connecting psychotherapy and spiritual growth for human awakening
Whether you are looking at a specific issue or exploring your life's purpose, a personal retreat allows you the time and space for personal exploration, clarity and relaxation, personal growth, deepening insights and replenishment.
A retreat gives you the opportunity to withdraw and turn inward, away from the world of ordinary everyday demands, pressures and responsibilities. On retreat you make time for issues that are calling to you from your inner world, to relax, recuperate and refresh yourself spiritually, physically, energetically, mentally and emotionally.
You may want to give time to any one of a wide range of issues: health, relationships, career, personal development, a sense of meaninglessness, lack of purpose, challenges of aging, coping with emotions, anxiety, depression, crisis or spiritual enquiry.
Your retreat can be self-directed, or themed with guidance, skilful reflection and encouragement from Richard in daily therapy meetings.
Retreats are available to individuals and couples.
If you are motivated to put some quality time into your personal growth and development…
…an online retreat may be for you! You need to set aside six or seven days to attend to your personal and spiritual growth and development before booking an online retreat.
Each day, usually in the morning and the evening, you have two one-hour therapy sessions with Richard. Extra therapy sessions are available during your retreat, if you feel the need for more individual time.
After making your booking, you write down your goals for the retreat and send this information to Richard for a confidential assessment. Richard sends it back to you with comments. Work with these comments to refine your goals and bring them with you to the retreat.
Your retreat schedule may include inner work in the form of writing, drawing, dialoging, holistic exercises, meditations, breath exercises, awareness exercises, walking and relaxation, punctuated by meal times, periods of relaxation, walking and time for contemplation and communing with nature.
You might find it helpful to look at my article, pointers on inner work practice.
A one-week retreat consists of a preparatory day and an integrating day with five days of intense inner work in between. This allows you to fully prepare for your retreat and to ease back into the world. Two-week or longer retreats can be arranged on a pro rata basis.
The full cost of the Personal Retreat is 1700 euros.
Deposit: A 50% deposit is payable to secure your booking and is non-refundable if you cancel for any reason.
The Balance: must be paid by the start of your retreat. You can pay online using our secure Paypal payment facility (if you don't have a credit card or Paypal account, contact us for bank details to make a transfer).
You will receive an automatic copy of the request you send, at the email address you enter below.
Your email address will not be given to any third parties (please see our privacy statement for more information).
Bursary grants are sometimes available through Richard Harvey/Therapy and Spirituality, so that people who sincerely wish to, and would otherwise not be able to afford to, can benefit from a retreat.
If you would like to apply for financial assistance for an online personal retreat please send your reasons to us using our contact form form. Preference is given to women who are unable to support themselves due to societal restraints, being single-parent mothers, victims of domestic violence, or who are simply unable to afford therapy when they are in need and/or particularly motivated toward self-enquiry.
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came to the retreat with not much hope of releasing the demons within. It
took Richard one day and two sessions to relieve me of my abuse. I don’t
believe just anybody would have been able to do this. There is something
about Richard that makes you feel safe. An amazing teacher!! His ability
to help you release your pain is vast. I will never forget my time spent
here. I will use all the tools given to me to achieve the happiness I desire.
For anybody looking for counseling on spiritual enlightenment, this is the
place to go! Thank you Richard.” Kelli Barwick
Visiting Richard for a week’s retreat has been a life-changing experience. I am a fellow therapist and as such already felt I had great insight into my mind, emotional and behavioural states. Indeed, I do. However, on this retreat with Richard’s techniques I delved much, much deeper into myself to a new level of awareness and the way I live my life, already successful but perhaps without an understanding of me as a whole person: body, mind and soul. I cannot tell you my search for the deeper 'me' was easy: at times, tiring, draining and like a search for an old, moldy piece of jigsaw buried so deep within me, I had forgotten it was ever there. However, the expansion of myself has been exhilarating albeit challenging, but... I would not change this experience; it has been utterly life-changing and I recommend it to anyone wishing to find their true self.” E.B., Counselor
I feel deeply grateful for the whole experience, for what I have discovered of myself and of life during the sessions with Richard as well as for the realizations, feelings or awakenings that have come to me. The retreat has given me a much clearer understanding of my own mechanisms and automated responses that have guided my choices and actions throughout my life, a clear path forward for the inner work ahead of me, a strong sense of purpose in my life and a meeting with a clear, sincere and in all aspects extraordinary human being and therapist to guide me through my inner