I am 68 years of age and for much of my life I suffered from unresolved grief and complex trauma brought about by the death of my Mother when aged 12, followed by sexual and physical abuse from my father which began within weeks of my mother's death and continued until I reached the age of 17 years. I had suicidal tendencies and struggled with my spirituality. I had no direction, believing I had lost my way and I had a sense of hopelessness.
The 5 days of Retreat were a well-balanced mixture of working through the pain of the trauma, discovering my life's purpose, becoming 'unstuck' in matters which had me bound, understanding what gets in the way of achieving my desires, and appreciating the value of gentleness and love of myself.
I'm now aware how the impact of trauma has played out in my life. It followed a pattern, reflected by years of living an existence of bearing responsibilities which were way beyond my tender years, of being misunderstood, of being voiceless, of reacting fearfully to certain sounds and smells, living a 'double' life, afraid to take risks and being scorned for my failures. All these let to my belief of unworthiness, severe depression and other health issues.
New possibilities and hope were presented and lovingly guided by the skilful hands of Linda. I was exposed to amazing insights and became aware of the triggers to the trauma response. I was given tools to recognize these signs and work with them. I was nurtured, challenged, encouraged and most of all loved by Linda through the entire process, a process which has me realize my empowerment and strengths, and I learned vulnerability is a gift! The fog in my mind has lifted and now I see and accept the abuse was not my fault.
The 5 days included space for relaxation, rest and lots of laughter. Linda prepared the most amazing meals, including her speciality, 'Chai', truly the best chai on earth! I was greeted each morning iwth a huge smile and a warm drink, a prelude to some gentle yoga and meditation. The days included time for reflection, connecting with nature, walking and soaking in the stunning view of the Glasshouse Mountains.
I have come away from Retreat with a sense of purpose and fulfilment. I have a voice now and have created my own mantra 'I am strong, I am safe, I am adult, the nightmare is over'. I see rainbows all around me, the colours vivid and full of promise, beckoning me to step into a brighter future. Already I have taken steps to achieve this by making know my interest to an organisation where I may utilise my gifts. I'm excited at the prospect of a life freed from nausea, doubt and the minimising of self, knowing when issues do arise I am capable of seeing it for what it is and using the knowledge I've learnt to resolve the current issue.
I whole-heartedly recommend Linda to anyone who has trauma related issues. Go to her website, check her out, you won't be disappointed. Linda is the real deal...compassionate, empathic, kind, loving, understanding....and lots of fun! I am living proof of what is achievable when you put your trust in Linda.