The Heart and Soul Academy's Annual BFRB Retreat

July 19th - 22nd, 2018 in Loveland, Colorado

“The BFRB Retreat process has evolved beautifully over 24 years. First as a TLC event and now as a Heart & Soul Academy event; 
blending science and spirit together in support of long-term recovery.” 
-Christina Pearson

Learn. Transform. Heal.

The Heart & Soul Academy Annual BFRB is a full experiential program. Whether you are a picker, a puller, a biter, a parent, or a partner, come and transform your relationship to these problems! Find healing, understanding, and discover more effective ways of navigating life. This year’s unique process is a powerful distillation drawn from 24 years of Retreat experience in what is most helpful for attendees of all ages.

Attendees have the rare opportunity to spend relaxed, interpersonal time interacting with - and learning from - some of the world’s most knowledgeable & compassionate BFRB expert treatment providers and workshop facilitators. Together with other attendees, come together and spend in-depth, focused time learning from the best, and practicing with each other!

Join us and experience how to transform behaviorally, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually, with the goal of stepping into "your own shoes," and becoming fully yourself!

Workshops will cover a wide range of topics, all developed to support authentic, long-term recovery. Here are some examples:

  • How to Build a Personalized Cognitive Behavioral Recovery Roadmap using ComB*
  • Mindfulness Based Impulse Reduction Strategies for Skin Picking & Hair Pulling (separate sessions)
  • Sharing our Stories to Heal
  • The Shedding of Shame
  • Parenting Skills for a child with BFRBs
  • Biology of BFRBs: Current Knowledge
  • Addressing the Whole Person for Teens
  • Building a Better BFRB Toolbox for Kids
  • Mindfulness Meditation, Centering Prayer, Restorative Yoga, and more!

The gift of addressing  these disorders, while working with  experiencedtreatment providers and session facilitators, in a safe a safe and supportive environment prepares attendees to be more firmly grounded on the road to a strong recovery.

For ages 8 · 88, with full Programs for children, teens, adults, parents, and select professionals, the Retreat Is a powerful recovery stepping stone for those seeking relief, tools, strategie,s and life-long friends.

Your Retreat Registration includes:

  • 11 full meals – starting with Dinner Thursday, 9/19/2018 at 6:00 pm MT and ending with Breakfast on Sunday, July 22, 2018.
  • 15 or more experiential workshops
  • 3 nights accommodation ( registration choices – i.e. residential, camping, day participation… )
  • Full access to retreat site and services (pool, sauna, fee-based massage, etc.)

Please join us for this transformative and life changing event!

Designed for people struggling with hair pulling skin picking, and other BFRB-related behaviors, as well as their loved ones, the Annual Retreat offers participants the rare opportunity to:

  • Learn from - and spend time with - some of the world’s most knowledgeable, compassionate, and open-minded treatment providers and workshop facilitators in the field of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs).

  • Engage in 15+ experiential workshops, with topics ranging from Mindful Awareness Training and the Comprehensive Behavioral Model for BFRBs, to sessions on Creative Anxiety Reduction, Sacred Aspects of the BFRB Journey, BFRBs and Sensory Processing,  Conscious Self-Care, Your Beautiful Brain, and Energetic Sessions in Reiki and EFT Tapping Techniques!

  • Strengthen your awareness ‘muscle’ and understand how to truly connect with your body through Yoga, better diet, and mindful exercise, and your whole being through Mindfulness Meditation, Centering Prayer, and other contemplative practices.  Start developing the roadmap for recovery that works on every level for you in your life -  today!

  • Gain new perspectives on the day-to-day healing process; connect and share with others who truly understand how it feels to live with and recover from BFRBs.

  • Enjoy hiking, swimming, karaoke all in the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains!

  • Specialized programs for Adults, Teens, Children, Parents, Partners, and Significant Others.

Payment Plans and Partial Scholarships
We understand that finances can be a challenge for some and therefore we will gladly offer payment plans as well as a handful of partial scholarships. If you would like to learn more about these options, please contact Christina Pearson at

Retreat Cancellation Policy
Retreat registrations may be canceled any time prior to June 30, 2018 and receive a 50% refund minus $35 for processing fees. No refunds for any reason will be given after the date of July 1st, 2018 as we need to prepay many facility fees. Thank you for your understanding.

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To support those who may not otherwise be able to attend, we will be offering payment plans and partial scholarships.

Contact us at 970- 697-9677 to get your questions answered!

Welcome to the 2018 Annual BFRB Retreat!

The 2018 Annual BFRB Retreat is scheduled for July 19 - 22, 2018 and  will again be held at Sunrise Ranch.  Sunrise Ranch is a 350-acre ranch and sustainable organic farm at the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, near Loveland, Colorado. The picturesque and peaceful setting, with hiking trails and tons of wildlife, and located less than 90 minutes away from Denver International Airport, is perfect for the Annual BFRB Retreat! 

