“My week at Heal For Life feels life changing. However, the wisdom I have gained, the open heartedness I am feeling and the understanding I now have about myself cannot be undone and I am so grateful for the wonderful experience I have had. Sending so much love to all associated with my journey, thank you.” Melanie K ( Aug 2018)
“This week has been amazing. The facilitator, workshops, support and love has been priceless. I was incredibly blessed by the other guests and priveliged to share their journey with them. I felt very safe and incredibly supported whilst processing my trauma, in an absolutely stunning environment. I came kicking and screaming and then didn’t want to leave. I am SO thankful for Heal For Life.” L.M(May 2018)
“This week has been a beautiful experience. The setting is wonderful, the staff who are survivors were very present to us and assisted us on our healing journey with such care and compassion” Maria W(May 2018)
“The week was amazing, the staff at Heal For Life have been professional and wonderful in the way the program was organised and run. Thanks everyone at Heal For Life for the best week I’ve had in a long, long time.” Craig B(April 2018)
“It has been a wonderful journey during the healing week. A deep sense of helplessness and loneliness often engulfed me with my childhood trauma but with support, love and friendship I know I am never alone again.” Sherina(April 2018)
“Heal for Life is an incredible opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to find healing, to find tools for healing and experience healing in their lives. I have been touched and transformed by Heal for Life and cannot recommend it enough.” Josephine D (April 2018)
“I had lost purpose in my life and I felt broken. Coming to Heal For Life has helped me find that again and helped me on my journey of self love and peace. I am so grateful, thank you! “Debra Keane (March 2018)
“I know I am now not alone and I feel a hell of a lot stronger. I appreciated everything I was taught here and I’d let everybody I know that this place is amazing. Thank you so much for letting me find myself again.” Nikky Edwards (March 2018)
“Having worked in community service for over 20 years and with people with trauma, I fully believe this program is an amazing tool to heal childhood and adult trauma. Well done team, keep up the great work. The world needs this program.” Fi (Feb 2018)
“There’s a type of healing made possible only by sharing time with other survivors. I’m eternally grateful for the Heal For Life Program” Danielle ( Feb 2018)
“Thank you for helping me to change my perspective on life. I won’t ever forget my time here. My journey starts now to a much healthier and whole life.” Mel (Jan 2018)
“I strongly recommend this healing week for anyone that has suffered childhood trauma. The staff are incredibly skilled, kind and effective in their method of healing. The property has the most amazing energy and sense of calm. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.” Vicki (Jan 2018)
“It is amazing! This week has been life changing and I can’t imagine my future not having experienced what I have with HFL. The Facilitator and team are amazing, loving, caring and accepting. I really felt loved, cared for and heard. Thank you so much Heal for Life!” Carla L(Jan 2018)
“This week has been very healing, I have been able to achieve a lot especially with critical voice, rejection, emotional and physical abuse, understanding the inner child and knowing his needs, lots of self care for the adult and the child for my future.” Glenn B (Jan 2018)
“I found it to be very informing, very exciting. It was full of great knowledge, very informative indeed. I would recommend Heal For Life to anyone, it is such a great program.” D R (Dec 2017)
” Thank you so much for an incredibly safe and supportive environment & really valuable information and processes. I will treasure my experience at Heal For Life.” H (Dec 2017)
“So very inspiring. Loved that the workers understood what it was like, they truly cared and that I think for me was the biggest help all week.” (Nov 2017)
” I learnt so much about myself. I felt I was given time to feel & respond and I was guided so well to release, that I was amazed at where it took me. My tool box feels full.” (Nov 2017)
” I can’t thank the Facilitators enough for the love, guidance, support, kindness, joy and lots of laughs. I’m walking away with my heart, mind, body and soul open, calm and ready to walk fee in my journey” (Nov 2017)
“A safe and professionally run program which provided significant gains in personal healing work.” Kim Taylor-psychotherapist (Sept 2017)
“The up to date neuroscience was clearly articulated in a variety of accessible formats. The team of facilitator and volunteers were expert, committed and compassionate.” Terri Dry(Sept 2017)
“The staff have been incredible, and I feel my whole life is transformed” (sept 2017)
“Wow, what a great program to experience and journey. Support workers were so helpful and supportive.” J (Sept 2017)
” Very inspiring even for a sceptic, life changing and very inspiring.” Shannon R (Sept 2017)
“I feel like a new person with lots of tools and strategies to help me cope with the real world. Your Program saved my life and I can go ahead and start creating the life and happiness I have only dreamed of. If you are in decisive about Heal For Life, trust me it works.” Sasko (Aug 2017)
“It was a very healing experience. It allowed me to connect with my inner child and allow further healing on my journey. It was a blessing and has helped to heal my life, thank you.” (Aug 2017)
“I could never go on with my life without this week being place in my physical and emotional being. Everybody should have access to this.” Araya (Aug 2017)
“This program is unique and effective. I am leaving feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and whole again.” (June 2017)
“Heal For Life opened up a world of possibilities I didn’t know were possible.” (June 2017)
“The program and team can help you feel supported, understand more about your experience with trauma and help you safely release some feelings held within for many years.” Penelope (May,2017)
“There was such a positive and supportive feeling amongst the group I felt safe in this beautiful space. I can’t thank you enough for helping me reclaim myself. What a great environment for healing xx.” (May, 2017)
“The program is amazing, wouldn’t change anything about it.” Alex Irvine (April, 2017)
“This experience is an amazing process, run by a dedicated, authentic team of volunteers which is the key to its success.” Cathi (April, 2017)
” Has been the best experience of my life. Highly recommend HFL, don’t be scared, this place rocks.” K.Perrin (April, 2017)
“The calibre of the carers was world class!” Martina Valentino-Tan (April, 2017)
“Exceeded my expectations. I recommend it as a giant step in your healing journey.” Sheeley Wheeldon (April, 2017)
“I had an amazing week, grateful to all the team for keeping me safe and supported.” Martin Yates (April, 2017)
“Gratitude does not cover it! HFL has changed my life. I would especially encourage men to attend. My two visits have been such a blessing” Don Fairlie (March, 2017)
“This week has changed the way I look at everything but most importantly myself. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I feel hope I never thought I would” Theo Butler (March, 2017)
“The support and encouragement was outstanding. I’m eternally grateful to the whole team from HFL” Oriana Russell (March, 2017)
“The strength and experience our leaders had to offer was amazing. And to be there to HEAL with other SURVIVORS is what is so empowering” Anna Neville (March, 2017)
“Transformation, forever grateful. Thanks with all my heart. I now see light at the end of the tunnel which for so long just felt like a hole” Karma Selth (March, 2017)
“Life changing. Great process, easy to implement and the week gave me skills to take home” Christina Love (February, 2017)
“I learned so much this week. This has been such a shock to my system but funnily enough I feel that I have more energy” Joshua Thompson (February, 2017)
“Because of the workshops and the support from the team I have been able to confidently begin my healing journey” Alexander Buist (February 2017)
“I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to come to such a blessed and safe place – to be supported, nurtured and loved for my healing process” Tracey Girder (January, 2017)
“So, so grateful for the breakthroughs of this week – the HFL model is BRILLIANT” Helen Maguire (January, 2017)
“It was a pleasure to spend my time with such courageous people and such devoted helpers. I cannot understand why our governments don’t use Heal For Life as a model for their own mental health organisations to copy” Brian Christie (December, 2016)
“I thank God for the provision of this place” Denise Bow (December, 2016)
“The support team deserve medals for being so unbelievably caring, strong and simply amazing. Thank you for saving my life!” Stephanie Buckland (December, 2016)
“The journey of a lifetime in 5 days. From a tiny, abused and abandoned baby to a calm, sensible, safe, kind adult. Phew!! Thank you” Sarah Daniels (November, 2016)
“Life-changing, filled with love. I will never be the same again. I’ve been given the tools I’ve always needed. Wish I had found you years ago” Carol James (November, 2016)
“An amazingly supportive environment – more so than I could have imagined. If anyone has any concerns about the environment please read more testimonials. This has been an invaluable experience for me. Thank you” Nadine (November, 2016)
“You have changed my life” Te Raumati Ra Poutama (November, 2016)
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an amazing week. Bless you all” Dominique Khoury (November, 2016)
Testimony for Aboriginal Community
I am from the Gooreengai clan of the Worimi nation, born in Gamilaroi country (Wee Waa) and grew up in Tamworth. I live in Karuah, NSW with my five year old son, I recently lost my husband to cancer.
