Grove Foundation for Healing was established to
create and present programs that apply time-tested techniques
to the treatment of trauma. Each program includes both
traditional and alternative therapeutic approaches to healing.
These techniques are not unique to our programs. Practitioners
worldwide use them successfully to work with their clients.
Many of the techniques are thousands of years old, though
updated to be compatible with our culture and time. However, the combination and structure we have created are
deeply rooted in the observation that healing is experiential
and involves the whole person: body, mind, heart, and soul.
The retreat format affords the perfect opportunity to take
our clients on an extended, focused journey – a quest for
wholeness – in a supportive, caring, and yet mentally and
emotionally challenging way. The retreats are a method of deep treatment and teaching.
It is an experiential intensive that uses ancient practices
to address the deeper levels of the individual through training,
ritual and ceremony.
During the retreat, participants are taken into a progressively
deeper journey into the soul. Along the way, a safe container
is created within which they can "tell their story," the
dark stories and secrets that are at the root of the emotional
Also during the retreat, participants are taught a variety
of practices they can do themselves to help when the going
gets difficult. These practices can be done individually
or with the family or support group.
Four Realms of Healing
The Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel fit
with the Four Realms of Healing, and also with the
BASK model protocol for healing of trauma. This diagram
illustrates the structure we use in our programs. Learn
The drumming journey is a fundamental aspect of ancient practices, and has
been practiced for thousands of years. Participants will learn how to journey
and will take part in several journeys throughout the retreat.
Rituals for Letting Go
There are many varieties of Ritual Burial: in earth, fire, and water. Ritual
Burial is letting go of attachments, including attachments to the past and
Curses and Healing
Encounters with abusers, as with enemy combatants, involve the entire
being – mind,
emotions, body, and soul. During battle, for example, soldiers engage all of
themselves in the struggle for survival. In that process, curses are sent
and received, as well as blows and bullets. This is no less true of rape
and other forms of abuse. The extraction process identifies and removes the
In ancient and indigenous tribal cultures, soul loss is considered a central
cause of illnesses of the mind, body, and spirit. Pieces of the Self are
lost through encounters with Power. Soul Retrieval is an ancient practice
in which the healer journeys to find one or more of these lost pieces and
return them in order to re-integrate the person – the Whole Self.
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