Deep Immersion Health and Wellness Retreat
Stress and Trauma
Individuals with chronic anxiety and hypervigilance who have a history of trauma – whether they carry the diagnosis of PTSD or not- usually lead lives of desperation. They try and escape the origins of their nervous system’s activation by doing. This leads to hectic day-to-day lives, stresses, rigorous routines, extremely tight schedules and over-commitments; all of these things do nothing to address the real issues driving this kind of a life. In our experience working with many individuals with chronic anxiety, we observe a tendency to place these “activity” priorities ahead of self care. You’ve heard it, you’ve probably said it, “I put myself last”. There are times, when we have to get away, we have to remove ourselves from the environment and forces that pull us away from our most important goal – to be well. This Plum Spring Clinic 12 day Deep Immersion Retreat is designed to identify and repair the functional breakdowns associated with chronic stress. The retreat venue is the Medicine House, located on 5 acres of forest, gardens and paths to explore during your stay. Patients will experience a peaceful remove from the hurley-burley of normal life, filled with therapeutic activities designed to discover and eliminate barriers to healing and establish new skills and routines to nurture wellness.
Our stress treatment process begins with an initial telephone conversation with Dr. Sharp to discuss your medical history and your goals for your health. Dr. Sharp will order a panel of preliminary functional medicine testing. Specimen will be gathered by the patient in their home and mailed directly to the labs. This normally includes testing for stress and sex hormone imbalances, dysbiosis, nutritional deficiencies and metabolic impairments found in the majority of people with chronic stress. The lead time for testing is 6 weeks prior to the residential retreat.
The design of the patient’s schedule of activities will be completed prior to arrival in collaboration with Dr. Sharp. Our certified dietitian, Nate Kelly, will recommend dietary modifications to begin approximately 5 days before the beginning of the retreat, in response to test results.
The retreat includes a complete program of activities designed and scheduled based on the test results including:
- individualized diet,
- Participation and instruction on food preparation prepared by a renowned and knowledgeable personal chef
- exercise program under the supervision of a trainer,
- Access to training center, pool and sauna
- Stress resilience training,
- A trauma resolution technique called Somatic Experiencing
- Private yoga therapy,
- Massage therapy
- sleep hygiene program that is based on a sleep study completed on the first two nights of the retreat.
Our goal in this 5 to 12 day immersive experience is to shift the physiological underpinnings for anxiety toward wellness and establish a path to healing that the patient is empowered to follow in their return to normal life. Patients can expect to leave the retreat with a working understanding of the underlying causes of their illness, a reduction in the intensity of their symptoms, and knowledge of the tools and activities that will allow them to manage their illness and continue on the healing path with a minimum of pharmaceutical support. The techniques used in this program have led to reduced anxiety and an increased ability to enjoy themselves and others – in a word to have fun – to many of our clients and led to a life of increased freedom and happiness.
A Deep Immersion Retreat allows us to provide both precise structure and the simultaneous focus on the multiple factors related to disease process. It is our experience that this is a most powerful combination and results in profound restorative and healing effects on root causes.
Please contact us today to discuss how we can proceed to change your life with our stress treatment.