energy. It can feel overwhelming. The group process of the retreat helps to break down this heavy wall as we see others transform and then do our own work. It gives us hope!
Examples of Healing at our Retreats
"Marissa" came to a retreat and said “I don’t want to live like this. I just don’t know how to change.” She felt numb most of the time. She had cut off most of her feelings, and experienced no pleasure in her body. She was going through the motions of life, but not really living.
Marissa complained that even the things that used to bring her pleasure felt flat now. She said “I can’t get out of this deep well I fell into.”
During the retreat she slowing came back to life. Her work at the depression retreat was to find her life force hidden away in pain, in grief. She cried, not the small tears of day to day sadness, but deep tears of healing.
After the retreat she said she felt like she was getting her whole life back. “Wow, I always wondered what life would feel like if I was happy!”
"Chris" came to our Grief and Loss Retreat after giving up on numerous attempts at medications for his deep depression and despair. He had no energy for anything. In the retreat we discovered that it was taking a huge effort to push away uncomfortable feelings from childhood. It takes a lot of energy to suppress emotions. He wasn’t getting up in the morning with any sense of verve or appreciation for life.
At his first retreat he discovered a lot of anger...at others and at himself! He gained a lot of energy back. He knew he needed to do more work, and in a couple of months was back to do more work.
After his second retreat, he was able to see that his depression was just his stuck energy. It had been robbing him of the joy of life. He looked stronger, healthier, more alive.
"Luanne" came to our Breaking Free Of The Old Story retreat five years after she lost her husband in a car accident. They were coming home from a theater event one night when their car was struck by a drunk driver. Her husband passed away four days later.
Luanne was despondent. She felt a terrible grief, and very soon lost pretty much the desire to do anything. She was able to take care of herself, and eat and work, but she lost interest in seeing friends. She had been a very social person before her husband died, but she had stopped going out. She just spent a lot of time at home and pretty soon her active life in the community came to a halt. Friends stopped asking her to come to events, because she always declined.
Luanne found me on my website, looking for a depression retreat. She contacted me out of a sense of despair and pain.
After the depression retreat Luanne felt she got her life back. She worked through the pain of loss and the anger. She felt safe enough at the retreat to face difficult and uncomfortable feelings associated with the accident. She let go of her feelings of abandonment and was able to re-experience her love for her husband. Finally, she was also able to forgive.
Most precious to her was her new sense of calm and clarity that she regained. It was like her future had been taken away from her when her husband was taken away from her. But now she was ready for a new beginning and started making plans for the next phase of her life.
Learn About Our Upcoming Retreats
All of the retreats I lead help people free themselves from depression.. Folks attend for a variety of issues, including depression. I find the mix of different issues helps everyone. Most of the retreats are held in New England, but I do travel to Florida in the winter/
I like to to do a phone interview with each potential participants to help us determine if one of our depression retreats is appropriate. These are short 15 minute or so
calls. Use the contact form below to reach me to set up a time. There is no charge for the call if you show up for it..
Stuck emotions get all knotted together. While sadness and
depression may be on top, other feelings are below the surface. For
many people experiencing depression, the top feelings is grief and
sadness. If you are seeking a depression retreat, Either of the
following two retreats are appropriate.
Go To Grief and Loss Retreat
Go to Breaking Free Of The Old Story Retreat
I've seen life-long patterns turn around at these events. They are not for everyone, but can benefit many people who feel stuck. As people reclaim their life energy they are able to make significant changes in their lives. When stuck energy is reclaimed, you can create a new story for yourself.
Out of the phoenix of the old story becomes the seed of new potential and energy. It is always inspiring to see people who attend our depression retreats discover whole new possibilities for their lives.
For more information about transforming stuck feelings and depression retreats, you can reach Jon Terrell through the form below or call him. He leads retreats and offers psychotherapy and hands on energy healing in Northampton, Massachusetts (serving the Pioneer Valley) and in downtown Manhattan, New York City.
Jon Terrell, M.A.
25 Main Street, Suite #342