Ratford Retreat Centre

Retreats and Courses


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Upcoming courses/events

2019 Men’s group - evenings 1st Monday in the month from September

2019 Men’s residential weekend Friday 13th September to Monday 16th (closed group)

2019 Friday September 20th to Sunday 22nd - Mindfulness and Resilience for Health Professionals

Recent courses/events

September 2018 - one day art course - line drawing with Charles Rodwell

September 2018 Men’s group

January 2019 - Mindfulness and Resilience for Health Professionals


Retreats for Health Professionals

Can you remember why you chose to become a health professional? Does it feel like those hopes and aspirations are going to be realised?

Some of these hopes and motivations may be straightforward and easy to share. Others may feel more private and so more difficult to share, especially if the training and the practising processes are disappointing or frustrating in some ways...

Come to a safe and empathetic place to explore with others what you need to do and be to make the most of your potential – both professionally and personally – to become who you would love to be. As part of this there will be healthy delicious food and an environment so that you can relax, unwind and be renewed before returning to the multiple pressures, challenges and demands of your everyday life.

These courses are run by Sandy and Derek, both retired health professionals, one a neonatologist and the other a GP. Both have extensive experience in not just clinical work but of the management of the NHS, education and research.

As one final year medical student said 'Having the thinking space and time to really explore important issues and, crucially, I think, having the support and guidance of such experienced doctors as Derek and Sandy meant that you would leave on the Sunday, well fed and rested and feeling confident, calm and excited about the road ahead.' (see testimonials).

The retreat starts on the Friday late afternoon and runs until Sunday 4pm. It consists of great food (!), some mindfulness exercises, stretching/yoga, outdoor physical exercise, and group discussion. Students £20, qualified professionals £40.  For more details/to apply for a place, contact derek1chase@outlook.com

Art courses Autumn 2018

A one day drawing course run by Charles Rodwell  on Wednesday 26th September. For further details contact charles@charlesrodwellarts.com or see http://www.charlesrodwellarts.com/