History of STAR Retreats

The STAR Foundation has been instrumental in changing thousands of lives for over three decades. The STAR Retreat has become recognized as a completely unique program that safely addresses early developmental trauma in addition to a number of clinical maladies. Its exceptional staff is a caring, vibrant, and always learning community.

Barbara Findeisen, psychotherapist and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology, founded STAR in the mid 1970’s in California. Her work provided a means for clients to access and begin to heal their earliest developmental traumas and subsequent patterns. No other program anywhere compares with this aspect of STAR Retreats. She also steadfastly maintained a disproportionately large number of staff in relation to the number of participants—about one facilitator for each two participants—thus assuring that each participant receives the individual support to undertake the life-changing work accomplished at STAR Retreats.

Over the years, STAR Retreats has come to be known as a unique and powerful process, one that often provides the "missing link" in psychotherapy. Many participants say, “A STAR Retreat is like doing several years of therapy!” The serene and incredibly safe retreat setting allows participants to reach depths that cannot be tapped in therapy one hour a week. Surrounded by knowledgeable and deeply caring staff, participants are able to release old hurts, beliefs, and patterns that have inhibited their full potential. Over the ten days, they have an experience of who they really are and go home with tools to create the life they have longed for. Upon returning home, participants are encouraged work with their therapist to help them integrate and strengthen their STAR Retreat experience.

We hope you will consider joining us for an upcoming STAR Retreat as we continue to move the history of STAR forward.