Becoming a Person

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Weekend Retreats to contemplate, who we are, life and living

Many of us lead very busy lives fulfilling our professional responsibilities, taking care of ourselves, our social lives and our families and have little time to dedicate to reflection or contemplation. The programme for this year is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to retreat, to slow down and spend time with themselves and others reflecting on some of the ‘big questions’ of life.

The retreats will focus on what Irvin Yalom once described as the four ‘givens of existence’, the ultimate concerns with which we must reconcile ourselves.

  • the inevitability of death for each of us and for those we love;
  • the freedom to make our lives as we will;
  • our ultimate aloneness;
  • the absence of any obvious meaning or sense to life.

Yalom. I. (1968) Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

The retreats will be held over a weekend in a residential setting. This is purposeful and designed to provide participants with the opportunity to spend time with a small group of people exploring these issues away from everyday life and its attendant commitments. Each retreat will focus on a particular theme and will involve facilitated activities with the group and plenty of space and time for individual contemplation and intimate dialogue with others.

Programme Dates

  •  Contemplations on life and living
  •  Contemplations on freedom, responsibility and choice
  •  Contemplations on relationships, loneliness and aloneness
  •  Contemplations on creativity, purpose and meaning in life

The weekends will be facilitated by members of the Persona staff team.

Programmes dates and costs: to be advised.

Ongoing Encounter Group

The Encounter Group will be facilitated by members of the Persona staff team.

Dates: tba

Costs: tba

There is a minimum requirement of 6 people in the group and a maximum of 10.  Places will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in joining the group please request a booking form by emailing 


If you are interested in these courses or have an enquiry either complete the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page, email or call us on 0330 202 0283


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