January is often labelled as the most depressing month of the year. Statistically, it's when most relationships break up (3 January is nicknamed Divorce Day), the third Monday in the month, known as Blue Monday, is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, and 31st January is the day when people are most likely to quit their jobs.
So, to tackle this ‘new year, new you’ conundrum head on, founder of The Bridge Retreat, Donna Lancaster, has a personally refreshing approach to starting a new year. "For me, it’s not about creating a new you in 2018, but returning to the ‘old’ one. It’s about reconnecting with the person we once were and in order to do this, we need to reclaim all the parts of ourselves we have cast aside, then we can feel truly whole again.”
The Bridge Retreat is a personal development experience that offers life transformation through deep healing. The intensive, six-day programmes takes place at the beautiful forty-two acres retreat centre in Somerset, and help participants to address underlying issues such as burn-out, depression, anxiety, unprocessed grief, loss and relationships. Consequently, these retreats can help them to take on the challenges of the year ahead in a much more positive way.
Donna adds: "As another year comes to a close people often start to reflect upon what they wish to do differently and what they hope to create in the new year and beyond. For some it can feel like a time full of hope and possibilities and for others a pressure to yet again improve and somehow 'do and be better’. I am always struck by this notion of ‘New Year, New You’ and how it perpetuates this sense that as we are, we are not enough. That if we can somehow only fix our broken parts then we would finally be ok.”
Centred around love and kindness, The Bridge Retreat allows guests to press pause on their everyday life and in a safe space release emotional blocks from their body. They will then return to their life feeling re-energised, with clarity and enhanced self-awareness. Each retreat features a mixture of group and individual work, including a powerful mixture of silence, catharsis, meditation, visualisation, witnessing, ritual, expressive breath and bodywork, movement, dance, touch and the healing power of love. Rather than a quick fix, The Bridge Retreat provides a model to take into daily life.
Running on selected weeks throughout the year, the next Bridge Retreats will take place from 30 January - 4 February, 6 - 11 March, 10 - 15 April and 22 - 27 May 2018. The six night retreat costs from £2,650 (incl. VAT) for accommodation sharing in a twin room. All prices include tuition, pre and post retreat support, full board and refreshments. Anyone booking and paying in full by 31 December 2017 will be charged the 2017 rates, so saving £250 per person.
For more information, please visit www.thebridgeretreat.com.