Deep Emotional Healing Retreat Fall 2017

Excavate & Express Your Authentic Self.

October 28-29, 2017. Register by October 1.

Unresolved emotional wounds decrease your ability to create fulfilling relationships, a meaningful career, and contribute to dis-ease, anxiety and depression. But the good news is, you can heal. This small semi-private group consists of 4-7 people. Register early to reserve your seat.

Who Should Attend? Adults: singles and couples are welcome in this retreat.

Lake Chatuge. Photo by Benita Esposito

Location: My home overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Chatuge, bordered by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Young Harris, GA. Two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga and Asheville.

What Makes This Retreat So Powerful?

This retreat is a safe place for you to dive deep into emotional healing so you can experience major transformation in a compressed time.

Private counseling sessions of 55 minutes don’t allow for this kind of deep healing.  Here, you have an entire weekend to explore emotional material, peel away layer after layer, allowing your Authentic Self to shine brightly. You will benefit from my 4 decades of professional counseling expertise, but the most powerful healer is the Holy Spirit.

This is the perfect place to resolve emotional wounds and the limiting patterns that were set up because of them. This is sometimes called “shadow work.” When the clouds vanish, the sun naturally shines through.


happy-couple2Married: Are you frustrated with conflicts that emotionally trigger you, and then you act in ways you wish you hadn’t? Learn how to cultivate emotional intimacy and secure bonding.

beautiful womanSingles: Are you aware that unresolved emotional wounds from the past thwart your ability to attract a healthy mate? If you are dating, this is a wonderful forum for you both to learn emotional intimacy skills. Prepare yourself for a flourishing relationship.

Do you have a  strained relationship with a child or parent?  Learn how to remain true to your Authentic Self and set healthy boundaries for self-care while building healthy relationships. Communicate in ways that help everyone feel safe: safe to open, explore, and grow.

SELF-AWARENESS: Do limiting thoughts and “monkey-mind chatter” generate anxiety? Do you suspect that unresolved emotional wounds from your family of origin may be sabotaging your relationships? Examples are: physical or sexual abuse, emotional or verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional neglect or emotional detachment. Do you suspect that unhealed wounds may be contributing to ill health, obesity, damaged relationships or limits to your career?  Do you procrastinate to avoid conflicts?

I will help you examine your patterns, become more self-aware, and heal emotional wounds so you can be set free. Before you can create flourishing relationships, you must know your Authentic Self. Paradoxically, this means that you must accept yourself right where you are, even as you grow and change.

ForestPath GRT free MorguefileCAREER: Do you want to create a meaningful career that reflects your true Authentic Self? Do you sense the creative reservoir within, but you don’t fully express your gifts in the world? I’ll help you excavate the wisdom that already lies within you so you can shine as your Authentic Self in your career.

HEALTH, WORK-LIFE BALANCE: Do you find yourself working too much so you don’t have enough time for your family or “me” time? Do you experience physical illness or pain? Do you sense there might be an emotional, spiritual or lifestyle component that needs to be resolved? When you heal the psycho-spiritual root, many times pain lessens or disappears. Your body feels safe to unwind and relax. Your body heals faster. I’ll help you uncover the core cause of the dis-ease and experience God’s healing grace.

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Photo by Benita A Esposito

SPIRITUALITY: Do you feel called to your next step of spiritual growth? Is divine discontentment knocking at your door? Experience the sweetness of spiritual intimacy nestled in unconditional love. Allow this love to grow in you, as you.

The Promise of the Retreat

Lift your relationships, career, health and spirituality to a whole new level.

Experience rigorous yet gentle leadership tailored to your unique learning style. Receive insights so compelling that you naturally flow into effective action instead of getting bogged down in self-defeating patterns. Allow God’s love to flood you, heal you and release wave after wave of creativity. Bask in the sweetness of spiritual intimacy, drawing ever closer to God, our source of rich and deep healing. Enjoy accelerated healing in the beauty of our mountain lake.

fall-great-unsplash-free-photo-1414788101029-46aec67101ca-180x180Retreat Activities. You will complete a questionnaire three weeks before the retreat telling me exactly what you want to create in your life. I will design processes to meet your specific needs. The agenda remains fluid throughout the retreat so that we optimize results for everyone.

There will be several types of experiential learning formats to facilitate your deep transformation:

(1) I will coach you while the group learns vicariously. Group members learn more than they ever thought possible by observing someone else being coached. We have Q&A sessions to answer all your questions.

(2) Several people with similar issues will participate in a transformational process simultaneously.

(3) We will have at least one long Breathwork session. Breathwork is my most effective tool for generating deep spiritual-psychological-emotional-physical transformation.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please read these pages before enrolling. Breathwork is an intense transformational process, and that’s why it is important that you read the following posts before enrolling in the retreat.

Read this description of Breathwork.

Read these client stories on Breathwork.

Read this Breathwork Q&A discussion.