My whole life had been one of using destructive coping mechanisms that was directly related to trauma experienced from birth – abandonment; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; domestic violence and witnessing violence to others. My experiences created a need for me to ‘escape’ from reality. My coping skills, developed from 5 years of age, provided the escape, covered my pain and I was constantly distracted to avoid feeling anything.
My teenage years were volatile and by 21 years old, I had completed 17 months of a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Victoria. I went on to experience years of mainstream drug and alcohol and mental health counselors, psychologist and psychiatrists who only tried to ‘band aid’ my symptoms, not guide me to deal with the emotions from my experienced trauma.
In 2001, I suffered a physical, mental and emotional breakdown and it was then that I found Heal for Life. Over the next 18 months I attended 3 healing weeks and from what I learnt, for the first time, really began to live life. I gained knowledge, experience and tools to be able to truly heal for life.
Over the next 14 years, I had a relationship and for 8 years we were married, we had a child, bought a house, created a business together.
I reconnected with Heal For Life and began volunteering and training just before my husband got sick. I would not have been able to experience the joys of life nor journey through my husband’s illness or passing without HFL.
I used parts of the program knowledge with him and he eventually participated in a private retreat. The program helped him so much to prepare for his passing including picking up his paints and doing his last painting, for Heal For Life.
While the program is not culture specific, it works for all humans. The fact we all have a brain and the brain responds to trauma in the same way, the program works for everyone, if and when, you are ready.
Through my own experience and witnessing the effect of the program on people, I strongly believe in the program.
I have completed Peer Support Volunteer training, work on the children, teenagers and adult programs, am undertaking Facilitator Training, am Chairperson of the Core Management Group and am a Board member.
If you would like more information please contact me through Heal for Life.
22th October 2016
“Attending a Heal for Life residential program is THE best thing I’ve ever done for myself. The program is simplistic yet incredibly effective. One week at HFL has helped me dissolve more emotional and creative blocks than 17 years of other therapies. The program itself helped me put years of therapeutic learning into practical applications. Taking the time to integrate the learning has had profound overflow effects in every aspect of my life. Each of the volunteers is uniquely amazing and it is an honour to heal alongside so many other beautiful, strong and akin souls.” Kelly Lawn (September, 2016)
“The best decision of my life” Roxana Carle (September, 2016)
“Thank you for a simple yet profound program. Life changing.” Patricia Lyndsay (September, 2016)
“This is what I have been wandering in the wilderness searching for my whole life. I feel I have found the sacred key for healing” Kerry P (September, 2016)
“I highly recommend this program to everyone! I have had 2 life-changing retreats here and have found a place of peace, love, trust & safety within” I-K Rivers (September, 2016)
“I have such a deeper understanding, appreciation for and growing desire to connect with others as a result of this week” – Melinda Tanner (September, 2016)
“I want to thank Liz for this amazing place that everyone can get help with the healing process. This place is magical and safe. I am coming to volunteer and help create a rose garden so can people can share it. Once again Liz, you are absolutely amazing. I love you to eternity. You’re the wind beneath my wings.” Liam (August, 2016)
“My experience at Heal for Life has been absolutely miraculous and life changing. The Mayumarri property is a picturesque, tranquil and completely safe place with rolling hills and wildlife where my soul felt nurtured and cared for completely. The staff and carers are genuinely gentle and really focused on the needs of the guests so that we were able to learn the tools needed to recover from child abuse etc. Thank you Liz and team, you have saved my life and given me hope and courage to become whole again.” Robyn McCarthy (August, 2016)
“The whole property is VERY conducive to healing. The schedule is also good and allows ample time for all my needs (sleep, bath, cleaning, eating and plenty for healing). It is really LIFE CHANGING and EMPOWERING.” Justine Loteria (August, 2016)
“I finally feel like I am resurfacing after a period in the depths. I just got back from a week at Heal For Life http://www.healforlife.org.uk/index.html , a program run by and for survivors of childhood trauma. I’ve been wanting to go for ages after a friend enthused about her experience of the program, but fear and practicalities of work and parenting kept me away until now. I booked it about a year ago and in the couple of weeks leading up to it I felt in fear and dread and wondered why I was doing this to myself. A lot of my life is spent on that precarious knife edge of just coping, with wobbles feeling like they could descend into full on break down at any time and it almost felt inevitable that this would be the outcome of any in depth explorations of past trauma. I’ve done a fair bit of therapy over the years and spent long periods feeling stranded scared and stuck, and berated myself for not being able to let go and move on. Most recently I had some brilliant psychology support where I came to understand that the main thing I need to do to heal is forgive myself but that’s so much easier said than done. I feared that a week at HFL to focus on myself without the pressure and distraction of having to keep all the other life stuff of kids and work together would mean that I would fall apart….” Read full testimonial …
“I believe all areas of the week were exceptional!” Mark Antonovich (March 2016)
“Love abounded & positive energies were contagious – so was the laughter” Janelle Sams (March 2016)
“Team members were amazing in every way. I hope some day in the future I can give back and help give others some inspiration to help them on their journey in life” Robert Lawrence (March 2016)
“Terrified and anxious when I arrived, it was a struggle to first let myself be … the experience ebbed and flowed with highs and lows but sitting here now reflecting on my week I’ve never done anything better for my healing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts” – Kellie Stastny (February 2016)
“This healing space and land I feel has literally saved my life for the second time now as this is my second healing week. Thank you” – Kellie Jones (February 2016)
“This experience is gold. I have learnt a powerful technique to take control of my emotional responses to daily life which are inappropriate and rooted in past trauma and abuse” – Michelle Hargreaves (January 2016)
“Really inspiring – was scared to go to Heal For Life, now here I don’t want to go home. It’s so nice to be in an environment with people who are so nice, where I can be myself. The anger pit is such a great idea. Will look forward to my next trip here – definitely coming back again” – Helen Mason (January 2016)
I can’t thank you enough for this healing journey in this sanctuary that you provide. With love and gratitude” – Simone D (January 2016)
“Thanks for changing my life” – Fran P (January 2016)
“The Heal For Life healing week program is as perfect a program as anyone could hope for. It is scary, uplifting, tumultuous, enlightening, messy, physical, visceral. Most importantly it is safe and loving!” – Zac Shapiro (January 2016)
“So life-changing. I had no expectations coming in, all I knew was I felt called to be here and I was ready. I can’t believe how much can be transformed in just 5 days!” Indigo-Khai Rivers (December 2015)
“Life will never be the same and words cannot express the Joy and Love I’ve gotten. All in my world will benefit from the knowledge I’ve received. Thank you! Thank you!” Melly Harris (December 2015)
“I wish I could do more for this place … I wish I was closer. I pray for blessings over EVERY PERSON who owns, works and volunteers at this place. I pray that this place will thrive and grow … I really do!” Leah Griffiths (December 2015)
“Heal For Life is a magical place where real healing occurs. I have never felt so nurtured, cared for and safe. I felt safe enough to open up and start my healing journey.” Amanda R (November 2015)
“This was an amazing experience that has truly changed me. I no longer feel as if I’m in a black endless pit with no hope of escape.” Kelly K (November 2015)
“Overall this has been the hardest thing I have ever done – challenging. And it is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself.” Caroline C (November 2015)
“This was 5 of the best days of my life. I finally feel heard, I feel validated and worthy.” Linda T (October 2015)
“The focus is, quite rightly, not just on having an amazing week with big transformations, but on getting us ready to live those transformations in our ‘outside’ lives, stronger and healthier. I come here every year or two. It changes my life.” Jude A (October 2015)
“I really really enjoyed this whole experience – I needed it. I had no idea what to expect and it’s been challenging, scary, exciting, fun and I dare say life-changing. And I will be back.” Jay W (October 2015)
