I attended two weekends at Ratford during my final year at medical school, a stressful and testing time, and found them hugely helpful. Having a supportive space, in a lovely rural setting, was hugely beneficial to our group of students. Derek and Sandy helped us unpack a lot of emotions, concerns, feelings and stress and then begin to process them together in a way that was empowering and constructive.Each day would start with some stretching and a mindfulness exercise, then a delicious breakfast. There would be group sessions (including group exercises and a guided meditation) during the day as well as outdoor activities.Through structured sessions as well as free time we explored both the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. 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. Catherine Graham, final year medical student 2017
Ratford Retreat Centre is more than I expected. I was warmly welcomed and hour by hour I felt more connected to my life purpose in a healthy inspiring way. I left replenished and re-energized. The secret sauce that Sandy & Derek provide is meaningful, important and much appreciated. Thank you. Carole Falkner 2018
I led a six man one day retreat - connecting and doing internal and relational work. The facilities were perfect and we really appreciated the chapel - the sacred space that it provided - the peace and ease of the accommodation and the beautiful surroundings. The bonfire was outstanding! Thank you. Ben McKie 2018
In 2018 we were the first group to meet at the then recently converted Ratford Retreat Centre and found the combination of ‘group room’ - the chapel - alongside the accommodation and surrounding countryside suited us very well. We came back again this year and things having become more established to good effect with small but important changes - Derek has encouraged us to offer suggestions of improvement on both occasions.
Everything worked well and we were comfortable. The kitchen area is not suited to more than 2-3 people working together at once but ‘sous chefs’ would prepare food at the dining room table. The three shower rooms and loos were very adequate, though storage space is limited.
We will be keen to return again. Xander September 2019