History of STAR Retreats

Star is truly a miracle, all you have to do is let it happen. I am so thankful for Barbara and Star. - Lara

Barbara Findeisen, psychotherapist and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology, founded Star in the mid 1970’s in Northern California. Her work provided a means for clients to access and begin to heal their earliest developmental traumas and subsequent patterns.

Years ago, Barbara became aware that there were times when clients needed something more than an hour’s therapy session. They needed a break from their stress filled lives. People in crisis needed a supportive environment to complete their transformative and restorative work. They needed a place, a sanctuary of peace and protection where they would have the time to explore their issues with therapeutic support. She thought of bird sanctuaries, wolf sanctuaries, sanctuaries for critters of many kinds. Why not a “people sanctuary”, and so she decided to create one.

Barbara wanted her sanctuary to be surrounded by nature, but easy to reach. She heard about an old dude ranch that might be for sale named Kenyon Ranch in Tubac, Arizona. Barbara was able to clearly see her vision of sanctuary and the properties potential when she first stepped foot on the land. The immediate sense of the spirit and energy of the Native Americans who lived in the valley and rode their ponies in the arroyos and the peaks of the mountains seemed to have brought her to this magical place. She knew that Kenyon Ranch was her “people sanctuary” for body and soul.

Over the years, STAR Retreats have 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 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.

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