ABOUT US & OUR CORE VALUES
Mending Hearts Retreat is a divorce, grief and healing retreat. Offering a unique experience for individuals experiencing the hurt and pain of a relationship breakdown, divorce or grieving the loss of a deceased loved one. Through a range of individual and group therapy, coaching sessions and group social activities. The aim is for people to emerge from the healing retreat stronger and better prepared for the future.
Mending Hearts Retreat offers a holistic approach with activities designed to both heal and empower. As well as therapy sessions, there is a range of activities designed to bond the group and create lasting friendships once you leave.
Our healing retreats includes, daily group therapy, one-to-one therapy, hypnotherapy, social activities, excursions, overnight accommodation, 2-3 healthy nutritious meals a day, yoga and meditation. Plus it doesn't end there. Once the retreat is over we create a group on WhatsApp where we can all carry on supporting one another during those tough days and arrange trips away and social meet-ups. Mending Hearts Retreat was launched during the pandemic whilst I was personally going through my own divorce. I realised I had little support apart from close friends, but at the same time I also didn't want to burden them with my heartbreak. My idea to heal my broken heart was to run away and travel the world. Visit old friends in New York, Spain, Canada, Greece etc.. But as much as I loved travelling I was still running away and not dealing with my own feelings and grief of losing my husband so quickly and unexpectedly. Divorce and separation can take you to a very dark and lonely place. I knew I was not the only one going through pain. When I finally came back down to earth I was broken into little pieces. I cried every day the moment I woke up until I fell asleep at night that's if I was lucky enough to fall asleep. It was during these times I decided to seek professional help from a relationship councillor to pull myself together and move forward. I was finally ready to accept divorce counselling to help release the hurt and to mend my broken heart. I booked myself into therapy and within weeks I started feeling stronger and more positive about my future on my own. It was during this time I came up with the idea of a divorce retreat and the idea then went into grief retreat also. I wanted to create a safe environment away from home to offer support and build new memories for people who were going through a similar situation either through a divorce, difficult break up or have been left bereaved and give people a sense of belonging and at the same time provide divorce and grief counselling. We first started off in East Sussex in 2020 and have now taken the retreats across the world. We have since done retreats in Spain and Greece and now we are looking to do a retreat in Morocco. I have found that taking the retreats worldwide the group not only get to enjoy the benefits of a crash course in therapy whilst meeting new friends, they also get to enjoy a holiday away from home in the sunshine. When you lose your partner, not only do you lose your best friend, but you also lose your travel partner. Our aim is to help you gain new friends, get re-energised fill the void by giving you the opportunity to learn how to travel on your own once again and rebuild your life so that you can finally let go and move forward.
6 Nights Accommodation
Daily 2 Hour Group Therapy
2 x Day Excursions
3 x Meals a Day
Soft Drinks Throughout The Day
Wine With Your Evening Meals
Full Use of The Swimming Pool
Massages Upon Request
Lots of Laughs and Leave with New Friends
Flights, Travel Insurance
Up Coming Retreats
When you lose your partner not only do you lose your best friend, but also your travel partner. Therefore by taking our healing retreats international, it provides an opportunity to enjoy a holiday with new friends.
Group Social Activities
By introducing social activities early on, it helps form a strong bond within the group so they feel comfortable with one another to share their own stories in our daily group therapy sessions
Leave With New Friends
Once the healing retreat is over the group feel relaxed, happier and stronger, leaving with new friends. But it doesn't end there. We set up a WhatsApp group to keep everyone connected and supporting one another and organise regular meet ups.
Luxury rooms where comfort matters
Gilly Da Silva
Life Coach & Founder
Having experienced my own
marriage breakdown and divorce after 20 years of being together, I realised I was lucky enough to have a strong network of friends to help and support me through such a difficult and sad time. Unfortunately not everyone has friends or family to offer unbiased support, so with this in mind I wanted to create a positive place for men and women to come together share their experiences, leave with new friends, learn to love themselves and be open for new love.
Psychotherapist AdvDip MBACP, CT Dip
I am a dedicated and experienced BACP Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, CBT Practitioner, NLP Practitioner and Life Coach. I have a extensive experience working with people suffering with depression anxiety and lack of confidence issues. I also specialise in couples counselling. I work with family therapy to enable all members of a family to understand how to help each other in their difficulties.