Our Psychological-Spiritual Retreats are based on integrating spiritual awareness with psychological understanding to create harmony in relationships and higher level of satisfaction in daily life.
Retreat participants are offered opportunities, through a multitude of experiential activities in peaceful natural settings, to reexamine and detach from personality patterns, introducing the possibility of readjusting one’s life direction and deepening one’s spiritual connection.
On the spiritual level, we believe that the accumulated impressions we bring from childhood as well as from previous lifetimes get expressed through personality patterns. On the psychological level, we witness how these patterns determine our decisions and responses to events occurring beyond our control. Conversely, our decisions and responses define the current situation of our life.
|Voice Dialogue Facilitations||Talk Therapy||Dream Interpretation|
|Spiral Walk||Gong Bath||Awareness Release Technique|
All participants are expected to already have done or be involved in some form of inner work. At least one private meeting with Yolanda Koumidou is required before being accepted into any Retreat.
Participants’ testimonies based on personal and direct experience from the Retreats answer this question best.
Please refer to the Testimonials page.
R. E. S. T. ℠ Revitalizing Energetically Stressed Types
The main intents for our retreats are:
To awaken the spirit and the parts of ourselves which offer inspiration, leading to Inner Peace.
To shed worry, stress and anxiety from daily life through understanding their universal cause and master ways of re directing their energy.
Each participant arrives carrying their life story, habit patterns and repetitive themes of stress. Due to the small size of the groups, maximum 8 people, everyone receives individual attention and has a chance for deep self exploration creating fundamental and lasting inner shifts.
For the last fifteen years the retreats are conducted outdoors in our 70-acre retreat space surrounded by woods, valleys and creeks in absolute privacy. Finally there is scientific proof of nature’s amazing and profound affect on human functioning. (see Time Magazine article, July 25th, 2016 entitled, The Healing Power of Nature)
All presentations by Yolanda Koumidou are based on integrated psychological and spiritual principals from her 30 plus years of personal and professional journey. The programs consist of Yolanda’s sharing, dialogues, experiential activities including but not limited to Voice Dialogue facilitations, walking the Labyrinth, dancing around the bonfire festivities, meditation and chanting and lighting the Dhuni, play and free time for relaxation.
Nobody leaves the retreat the same. Attending one of our weekend retreats is equivalent to six months of intense individual therapy!
Please refer to our participants’ testimonials for description of the affect the retreats have on them.
All our programs are conducted outdoors. There has now been scientific evidence from research in Japan showing that spending time in nature contributes in specific health benefits. They sight that quiet atmosphere, beautiful scenery, pleasant aromas and fresh, clean air in forests induces a state of physiologic relaxation. Studies have linked relief of symptoms connected to heart disease, depression, cancer, anxiety and attention disorders to people walking through or staying overnight in forests. Spending time in the woods, can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is involved in the function of the immune system and blood pressure and when inhaling the aromatic compounds emitted by trees and plants called phytoncides, there are biological changes similar to aromatherapy. Furthermore, changes were also noted in the blood associated with protection against cancer, better immunity and lower blood pressure. (information adopted from article in Time Magazine, July 25th, 2016, entitled, The Healing Power of Nature).
During this 3-day retreat designed for married couples as well as couples in committed relationships, you will learn simple and powerful ways to use your relationship as a guide and a teacher on your journey together. Our couples retreat will change the way connection and distance are viewed and handled in relationships. You will gain insight on transforming judgment into an empowering tool. You will develop skills to strengthen your energetic connection with your partner so you can enjoy ever-deepening intimacy and richness in your relationship. You will learn how to:
|• Develop lasting communication skills|
|• Open and strengthen sexual energy|
|• Deepen your connection with your partner|
|• Recover lost intimacy and excitement|
|• Gain an immediate, new, and clear perspective on your relationship|
|• Get unstuck from old patterns|
|• In a single weekend experience deep, permanent change|
|• Combine work, rest and time away alone together in absolute privacy surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility at our 70-acre Koumidou Outdoor Retreat Center|
|• Be facilitated by Yolanda Koumidou, LCSW, utilizing the groundbreaking Bonding Patterns theory, which is based on the Psychology of Selves system developed by the internationally renowned psychologists, Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone. Yolanda, who has more than 30 years experience working with couples, has studied and worked directly with Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone for many years in California as well as trained at the Ackerman Family Institute in New York.|
Inspired by cutting edge theories and methodologies like Voice Dialogue and Ecopsychology and age-old teachings from a multitude of esoteric traditions, Yolanda Koumidou has pioneered these Private Individual Retreats based in upstate New York.
This retreat is designed for individuals who have been or are currently in therapy and are ready to transcend their self-awareness to action in their everyday life. These retreats support and validate the work you have already done, taking you to the next level in your personal growth. This is an intensive, life-changing weekend experience.
This is a three-day retreat. The first day we have a 2 hour meeting and the next two days we meet 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon for focused work. The rest of the day is yours to use and enjoy. Whatever theme you bring, you will leave with a sense of renewed appreciation for as well as clarity about yourself and your life path.
Retreat dates are individually scheduled, at least a month in advance, by calling our Center 516.568.0306
Surrounded by woods, meadows, ponds and streams, in absolute privacy, you will:
|• Utilize the Healing Power of Nature|
|• Eavesdrop on the Whispers of Your Heart and Soul|
|• Reclaim You Inherent Connection to the Earth|
|• Understand Your Dreams’ Language|
|• Connect to Your Body’s Needs|
|• Cross the Daily Life’s Limits|