The 'Who am i?' retreat series combines different experiential workshops to explore identity as a gay man in 2020. These workshops are carefully designed around tried and tested psychological and meditative techniques to take participants on a process of self-exploration. These include compassionate self-inquiry, sharing in groups, breathwork, creative workshops, and transformational techniques to elicit a deeper connection and understanding – which we can then use this as fuel to instigate change, while becoming more present and powerful in the world.
What are my underlying beliefs?
How have they influenced me so far (protection, need for safety)?
What are the coping skills I’ve utilised until this point?
How have they served me?
How is that working out for me right now?
What changes do I need to make in my life?
Throughout the duration of the retreat, you’ll work in close collaboration with each of the team members in respect of their given workshop. There will be a lead figure present throughout, whose role will alternate as facilitator and supervisor of each workshop. They will not be offering any counselling or diagnoses relating to psychological issues that attendees may be experiencing throughout the retreat. In the case of significant distress, additional or subsequent support will be sign-posted or referred as required. For more information on the specific team on each given dates, please .
Your safety is our main priority. For this reason, we will need to ask participants for some personal medical information, before we can confirm your place on the workshop. These are standard questions, there to protect your safety and everyone else involved. This information will only be shared on a need to know basis and will be GDPR compliant. We will also be undertaking other necessary safety measures, during and post-retreat.
It’s important to state, that we are not a rehabilitation or intervention centre. Nor are we providing one-on-one medical or psychological advice. We would highly recommend individuals with concerns relating to pre-existing mental health conditions, substance misuse and related disorders to seek immediate professional help. We are certainly not providing a ‘cure’, and this isn’t a therapy session. We are however, offering a safe space to get curious, open up and discuss with others, aspects of your life you’re finding challenging. This isn’t bootcamp either, but it also isn’t going to be easy. To get the most out of it is going to require work, commitment and an open attitude. We won’t be telling you to quit your job or become a spiritual healer. We won’t be telling you anything in fact. We are purely laying out some alternative routes of investigation. The actions you take and the changes you make will be your choice.
Saturday 6th June
07:30 Mindful movement
Guest speaker and share
11:30 Breathwork Workshop
13:00 Group share and closing
13:30 End of day one
Sunday 7th June
07:30 Mindful movement
09:00 Recap with Q&A
10:30 Creative workshop
11:30 Facilitated group share
13:00 Integration and closing
13:30 End of day two