Experiences at STAR Retreats
STAR offers various therapeutic modalities designed to help you uncover the root cause of your challenges, overcome them, and create a future full of success. Our focus on mind, body, and spiritual aspects for overall wellness, means we use some or all of the following approaches as participants need them during our retreats.
In contrast with subconscious operations, cognitive foundations are your thoughts, reasoning, memory, comprehension, and learning mental activities at a conscious level. STAR creates a framework for understanding and defining these foundations to implement other healing treatments.
Taking time to pause, observe, and sort through emotions and thoughts in a calm and relaxed manner is part of self-reflection. Reflecting on a specific experience, exploring feelings about a subject, spiritual contemplation, or examining how you react to different scenarios allows you to learn more about yourself.
Experiential or ‘experience-based’ therapy is different from talk therapy and other therapeutic modalities. It involves taking action and getting immersed in an experience— your experience. Experiential therapies can include outdoor activities, working with animals, music, play, and drama. As your body engages in a new or different way, portions of your psyche become open to healing, which can result in lasting change.
Breathwork stems from ancient spiritual practices, but scientific research has overwhelmingly affirmed its benefits. Breathing control and manipulation influences emotions, physiological responses, and thought processes in surprising ways. Our integrative breathwork therapy helps facilitate all types of health and wellness.
Emotional Release Work
By using emotional release techniques, we can overcome negative or overwhelming emotions and damaging thought patterns, which tend to keep us stuck. A physical release of pent-up emotions and stress may be achieved through breathing practices, visualizing, or more active means. Emotional release work aims to manage emotions and return to a calm, balanced state of mind.
During psychodrama, you act out past events that have impacted you in your life. There may be role-playing or other psychology-based performances involved in this re-enactment. Retreat participants are encouraged to understand past events and promote emotional and spiritual healing through psychodrama.
The field of birth psychology focuses on events that influence the development of your psyche during your early life, from pre-birth to one year old. Traumatic events in your mother’s womb, during delivery, and in infancy can cause lasting psychological damage that we need to uncover and heal to move forward.
During guided imagery, retreat facilitators assist participants in using their mind’s eye for visualization. We utilize all five senses during this intensive therapy exercise, providing a space for emotional healing and even learning to manage anger positively. The use of stories and metaphors helps to reduce stress and physical tension during the experience. During guided imagery therapy, your inner spiritual wisdom often emerges.
Our ego state is composed of various segments of our personalities that govern how we relate to the outside world and other people. We may resolve behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal issues more quickly and effectively when applying the psychology of the ego-state to the counseling process. Ego-state wellness work can have a tremendous impact on our personal relationships.
Family of Origin Exploration
The exploration of one’s family of origin is a powerful means of self-discovery. Our childhood holds many answers to current challenges that we discover only when we dig deep into our roots. Often, how we cope, develop destructive habits, manage anger or stress, and how we develop our “stories” are influenced by our family of origin. Childhood traumas and spiritual suffering can be healed today when we are willing to do the work to confront them.
Art therapy is very popular for mental health and wellness. You can gain insight and explore emotions through art, whether drawing or painting, creating collage, sculpture, or another medium. As a means to manage stress or grief, our art therapy programs can also serve as a positive coping mechanism. You can find your own personal creative outlet by participating in these projects.
The physical and energetic practices of bodywork have a powerful relaxing and stress-relieving effect on both body and mind. The approaches used during bodywork may involve hands-on treatment, touchless energy manipulation, or breathing exercises. We consider bodywork an integral part of our wellness work at our retreats here at STAR. Your retreat experience includes a session with one of our trauma-informed practitioners.
Journaling therapy is an effective way to learn more about yourself, discover new insights into your behavior, and experience revelations you might not otherwise find. Private journals can help you reflect on your goals and desires, record memories, or keep track of your dreams.
In our writing assignments, specific topics are assigned rather than self-directed journaling. The design of our writing assignments allows you to share them with counselors or other retreat participants, while journaling is usually private. As you complete these assignments, you can dig deep into your past, present, and desired future.