My Residential

I am a recovering alcoholic and addict. I have been sober for two years and four months. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I lost my husband exactly two years ago, when he took his own life. I found the fellowship, then I was introduced to Write to Freedom by a very special lady, Ali.  Write to Freedom isn’t about the 12-step program but the spiritual awareness or awakening in nature, to love and appreciate the beautiful things around. Things I had hated before. I too was in a very dark place. I was intrigued about what would happen on the residential, I asked questions, but it was all very mysterious, which obviously intrigued me more… It was far beyond my wildest dreams. To have gone on a spiritual journey, an awakening inside my heart.

It was a time to let go and breathe again. To find peace and gratitude in a magical experience up on the moors. At dusk, there I was looking up at the sky and saying the words I needed to find release and there was the moon above me! Incredible, magical and beautiful (I instantly thought of my husband Lyle). The power of a spiritual moment shared with friends I had met two days earlier and friends I had known only for a year… they were spiritual beings guiding me to my release of pain and suffering. I thank you all for your warmth, encouragement, love and support. You let me trust in you and have faith in you and I am truly happy that it was a safe place to let go and cry… just a little… more is yet to come.

I am stronger now than ever before and it’s OK to be where I am because there’s no rules to this. I think it’s my time to do this.

I left with gratitude and fulfilment, knowing of a beautiful place that I can come back to for future experiences and for learning and growth. The amazing tribe of Write to Freedom have guided me on another step into my journey that has given me purpose and hope again.

I am grateful that you had the time and compassion to share your skills and knowledge to a stranger like me and to have left as a friend and tribal warrior.

I gave you my insecurities and uncertainty and left being a part of a tribe, a tribe of love and compassion. In the fellowship I had to surrender my will and my life to the care of God and have found peace and spiritual awareness. I surrendered my walls and nervousness and found another journey of self-discovery and spiritual connection through nature and it’s been the most awakening journey I could have ever taken.

- Emma
Recovery Tribes Residential, March 2018