“I love Heal for Life and am so grateful it exists. I feel Heal for Life has saved my life …. again. I’m very grateful for my experiences here.” Lisa H (July 2015)
“It saved my life literally. I hoped it would and it worked, so thank you all so much.” Meg T (July 2015)
“Words cannot describe the gratitude I am feeling to have been given the gift of healing. I can only describe the week here as “magical”, like a fairytale. Witnessing my true self emerge from all the lies and false beliefs felt like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. I know 100% I have found my safe place. I can now sit quietly with myself and feel my feelings. I was absolutely terrified to drop my guard. The wall I built to protect my heart fell away ever so gently. The peer support volunteers at Heal for Life are my Angels.” Karen Alexander (April 2015)
I’ve never felt so incredibly safe, wanted and loved. HFL has created a beautiful environment where even the most nervous and anxious person can express themselves without fear of judgement or humiliation. I have overcome my fear of myself. Thank you. EJ Brooks (April 2015)
“Thank you, thank you all so much. I think I was losing the will to live and you have helped me see another way. You have renewed my zest for life. Corny I know but it has changed my life and opened me up to new possibilities which is really exciting.” Alison Simmons (April 2015)
“The experience is something that words cannot describe. The peace, love and serenity is something that can only be felt and experienced.” Cameron Potts (April 2015)
“I have had an immensely wonderful time this week connecting and sharing love and healing with the group. I feel I have received a very great healing in different areas of my life… Much love to all.” Kristine Steyne (April 2015)
“Each time I come I leave better than when I arrived. The ONLY place I have ever been able to heal. Now I know I can heal anywhere!” Kate Welch (April 2015)
“Thank you for another life-changing programme. Everything about this wonderful place is a blessing. It is a place of healing ordained by God so He can can draw me/send me here when He wants to move in my life for a better future. Thank you so much!” Brian (March 2015)
“omg! I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this program. You have changed my life & I will never forget you all. I will be recommending this program to all of my messed up friends 🙂 I feel AMAZING!!! Thank you. xx” Kylie (March 2015)
“Glad I came back :)” Zee (March 2015)
“It’s life changing”. Bec (March 2015)
“I really enjoyed my week here @ heal for life, in fact I didn’t want it to end, met heaps of wonderful people and can’t wait to return in July for 2 weeks, all the support team workers were amazing, and have helped me for the better so thank you very much I appreciate heaps :)” Krystal (March 2015)
“Humble prayer and faith of the size of mustard seed, the grand orchestrator truly moves mountains… Praise the Lord.” (Baby, Philippines March 2015)
“The entire program is beneficial and helpful to be healed from trauma. I suggest to have a deeper understanding on the brain and facts about the left and right brains. …..” (Yang, Philippines March 2015)
“I didn’t know I had an inner child whom I have neglected and silenced all the years. I am eager to journey with her to be a better wife, mom and friend.” (Peaches, Philippines March 2015)
“I first thought, “what I am going to do in this 5-day seminar? Surrounded by people whom I really don’t have any connection to it. “God, what was your motive for letting me enter this?”
But what I didn’t realise was that God was telling me to “speak out,” “have fun,” “be yourself.” I did, and you know, I just realised that this healing week I attended at rather this “life changing event” was worth the risk. I had fun, I never knew laughing out loud without hiding was very joyful. Encountering Heal for Life is one of the best blessings I have received.” (Pawlo, Philippines March 2015)
“I came to the Heal for Life program not really knowing what to expect, thinking that the healing aspects was truly going to be something I had to do on my own with some support If I needed any. Lo and behold, I never thought that I healed so much in so little time and that it is in my new friend & supportive group that was such actually achieve. Truly, this is a program that I would really recommend to many, if not all.” (Tec, Philippines March 2015)
“Would positively recommend this program…..Thank you to everyone, especially the Carers ….. You are all amazing. You are all a blessing!” Tomm, Philippines (March 2015)
“Heal for Life Foundation is a very highly recommended to the loved ones, relatives, friends, and my church mates that I know. I am really thankful for this healing week because it helps me more understand myself. Before I can’t even express my feelings and I can’t help myself to answer the questions, “who Am really I?” and every time I have a situation that my parents would ask me, “why are you doing this?” I really don’t know and I am very scared with them. Now that I have encountered the Heal for Life, I am very confident to say that I am secured and now I can verbalize my feelings and most especially I can do identify “who am really I, with help of my new found friend/sister my own “inner child.” I really want to thank God for allowing me to be here and for giving me the opportunity to be healed.” Niel, Philippines (March 2015)
“It seems ‘seamless’. It feels solid and secure and strong. You offer what you are. The information I was given before I came was exactly spot on. I will be back – I hope. Again Thank You” Niki (Feb 2015)
“Loved everything about the whole week, for me it was exactly what i needed to find myself again….I will be back again” Julie (Feb 2015)
“AWESOME” Kevin (Feb 2015)
“Fabulous, loved doing Lucia [Cappacione] style work in groups” Naomi (Feb 2015)
“I found the healing week to be very interesting and helpful in allowing me to reach and to some extent to feel my own emotions. Some pieces were more enjoyable and easier than others but on the whole it was a very positive experience” (Sarah Feb 2015)
….”overall the experience was awesome and most beneficial to me. Thank you to heal for life and all the carers that were involved” Jeremy (Feb 2015)
“When I or I fall down emotionally they are there to hold me safely. They made me feel they are with me.” Carlo, Philippines, January 2015
“They were all very interested in our journeys, likewise, they didn’t have second thoughts in sharing theirs. We felt equal with them.” Owen, Philippines, January 2015
“……I feel I belong to the Heal For Life family!!! Now I am home xxx. God’s timing and people were beyond my expectations!!!
I learnt to chill out!!! Breathe!!! Relax!!!! De Trigger!!! Grow within with absolute acceptance!!!
I now truly feel I can walk among those unlike myself without feeling inadequate!!! At Last … I love myself + really believe now I owe no-one else an explanation for my existence.xxx.It’s between God + me!!! I am free!!!” Michelle Henson (May 2014).
……Words cannot express how grateful I am for this wonderful experience. I feel like I am obliged by the lord to spread the word about inner healing and how important it is to nurture our inner child. Jose Luis (May 2014)
“The fact that Heal For Life is set up by survivors for survivors is the great draw card for me to come here. Further it being set on realistic Christian principles of healing for everyone without discrimination is a wonderful gift to us survivors from “Heal For Life” Thank you so much”
Matt, Northern territory (May 25-30th 2014)
“I think the team here is very very helpful and caring. I love how they have helped me understand how to deal with things I couldn’t before.”
Jasmine, Victoria (May 25-30th 2014)
“For me, the loving support of the team really made it for me. Sharing time and caring opportunity to speak my experiences out loud was the life changing part, being encouraged to “walk away” from tidying up if I wanted to was freeing and empowering.”
The facilitators met my needs and the roster was scary but it worked. Communal living helped us bond. I loved it and will be eternally grateful. THANK YOU
Louise, Victoria (May 25th – 30th 2014)
“Wow! Sometimes in life we hide behind a curtain of guilt and shame, not knowing how to handle our emotions in fear of being ridiculed or misunderstood. As a member of a great organisation for care leavers called Tuart Place in Fremantle (WA) for four years, I was approached by Dr Philippa White and asked if I would like to attend a “Heal for Life” camp at Myalup for five days.
Being a bit optimistic about it, I knew deep inside my soul that I needed to embrace this new hurdle to which I decided for my own well being, I must accept this challenge – Even at a tender age of a touch under 70 years old (you are never too old to learn)!!!
Well, to my surprise the Old Mill houses set in the South West forest was a great setting, very relaxing. The staff were beautiful people with a caring and understanding for the baggage I was carrying on my back in all my life experiences. It wasn’t easy at first opening up to a group of strangers, but I soon learnt that I wasn’t alone on my journey of recovery.
To Ruth and Anna and staff – The words of wisdom and knowledge in our workshop sessions was brilliant. Slowly exploring the dark and shameless side of my guilt and problems and putting the missing jigsaw pieces of my life together. The Heal for Life camp was truly a moving experience for myself for which I am grateful and highly recommend, and would love to attend again.
