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Personal  Retreats

Is a personal retreat for me? 


Joy is a highly-sensitive empath, and through her own experience of finding group retreats a little overwhelming and distracting from her own healing at times, she has created an alternative that offers the kind of experience she herself desired. This kind of setting is perfect for people in a similar position. This could be for you if at least one of these things resonate with you:

  • You find it hard to relax when other peoples processes and needs initiate a 'care-giving' response. 

  • You are self-conscious and find it hard to explore creativity in a group setting, preferring the privacy to nurture those early steps in voice or music or creativity. 

  • You are a highly sensitive person and want support to work with your system to utilise this gift. 

  • You desire an experience with more personal attention. Perhaps you suffered from childhood neglect and would like to honour yourself by receiving undivided nurturance and care.

  • You have guidance or inspiration for the kind of content you wish to receive at a healing retreat, that is not on offer elsewhere. This is fully customisable, so can be flexible enough to accommodate unusual combinations. 

  • You have suffered narcissistic abuse and are unsure who to trust when it comes to working with practitioners. Joy has a high level of awareness around this and can facilitate with recovery.

  • You want to attend a retreat without having to sit through a lot of things you don't need or already know - preferring to hone in on the areas that you specifically need to focus on. 

  • You want to fill in gaps in your emotional education or process emotions that you find difficult to access in group scenarios, but also find difficult to access alone. The one-on-one context with an empathic supporter is ideal for this work.

  • You want to discuss spirituality in a way that focusing on your specific concerns and questions, and to learn practices that support your needs exactly. 

  • You relate to some aspect of Joy's healing journey and want to work with her to achieve similar results,  or are attracted by some particular modalities, ideas, instruments, or ways of working available through Joy at Healing Space.

  • Something calls you to participate in this retreat. It might be that the reason this is right for you isn't clear, but it can be felt into during the retreat so there is no need to know in advance! If this does resonate in some way, trust your intuition and get in touch! 

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About your retreat...


Your retreat will be designed just for you! Whether your goal is for total relaxation and rejuvenation, creative inspiration, or deeply held healing in an immersive container, Joy will be on hand and attuned to your energy and needs, putting love and attention into curating each detail, while holding space for your retreat under spirit guidance.

  • Delicious home-cooked food to fit your dietary requirements or a clean eating detox or juice-fast.

  • Private room with King Size oak 4-poster.

  • Total flexibility - no other guests but you, and the schedule can flow to suit you.

  • Choose a "restful" package, which includes 3+ sessions per day, plus time for reflection, for your self-practice, for reading the healing literature here, for taking luxurious baths.

  • Choose an "intensive" package, which includes longer sessions / more sessions per day. This means less time to yourself, but much more personal attention and the chance to make the most of your time. 

  • Short walk to the river and nature sanctuary, and backing onto a forest, for nature walks.

  • Super accessible Bristol location with plenty of free parking.

We will dive into whatever healing will be most helpful for you.


Each day of your stay will include therapies or experiences, orchestrated to allow for progressive deepening and healing on all levels, designed to meet your intentions.

Sometimes I will offer retreats working closely with only myself, and where appropriate I arrange sessions with one of a small number of trusted expert practitioners I have worked with closely for several years or more, in other areas of specialism, so that I can offer a broader programme without compromising on quality.


This is a co-creation, so if you prefer to work only with me, or to have a number of practitioners teamed up to create the healing you need, you can input your preferences every step of the way.  


Therapies and experiences could include:

  • One-to-one Body Sessions (massage, yoga, chi gung, dance, conscious embodiment, trauma release)

  • Healing Sessions (Internal Family Systems therapy, hypnotherapy, energy healing, sound healing, theta healing, emotional process work)

  • Creativity Sessions (musicality, voice, creative opening, art)

  • Ceremonies (White and Black despachos, Fire ceremony, Cacao ceremony, Guayusa ceremony, enquire for more)

  • Coaching, Manifestation, Empowerment, Vision boarding


I’m excited to co-create this retreat & support your transformation!


