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:
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 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 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.
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.
Dr 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.
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.”
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