World Grief Event

At home 3 Hours Long

WORLD GRIEF EVENT – 29/03/2020, 10am-1pm UK time

We are all very aware of the significant events occurring in our world right now. Understandably there is a collective energy force of fear rapidly spreading as a result. And although many of us know that fear itself weakens our immune system, it can feel very challenging not to be consumed by it, because fear is such a primal, survival response.

What we can do however is embrace our fears, our anger, sadness and any other emotions we naturally feel, and allow them fully to flow through us. To put it simply, now is a time to come together and grieve. With this in mind we are offering a Free virtual event to come together energetically (rather than physically) and express how we feel about what is happening in our world right now and to grieve for all those affected directly and indirectly by the virus,

This event will include community healing, ritual, movement, song and collective prayer**. Perhaps most importantly it will include an apology from each and everyone of us to Mother Earth. It will involve a commitment of at least 3 hours on Sunday 29th March, plus some preparation work beforehand- Items to organise, altar to create, letters to write etc.

This is an invitation open to everyone.

**This event and the prayers offered within it will not have a religious focus. It may however be different for you. Adapt the ritual to fit your own beliefs. All are welcome. It’s not necessarily about believing in ‘God’ but it is about believing in something. #faith

If you can’t make the timings, please still do the ritual. Let us send out a powerful energy of love and healing in to the world.

Hope you can join us. Let’s do this! #aloneandtogether
Donna Lancaster
Co Founder of The Bridge Retreat 
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Itinerary & Timings – Download this to your device
World Grief Day Part 1 – Watch the video
World Grief Day Part 2 – Watch the video
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“Rituals are a form of continuous prayer. They help us to consciously incorporate healthy, genuine spiritual evolution and to dwell in the sacred in a way that truly heals us.” 
Sobonfu Somé – West African Tribal Leader

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Donna Lancaster

The Bridge Retreat

The Lodges at New House Farm – Sussex or Wasing Park – Berkshire 6 Days Long

The Bridge Retreat offers an exceptional healing experience using a powerful combination of bodywork, visualisation, meditation, ritual, education, group sharing and individual reflective sessions. Food, music, silence and nature form a significant part of the retreat experience and combine to deepen the inner and outer healing. Beautiful ceremonies weave throughout the week with Harvard backed research on their efficacy for therapeutic purposes.

Sessions address holistic ailments that form part of the human condition and work on a physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual level. The mixture of the cognitive and cathartic experiences provide context and enhanced understanding for the mind to then allow the body to process its emotional blocks safely. As well as working in groups and reconnecting to the power of community, there is also plenty of time for solitude to reflect, rest and integrate the experiences.

Once an individual’s losses and emotional blocks are processed, The Bridge expands the work to consider the bigger picture of global healing with a focus on service and living from a place of authenticity and love.

Waiting Lists
When retreats are full, waiting lists are in operation, please click here if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

Facilitators

There are two facilitators working on each retreat so the team members can vary for each retreat. Please note that Donna, Gabi and Frederique do not work on every scheduled retreat date.

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Donna Lancaster

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Gabi Krueger

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Fréderique Bicker

The Lodges at New House Farm – Sussex

Wasing Park – Berkshire

The Bridge Information Evening

London 1 hour 15 minutes Long

We regularly hold Information Evenings about The Bridge in London, which are free to attend and all are welcome. These evenings run from 7.00pm – 8.15pm and provide an informal opportunity to meet a member of The Bridge Team, ask any questions you might have and also hear from past participants about their experiences on the retreat.

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Donna Lancaster

How To Become a Grown Up

London 1 Day Long

Do you ever feel like you are a child masquerading as an adult?
Do you find yourself reacting at times in ways that seem childish and petty, yet you can’t seem to help yourself?
Do you still feel clueless about what it really means to be an adult?! If so, this workshop is for you…..
This one day workshop will help you find out how to become an emotional adult and develop a mature, healthy personality.

Donna, the co-founder of The Bridge Retreat, will explore with you:

  • How childhood wounding creates ‘emotional children’ and how to heal and move beyond this
  • What clear honest communication looks, sounds and feels like and its impact on your life
  • The important role of vulnerability and boundaries for a healthy personality
  • How to stop taking things so personally and the ways this will transform your life
  • Moving beyond the myth of ‘the story of me’ and creating a new narrative
  • Gratitude as a Spiritual practice
With her usual style and wit,  Donna will support you to enhance your awareness, joining the dots, with lots of ‘Aha’ moments and leaving with a clear route to adulthood!
Future dates will be published soon.

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Donna Lancaster

The Bridge to Healthy Relationships

London 1 day Long

This is a one day workshop for individuals and couples – suitable for anyone interested in improving their relationships, including the most important one, with themselves. Join Relationship Coach and co-founder of The Bridge Retreat, Donna Lancaster to enhance your understanding, develop new skills and build healthier, happier relationships.

