Ratford Retreat Centre

Retreats and Courses

 

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Upcoming courses/events

If you wish to be kept informed of these or future courses, please e mail info@ratfordretreats.co.uk No third parties will be involved and there will be only occasional updates of these and future retreats.

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

2020 Friday January 10th to Sunday 12th - From surviving to thriving in the NHS - a weekend for qualified health professionals

2020 Friday January 24th to Sunday 26th - Mindfulness and Resilience for Student 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

September 2019 - Men’s residential weekend (closed group)

September 2019 - Mindfulness and Resilience for Health Professionals

 

 From surviving to thriving in the NHS - for qualified health professionals

The NHS is a tough environment - and health professionals are often finding it difficult to survive let alone thrive. Many have left, others struggle with the lack of support, a few thrive. This weekend course provides an environment for relaxation, for revitalising and for exploring with colleagues how you can move forward and build on your personal and professional life. Come and feel nourished not only with great food but also by the stunning environment and a safe space for talking and sharing. The weekend is run by Derek and Sandy, one a generalist with experience in stress management and mindfulness, the other a specialist; both have a wealth of experience in the NHS including senior management and education positions in addition to a lifelong commitment to high quality care.

The weekend consists of group discussion (on agendas determined by participants) alongside mindfulness skills training, exercise and stretching, yoga and time for reflection and relaxation. The course is focused on consultants, GPs and doctors in training.

The cost of the weekend is low as it is on a not for profit basis. This reflects the ethos of the Centre - it is run in a building next to Sandy and Derek’s home and meals are taken within their house. Accommodation is comfortable not luxurious. The nine acres of grounds are private and very beautiful. There is a commitment to a minimal impact on the environment (the oil boiler has gone replaced by a river sourced heat pump for all heating). It provides an excellent environment for such a weekend.

The retreat starts on the Friday late afternoon and runs until Sunday 4pm. £120.  For more details/to apply for a place, contact derek1chase@outlook.com for a booking form. Minimum numbers six, maximum twelve.

Mindfulness and Resilience - for student health professionals

‘This was a nourishing weekend that left me rested, well-fed, inspired and feeling more hopeful than ever about coping with the demand of NHS work. Thank you to all involved.’

Ella November 2019

Looking for a place and time to relax, revitalise and be with like minded professionals where you can explore and develop in a confidential and safe setting? Then this may be the weekend for you. 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. Can you remember why you chose to train to become a health professional? Does it feel like those hopes and aspirations are going to be realised?

Highly rated by participants for its caring and nourishing environment (including wonderful food!) and with experienced professionals leading the weekend you will have the opportunity to build on the present towards a more fulfilled future.

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. Derek has taught students for many years and has extensive experience in mindfulness training.

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.

The cost of the weekend is low as it is on a not for profit basis. This reflects the ethos of the Centre - it is run in a building next to Sandy and Derek’s home and meals are taken within their house. Accommodation is comfortable not luxurious. The nine acres of grounds are private and very beautiful. There is a commitment to a minimal impact on the environment (the oil boiler has gone replaced by a river sourced heat pump for all heating). It provides an excellent environment for such a weekend. Students £25, qualified professionals £50.  For more details/to apply for a place, contact derek1chase@outlook.com Minimum numbers six, maximum twelve.

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/