PS: And yes, I truly have found the missing little boy that I never knew about, still living within me!!!”
Errol Gough aka Ezza (2014)
“The major turning point in my life in understanding the effects of my childhood and adulthood traumas was my week with Heal for Life. I felt unconditionally loved and “heard” for the first time in my life, and I was given tools to help me through periods of triggering. I learnt I no longer deserved to be abused, and gained strength and courage to continue on my healing journey. All the carers at Heal for Life acted with integrity and were sensitive to my feelings. I now enjoy a happier healthier life as a survivor, thanks to the Heal for Life model.”
Liz Raven (2014)
“After completing my first program in 2011 in Victoria, 95% of my depression left me and I was able to commence the healing process. It has been nearly three years since undergoing my first program and it has simply been a life-changing experience for me. Before the program I was always unhappy, sad, very depressed, constantly suicidal and had no purpose or meaning to life. Now I have a new found confidence that I have taken to my new career and to other aspects of my life. While revisiting traumas from childhood can be painful, they can also allow you to gain everlasting peace and happiness if you can work through them. As the saying goes: ‘Short-term pain for long-term gain’!”
“I had a traumatic event way back when I was 14 and carried all that unconscious pain for 50 years. Only Heal for Life did what several hopeless counsellors failed to do. Heal for Life are WONDERFUL. I never ever want to hear a word against them. They are thoroughly professional and they are caring and beautiful people. Liz Mullinar has started something truly exceptional.”
Roma Taylor (2014)
“I attended a Heal for Life week in 2006 after a lifetime of emotional turmoil from a childhood of severe physical abuse. I had struggled with alcohol abuse and daily episodes of fear, guilt and anger. The week produced a number of very positive outcomes for me. Firstly, I knew I was not alone in my suffering and survival: this was very comforting and affirming. Then I understood that “It wasn’t my fault and should never have happened to me”: from this I gained a deep sense of relief and release. I also learned a number of skills for dealing with the emotional patterns I had developed. But most of all, something deep down had shifted and a transformation had occurred: I was no longer as fearful, especially of angry people, and since then I’ve rarely had cause to self-medicate with alcohol.”
Michael Sherwood, Canberra (2014)
“One of the things that impacted me the most on the first healing week I attended approximately 3 years ago was such immense relief in the realisation that I was not alone in what I had experienced in my childhood. The breaking through the experience of isolation I had lived with till that point was life changing and continues to be. I felt so deeply understood and acknowledged, grateful, and positively surprised that here was a community of loving, safe people who knew how to help me. To this day I am deeply grateful and remain in touch and involved with the Heal for Life community. It is my privilege to give this testimony and with it the hope that others may find the understanding and healing they need.”
Kristina Coombes, aged 38, musician and teacher (2014)
“Before Heal For Life I was half alive. I suffered from horrific nightmares and I had difficulty feeling any emotion. Going there allowed me feel safe for the first time in my life. It was huge!!! Finally I could cry, and deal with fear that I had carried for decades. I found my strength and courage and most importantly my joy. I became real, a whole person again, the person I was born to be, and I stopped feeling abnormal. It was ok to make mistakes and learn again. The relief I felt at breaking the silence on what had happened to me as a kid and giving the shame back to the perpetrators was indescribable. I realised that no matter what had happened to me, underneath all the pain, I was still absolutely ok and in tact. Being with other people on the same path as me in a safe and loving environment was paramount. The whole week was about safety – a human right that I had been denied as a child.
For me the benefits of Heal For Life are long lasting. I now know I am part of this world where my voice makes a difference. For the first time in my life I have permanent stable employment and I am able to work as part of a team. I have also embraced my musical talents and become a part time professional musician.
My courage and joy became greater than my fear.”
Kathy , (2014)
“The week that I spent at Heal for Life was so empowering. It has enabled me to think of my life differently and to understand that as a person I am worthwhile. These things I have struggled with during my life even to the point I was self-harming and experienced suicidal thoughts quite regularly.
Heal for Life provided a caring nurturing environment to grow and understand myself. Some of the most wonderful memories that I enjoyed were reflections and the beautiful chapel – what an amazing, healing, peaceful building (I wished I could have brought the chapel home with me).
I would really love to be able to come back for another week as I feel I have reached that part of my journey. Without “Heal for Life” I may not be here today.
Isabella Clark, Queensland (2014)
“The Heal for Life program was Life changing for me. The abuse I experienced as a young woman traumatised me so much that I was unable to have relationships with men. I had no trust in myself or men.
I am getting married at the end of the month. To the love of my Life. This would not have been possible before HFL. I am very grateful.”
DK, France (2014)
“My name is Dave and I am a survivor, I went to Heal for Life as it was something recommended for various members of my family. Having come from child hood trauma and marrying someone who suffered from child hood trauma who in turn had children from a previous relationship who also suffered from trauma it was something of interest to me.
My initial motive was wrong… I was going for my family not for myself. That said I found benefit for myself and my family.
I can be slow to put my trust in things and somewhat skeptical. I almost never believe a story solely on one source as I know there is always 2 sides to any story. I doubted the full healing power of ‘Heal for Life’. I did believe it would have something to offer over and above what I already knew.
As I went through the various workshops I told a facilitator in private of a problem I had with a particular body part and even mention of that part. I could not even watch adds on TV that highlighted that part of the body. I had put it down to some idiosyncrasy with no known cause. My facilitator said, “childhood trauma”. I said, “sure” somewhat sarcastically. She suggested I consider looking into it more at the next workshop. Back of my mind …. ‘sure’, still sarcastically.
To my absolute surprise I got to the bottom of it. There was a cause that I had in no way associated with it. I could not look at a belly button, no one could get within 6 foot of mine. Now my kids can stick their fingers in my belly button and other than being ticklish I don’t have an issue. Prior to ‘Heal for Life’ even thinking or typing the word ‘belly button’ or ‘navel’ would send shivers down my spine, make feel squeamish, I would hold my tummy and instantly feel nauseated.
This pales into insignificance on the scale of issues that might be addressed, but, from a skeptic, this is proof to me that there’s something to the program and it can have real tangible results.
In my time there I neither saw or experienced anything that might result in anything that was ultimately negative.
To this day I am still trying to urge some of family to attend as I firmly believe it can help them deal with their trauma. I regularly recommend it to others I meet.”
“I am very grateful for Heal for Life’s existence. My experience during each of my healing weeks (2) was profound, transformative and enduring. I gained insight in a safe, loving, radically beautiful environment. Years of received professional Counselling was encapsulated in a nutshell for me. In the week’s constructive, gentle program the “penny dropped” and I returned home equipped with keys to apply for life – a life that continually heals, purposed for freedom and compassion for self and others.”
Tanya Whiteside, Fiji (2014)
“Heal for Life has given me a voice, permission to express my truth and feel my feeling self in a safe place, space and to connect with other people just like me in the world the more time I connect with heal for life the more I feel confident within my life to heal. It’s not easy, it takes courage to stand up and face the darkness of abuse. I feel this opportunity is possible when there is a community that is willing to give of themselves to help people like me. Heal for Life also continues gives me the opportunity to give to others which truly makes my heart feel like I’m worthy. That’s a priceless experience when you’re a survivor from trauma.
I’m so grateful for Heal for Life.”
Allison Bonne (2014)
“Heal for Life and Mayumarri was like a piece of heaven on earth, for people whose life was a constant inner torment. The week spent there is still vividly present in my memories, the process through which we had to undergo to discover our inner self was a life changing moment for me. The facilitators were all tuned in into the work that was to be done, there was no uneasiness present, no questions to answer, no judgements were cast upon anyone, as we were all in the same train, the healing train. Till now I have adopted meditation in my life, to pursue my healing journey and its only thanks to the facilitators that I got to know of how essential this instrument is not only to heal but to be a good human being and to be in touch with the real things of life. Not to content myself with the shallowness of lies and be a truth seeker instead. Liz Mullinar’s organisation is setting people back on track, those people who are and still is emotionally handicapped through atrocious abuse that they’ve been subject to. By doing so she is hugely contributing into a healthy society with balanced human beings who are beaming with positive and constructive energy. For Liz Mullinar and all the staff forming part of Heal For Life, let’s give them a huge big up and help them through these hardships that there going through, in order for them to come out even stronger as an organisation from these unfortunate events.”
