Ammerdown Center Residential Retreat – Somerset, England

OMS retreat venue, Ammerdown Centre Bath

This 5-day retreat has been developed by Professor George Jelinek, and will be facilitated by Dr Craig Hassed, Dr Jonathan White and the OMS team. It is based upon Professor Jelinek’s book, Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, the evidence-based 7-step recovery program. The program is based on credible science, human experience, optimism and practicality.

Whilst participants gain invaluable insight and information from the facilitators, most sessions involve learning through direct participation and experience. Discussion is encouraged and there is plenty of time for questions and answers. Participants will meet, and be able to share with, a group of wonderful and exceptional people, and experience the extraordinary power and potential of the group process.

The retreat aims to:

  • Maximize healing and well-being
  • Create a sustainable program for each participant to take with them in their on-going lives
  • Increase awareness of the range of current options; including medical treatments, complementary medicine and self-help techniques
  • Generate confidence in participants that they have made the choices that will best suit their individual needs
  • Introduce participants to self-help and self-healing techniques, using a theoretical framework and experiential exercises
  • Address prevailing fears and misunderstandings of MS, seeking to clarify any confusion and transform it into a positive outcome
  • Assist participants to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives
  • Use the group process to facilitate communication and to generate a mutually supportive network

Participants can expect to leave feeling inspired, informed and capable of taking more control of their lives. This experience will give them the tools for better health and wellbeing.

The five-day retreat provides an opportunity to be looked after as participants immerse themselves in the program’s gentle blend of relaxation, meditation, learning and sharing. With a high level of input from Craig, Jonathan and their colleagues, questions will be answered, confidence built and a clear direction set.

Attending the Retreat with Support

Attending the retreat with a partner, support person or caregiver (where applicable) is recommended wherever possible. Sharing in the program allows the support person to understand and support the participant in implementing and integrating what has been learnt. It is also a great opportunity for them to take some time out, to be refreshed and to learn how they can sustain themselves in their caring role.

The Venue

The Ammerdown Centre in Somerset is a favorite venue for our residential retreats and offers a wonderful setting, ‘conducive to refreshment of mind, body and spirit’. It is a haven of peace and tranquility, nestling in woods next to a stately home, surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens. Ammerdown is easily accessible from Bath (11 miles), Bristol (20 miles) and beyond, with ample free car parking. London is only about 120 miles away. View more information on the venue on the Ammerdown website.

Cost and other important information

  • The full cost for the retreat is £965 per individual, or £1,700 per couple or individual with carer/support person
  • These costs include all accommodation, meals and the delivery of the program itself. Travel costs are not included
  • You are only being asked to make a commitment now by paying a deposit of £150.00 which will secure your place
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless we find someone to take your place
  • Payments are accepted on a strictly first come, first served basis to be fair to everyone
  • The balance outstanding will need to be paid in full by 1st May 2018
  • Once you have paid the deposit, our events team will be in touch with you to start making some arrangements with you. You can contact us on [email protected] for all enquiries
  • If finances are tight, but you would like to attend the event, please email us at [email protected] explaining your circumstances

Things to note carefully

  • The retreat runs from 11 am Monday 18th June 2018 – Friday 22nd June at 2 pm.
  • We have a lot of information to share with you and the days and evenings can be long. We will do our best to take good care of you, but if you have concerns about your energy levels please talk to us by emailing [email protected]
  • OMS is a registered charity No. 1157579 and our events are not profit- focused. We only wish to cover the costs that we incur.
  • Residential retreat places are in demand. If your circumstances change and you cannot attend please let us know as soon as possible.We will endeavor to offer your place to the next person on the waiting list and then release your deposit back to you


Our presenters for this event are:

A/Prof Craig Hassed

Associate Professor Craig Hassed works at the Department of General Practice and is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published eleven books. Read his full biography here. 



Johnny White AMEX 2017 -300x300Dr Jonathan White 

Jonathan is a Obstetrician and Gynaecologist living in Belfast with his wife and young son. He was diagnosed with MS in 2015 and began following the OMS Recovery Program almost immediately. Jonathan loves running and other outdoor activity and is a regular fundraiser for OMS. Read his full biography here.


veronique gauthier simmonsVéronique Gauthier-Simmons

Véronique started yoga in 2000, at the age of 34, when she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. Over the years, she studied different types of yoga with different teachers and qualified in Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Together with her husband, she created Taming the Walrus, which is dedicated to encouraging people with MS to practice yoga. Read her full biography here.


Some comments from previous Ammerdown retreat attendees

“This was a transformative event. Although I have been following the program as best I could on my own for two years, seeing everybody else being so committed to it has given me new resolve.”

“My life-long partner who has MS inspired me with her determination to fight on, and meeting many others like her was overwhelming and absolutely inspiring.”

“A wonderful week that pieced together all the missing parts of the jigsaw that I was struggling to complete: consolidated knowledge; a support network of positive people; practical tips and expert opinions.”

“These five days were essential to re-analyse and reinforce my life. I leave balanced inside, inspired and feeling that I am not alone and that all resources/help I could ever want are just an arm’s length away at any time.”

June 18, 2018
June 22, 2018


  1. The Ammerdown Center
  2. Ammerdown Park
  3. Radstock
  4. Somerset
  5. BA3 5SW

Ticket Prices

  • Deposit

    To book a place on this retreat, you will need to pay a deposit of £150.00. The remainder of the cost will be due eight weeks before the event.

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