Auckland Retreat: Continuing to create a sanctuary for shame and shadow – date to be confirmed

A psycho-educational and experiential retreat for therapists and spiritual directors

Presented by Karen Lorimer and Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell

This retreat is a follow-up from the workshops presented earlier in the year, giving a longer opportunity to delve more deeply into understanding and healing the shame/shadow subtly embedded in our psyches.

The retreat will be co-led by Ruth and Karen in the beautiful setting of Vaughan Park

Please note: Attendance at this event is based on the pre-requisite of having attended the Workshop.

About the presenters:

Karen Lorimer is a therapist and spiritual director. Her special interest is in working with chronic and core shame associated with relational trauma and attachment injuries. Participation in the Internal Family Systems online circle and continuity programme provided Karen the long awaited opportunity to integrate into her practice, this strength-based, constraint model that supports us to connect with our inner wisdom to facilitate the integration of shadow aspects of self hidden and contained by shame. Karen’s other training interests include narrative therapy, the neurobiological legacy of trauma, and psychotherapeutic modalities of attachment, mind-body, sensorimotor, shame and compassion focused therapies. Karen lives in Auckland. She has four adult daughters and two grandchildren

Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell has a PhD in Counselling Psychology, is a counsellor, trainer and clinical supervisor, who has trained and worked in the UK, Canada and New Zealand, and grew up in the Amazon region of Brazil. Her areas of interest include attachment-based counselling, neuro psychotherapy, working with partners of sex addicts and betrayal trauma, as well as parent consulting on emotional and behavioural issues related to attachment dynamics in children. She trained with Dr Gordon Neufeld in Vancouver in the Developmental Attachment paradigm. She has lectured in England, New Zealand and Australia and is a popular conference speaker and workshop presenter. She lives in Auckland with her two a

Cancellation Policy:

Registration closes one month prior to event. In the case that not enough participants have registered then the organizer reserves the right to cancel the event and offer a full refund to those already registered.

If the participant cancels with one month notice then a full refund is offered (minus a $25 admin fee); with 3 weeks notice then a 50% refund is offered; with 2 weeks notice a 25% refund is offered. With less than one week notice, no refund will be given.



08 Aug 2019


18:00 - 16:00


Single Occupancy $431+GST, Double Occupancy $422+GST


Vaughan Park Retreat
Vaughan Park Retreat


Ruth Lawson-McConnell
Ruth Lawson-McConnell
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