Trauma Survivor Healing Weekend Retreat | Svava Brooks

Hope for Healing Weekend Retreat with Svava Brooks

Friday April 26 - Sunday April 28, 2019

Heal from your abuse and trauma in a safe place, with survivors just like you, guided by Abuse Survivor and Life Coach, Svava Brooks. If you're ready to invest in your healing, to experience the gift of being truly seen, heard, validated, and accepted, then this is your chance. Join other survivors for a weekend designed to help you feel celebrated, find new hope for your future, and put you on the path of your own unique restorative healing journey. Learn more below!

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Get Educated About Impact of Trauma on the Body

In order to heal, we have to understand the impact of our past and be willing to dig deep to reconnect with who we truly are.

Find Connection with a Community of Survivors

Be able to heal in a safe place where you feel like you belong and you are celebrated by other survivors on the same journey.

Feel Validated, Seen, and Heard by Others Like You

This retreat will give you the validation and support you need to know you are on the right path and that healing is possible.

Hosted by Svava Brooks

  • Child Sexual Abuse Survivor
  • Life and Abuse Survivor Coach
  • Certified TRE Provider
  • Reiki Master Practitioner
  • Senior Stewards of Children Trainer
  • Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Author of Two Self-Help Healing Books
  • Co-Founder of National Nonprofit for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Iceland, Blátt Áfram

Joined by Leslie Marchand

CEO & Founder of SoYoCo Wellness LLC

Leslie Marchand lives and teaches by her motto “Renew Yourself. Inspire Others.”  She is passionate about providing support and guidance to people who are committed to a life of service, especially professional and family caregivers.  She teaches online courses through SoYoCo Wellness, offers farm fresh food products to her community through Whitehurst Heritage Farms and provides support to caregivers and people with dementia through her job at an assisted living community.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) and Certified Life Coach (TDM).

She lives in Texas with her husband, 4 children, 7 dogs, and hundreds of farm animals.

Visit her website!

Joined by Heather Lee Huff

Founder of Center for Awakening Arts 

Heather Lee Huff is a shamanic healer in New Braunfels, TX. At the Center for Awakening Arts, she offers transformational energy medicine healing sessions for adults, children, couples and families. She teaches Chakra Alchemy Meditation and Reiki classes, works as a medium and facilitates shamanic Healing Circles for women. She is committed to building conscious community and teaching others how to connect with and live from their deep authenticity. Heather is passionate about assisting others in overcoming their challenges and helping people to live their best life. She practices and teaches how to be in harmony with ourselves, each other and with the Earth.

Heather is a homeschooling mother of two and leads a local nature based homeschooling community in her town.

Joined by Lucy K. Ziegler

Owner of Southwest Counseling & Mindfulness Center 

Lucy K. Ziegler is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and relationships. The guiding philosophy in her work is to help survivors develop Adaptive Coping Skills they can practice, take with them into the world and live life more as they prefer. Her specialization in Trauma and Anxiety led to acquiring Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR™) Teacher Training from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, Health Care and Society.

Lucy is the owner of Southwest Counseling and Mindfulness Center providing individuals and organizations counseling and MBSR™ Courses emphasizing experiential learning in order to develop their own innate abilities to manage the effects of stress.

The Hope for Healing Weekend Retreat

Child abuse (and abuse of any kind) teaches us to disconnect because it is the only way to survive. When you disconnect from your body and from reality, the pain is numbed and you are able to keep functioning in some way. It is your body's natural solution to trauma.

In order to heal, we have to understand the impact of our past, understand how the body reacts to abuse, and be willing to dig deep to reconnect with who we truly are, our true self that has always existed within us.

One of the hardest parts of the healing journey is reconnecting with your body, understanding and learning how to safely express your feelings, and learning to be at peace with your thoughts. This multi-process journey feels endless and exhausting at times. But this is how you integrate and embody a new way of being in the world. Your mind and body have worked hard at keeping you safe from harm and as a result, your old thoughts, feelings, and beliefs don't shift so easily.

I have learned that what helps survivors to heal is the ability to practice this new way of "being" with others just like them, who don't judge their trauma. To find a safe place to share your authentic self, a place where you feel like you belong, and where you are celebrated.

Wherever you are on your healing journey, this retreat will give you the validation and support you need to know you are on the right path and that healing is possible and give you new tools to help you succeed in staying on the path to your true self.

During our weekend together, we will celebrate you and the place you are in. You will learn that you already have everything you need to heal and restore.


The retreat will take place Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 2019.


Wellspring Retreat Center, 3505 Horton Preiss Road, Blanco, TX 78606. It is about an hour drive from the San Antonio International Airport.


$50 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot.

$375 when paid in full.

$400 with payment plan.

Payment plan available.

What Is Included:

  • Accommodation for two nights at the Wellness Center, in shared space.
  • 6 meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinners). Vegetarian/vegan options available upon request.

  • There will be a shared kitchen with refrigerator and microwave so you can bring any additional food you like.
  • Free Wifi.

*Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the retreat, please contact Svava Brooks by emailing [email protected]. Advance notice helps us to ensure we can meet your needs.

What To Expect:

  • Learn about the impact of trauma on your body
  • Learn how to trust yourself and others again
  • Learn new tools to help with healing, including:
    • Mindfulness
    • Self-Compassion Practice
    • Self-Care
    • Gratitude
  • Experience meaningful and authentic shared healing
  • Experience a deep connection with a community of survivors
  • Experience holistic healing through:
    • Body Movement and Stretching
    • Journaling
    • Mindfulness Practice
    • Meditation
    • Prayer
    • And more!
  • Engage in activities that help you to better understand yourself and see what behaviors/habits you use as a result of trauma as coping mechanisms
  • Leave with a better understanding of the healing process and what kind of support you need to be successful moving forward
  • Leave with new motivation and a firm belief that healing is possible
  • Leave with a sense of belonging and a community of support to help you overcome the challenges of trauma
  • Have fun and celebrate yourself and new friendships made!

Who Is It For:

Any survivor of trauma or abuse.

*This program is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the counsel or treatment of a licensed therapist.

Cancellation Policy:

A $50 deposit is required to secure your spot in this retreat, which will be taken from the full payment or as a first payment as part of a payment plan. Full balance for payment plans is due no later than April 1, 2019.

All cancellation requests must be received in writing to [email protected].

Deposit (of $50) is NOT refundable. If the cancellation notice is received by April 1, 2019, you can receive a refund for the full payment (minus the deposit).

Reservations cancelled after April 1, 2019 are NOT refundable. 


Friday -

  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Arrival and Registration at the Retreat Center
  • 4:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 8:00 PM Evening Circle

Saturday - 

  • 7:00 AM Morning Meditation/Prayer (Optional)
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast (Served in Food Hall)
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mindfulness, Intention, & The Story We Tell
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (Served in Food Hall)
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Understanding Your True Self
  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Break
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Journey to the Heart
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner (Served in Food Hall)
  • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Evening Circle

Sunday -

  • 7:00 AM Morning Meditation/Prayer (Optional)
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast (Served in Food Hall)
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Self-Compassion and Celebration!
  • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM Packing and Departure

Speak Your Truth

Share your story and remove the burden of shame and guilt by using your voice! Speak your truth to other survivors and see that you are not alone and you are not broken.

Heal in a Safe Space

Connecting with others is hard when you feel misunderstood and afraid. Here you will find and create a new community of people who understand you and won't judge you.

Prioritize Your Needs

Survivors often struggle to take care of themselves because they don't think that they deserve it. It's time to change that and to make yourself a priority with self-care.

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