LANZAROTE RETREAT

Lanzarote Recovery and Recuperation

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself”

– George Bernard Shaw

Our next ‘Recovery and Recuperation‘ in Puerto del Carmen will run in Spring 2023

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

New dates will be announced

Everybody needs a recuperation. When you suffer from an Eating Distress/Eating Disorder this can be a little more complicated.

There is extra ‘luggage’ going with the person. From our work we can often see that many people in recovery from Eating Distress/Eating Disorder find holidays very challenging, and can have a setback after their return, and many family members come home disappointed.

A couple of years ago we started to organise Recovery and Recuperation (R&R). This program is an intensive, personally designed for each person’s needs, and to enhance their recovery stage. There are many benefits in providing an R&R in Lanzarote. This programme can allow people to focus on recovery in an indirect manner, and in a way help people to forget therapy, but not to forget what has been learned about recovery. It creates opportunities for the person to get absorbed in the culture, and different lifestyles around them.

It can aid a person’s recovery, and help to provide or demonstrate real freedom of both body and mind. It helps people to open and use more their senses. The aim would be to highlight what living is, what beauty is around them, and most importantly within them, and encourage and promote their own independence to enjoy their holiday, to enjoy living. This in turn will allow them to use this learning, in their own environment, on their return home. The added bonus is that they can have the benefit and assurance of an Eating Distress Practitioner on hand to continue with recovery, challenge the condition, and to provide hope, and motivation. People can see, in a real situation, recovery in action, not just in theory, in a therapy room. The Eating Distress Practitioner leads by example and assists people to do it for themselves.

People in recovery and their family are learning to have a fun, communicate and enjoy themselves, without the Eating Distress/Eating Disorder interference.

From organising twenty one of these trips, which some people and their families attended several times and founded it very helpful in their recovery process. Many attendees realised that instead of their Eating Distress/Eating Disorder, they brought home luggage full of powerful learning, which helped them to enjoy their recovery process more.

I will create a life I will love  

I will create a life I will love  

I will create a life I will love  

I will create a life I will love  

I will create a life I will love  

I will create a life I will love  

R & R – HOW IT CAN HELP TO SPEED RECOVERY

From our experiences we learnt that this program could become an another successful tool in recovery from Eating Distress/Eating Disorder. 

Working on recovery away from familiar ‘condition friendly safe’ environments can be easier to challenge thoughts, as not as many anchors and associations with the condition can be as easily made in unfamiliar ground.

There are many benefits in R and R. This program encourages people to open their senses. The aim would be to highlight what living is, what beauty is around them, and most importantly within them, and encourage and promote their own independence to enjoy their holiday, to enjoy living, and then use this learning in their own environment on return home.  The added bonus is that they can have the benefit and assurance of Eating Distress/Eating Disorder Practitioner close by to continue with recovery, challenge the condition, provide hope, motivation, inspiration, lead by example, walk the talk, and help people to do it for themselves.

My body is the home of my soul  

My body is the home of my soul  

My body is the home of my soul  

My body is the home of my soul  

My body is the home of my soul  

Life is a gift and I’m gonna make the most out of it  

Life is a gift and I’m gonna make the most out of it  

Life is a gift and I’m gonna make the most out of it  

Life is a gift and I’m gonna make the most out of it  

Life is a gift and I’m gonna make the most out of it  

WHY INTENSIVE WORK?

There is evidence, and as well basic common sense, that would suggest that the more you challenge something, the more you put into something, the more you get out of it.

Take for example studying for an exam, the more you study the better the results you get, and with study its not about quantity, but about the quality of the study you do.  Intensive programs are basically the same concept, and for many can be a critical form of intervention, and support for both client and family. For many it may be a necessary intervention tool at the beginning of therapy, when the condition as at its strongest, and the person has little awareness, hope or motivation for life.  For some, intensive therapy is more beneficial for finalizing recovery, and this brings about the concept that recovery is individual, and needs to be tailored to what each person needs, and what works best for them.

Intensive therapy is not a quick fix, but a boost, a good start and an additional tool in a person’s recovery.  Anything that offers hope has the potential to heal.

Intensive programs can help show to a person what recovery really is.  That it is learning how to deal with life, and all its issues and problems, in a constructive way without turning to food or starvation. Learning to get a lot more out of life than the limitations of the condition.

Recovery from Eating Distress/Eating Disorder is learning how to balance life with other things, like friendships, work, hobbies and interests.  Recovery is learning to make better choices in ones life and finding out who the real self is.  Intensity can help begin this process.

Having therapy sessions abroad can help people to discover the surrounding beauty, and this can then progress to discovering the beauty that lies within.  The combination of the different environment, people and supervised assistance. The use of individual therapy, and support can be an extra intensive boost on the road to full recovery.

Using this setting could be the perfect opportunity to address some of the following:

  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Restoration of Positive Body Image
  • Relearning to Sense Hunger & Fullness
  • Expressive Therapy
  • How can we relate more effectively?

This program can allow people to focus on recovery in an indirect manner, and in a way, help people to forget therapy, but not to forget what has been learned about recovery.

Creating opportunities for the person to get absorbed in the culture and different lifestyles around them.

R and R  programs are structured, and personally tailored according to the person’s specific needs. Every attendee will be provided with a personal ‘Recovery Workbook’, designed to their requirements.

I have the power to create the life I desire.  

I have the power to create the life I desire.  

I have the power to create the life I desire.  

I have the power to create the life I desire.  

I have the power to create the life I desire.  

I have the power to create the life I desire.