Breakthrough at Breakthrough Retreats; Bulimia Awareness

It has recently been reported that the lovely Lily Allen has revealed that she battled with the eating disorder Bulimia, admitting that she used to make herself sick after meals.

The team at Breakthrough Retreats have taken this news very seriously as we have been dealing with this issue with some of our clients for a while now, and having recently helped a client to get over Bulimia completely with the help of our Eating Disorder Therapist.

This is not a new story to the headlines and something that some ladies (and indeed Men) and their families have to suffer with everyday.

Approximately 1-2 percent of women in the UK suffer from bulimia. Every year there are as many as 18 new cases of bulimia nervosa per 100,000 population per year and between 1 and 3 percent of young women are thought to be bulimic at any given moment in time. (Bulimia Nervosa Stastics UK, Accessed March 2011).


These are shocking, but very realistic statistics.

  • It is shocking to think that the average age of onset of bulimia is 18-19 years.
  • Bulimia affects mainly women between the ages of 16 and 40, and is most likely to begin at about 19 years of age. According to some studies, as many as 8 percent of women suffer from bulimia at some stage in their life, and it affects about 5 percent of female college students.
  • People who have close relatives with bulimia are four times more likely to develop the disease than people who do not.
  • Studies indicate that about 5 out of 10 people with bulimia are healthy 10 years after diagnosis; while 2 out of 10 still have bulimia and 3 out of 10 are partially recovered.
  • Approximately 5 percent of bulimia sufferers go on to develop anorexia nervosa.
  • Unlike anorexia, it is not usual to die from the severe health effects of bulimia.

Make yourself aware.

Do you know someone suffering from Bulimia? Give them the support they deserve today.

Love and Light,

Maureen x


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Riding the Waves of Life…

How often have you thought that you need a little help in sorting out things in your life?

Lots of people are used to joining a gym to look after their bodies however it is a shame that not so many people think about looking after their psychological wellbeing.

“Life is Easy!”

We find that from the experience we have running our company that a solution needs to be tailored to the individual, as, well, every individual is different! Whether this be through coaching, counselling, NLP, the general information given and hypnotherapy sessions, they all should be tailored to the individual for the best possible outcomes. It just works!

It has taken time and energy to master this approach as there is no out of the box solution, there is no magic pill and certainly no quick fix. We are the product of our life experiences and sometimes these experiences diminish our ability to move forward and enjoy our lives the way we are meant to.  Taking time out for ourselves to focus on our needs and solutions is essential.  Giving time to ourselves can be seen to be self indulgent but how can you possibly make anybody happy if you yourself are not happy and living life 100 per cent?

Whether it be a week by the sea in Cornwall, a few days in Hertfordshire or a weekend away at a Country House Hotel/Spa the mind needs nourishment, confidence needs restoration and self esteem (you’ve guessed it!) needs building.

Imagine taking that time out to relax the body!

You may have tried to sort out your life before with limited success but that does not mean that you cannot achieve amazing results if you try again.  There are an array of therapies that are available to achieve accelerated learning and turn people’s lives around quickly.

So, if you are stuck in your life or past experiences are holding you back or you have a phobia you would like to conquer or relationships are problematical or family dynamics a nightmare or suffering a bereavement or have an addiction or weight problem or you are lonely or know your life is not right at work or at home and want it to change – Maybe now is the time to open that mind to what is out there!

Isn’t life wonderful that you needn’t waste a minute before changing your life for the better?

“Having a heart for making a difference means that thing or someone made a difference in my heart first” (Lee Wise)

Love and Light,

Maureen x

Get Back Your Zest For Life!

Are you carrying a little extra weight around the middle?  Maybe you’ve got more than just a little weight problem – maybe it’s a rather large one and you need to get rid of the fat for health reasons.  Rest assured that you’re not alone!


Obesity in the UK is at an all-time high.  In the US, one of out of every three American’s is obese – a number that has doubled in just ten years.  This epidemic is growing out of control in other countries as well as fast food franchises open in China, Japan, Germany, and other industrialised nations.

When you are overweight, it’s a serious issue.  Carrying extra weight can make you more susceptible to heart problems, diabetes, stroke, and various types of cancer.  It can also affect your body image as well thus causing problems with your self-esteem.

You deserve to be healthier and take off some of that weight that is making you unhealthy.  But what if you’re like me and love food so you hate the idea of having to eat rice cakes and brussel sprouts or starving yourself just to help the weight come off.

We have good news for you!  You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight!

Many people associate weight loss with being hungry all the time. They’re afraid to start a weight loss plan because they want to avoid the frustrations of hunger.

And yes, a lot of times for many people they think it’s better to be overweight than to starve. I’m no exception. I really like to eat, so there’s no way I would be constantly hungry for the sake being thin. What kind of life is it if you’re always feeling hungry?

Our natural instinct tells us to eat when we are hungry. Hunger is a signal telling the body that it needs to eat. It is also a signal to the body that it is in danger, that it needs food now. Our self-preservation instinct makes us scarf down everything in sight in response to feelings of starvation.

