The retreat will take place at the beautiful Scarman House at Warwick University. There is no obligation to stay overnight but it may be helpful to be on site - even if you don't live too far away - so it can be more of a reflective focus for the five days. Bedrooms will be located in the same building as the retreat, and there are many indoor and outdoor public spaces to enjoy.
Accommodation is to be booked directly through the venue to suit your own requirements. Accommodation costs are not included in the retreat. For more information on what's included, please see below.
Dr Liz Sparkes
Dr Liz Sparkes, HCPC Health Psychologist, PhD Pain Psychology. Extensive experience within the NHS, Charities and Trusts, developed and taught her own MSc course in Mindfulness and Compassion, currently focuses on supporting individuals with pain, long-term illness and mental wellbeing.
Julia Davies, certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (Institute of Functional Medicine), BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist, member of the Complemetary and Natural Healthcare Council and specialist in complex chronic illness.
Details about the rest of the team will be posted soon.
We will lead a compassionate enquiry into your deepest self to learn why your health has taken a certain path, uniquely combined with the science of functional medicine, enabling you to map out the future path available to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the retreat designed for?
The retreat is designed for those who have a long-term condition such as fibromyalgia, chronic pain, autoimmune disease of any type, arthritis or digestive conditions, to name but a few.
We are used to working with those who have multiple health diagnoses, or in fact remain undiagnosed because their symptoms do not fit a particular diagnosis medically.
We ask that you are prepared to consider deeply your own health story and commit to learning practices and techniques that will strengthen your ability to change the trajectory of your health path.
This is all done within a small group, a supportive setting, with people who can understand how you feel. A compassionate, safe space will be created over the retreat period, with plenty of rest to enable you to fully engage with our process without it going ahead of your pace. There will be options on the retreat to choose when you do things so we can best accommodate everyone's needs.
What if I am having a bad day or I am in pain?
There is no expectation for you to feel at your best to come on the retreat. We have a lovely location where the bedrooms on site are in the same building so if you need to rest it is easily done! Treatments available may help with pain relief, mobility problems and energy and there will be a choice available of what you prefer or what we suggest might be most suitable for you on the day. We have arranged for the structure of the retreat to be based around short sessions with time in between so if you can't sit for long, it is no problem. We plan to make use of outdoor spaces if the weather allows. You can bring with you anything that may help your comfort, such as cushions, blankets etc. The seating available is quite upright and supportive which makes getting up and down easier. It will be very informal for you to move about and do what is necessary to feel comfortable.
Are meals included? What if I have special dietary requirements?
Our nutritional intake is so important for recovery from chronic health problems so we have selected the venue that was most accommodating to this. As standard, we will be offering a lunch menu that is designed to be anti-inflammatory and without common inflammatory foods like excess gluten, dairy and sugars. If you have further dietary needs, please let us know beforehand and we will ensure they are met.
Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included in the cost of the retreat. Evening meals will be an optional extra and can be incorporated into the bed and breakfast rate available to you. (Please contact us for more details about this and how to book)