Along with opportunities to take in the magnificent natural setting, retreatants can enjoy hiking the trails, sitting around the fire pit at night, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, relaxing in the sauna or hot tub, and swimming in the pool (weather permitting). And, of course, there will be karaoke, an integral part of the Annual BFRB Retreat!

Clean and comfortable accommodations are located just a short walk from the dining hall, meeting spaces, and hiking trails. Guest spaces include double and triple rooms, all of which offer European-style shared baths. All bed and bath linens are provided. There are also a limited number of camping spaces available near the accommodations building. Campers must bring their own tents and bedding; towels are provided.

As prior Retreat attendees will attest, the communal living arrangements at the Retreat are one of its highlights. By sharing space with others who also live with BFRBs, you have the unique opportunity to form friendships at a deep level, while also challenging yourself to step outside your normal routines. In the event that all onsite rooms are booked, some participants may be offered an offsite lodging option.

Since 1945, Sunrise Ranch has followed organic farming methods to create a wide variety of food resources. The property is currently home to permaculture gardens, grass-fed beef, sheep, and pasture-raised poultry and egg. The Ranch takes a holistic, integrated approach to farm-to-table management for the purpose of sustaining the biodiversity of the landscape; enriching the soil, growing nutritious vegetables, and giving high-welfare care to its animals. Food that is not produced on the Ranch is sourced from conscientious local growers and farmers.

Sunrise Ranch offers both meat and vegetarian options, and can also provide vegan, wheat-free, and dairy-free diets when requested at least two weeks in advance. Desserts are provided a few times each week. Soda and other sugary drinks are not offered. However, coffee, a variety of teas, and 2-3 juices are always available. Your registration fee includes all meals, and daily snacks.

PLEASE do NOT contact Sunrise Ranch to make dietary arrangements. ALL diet-related requests must go through the Heart & Soul Academy staff to be included in your registration records. If we cannot make personal accommodation for your specific food needs or allergies, please be prepared to bring with you whatever it is that you will need. There are a couple of communal refrigerators that we will have access to for any items requiring refrigeration.

Please do NOT contact Sunrise for Retreat information or registration, as all this will be through the Academy. For more questions, call 970-697-9677 or click the button below.

Register for this Life Changing Event!

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Helpful Info:

July in Colorado is a beautiful colorful time, filled with both sunshine and rain.  

  • During our time there temperatures may vary between a low of 55 degrees at night to a high during the day in the upper 80’s-lower 90's.
  • Please make sure to be prepared for both sun and rain, and check the Loveland, Colorado area weather forecast before packing at home for the retreat. Bring layers, things that you can put on and take off. We have found that it is better to be warmer and be able to shed a layer than to be too cold! Sunrise Ranch has air conditioning in all meeting rooms, and fans and swamp-coolers in sleeping areas. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must. The workshops will be located either outside (in the shade) or in several different buildings on the grounds and you will often walk on unpaved roads to get from one place to another. Comfort and practicality is what you want to consider, and traveling light for your own convenience. 
  • Please DO bring a bathing suit (even if you are sure you won’t swim) as the heated pool and indoor sauna will be available.
  •  Although bedding is supplied for all who are staying in the dorm style cabins, you may wish to bring a pillow case or perhaps even your favorite pillow!                                                                                                                                                                                                    


If you are flying, the nearest Airport is Denver International, and we recommend Green Ride shuttle service for those who do not want to rent a vehicle. 

If you are flying, you will want to book your round trip ticket into Denver International Airport.

  • Please book your arrival flight to land in Denver on July 19th  prior to 3:pm MST.  If your flight lands early, you will need to entertain yourself before making your way out to Sunrise Ranch where Retreat Check-In starts at 2:00pm. We suggest getting some lunch, or if you have time even see some of the area attractions. 
  • We recommend using GREEN RIDE SHUTTLE SERVICE to book your round-trip ride from the airport to Sunrise Ranch and back again.  Time your rides to arrive at Sunrise after 2:pm on Thursday, and to eave the Ranch between 9:am -10:30am on Sunday. 
  • For your departure flight, please book your home-bound flight after 1 pm MST to insure that you arrive back at the airport in time. 
  • The address of Sunrise Ranch is 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland, CO 80538.

Note: We always recommend you check road conditions before leaving so you can prepare accordingly. You can visit for up-to-date information. If you run into any problems while commuting to the retreat, please call and let us know what’s happening at (970) 697-9677.

Are you ready to change your life?


Join Your Family of Heart at the Annual BFRB Retreat!


"Attending the BFRB Retreat was one of the best choices I have ever made. It is hard to describe the experience of being surrounded by people who already know the secret you try so hard to hide from the world. It creates a bond that seems to go immediately to true friendship, even though you have just met. If that would have been the only thing would have taken away from the retreat, it would have been worth it. But the 4-day event also had a full schedule of sessions that were a unique opportunity to learn and grow and be supported. It was amazing to hear from some of the top professionals in the BFRB Community in such a small and intimate environment. I left the weekend with a new group of friends, a new support system, and a feeling of community and hope I had been longing for, for so many, many years – I cannot recommend it enough.”

Amay- a 2015 Retreat Participant


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