Our body doesn’t care that we live in the modern world where food is plentiful. It acts the same as it would if we were living in a wild, having to hunt for our food. And it is not wise to go against the instinct that is designed to protect us from starvation death.

So, get ready for a surprise: you do not have to be hungry in order to lose weight. On the contrary, eating regular meals and keeping yourself full is what will actually help you stick to your healthy eating plan and reach your goals. Keeping your hunger in check will help you avoid overeating. It will also prevent you from feeling miserable, frustrated and out of control.

Diet and weight loss is big business these days.  It seems you’re always seeing and hearing ads for weight loss products that promise amazing results.  Some of them have their own meal plans, some are just small little pills that purport to burn fat, and others ask you to cut certain foods out of your diet in order to adjust the body’s metabolism.

The downside to these companies and diet plans is that they can often be expensive.  The pills you take for weight loss can contain dangerous chemicals or have a large amount of caffeine that make you jittery and feel out of control.  The positives are that they are easy to follow and provide you with support when you have questions or just need a positive uplift on the way to your goal weight.

If you want to join these programs, that’s wonderful!  But know that everything they offer you can be done all on your own.

Over the coming months on this blog, we’ll be giving you all kinds of tips and tricks toward successful weight loss.  We’ll examine some common weight loss myths and even give you some great recipes to try while you are on this journey.

It won’t be easy and you’ll have to maintain your willpower to be successful, but losing weight without starving yourself is a goal YOU CAN achieve!


You can achieve your Zest for Life!

Maureen x


p.s. This is also an excert from my new e-book, due to be released soon…

Could This Be The Beginning Of Something Big?

Hello Everybody,

February is here and the first signs of spring are in the air. It feels warmer at least!

Pretty Gate at Bosweddon House, Cape Cornwall, a home to Breakthrough Retreats
Pretty Gate at Bosweddon House, Cape Cornwall, a home to Breakthrough Retreats

Everyone needs clarity in their life and to be able to see things with new eyes.

You may have already been on a Breakthrough Retreat and have turned your life around or you may be thinking that this is a gift that you would like to give to yourself.

For those of you who haven’t visited our website recently and read the testimonials we recommend that you do and read the amazing stories.

This time of the year is all about growth and potential.  Everything has a season.

Everyone has something they want to achieve or have been putting off whether it is finding that new job, redefining your relationships, looking at your core values and belief systems.  You may be asking where your spirituality has gone? Make this your Best Year; Ever!

You can do something about this and we are here to assist you on your journey.

As ever we are always ready to respond to your needs.

We are organising a group event to increase your energy levels and focus on results and we will give this the same careful attention to detail as we do for our one-to-one Retreats. We promise to make it affordable and exciting!

In the meantime, we want you to be thinking that in a day’s time you could have already spoken to Maureen.  In a week’s time you could have booked your place or secured a coaching program to suit your needs, in a month’s time you could have already changed your life and stepped forward into the new, wonderful you or you could stay doing the same as you have done and achieved nothing.

It only takes one step to start a new life!


Can you make the first step?

Maureen x

Seeds of Wisdom

Midwinter is soon upon us, the darkest time of the year. This is a time to push our seeds deep in the ground, to slow down, to rest – and to dream.

Jung said, “Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens.”

Maureen says we need to do both now – to awaken the inner temple and to dream a new way of life for our world. If the dream of our world has turned to a nightmare, then we must awaken to break the spell. Only the awakened soul can truly serve what is new and emerging.

We don’t need to buy more things, we need more wisdom. We need healing, guidance, truth.  These will sustain our future more than a new sweater, more than jewellery, more than the latest electronic gizmo.

The chakras are the chambers of the inner temple of wisdom. They awaken the inner divine and change the dream on the outside. They guide us to the future, providing an essential map for the journey. They describe the architecture of the soul.

Give the gift of healing and wisdom. Help someone you love find their way home to their own Sacred Centre once again. The awakened soul is a gift to everyone they touch.

Love & Light,

Maureen Courtney

My Thought for the Day…

Life is full of contradictions, Like the Good photograph, contrast brings out the drama of the experience, Light and Dark, emptiness and form, joy and sorrow, success and failure.

Dance partners in progress on the path— three steps forward, two steps back. Just like the planets, sometimes we need to go retrograde for a while before we can get things done.

In Hindu mythology the Devas (Gods) and the Asuras (Demons) line up on either side of the ocean of Milk and churn it into a froth, out of which comes Amrita, the nectar of immortality.

Carl Jung said that maturity requires the psych’s ability to hold the tension of opposites, insisting that things are all good or all bad – or even worse expecting them to be so— is bound to leave us confused and disillusioned. The polarities of the Second Chakra generate power in the Third Chakra when they are harnessed in balance.

We can think of the 11 of 2011 as the two pillars of polarity that we must integrate to find our power. Like the High Priestess Card shows us in the Tarot, walking between these pillars takes us into the mystery of initiation.

The pillars between Heaven and Earth unite above and below and go right up the Sacred Centre within each of us, balancing, yet embracing polarities. This is the middle way that will steady us on the journey and take us through to the other side. The Chakras are the stepping stones along the core that provide the formula for wholeness.

Maureen Courtney