Amit Bholah (2014)
“Thank you for an amazing and rewarding week. I worried that this experience would not be my own as I have had family and friends attend HFL many times before – this was not the case and my experience was unique to me, made possible by great carers and facilitators and healthy respect for boundaries. Loved coming on Christian healing week – this reaffirmed my faith in God and in me.”
Beck M (2014)
“When it was first suggested to me that I attend a Healing Week I was rather apprehensive. And especially so when someone I knew expressed doubts as to the professionalism of the organisation. I spoke to several people, and with the support of my Counsellor I attended. It was a truly amazing week and I have since been back to two more Healing Weeks. I found that the facilitators were very well qualified and experienced and sensitive as they conducted the program. The volunteers were also well equipped for their support role. It was a hard week as it was intense and painful to deal with the deep issues. For me it was important that before I went I had talked through a lot with my Counsellor, and after the week had more debriefing sessions to continue working on issues that had been raised and addressed at the Healing Week but were still “works in progress”. I was also very much helped by being together with other guests who had also experienced trauma. It was supportive to be with them and we formed supportive friendships. At all times I felt really safe while I was there. After Healing Week, the Forum on the internet was also a way to continue connecting and listening and to be heard. The Healing Weeks have been a big part of my Healing journey. I am so thankful for them as I continue to heal and grow and become more whole in myself and in my relationships.”
Helen, in full time ordained Christian Ministry
“I just want to let you know that in September 2002 “Mayumarri” saved my life. It was life changing for me. I was able to continue up to Queensland the following week and told my auntie about the sexual abuse regarding my father. When I returned home to Victoria I applied and was granted approval to change my christian and surname. Another good outcome was that I applied to study the Diploma of Community Services/Welfare Study. I did three years of study although I have not finished it, it does not matter because I was able to study and train with “Mayumarri” in 2007. Life is bliss now as I continue my healing journey with the tools that I received from Mayumarri/Heal For Life. I would like to thank GOD that I attended in 2002.”
Laura, Victoria (2014)
“I undertook the Heal for Life Centre’s one week residential 3 years ago. I found the facility was run by well meaning facilitators who were highly skilled in supporting me as a Catholic Institution abuse survivor. The Heal for life Centre’s program helped me understand my individual situation more fully and many other individuals that were on the 7 day course that had suffered child abuse in other ways not similar to mine. Through the unique platform this program offered, I and others healed by simply coming into contact with other child abuse survivors. The program was well structured to indicated and practically display through facilitation that safety and trust was its main foundation. What a gift! Through this program I found that my personal boundaries (as with many child abuse victims) need often times to be re-established with outside assistance in programs such as these and through counselling. I came away from this program feeling kinder to myself and have some new tools to assist me in living a fuller richer life in all aspects. Thank you to your Team.”
John Saunders, Author: ‘Sexual Abuse Survivors Handbook’
“As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse I know how devastating such experiences are in a person’s life. My story includes fifteen years of bulimia, a nervous breakdown, two years in a psychiatric centre, several serious suicide attempts and a broken marriage. In more recent years as a counsellor and whilst pastoring three different churches, I have met a lot of broken people. To have Heal for Life Foundation to both continue my own healing journey and to refer others to, is like having heaven on our doorstep. The gentle, balanced, compassionate way wounded people are embraced and lovingly supported in their journey to wholeness is, I believe, without equal. This is a safe place where beautiful things happen. I am so glad to have discovered this organisation.”
Rev Pamela Pearson
“As I continue on my healing journey I am incredibly thankful to Heal for Life which has saved my life.
Instead of pain, grief, confusion, loneliness, shame, sadness, darkness, blackness, fear, anxiety and depression
I now know and live with peace, acceptance,happiness, wonder, joy, purpose, belonging, commitment, delight, butterfly moments and an astounding appreciation of nature.
More than anything I know who I am, understand who I am, believe and trust who I am and I can finally love me, my family and my friends.
I am truly thankful to Heal for Life for assisting and supporting me in my journey from a survivor of sexual abuse as a young child to a happy responsible adult who wakes up every morning wanting to embrace each new day and all it has to offer.
Thank you Heal for Life and may you continue to offer Healing Weeks to help fellow survivors on their healing journey.
Keep up your wonderful work.”
Anna, Western Australia (2014)
“I have been lost in a world of chaos and misery my entire life courtesy of an abusive upbringing. Throughout my entire adult life I have sought out the services of many mental health professionals in a bid to relieve myself of the terrible pain I have endured. It would ultimately become obvious that no matter what type of certificate these professionals had hanging on their wall, they were either as lost as I was – or had no understanding of what I’ve been through due to having experienced no childhood abuse themselves. I live in Melbourne and flew to Newcastle for my first healing week in October 2013. I say with hand on heart that it is the first experience I have had where the people ‘get it’. I will attend further healing weeks to continue my healing. My advice to you, if you have been living a life of pain like I have, is to do the healing week”
Scott Briggs (2014)
“Heal for life has been exceptionally helpful in my recovery. The week I spent at the retreat in the Hunter Valley was transformational.
At Heal for Life I learnt how to integrate my trauma and de-trigger my anxiety. The format of the program was exceptional. The peer support volunteers were kind, supportive, professional, stable people who genuinely cared. The atmosphere was nurturing, informative, respectful and allowing. I believe the program need to be expanded so as to benefit more people in our society who are at the mercy of their trauma.
Since Heal For Life I have enrolled in university to study law, with the aim of acting within the area of social justice. The confidence and contentment I now experience in my daily life is remarkably significant and I am certain that my recovery is powerful and ongoing. I have consequently recommended the program to other friends in need of healing and they have gone through the program and have had a remarkable recoveries as well.”
Lucy Donnellan (2014)
“Heal For Life has given me many answers and skills to help me to live in a healthy, adult state. It’s not about reliving my life. It’s about addressing issues that come up and dealing with those issues themselves and not just the emotional symptoms on the surface, or using unhealthy strategies in life to cope, for example, throwing myself into work and neglecting a balanced lifestyle. It’s taught me how to de-trigger from an emotional state, how to find out what that stems from and what to do to deal with the issue in a healthy and safe way. This has given me a clearer mind and the ability to manage my life in a much healthier way than I have done in the past. I highly recommend the Healing Week. I have done several weeks and learnt many new things each time.”
Susan, Central Coast (2014)
“The heal for life experience is what is says ‘ Heals you for the rest of your life’. I know there are many people in the world looking for help through their doctors. The doctors will give out prescription medication for many mental health issues. This is clearly a huge medical error. The answer is ‘Heal for Life’. If you are suffering from childhood trauma, contact Heal for Life to do their program. It will change your life. I have done the heal for life program. Heal for life helps you deal with your triggers and allows you to free your emotions without restricting and inhibiting your emotions. You relax and share your experience with others whom have had similar experience. The group settings are very supportive and the carers are excellent in attending to your physical, mental and emotional needs. If you think you don’t have any problems but you are aware you have experienced trauma in you life, heal for life will give you the tools. The majority of the time when we have come out of trauma we are unconscious until we deal with these emotions, after this process we become conscious (aware) of our thought patterns. When I became conscious of why I make decisions that are not good choices, after doing the heal for life program everything in my life became easier to resolve because I dealt with my trauma. If you choose to do the heal for life programs you will live a happy and healthy life. If you wait and hold back, you will suffer for longer and time is running out. The quicker you join Heal for life, the more benefit you will get out of life. Please be in it today for a holistic life. Enjoy your journey and take care of number one.”
Naimea Jacobs (2014)
“I am proud to say that I have attended a healing week a Heal For Life. Heal For Life gave me a new chance, the chance to start again for MYSELF. I can now live life without having the damage caused by people in my childhood, control my adulthood and my decisions in life’s journey. I am now strong, confident and ready to take on new challenges. I would encourage anyone to attend a healing week, I was afraid of the unknown before I went, but now I know it was worth the fear to receive freedom from the abuse that never left.”