You can mention if any of these offerings are exciting to you, and also enquire about things you may not see here.

Contact me today to enquire and request a consultation to discuss if, and how this can serve your healing needs. 


Practitioners available to book as part of your inclusive retreat:

I have only selected to collaborate with practitioners who have demonstrated total integrity and who align with my values. Each of the practitioners I have chosen to work with myself because of their world-class skills and expertise.


I am very sensitive and therefore also quite particular about who I work with, so my recommendation is heartfelt and thorough!


I would trust each of them with even the most delicate situation and subtle need, and I feel blessed that they are also excited to contribute to the goals of these retreats and support guests at Healing Space.

Joy Lovesey is an empath who will attune to your energy to support every step of your retreat. She offers sessions in energy and shamanic healing, crystal healing, hypnotherapy, emotional process work, creativity, musicality/voice work, creativity, play, and inner child work. She intuitively and skilfully facilitates the healing through the retreat. With a PhD in philosophy, she also loves to discuss spirituality with those who are open-minded and curious to instil deeper under and inner-standing, and to empower people to reach their own truth, self-healing powers, and spiritual connection.


Tatanka White Ohitika has over 20 years of professional experience as a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and extensive experience as shamanic healer and Priestess of Avalon. Underlying these skills is a direct channel with spirit gained as the result of a deep spiritual awakening to non-duality, making her energy potent for creating miraculous healing. Tatanka is recommended for deep healings and sacred ceremonies, (including for narcissistic abuse, rape, trauma, and serious disease) and can include aftercare for therapeutic integration when appropriate. Tatanka is also Joy’s professional supervisor.

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Tristan Starling is a musician, healer, and shamanic bodywork practitioner (including Thai massage and other forms of intuitive massage, including soas release). He has impeccable integrity and skill, has a finely honed intuition and expert knowledge of the body and energy system. This allows him to work on all levels of being at once, opening, relaxing, and aligning the body, while simultaneously working on an energy level, often moving between modalities with fluidity to create the deepest healing possible. He is also recommended for gong sessions and sound-healing.

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The personal retreat helped me break through the walls that was blocking me from living and experiencing life in a positive, more peaceful and harmonious way

"In all honesty for this review and coming from someone who has never done anything like this before, I initially had a lot of uncertainties about doing the personal retreat. However, it really helped me keeping an open mind and being receptive to new ideas and practices. Joy had instantly put me at ease with her warmth and welcome from the moment we met. Her healing space - from the actual healing room to the beautiful garden - is abundant with positive and calming energy which is exactly what I needed to begin my journey of recovery and healing. The two-hour thai yoga massage with Tristan with the gong in the end was luxurious. His mastery of it changed my view on thai massage and I felt rejuvenated afterwards. I felt like the gong was the perfect finish and my body responded to the sound in a way I never expected - a pleasant tingling from my ears to my head to my toes and I felt that I was one with every part of me.  Joy has so much knowledge and wisdom on many areas, and she has the gift of connecting at a deeper level that it really helped bring everything together. She dealt not only with the signs and symptoms of my issues but down to its core that I didn't even consciously know existed or was aware of. All the sessions we did I found very helpful. I benefited mostly from the anger release, self love and healing sessions. I was anxious about facing my personal demons to say the least, not knowing if it will work or if I will be successful in the end, and I was! With Joy's help and guidance, I was able to achieve what I came here to do. And it was such a release! Such a moment of clarity, calm and relief. A massive relief! The heavy burden I've been carrying on my shoulders for so long - all my life - is lifted and finally I am free. All in all the whole experience as invaluable. I'm very glad I came to the personal retreat and it helped me break through the walls that was blocking me from living and experiencing life in a positive, more peaceful and harmonious way and for that I am forever grateful to Joy and everyone else at the healing space. It's an ongoing process of healing and I have begun it in the perfect possible way."

Vanessa (Nurse)

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Email me with your goal for a personal retreat, and receive your free, no obligation consultation...

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