The Detox Retreat Team

Daniel Johnson - meditation, tai-chi, walks, therapy & coaching.

I bring the following to the retreat;

Holding the group as a general facilitator, means that I am available, both for the group, and for the individuals; to answer questions, explore possibilities, and advise where I am asked.

Every morning at 8am I lead a gentle sequence of wonderful pre tai chi exercises which gently open the body joints, connective tissues and muscles so that a natural posture is created, followed by a 20 minute non religious Meditations session, which focuses upon experiencing the simplicity of being. Many participants have taken these exercises into their daily practice.

Coaching and Life Guidance has found increased popularity due to the lives we find ourselves living. Traditionally we would have sought guidance from family but due to changing lifestyles there is often a lack of common ground. What was true for our parents' lives is no longer true for us and if it were we may find that they live a great distance from us making contact, guidance and support limited.

Many schools of Coaching are interested in Goals, Action and Success... I am interested in seeing you and working with you as you are so that you might discover your own unique nature, your own truth and your own greatness that you are already being. From this place you can begin to live a truly passionate life.

During the week, I will also run workshop sessions where we will use sharing, excersises and group enquiries to explore aspects of life that are relevant to the retreat process. For example; Exploring stress and anxiety.

Also, aside from helping make fresh juices during the week with Dao, I am on hand when it comes to the practicalities of heating, light bulbs, etc.

About Daniel

detox retreat team - Daniel

I was born in London into a turbulent dysfunctional family. As a child I was fascinated by the super-natural, nature and anything electrical. School was not good for me but despite it's horrors, I managed to maintain a sense of wonder and awe and a yearning to explore the richness of the world. As a young man I spent much time travelling and discovering an inner landscape with the guidance of some teachers along the way. I also have enjoyed exploring my vision of a better world with other people. I have begun or been a part of starting housing and building co-operatives, alternative trading systems, a school and a variety of businesses. I have 5 fantastic children, all grown-up, 3 with my first partner and 2 step-children with my wife Kate. They are a continual source of joy - their unreasonable commitment to pursuing what they love is inspiring.

I love learning new skills, so along the way I have done some academic studies with degrees in Zoology and Computer Sciences and I have acquired other skills such as Tai Chi, meditation and a variety of therapies.

I have trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) with Dr Raja Selvam - both body-based psychotherapeutic approaches that help to relieve and resolve the symptoms of chronic and extreme stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental and physical trauma-related problems. SE works by helping our nervous systems to stabilise. This then expands our capacity to be with, and get closer to, difficult physical and emotional experiences. When we can meet these parts of ourselves from a resourced place, where we are solid and grounded, then a re-negotiation can happen. The energy that was bound-up in the body is freed-up bringing with it a sense of aliveness, relaxation, and wholeness. If you want to find out more start here.

I am continuing to deepen my exploration of body-based approaches, studying the Neuro-affective Relational Model (NARM) - an approach to working with relational trauma, with Dr Larry Heller.

When I am not working at Sura, I work as a therapist in Somerset. For details see my website here. Over the past two years my wife, Kate who used to work here at Sura too, have been working with couples. We work together as a couple with couples who want to explore and uncover the potential in their relating, or who have reached a point where their paths have diverged and they want to separate in a loving and supportive way. Find out more about what we offer here:

Writing a bio is interesting - compressing my 56 years into a few paragraphs. What is revealing itself is a life-long commitment to exploration that has taken me down many nooks and crannies. I find myself with an expanding sense of calling to work with people and share some of the insights and skills I have picked up along the way. I am blessed to be supported and inspired in my journey by my spiritual teacher Adam. He reminds me to be here, now, experiencing in this moment as it arises.

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