Wanda Matthews (2014)
“I wanted to share with you the profound sense of peace that I achieved during my time with Heal for Life, a peace that I have carried with me ever since. I do not say this lightly, as I have lost count of how much therapy I have done to bring healing to myself. What I achieved in my time with you was an acceptance of myself as ‘good enough’ just as I am, and a rare feeling of community with others who have suffered. I was deeply moved, too, by the deep healing that I witnessed in those around me, most of whom had never participated in any healing program before. I still bring to mind the beautiful grounds where I stayed, whenever I need to find some inner strength. And the little fluffy rabbit that I took home with me still sits beside my bed, as a reminder to me every day of my time with you. I look forward to returning again one day. Thank you.”
…….”This week gave me a healing shift that I have been searching for 20 years. Now I understand why I made the bad decisions I made, the future is free of fear! Bring on the future! I am amazed that a program so simple can have such a profound impact. I have been completely transformed and changed for life. Heaviness, fear and shame were my constant companions … but they are gone … gone because they have been dealt with at the point of origin. It seems impossible but, incredibly, it’s true. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Jason Blaiklock (Feb 2014)
…..”This week I’ve found to be life-changing! From the team members I have taken in a little inspiration from each and every one! For the first time in a long time I feel comfortable and safe.”
Tiarnar Tavita (Feb 2014)
…….”Thank you Heal For Life! ….For breathing new life into me and helping me to realise some of my childhood dreams which I know will make my adult life much happier.”
Tamarin Ellin (Feb 2014)
…….”Thank you for an amazing and rewarding week. I worried that this experience would not be my own as I have had family and friends attend HFL many times before – this was not the case and my experience was unique to me, made possible by great carers and facilitators and healthy respect for boundaries. Loved coming on Christian healing week – this reaffirmed my faith in God and in me.”
Beck M (Feb 2014)
Feedback received February 2014
…….”My name is Rose and I was a guest at heal for life April 2013. I came out of this programme a stronger and better person. I am able to cope with life’s daily pressures through the de triggering I was taught. The facilitator and carers were amazing. I strongly recommend the programme for any person struggling with abuse/abandonment of any form.”
Rose (attended healing week in April 2013)
“During 2011 I visited Heal for Life’s one‐week program after a recommendation from a social worker. She had had such positive feedback from a client that had visited there. I was skeptical but willing to try anything. I would like to share my story and testimony to the benefits I gained. I was born in 1950’s and since my abuse in my early teens I had struggled with dysfunction and suicide. Throughout my life I had stays in psychiatric wards and endless counselling but nothing changed. I couldn’t effectively work, study or maintain satisfactory relationships.
For the first time in my life this pattern changed due to my stay at Heal for Life. The experience felt nothing short of miraculous. It validated my feelings and behaviour that I had lived with since my early childhood abuse. I was given understanding, support and education . Not only from the facilitators and carers but also from other victims of abuse in my group. For the first time in my life I felt connected and loved.
I left there feeling transformed. I was given strategies with which to continue my healing such as a list of tools to utilise when I was triggered and follow up phone and email support. I was also given a list of psychologists that others had used and recommended. In addition I was encouraged to report the abuse to the police and file a Victim’s Compensation claim. I did both and was amazed how well I was received and the feeling of closure that followed.
Some months later I under went a relapse and decided to return for a second visit to Heal for Life following phone guidance from Liz Mullinar. I had not paid for my first weeks healing, nor could I afford to on my next visit. Liz’s concern was for my welfare and on both occasions she waved the fees.
Heal for Life changed my life. My healing journey commenced there. I am emotionally stronger and so much more capable to deal with any difficulties that come my way. I give thanks and never miss an opportunity to praise them and give recommendation to others.”
…….”The Heal For Life week quite literally saved my life! I was under the care of my GP and a Psychiatrist and still experiencing dreadful, overwhelming suicidal thoughts. On a particularly bad night I saw their Ad on television and called the next day. The woman I spoke to on the phone was fantastic and got me into the very next Healing week!
The week for me was very personal and their techniques touched me at my very core. The Carers were wonderful, all the healing sessions were delivered with great integrity and our personal insights were always kept private and confidential! I came home from that week with a will to live and to find myself a much better Psychologist as I now knew from my past trauma what still needed to be dealt with.
I absolutely recommend Heal for Life to all those people who have had past trauma (known or suspected). It will change your life and set you on the road to a full recovery and a fulfilled life”
…….”After completing my first program in 2011 in Victoria, 95% of my depression left me and I was able to commence the healing process. It has been nearly three years since undergoing my first program and it has simply been a life-changing experience for me. Before the program I was always unhappy, sad, very depressed, constantly suicidal and had no purpose or meaning to life. Now I have a new found confidence that I have taken to my new career and to other aspects of my life. While revisiting traumas from childhood can be painful, they can also allow you to gain everlasting peace and happiness if you can work through them. As the saying goes: ‘Short-term pain for long-term gain’!”
….. You were there for me when I was in a deep dark place. I was suffering from depression, a marriage breakdown, struggling with my own childhood abuse and the abuse from my husband. I was alone trying to deal with a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, anxiety and behaviours. I had three young children and tried to take my own life. That first eighteen months were horrible.
It was my friends who found you at the Heal for Life and organised my time with you after being discharged from hospital. No one else wanted to help. Today I am still single , have a great job and have managed to raise my three children on my own without family support. I am in a great place where I am comfortable with whom I am and accept our experiences teach us what is important.
I am important to myself..And I am grateful that I am here to share my life. I am open about my abuse, it is apart of my life, but it does not define me… Last week I became a grand mother for the first time. I would not have been able to have experienced this, if this facility was not here.”
…….“As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse I know how devastating such experiences are in a person’s life. My story includes fifteen years of bulimia, a nervous breakdown, two years in a psychiatric centre, several serious suicide attempts and a broken marriage. In more recent years as a counsellor and whilst pastoring three different churches, I have met a lot of broken people. To have Heal for Life Foundation to both continue my own healing journey and to refer others to, is like having heaven on our doorstep. The gentle, balanced, compassionate way wounded people are embraced and lovingly supported in their journey to wholeness is, I believe, without equal. This is a safe place where beautiful things happen. I am so glad to have discovered this organisation.”
Rev Pamela Pearson
…….”A friend on mine had told me about a retreat that focused on inner child healing, at first I thought it was going to be some Hollywood style resort for the rich and famous. But i promised my friend that I would pick up the phone and at least give them a call.
What could I lose by doing that?
My internal reaction to my friends request was that there were people out there much worse off than me.
When I spoke to the person on the phone from “heal for life” i expressed the same sentiment….. that “I wasn’t that bad compared to other people out there!”
I’m not sure who i spoke to that day, but it felt like i was taking to an old friend who understood what i was talking about.
i soon understood that there are no requirements to what we have gone through on our journey to get to this point, and that i was as worthy as the next person looking for a better life, wanting to feel pure joy again.
When I arrived on the Sunday afternoon to start the healing week I knew that I was in the right place. The land that this place exists on had been blessed and healed by the local aboriginal elders, and that alone made me feel comfortable and safe.
I felt that I was finally in a safe place to embark on my journey of healing my inner child.
At the end of the week not only did I feel like I was able to have that joyous inner glow, that my inner child had been looking to renew, I felt that I had expanded my understanding of so many things, that my inner child no longer wanted to be the victim, that my inner child was very strong and had learnt the hard way on how to be a survivor, and that my inner child was ready to be whole again and thrive in every challenge in the future.
I look at the process as an expansion of my heart, mind and soul. A returning of the inner glow that had dimmed over the journey past, a glow that felt more amazing than anything I can compare to….. maybe the biggest wave I had surfed in challenging mother nature. But maybe the biggest wave I had surfed was feeling that I was worthy enough to be helped on this journey too. To be amongst a small group of people on a journey on inner love, not money or power or control, just made the journey much more special and pure.”
