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H E A R T  A N D  S O U L  A C A D E M Y  B F R B  R E T R E A T

September 13th - 17th | Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado

"Bringing science and spirit together in support of long-term recovery"


The Heart & Soul Academy Annual BFRB Retreat is a full experiential program. Whether you are a picker, a puller, a biter, an adult, a teenager, child, or a parent, we teach how to transform your relationship to these problems, find healing, and help you learn more effective ways of navigating life with a BFRB vulnerability. The Retreat’s unique process is a powerful distillation drawn from 23 years of Retreat experience with thousands of attendees, helping to identify what is most helpful to attendees of all ages.

The gift of attending the Retreat is the opportunity to spend time with some of the most compassionate and knowledgeable BFRB treatment providers in the world, for several days of intense workshops, discussions, and practices, at a steeply discounted rate compared with seeing these providers individually (average hourly fee is $200 +). Simultaneously, you will be connecting with others who are struggling with similar issues in a safe and supportive environment that prepares you to become more firmly grounded on the road to a strong recovery!

L O C A T I O N  &  W O R K S H O P S

This year's Retreat is being held at Sunrise Ranch, a 350 acre sustainable organic farm and Retreat Center located outside Loveland, CO in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Registration covers 4 nights of shared accommodations, all meals, and attendance at 17+ experiential-based workshops:

  • Mindfulness-Based Impulse Reduction Strategies for Skin Picking & Hair Pulling
  • Building a Personalized Cognitive Behavioral Recovery
  • Roadmap using ComB* (the Comprehensive Behavioral Model
    of Treatment for Picking and Pulling)
  • 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
  • Building Your BFRB Toolbox
  • Mindfulness Meditation, Centering Prayer, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, EFT, and much more...

Along with enjoying the magnificent natural setting, participants can also enjoy the hiking trails, meditation rooms, practicing yoga, roasting marshmallows for s’mores around the nightly bonfires, relaxing in the sauna, hot tub, or swimming in the outdoor pool.


Our presenters represent a truly magnificent array of skills and perspectives, ranging from world-renowned leading BFRB treatment providers and researchers, to individuals with many years of recovery from pulling and picking. ALL of our presenters have graciously volunteered their time and expertise simply because we asked them.

This group of exceptional people truly understand the need for better access to useful, therapeutic education as there are still so few solid resources available today. With their combined knowledge, wide range of experience, and deep compassion for others, they bring great skill, perspectives, and humor to those struggling with BRFBs as well as their loved ones.

  • Christina Pearson | Founder of Heart & Soul Academy and TLC
  • Charles Mansueto, Ph.D.
  • Joan Kaylor, Ph.D., M.S.Ed., L.P.C., DCEP
  • Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C
  • Renae Reinardy, Psy.D
  • Annette Pasternak, Ph.D.
  • Merrill Black, LCSW
  • Ruth Golomb, LCPC
  • Christy Garner, Ph.D.
  • Noah Weintraub, PsyD
  • Nancy Brandeis
  • ...and more!


"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

https://hasacademy.org/annual-retreat  |  info@hasacademy.org   |  970 - 644 -5333

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