(4) Short lectures, written exercises, hand-outs, movement to music, mindfulness, deep breathing, relaxation, body-awareness activities, and didactic conversations.

FAQs – What is it like to attend a Deep Emotional Healing Retreat?

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Tallulah Gorge by Benita Esposito

Saturday and Sunday

Arrive at 9:00-9:15am *

Group 9:30am – 12:30pm

Break  12:30 – 2:30pm

Group  2:30 – 5:30pm

Saturday evening: group dinner

Please be flexible on the ending time to accommodate the needs of the group.

We will take one long break during the afternoon to walk at the Lake, meditate, nap or deepen friendships. It’s your choice.

This semi-private retreat consists of 4-7 people. If we have 4 people, we will meet five hours on Sunday, instead of six hours.

If you are allergic to cats, please bring appropriate medication, and let me know so I can keep my cat in the garage.

Note: Every retreat is different and is designed to meet the needs of the specific participants. Some people attend retreats for several years, deepening their growth, and renewing friendships with other participants.


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Facilitator: Benita A. Esposito, MA, LPC

Benita is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Christian Healer with four decades experience. I respect your beliefs, including all spiritual paths that advocate love and respect for life.

View the list of hotels and restaurants.

Book your hotel early. Space fills up quickly because of the beautiful Fall leaf season in the mountains.


Last night while soaking in the hot tub, I had a mental slideshow of past retreats and how transformative they’ve been for me.  For many years there’s been a deep ache inside of me because my father didn’t affirm me. This unresolved pain caused great difficulty with my romantic relationships. During the breathwork session at the last retreat, while I was in a dreamy state, I appeared as a radiant bride and my Dad finally gave me the adoration I have wanted all my life. Now six months later, I still feel the love that was planted in me during that retreat. What a priceless journey, worth more than gold!  – T.H, Entrepreneur

Sunset. Photo by Benita Esposito

“By working with Benita Esposito over the last eight years in one-on-one and in group settings, I have deeply explored the outer reaches of consciousness, and the inner depths of my body-mind-soul-emotions. Via strong empathetic connection with me, Benita has intuitively guided me and coached me through issues so I can create healthy personal and business relationships. I benefit most from group retreats where there is a mixture of people’s energies. The extended time to work on things is crucial to digging deep and making major changes, while the beautiful Nature settings give me the soothing arena I need to process the experiences. Jump at the chance to be involved in a retreat as often as possible – that is my recommendation. If a retreat doesn’t suit you, choose another format. It is an honor and a privilege to have Benita as the co-creator of my true destiny and journey towards my Authentic Self.”  ~ L.S., Software Engineer

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“As we closed the retreat, I felt, probably for the first time in my life, a deep grief that I would be leaving a group of people, and a deep desire to continue to be a part of your lives, and have each of you be a part of mine. This is one of the gifts you have all given me this past weekend. My path in life has been a solitary one, and I mostly liked it that way, but at the same time I felt lonely, isolated, and different. I never before realized how much I wanted to share myself with others, and to share their path and their experience.” E.W., Software Development Consultant

“My cheek muscles have been sore since I returned from the retreat. Could this be from smiling so much that it hurts? I have to say, when I left the retreat I had some good gut wrenching cries of loss and now…. wow, I do believe that joy is here. I am walking around singing, laughing, and just having fun with myself.  I want to spread this around to everyone.”- M.F., Technical Trainer

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Sunrise Photo by Benita Esposito

“I just wanted to thank you again for hosting such a wonderful and inspirational weekend retreat. I continued to ride the wave all the way home! As I reflected on one of the weekend’s more intense moments I found myself crying tears of despair, but they were instantaneously transformed into tears of joy as I instinctively felt comfort from the Divine. Thanks to your guidance, I now know how to access the healing, the answers, the wisdom and the love.” ~B.M., Computer Programmer

“I had never really even entertained the idea of doing a retreat. Scared me to death. This time I had some help coaxing me to go, but I knew I would do it anyway. Once my spirit decided it was the place to be, then it was so powerful that I had to surrender. So far it’s been one life changing experience after another. Right now I am flying. Can you tell? I mean high! I feel like running up this path barefooted if I have to. What an amazing life I have!” – V.S., Psychotherapist

Prerequisite:  New clients must have at least 3 private sessions. This can be in-person, on the phone or video-conference. Retreats are intense, so I need to make sure you are prepared. Please inquire about the fee for these private sessions. Contact me.

Please register by October 1. Success Starts Here FlashBuddy Morguefile Free

Tuition and Saturday night dinner: $525.00

Meals and lodging are on your own.

Contact me before you register to receive payment instructions.

Reserve your seat now. This small intimate retreat consists of 4-7 people. To apply, send me an email from the Contact page.


Refund Policy

• 30 or more days before the retreat, there will be a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.

• No refunds 0 – 29 days before the retreat, but you may apply your fee to private sessions or another retreat within 1 year, minus a $50 fee.


“When you polish your facet of the diamond, the whole diamond glows more brilliantly.” ~ Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

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