Patrick, Age 39
…….”I attended a Heal for Life week in 2006 after a lifetime of emotional turmoil from a childhood of severe physical abuse. I had struggled with alcohol abuse and daily episodes of fear, guilt and anger. The week produced a number of very positive outcomes for me. Firstly, I knew I was not alone in my suffering and survival: this was very comforting and affirming. Then I understood that “It wasn’t my fault and should never have happened to me”: from this I gained a deep sense of relief and release. I also learned a number of skills for dealing with the emotional patterns I had developed. But most of all, something deep down had shifted and a transformation had occurred: I was no longer as fearful, especially of angry people, and since then I’ve rarely had cause to self-medicate with alcohol.”
…….”The Heal for Life program was Life changing for me. The abuse I expérienced as à young woman traumatised me so much that I was unable to have relationships with men. I had no trust in myself or men.
I am getting married at the end of the month. To the lové of my Life. This would not have been possible before HFL. I am very grateful.”
……. “The Heal for life Centre’s one week residential I undertook 3 years ago. I found the facility was run by well meaning facilitators who were highly skilled in supporting me as a Catholic Institution abuse survivor. The Heal for life Centre’s programme helped me understand my individual situation more fully and many other individuals that were on the 7 day course that had suffered child abuse in other ways not similar to mine. Through the unique platform this programme offered, I and others healed by simply coming into contact with other child abuse survivors. The programme was well structured to indicated and practically display through facilitation that safety and trust was its main foundation. What a gift! Through this programme I found that my personal boundaries (as with many child abuse victims) need often times to be re-established with outside assistance in programmes such as these and through counselling. I came away from this programme feeling kinder to myself and have some new tools to assist me in living a fuller richer life in all aspects. Thank you to your Team.
John Saunders. Author, Sexual Abuse Survivors Handbook.”
…….As I continue on my healing journey I am incredibly thankful to Heal for Life which has saved my life.
Instead of pain, grief, confusion, loneliness, shame, sadness, darkness, blackness, fear, anxiety and depression
I now know and live with peace, acceptance,happiness, wonder, joy, purpose, belonging, commitment, delight, butterfly moments and an astounding appreciation of nature. More than anything I know who I am, understand who I am, believe and trust who I am and I can finally love me, my family and my friends.
I am truly thankful to Heal for Life for assisting and supporting me in my journey from a survivor of sexual abuse as a young child to a happy responsible adult who wakes up every morning wanting to embrace each new day and all it has to offer.
Thank you Heal for Life and may you continue to offer Healing Weeks to help fellow survivors on their healing journey. Keep up your wonderful work.
Anna (February 2014)
“…….I’ve been for two healing weeks at heal for life and found both helped me take huge strides in recovering from my abuse. The breakthrough for me was realising there were other people who had been through the same things I had and I was not alone. Secondly, it really helped me to begin to change my long held belief that what had happened was my fault. It is a continuous journey of recovery but after the weeks at heal for life I no longer felt alone in that journey.”
Anne, business woman
“…….I have been lost in a world of chaos and misery my entire life courtesy of an abusive upbringing. Throughout my entire adult life I have sought out the services of many mental health professionals in a bid to relieve myself of the terrible pain I have endured. It would ultimately become obvious that no matter what type of certificate these professionals had hanging on their wall, they were either as lost as I was – or had no understanding of what I’ve been through due to having experienced no childhood abuse themselves. I live in Melbourne and flew to Newcastle for my first healing week in October 2013. I say with hand on heart that it is the first experience I have had where the people ‘get it’. I will attend further healing weeks to continue my healing. My advice to you, if you have been living a life of pain like I have, is to do the healing week.”
“……. Mayumurri at the time of both my healings truly saved my life and blessed my soul from the harsh destructive life I was living after 14 years of sexual abuse!”
Rebecca (February 2014)
“…..Before heal for life , i was just drifting . Neither dead and yet not really alive . Faced with eating disorders, high anxiety, sleepness nights, nightmares, suicidal tendencies, reckless behaviour, drug addictions, worthlessness and simply no direction. No sense of identity and never been heard. My life was just mere existence for my kids but consisted of the constant struggle of staying when I really didn’t want to be alive. Life was just a duty for my family, love was just a word people used to benefit for themselves and I had no essence . My inner spirit was dying . Luckily at 41 I found Heal for life. I attended a few healing weeks, learnt self empowerment. I was heard , I wasn’t alone and I was a survivor that deserved to enjoy life . I learnt about my triggers, I learnt about my feelings,I was loved and I was capable of loving. It was hard work, I faced issues I had buried deliberately, I was out of my comfort zone at times but my spirit was free from the inner walls I had built for myself. I learnt about boundaries, I learnt how to love others, I allowed myself to feel . I became real and starting living my life.
It was the greatest achievement in my life only wish i had found it sooner. My marriage became stronger, my children met their real mum, I felt alive and was glad to be so. Now I have a direction, I travel the world looking after the needy in missions and hospitals , i sleep well at nights and feel whole . Its ok for me to say No and i am no longer restricted by my childhood abuse issues . I am always a survivor of child abuse but i am no longer a victim caused by others
I have no apprehension in recommending heal for life. Its life changing and empowering. It’s safe and it’s loving. It’s the reason I am here today.”
Jane (February 2014)
……”After 40 years of mental and emotional ill health following a childhood of trauma, I finally came across Heal for Life. I’d tried every healing modality available, spiritual/psychological/physical/emotional but nothing had worked. Heal for Life was a turn-around time for me. The environment was safe, warm and friendly. I saw for the first time how trauma affects the physicality of the brain and saw again for the first time, how it was possible to heal myself on a physically mental level. Again, for the first time, I saw myself as a sane and happy person waiting to happen. By the time I went to Heal for Life, I’d had six breakdowns and was consistently suicidal since age 16. I had a mental health diagnosis of Dissociative Disorder which played havoc with my life. This is now a part of my life I enjoy and manage really well. Responding to life from a place of a traumatised child had brought more trauma into my life and it was plain that this pattern was to continue. Since Heal for Life, the pattern has dissolved. There has been more wellness and happiness in the 18 months since completing a week at Heal for Life than in the previous 54 years combined. I have four daughters, all moving into adulthood. I’ve encouraged each one to be a guest of this incredible programme. I have referred a few friends onto Heal for Life and they too have had huge breakthroughs in their lives. Personally, I think this programme should be part of first year high school for every student, it should be part of every Rehabilitation Programme and each mental health facility. I can think of nothing else that would have such a positive impact on traumatised people – no matter what their gender orientation, spiritual path or past experiences.”
Sunflower, Mullumbimby NSW (2014)
…….”I wanted to share with you the profound sense of peace that I achieved during my time with Heal for Life, a peace that I have carried with me ever since. I do not say this lightly, as I have lost count of how much therapy I have done to bring healing to myself. What I achieved in my time with you was an acceptance of myself as ‘good enough’ just as I am, and a rare feeling of community with others who have suffered. I was deeply moved, too, by the deep healing that I witnessed in those around me, most of whom had never participated in any healing program before. I still bring to mind the beautiful grounds where I stayed, whenever I need to find some inner strength. And the little fluffy rabbit that I took home with me still sits beside my bed, as a reminder to me every day of my time with you. I look forward to returning again one day. Thank you.”
…….”I had a traumatic event way back when I was 14 and carried all that unconscious pain for 50 years. Only Heal for Life did what several hopeless counsellors failed to do. Heal for Life are WONDERFUL. I never ever want to hear a word against them. They are thoroughly professional and they are caring and beautiful people. Liz Mullinar has started something truly exceptional.”
…….”I stayed at Mayumarri(HFL) and completed a healing week in 2004. I found this experience to be so powerful, rewarding and it really helped me to forgive but obviously not forget. I didn’t want to hold onto the negative emotions anymore and this week enabled me to let go. I would recommend it to anyone and in fact I have recommended it to my psychiatrist in the hope it may help others. Meeting the other survivors during this week helped me feel like I wasnt alone in the world with these intense feelings. Doing the art therapy classes assisted me in my healing journey also. Thank you to all the people who facilitated it and to the survivors who opened themselves up to me and shared their story while I was there. Thank you Mayumarri!!”
