Boot camp for the soul

Emo­tional de­toxes are becoming more sought af­ter than good old spa breaks, says Sharon Walker

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Why emo­tional de­toxes are on the up

When I was 19, my boyfriend of three years stopped call­ing. His re­jec­tion re­ver­ber­ated through my life for longer than it should have, and it was only 30 years later, in front of a group of strangers on an in­tense heal­ing re­treat, that I fi­nally fig­ured out why. Un­re­solved grief over the death of my mother – 10 years be­fore the break-up – had been trig­gered by the sub­se­quent loss in a way I hadn’t en­tirely un­der­stood at the time – but do now.

I’m not the only one who’s aired their emo­tional laun­dry on a re­treat. The DJ Goldie has based much of an up­com­ing al­bum on his ex­pe­ri­ence of The Hoff­man Process, a week-long res­i­den­tial course, while Si­enna Miller and Thandie New­ton have also raved about ‘The Process’. For soul searchers like me, the days of holis­tic mas­sages in up­scale spas are over – in­stead, we’re spend­ing our cash on emo­tional cathar­sis via a cu­rated patch­work of psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pies from Gestalt to Cog­ni­tive Be­havioural Ther­apy, at Hoff­man, The Bridge, The Land­mark Fo­rum and The Arrigo Pro­gramme. In­deed, The Hoff­man is booked solid for the next five cour­ses, and if you were in any doubt the col­lec­tive de­sire for an emo­tional au­dit is on the rise, ob­serve the trickle-down ef­fect. Weight-loss and well­be­ing res­i­den­tial The Body Re­treat now fea­tures mind­ful­ness and hyp­no­sis along­side juic­ing and in­ter­val train­ing (The­body re­treat.co.uk), and even Champ­neys, the ar­che­typal fluffy-robe­and-slip­pers spa, is re­turn­ing to its holis­tic roots, with work­shop and sem­i­nar-led cour­ses such as It’s Your Life, It’s Your Fu­ture, which launches this year (Champ­neys.com). So if you’ve ever won­dered how much further a re­treat can go be­yond aro­mather­apy, see page 91 for our re­view of The

Bridge, and right for three more.

Fol­low one Red writer’s ex­pe­ri­ence of The Hoff­man at REDONLINE.CO.UK

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