Trauma Resolution Retreat

Morocco · October 12 - 19 2019

Our goal is to give you the knowledge, tools and practice with our program designed to impact your default behaviours and life strategies.

Overview

It is the truly unique fusion of the power of surfing, experiential group therapy, psycho-education, mindfulness and bonding in an intimate group of 10 people along with the founder of Resurface UK himself, that translate our goal into reality.

We combine flow activities and group work in a truly unique way. We have clearly seen through our previous retreats that our clients often experience a deep therapeutic boost along with the acceleration of both understanding and recovery from some of their past traumas.

We believe that it is the holistic approach of mind, body, science and fun, set in the confines of a small group in a safe environment that underline our success so far.

Our aim is to facilitate turning traumas that unconsciously and negatively affect your behaviour and outlook on life today, into awareness supported by a portfolio of practical positive tactics, and a community of like minded ‘fellows’, to positively affect your life strategies and behaviours.

This exclusive program has been carefully structured by Josh Dickson, a therapist who has gained his practical experience and insights in the field of drug addiction treatment.

While we welcome everyone and have experience in treating a range of trauma related conditions, this program is particularly suitable to recovering addicts and PTSD sufferers.

Included
  • Psycho-eductaion
  • Yoga
  • mindfulness
  • experiential group therapy
  • surf lessons
  • 7 nights accomodation
  • all meals
  • detailed assessment
  • Follow-up after-care suggestions
  • Rest day of culture - trip to Imsouane
  • meditation

Josh Dickson - Clinical Director

PG.Dip., FDAP(accredited), SMMGP,
EMDR (accredited)

Josh spent two years training as an addictions and a systemic family counsellor, qualifying in late 2011.

He has been working in private practice and as a consultant for Start2Stop since 2012 and has a special interest in treating trauma and promoting positive psychology. He is an experienced group facilitator, lecturer and public speaker.

Josh is both an accredited FDAP Alcohol and Drugs Practitioner, an accredited EMDR practitioner and a licensed Heartmath coach. He has just finished an MSc in EMDR therapy at Worcester University.

Highlights

Surfing

Surfing

This is the core element that underlines and supports everything we do. There is a growing body of research and work that links the practice of surfing to a host of beneficial mental improvements, and it is our love of surfing that has provided the initial impetus to create Resurface.

Psycho-education

Psycho-education

The purpose of these daily interactive workshops and lectures is to explain and frame the basics for each day’s topic. Research shows that education alone has a therapeutic effect and is particularly empowering when part of a holistic program.

Experiential Group Therapy

Experiential Group Therapy

The deep potential impact of these sessions cannot be understated. We see again and again from past testimonies, powerful realisations and revelations unexpectedly happen to most of our clients during those sessions, enabling the ignition of major behavioural changes.While each session will have a volunteer main protagonist enact a scene from their past, enrolling the help of their ‘fellows’ to do so, it is often those witnessing these that will gain the most from the process.

Body Work Groups (Yoga and mindfulness)

Body Work Groups (Yoga and mindfulness)

So much written material is easily available about the practical benefits of integrating a mindfulness practice into our lives that we do not need to repeat it here. However, we do love the fact that neuroscience and technological advances in tomography are laying the scientific grounding and understanding that prove the benefits of this ancient practice. This is perfectly in line with our goal to integrate scientifically proven factsto our interventions. If you have never before been able to meditate and feel it is not for you, these group sessions will give you practical and realistic tools and experience to do so if you wish to bring this marvellous practice into your life.

Rest Day - Surf, Food and Culture

Rest Day - Surf, Food and Culture

As well as making new fiends, group bonding and learning therapeutic skills, we hope that you will enjoy tasting much of Moroccan culture. On the mid-week rest day we take a trip up the coast to the fishing village of Imsouane, where there is the option of surfing a world class long-board wave and eating delicious grilled fish for lunch. On the way we see some of the famous Moroccan waves (Boilers, Dracula, Tamri) as well as the Bedouin caves and the illustrious ninja goats.

Evidence-based - Significant Decreases in Anxiety and Depression

Evidence-based - Significant Decreases in Anxiety and Depression

At Resurface we believe that all our therapeutic interventions must be evidence-based and proven to work. As well as detailed assessment and onward referrals for those who want it, Our research shows significant decreases in anxiety and depression, and an increase in outlook after attending a Resurface retreat.

The Riad Dar Haven

A special place to stay, away from the hustle.

Overview

The Resurface programme includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) sharing in a twin room at the hotel. We encourage participants to share rooms as part of the healing process. We hope that you will generate new connections, a sense of community and an opportunity to process the day's events with someone on a more private level.

The Plan

Day 1

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'What is trauma?'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

Day 2

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'The need for Interoception'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

Day 3

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'Challenging your thinking'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

Day 4 - Rest Day (from therapy)

Day trip to the fishing village on Imsouane. This includes a bbq lunch, option to surf on a world class long-board wave, and taking in the sights including ninja goats, the Bedouin caves and famous surf spots including Dracula, boilers and Tamri.

Day 5

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'Letting go of the past'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

Day 6

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'Post-traumatic growth'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

Day 7

9am - breakfast

10-1pm - rest, massage, shopping etc.

3pm - leave for the airport