Most of us face relationship struggles at some point and often feel confused as to how best to deal with them. Perhaps you know that feeling? Repeating the same cycles over and again……? The big question is how do we free ourselves from this negative cycle and learn to do things differently, building the relationships we really want?

Donna has extensive knowledge working with individuals, couples and families to put together an accessible workshop to teach you tools and techniques to understand and support your relationships. Donna will draw on The Bridge model for healing as well as the teachings of renowned psychotherapist and author David Richo and Harville Hendrix’s Imago Relationship Therapy.

This workshop is designed for anyone wanting to enhance all aspects of their relating and develop their ability to enjoy life in relationships – whether with family, friends, work colleagues or in intimate life. The intention is to support people in building healthy adult relationships of all kinds. Everyone is welcome.

THIS ONE DAY WORKSHOP WILL INCLUDE:

• The main stages relationships go through and how to navigate each phase

• How the past is present in relationships – exploring the impact of our past and learning ways to do things differently

• Understanding how our unmet needs from childhood can hijack our relationships

• Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships – recognising co-dependency and addiction and how to be an adult in relationships

• Grieving our losses and betrayals – why the grieving process holds the key to letting go of the past and truly trusting ourselves and our partners

• Setting healthy boundaries in relationships

• Communication skills – learning how to healthily express your needs and to really listen and be heard – Moving from Reactivity to Responsiveness

• The role of differing ‘energies’ in relationships

• What true intimacy looks and feels like – Giving and receiving

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Donna Lancaster

The Bridge to Remembering

The Chapel in the Woods Forest Row 3 Days Long

A 3-day workshop to deepen and expand on your inner work.

During this 3 day workshop you will remember and reconnect to the many gifts from your time with us previously on your Bridge experience. There is also an invitation to go deeper and enquire further into your life’s challenges, clearing away any blockages in mind, body and soul that keep you from fully accessing and living life through your true authentic self.

Over our time together we will…
• create a community of like hearted souls sharing a collective healing experience
• bear witness to each other’s stories, sharing safely and building trust
• explore beyond the ‘story of me’ & enquire into the bigger picture of our life experiences
• work on boundaries and building a healthy personality
• deepen our capacity to live in love and joy
• dance and shake our bodies together, allowing them to release and naturally heal
• share beautiful and healing rituals including chanting, fire, drums, movement and touch
• explore together what it means to truly live a spiritual life
• laugh and cry together as one

As ever the delicious and nutritious food, ambient music and nature itself will provide their own additional medicine for your soul.

Open to previous The Bridge Retreat participants only.

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Donna Lancaster

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Gabi Krueger

Share, Shake & Shift

London 3 hours Long

An evening workshop led by Coach & Holistic Counsellor Nicola Bedlow.

At this event you will explore the healing power of sharing in community alongside cathartic release for positive energy shifts.

This workshop offers the chance to:

  • Connect, share and listen to and from the heart
  • To bear witness to others stories in a safe non judgemental environment
  • Experience the healing power of community and rituals
  • Work through the body to release emotional blocks and reconnect to your life force
  • Learn simple tools to support you in your daily life
  • Expand your heart and learn ways to live more from this authentic place

ALL ARE WELCOME (you do not have to have participated in The Bridge Retreat to attend)

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Loyalties & the breaking of limiting family patterns

Notting Hill, London 1 Day Long

‘As much as we may wish to believe that by leaving our childhood homes and embarking on the journey of creating our own lives and destiny, we have also left behind the negativity and strings attached to our family origin. We often discover that some of our behaviours and beliefs are still heavily influenced by what was consciously or unconsciously imprinted upon us when we were young. For some of us this gets highlighted the most when our families come together. During family gatherings, spoken or unspoken beliefs, agreements, and family loyalties get highlighted to the awakening and conscious person. And yet we still may find it challenging to break free from their hold on us…

In this 1 day workshop with The Bridge Retreat Co Founder, Gabi Krueger, you will get a chance to :

  • Recognise the many positive gifts that you are carrying through the generations and find ways to integrate them more fully into your life.
  • The conscious or unconscious predisposed behaviours and beliefs that may limit you in life.
  • Define the harmful and negative family patterns and attachments especially in areas of addiction, abuse, abandonment, betrayal, health, success, financial and relationship issues.
  • Find out how to become the endpoint of those limiting patterns and beliefs, so they can be broken for future generations.
  • Learn how to be guided by ancestors wisdom and hopes.

By releasing ourselves from any guilt, fear or sense of betrayal we have a chance to move into true forgiveness, the most liberating force to deeper self acceptance and love. Through the means of creative visualisation and ritual we enter into a deeper state of true awareness of the deeper connection and compassion for our family of the past, present and future generations.

In meditation and contemplation we invite the Hopi Indian invocation:

“We ask to be informed by the wisdom of those who have gone before us, and by the needs of those yet to be born.“

Please be aware this workshop is only currently available to those who have participated in The Bridge Retreat

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Gabi Krueger