…….”During my 5 day healing programme at heal for life I was greeted with a team of committed carers ( survivors themselves) with dignity and grace . The Team provided me with love and a safe environment. A place were I could focus on myself , I gained confidence and was empowered , something I had never experienced since my abuse some 30 years previously. I can know aspire to love myself and genuinely believe my abuse was not MY FAULT . I have gracefully moved forward and grown from this experience since my healing at heal for life thank you.”
…….”After thirty years of really great doctors and therapists, medications, even six ECT treatments, I finally found Heal for Life. In five days they treated my Heart not my mind, and i have since found a life of joy and peace. The most important five days of my life, I have a life now and in my heart and mind, I know I’m valuable in this world. Thank you Liz and all the wonderful people who helped save my life and so many others.”
…….”When I came I was nervous and unsure, very sad, broken and lonely. It was hard & scary at the start but from Wednesday Party Day onwards I have been laughing non-stop with my fellow journeyers, spontaneously at anything and everything. I am so grateful.”
Debby Kennedy (January 2014)
…… “I came to Heal For Life in distress, wounded, and in despair; I didn’t know if it would be possible (or if) to ever feel ‘normal in life’ – to feel healed, to feel resolved, relief . to naturally feel anything other than pain, sadness and depression. But from the moment I contacted HFL I sensed caring, compassion and a soft place to land. (I couldn’t comprehend this before). But 5 days later I feel light, love, laughter, joy, release – and relief. I’m connected and can’t even remember how those sad feelings felt such a short time ago. I am grateful and can enjoy life. Thank you, thank you, thank you – I love this place!”
Viv Barrington (January 2014)
GUESTS FEEDBACK FROM 2013
…….If someone had told me that my life could change so much in just 5 days by talking and listening I would have said ‘b……t’. My wife discovered this program on the internet while I was in rehab, after another relapse due to underlying issues that were not addressed when I first challenged my addictions in 2010. 25 years of abuse and drugs/alcohol spiraled out of control after my 10 y.o. son passed away. This, coupled with childhood trauma, addiction and failing mental and physical health forced me into a world of isolation and darkness which very nearly killed me. That all changed in 2013 when I came to HFL and confronted my greatest fear (triggering details omitted). I am now able to live rather than just exist, thanks to this place. I will never forget my star here.
Adam (November 2013)
“When I came I was nervous and unsure, very sad, broken and lonely. It was hard & scary at the start but from Wednesday Party Day onwards I have been laughing non-stop with my fellow journeyers, spontaneously at anything and everything. I am so grateful.”
“I came to Heal For Life in distress, wounded, and in despair; I didn’t know if it would be possible (or if) to ever feel ‘normal in life’ – to feel healed, to feel resolved, relief, . to naturally feel anything other than pain, sadness and depression. But from the moment I contacted HFL I sensed caring, compassion and a soft place to land. (I couldn’t comprehend this before). But 5 days later I feel light, love, laughter, joy, release – and relief. I’m connected and can’t even remember how those sad feelings felt such a short time ago. I am grateful and can enjoy life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“A very great team (of carers), such a good composition of skills and personalities; I felt they were very experienced.”
“At first I was very anxious, nervous; I wanted to run straight away. That quickly passed thanks to the support and friendly staff. It has been so freeing, knowing that I am in a safe place to be honest and open with feelings I have always stuffed down. At no point did I feel judged. There was nothing I could say that shocked or upset the carers. It was scary but healing to be in touch with the real me again. I am so thankful for this place.”
“Amazing, relaxing, so good for my soul and my inner family. Thank you so much.”
“Heal For Life is a life-changing and transforming experience. Exceptionally gentle, supportive, nurturing program to make that start to change one’s life. Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the program to connect with the inner child, learn about oneself, learn acceptance and to let go – a totally phenomenal experience founded on love, compassion, community and empowerment. A truly wonderful and awesome experience.”
Wow! I have done a lot of “healing stuff” over the years and this is the most beneficial program I have attended by far. Thank you so much.
I loved the empowerment of deciding what my inner child wanted to do when the feelings that came up. That was different from any other process I had done. I think that sets Heal For Life apart from other courses.
If someone had told me that my life could change so much in just 5 days by talking and listening I would have said ‘b……t’. My wife discovered this program on the internet while I was in rehab, after another relapse due to underlying issues that were not addressed when I first challenged my addictions in 2010. 25 years of abuse and drugs/alcohol spiralled out of control after my 10 y.o. son passed away. This, coupled with childhood trauma, addiction and failing mental and physical health forced me into a world of isolation and darkness which very nearly killed me. That all changed in 2013 when I came to HFL and confronted my greatest fear (triggering details omitted). I am now able to live rather than just exist, thanks to this place. I will never forget my star here.
The thought that has gone into this program, the wisdom, the compassion is evident from day one. The freedom of being safe has allowed us to heal. We no longer have to live with the shame which was never ours, to begin to wither. Forever grateful.
…..I have completed 2 healing weeks with Heal for life.
I know they make a difference.I know they help and I know they heal and bring about transformation.
It is not always easy It is not always comfortable but if you heed the call your life will change.
If you are seeking help,if you are looking to do something…anything then do this.
Commit to this week and watch your life change,flourish and unfold.
Be brave ,be bold and take a step forward.
... Thank you so much for a wonderful week of caring support. This has helped me learn new skills to support my ongoing wellbeing and allow me to heal from a past of feeling worthless and invisible whilst pretending all is well… This has affected my children’s life as well as my own and I’m hoping my awareness and strategies gained at Heal for Life will flow onto them and allow for healthy relationships and happy grandchildren…
… This unbelievable experience at Heal for Life has been very rewarding… The compassion and patience that was shown to us and for us was incredible. Their aim was to show us the way to heal and access the tools they have shown us to use… I will come back for more healing again as I feel comfortable enough in this facility and trust in the caring, healing volunteers. Thank you.
… I feel I had a massive breakthrough this week in my healing. Although I’ve done a lot of work over the years to heal, I still had pain that controlled me from my abuse. I know that I have still a lot of things to deal with in my pain and healing, however this week has brought a new revelation of a new beginning with the teaching of the tools to use… I was treated with respect and love. My feelings were validated and my pain was released. I was allowed to be me for the first time in my life. I have a great depth of gratitude for Heal for Life and a memory of a new beginning to take home with me…
What can I say? Never in all my life have I experienced such love from other people. I have tried many, many things over the years – courses, books, counsellors, groups… always hoping that it would help me. I guess it did as it led me to Heal for Life where I feel that a great healing has taken place. Something has shifted in me that has given me the most peace I have ever felt. I have a way to go but I am no longer daunted by it… I will fully recommend this week to other sufferers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
… I am so grateful to Heal for Life… I have spent most of my adult life doing therapy but the shell surrounding my trauma was still intact and HFL helped smash the shell open and really heal some of the trauma… HFL abounds with compassion and love and healing.
… This week has been absolutely amazing… The program was well organised with a great balance of teaching, healing and free time. I had no idea what to expect but am more than impressed. I realise I still have a long way to go and I plan to come back again, but I feel like I am better equipped to face my daily life and am hopeful that I can truly heal and overcome and recover from the abuses of my past…
… This has been the most valuable experience and was summed up beautifully by one of the ladies, “I have been in therapy for 20 years and coming here has been the only time that has helped with dealing with the pain”. Five days here provides the tools and support guest need to heal themselves. What a journey to witness so much healing in such a short space of time… For me personally, this has been a remarkable experience and I can honestly say I have taken away tools to continue on my journey and truly make sense of my experiences…. Totally transformed…
… The workshops were great, labour of love great and there’s choice. Reflections beneficial with ample rest time. I enjoyed completing tasks with the group e.g. kitchen dinner prep, wash up, etc… heal for Life has places/activities where we can express those feelings…
… My week her is something I have been unable to experience anywhere else. I am grateful to the fact that I feel able to heal and connect with myself and the people around me. This has occurred because of the structure of the program – one survivor helping another.
… The healing week was astonishingly good!
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