A Retreat For Alienated Mothers – Somerset UK – June 2018

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Building on our support for alienated parents, we are launching our alienated mothers retreats this summer in Somerset, England.  In addition, we will also be running this retreat for mothers in California and in Australia in 2018 (more information to come on those soon).

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The location is in Somerset approximately one mile from Taunton in a peaceful valley.  Taunton can easily be reached on the Great Western Railway Line and via Cross Country Trains. The retreat is set in two luxury converted barns with two heated pools and plenty of open space to relax in.  We will have a creativity and wellbeing session during day two, gentle yoga and other exercise sessions, guided meditation and time for relaxing in between therapeutic work together. Part of the retreat will be devoted to your own personal situation and consultations with Karen and Nick Woodall on planning and strategising.

There are limited places for this retreat to ensure that we keep it intimate, warm and  closely supportive.

A deposit of £199 plus VAT is required to secure your place and payment plans of between 3 and 6 months are available.   Final payments for the retreat are due by June 8th 2018.

Bookings can be made for our Somerset (UK) Retreat online here.

Bookings for our Retreat in California will be open shortly.

Information about our work in Australia this year will be here soon.

We have decided to devote our retreats to alienated mothers this year because we are aware of the particular pressures that mothers feel in these circumstances.  This is not to say that fathers do not feel pressures too and we will, if there is interest, run retreats for dads in conjunction with some of the wonderful male support workers we have met on our travels.  We will also consider some mixed retreats if there is interest in us doing so.




  1. It’s a beautiful thing to include stepmom’s. Thank you. The alienation towards stepmom’s can have a lasting effect….


    1. That’s so true, Patricia – I see it every day with my partner of 9 years. Step-parents (whether married to the rejected parent or not) are, emotionally, every bit as involved in the PA drama as the biological parents, albeit playing a different ‘role’. And so key to the rejected parent living as normal and healthy a life as possible, such that they can be in the best state to parent their alienated child when the, inevitable, opportunity arises


  2. This is truely revolutionary, Karen – only someone doing this work for all the right reasons could have the vision and courage to take such a ground-breaking initiative x


  3. Oh Karen, the start date of your retreat is the day my son went to his daddy’s, 8th June 2013 5yrs ago, and it made me think it was indeed a sign! If I can possibly do it I will try to get but finances after Christmas can be scary! I will certainly do my best as at times i feel like I’m the only mammy that this has ever happened to! I have interaction with all of you online and I do appreciate it so much. However, to actually sit and physically interact with other mammy’s who have experienced this would be so helpful and I think would give me that extra strength needed! And for fear of sounding like a groupie, I’d love to meet you and the team! I hope that if unable to get you will fill us in on how it goes! My partner says because of the date I have to go……I’m not superstitious!!

    Again Karen, many thanks, how many of us you get from one day to another through your hard work and commitment!

    Frankie x


    1. Hi Frankie, just to clarify, the start date of the retreat is 11th June, the 8th June is when payments are to be complete. So that might make a difference to your thinking…..or not! If you would like to go do email me at office@familyseparationclinic.co.uk and we can discuss a payment arrangement. You will be very welcome and there will indeed be 14 other mothers there and our team and we will take great care of you all xx


      1. Thks Karen, more haste less speed as my mum used to say!!

        Don’t know where I’ll be by then! Told anybody who would listen that my son was allowed to run wild and his daddy facilitated him, just to make sure he’d never contact me!! Unfortunately his great new car caught the eye of the local police who stopped him and 3 chums and after a search of his car found drugs! My 17 year old son is now up in court at the end of the month for possession with intent to supply!!

        Not that it would make a. dam bit of difference but I’d love to contact those involved in my case and tell them but seems petty at this stage!
        Wouldn’t have found out only for my 14yr old. daughter telling me after she’d been up for a day! Daddy and paternal grandmother said she was not to tell me, I’d find out in the local. press, but God help her, she did, scared and all as she is of daddy!

        So Karen it goes on, my son’s ambition to go to university or join the police is now gone! He will have a criminal record for the rest of his life and my only hope is that with a clear record to date and his age, he won’t do jail!

        This is PA at its most dangerous!

        Frankie x


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