For more than two years, The Monastery has been helping people directly affected by natural disasters and traumatic events by providing free five-day wellness retreats. However, in order to continue to provide this free service for another year, The Monastery needs to raise $300,000.
Help us give more Cantabrians a much-needed break from the stress and trauma brought on by years of uncertainty.
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The Monastery enables guests to focus on their own wellbeing by providing a peaceful and beautiful space, supportive staff and time for reflection. Each stay at The Monastery is structured around healthy foundations of nutritious food, counselling, therapeutic activities and restful sleep – all with the aim of supporting people to rejuvenate and regain their wellness.
While our guests all share a common need, they are diverse. They have been both men and women and ranged from 15 to 90 years old. They can be stressed front line workers to people exhausted from on-going house and insurance problems.
We ask our guests to rate their wellbeing before and after their stay. The average rating increases from 3 out of 10, to 9 out of 10. Guests say it has helped transform their lives.
Helen had physical pains and was under emotional distress when she arrived. Before her stay at The Monastery she was anxious, lonely and full of fear, especially at night. But after having her first good night’s sleep in well over a year, Helen said she was able to think clearly and have energy to enjoy each day’s activities. She described the support she received as kind and patient. Explaining what a week at The Monastery meant to her, Helen said, “They sorted our many difficulties I faced in my present situation so I know what I need today and can feel more relaxed about the future. I take away with me peace and joy to welcome each day.”
Rupert says the skills he learnt at The Monastery will help him move forward in his life. He found the counselling sessions really beneficial. He took workshops from a life coach, took part in yoga and learned about the importance of nurturing himself; opportunities that would not usually be available to him.
“As soon as people walk through the doors, the stress levels slip away…”
“Love being surrounded by a well-loved green space.”
“Every member of the staff knew my name and made me feel special!”
“I’ve rekindled my passion for life.”
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I hope this might help in a little way.