We are a husband-and-wife team married for 16 years. We teach family values, how to connect to yourself and others, and how to overcome trauma and loss. We understand the toll addiction takes on the family unit and hope to restore unity and balance for all concerned.
My passion is finding ways to heal destructive patterns of behaviour. I have studied numerous modalities in the hope of finding a way to break the cycle of self-abuse. I use various treatment methods that work with the subconscious mind. I have studied trauma therapy with one of the leading addiction and trauma centres in North America, and worked at various clinics in Cape Town. My experience has taught me what works and has helped me to develop a model of treatment which is unique and caters for each individual's needs. The Last Resort is a place of learning new and healthy ways of living and interacting with the world.
I am passionate about growing healthy organic food! I aim to create a self-sustainable environment, where animals are treated with love and respect and given a wonderful life. This ensures that we know where our food is coming from and that it is free from harmful hormones and antibiotics. I hope to educate and engage our guests in the process of growing and rearing nutritious food. As a trained chef, I can teach our guests how to cook delicious, healthy, fresh meals and to make jams and preserves. I worked in a business environment for 20 years and have now chosen a different lifestyle that I hope to share with others.
We provide a unique homey and nurturing environment - a retreat from the world to help people who have lost their way rediscover positive qualities, talents and strengths that have long been forgotten. We are a self-sustainable farm and our guests will learn how to create something useful and meaningful of their lives. The Last Resort is a women-only centre so there are no distractions. We teach practically through positive experiences to replace the old negative thinking and beliefs. We teach holistically as we desire to reach each guest on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. The aim is to teach emotional intelligence, self-reliance and respect, and to provide a sense of connection to other community members, themselves and nature.
On an emotional level, we help clients process the emotional backlog. The result is appropriate emotional reactions, communication and coping skills. The hope is that a person leaves with a sense of purpose, direction and the inner strength to overcome obstacles. Group work is an excellent way for members to realize how their behaviour has affected the people they love and how to make the necessary changes in order to get the love and attention needed to feel valuable.
On a physical level, we will teach practical skills such as knitting and sewing. The clients will learn how to grow their own food on our farm, how to cook, how to look after the animals, and all the tools needed to be a responsible individual. We also practise yoga and meditation to help connect the body and the mind so a person can function as a whole and to listen to their conscience again. We engage in physical activities such as hiking, cycling and swimming. The aim is to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. We aim to strengthen the body and the mind by doing activities that are fun and educational, creating lasting positive impressions and experiences.
On a spiritual level, we teach the twelve-step programme and engage in activities that help the client feel part of a community. The twelve-step programme is based on a set of guidelines which help a person realize the harm done to themselves and their loved ones, and to make amends for the hurt caused. The twelve steps also encourage a connection to a power greater than ourselves, giving over our powerlessness and being restored to sound body and mind.
Our programme is six months duration and the client has to have been detoxed before they come to our farm. The programme is designed to support individuals in every aspect of their lives and give them all the tools they need to lead successful, healthy, purposeful lives. Each guest is involved in community projects like visiting the old aged home, helping at the school or walking dogs for the SPCA. We believe it takes time for a person to learn new ways of relating to themselves and the world around them and to feel safe in their environment in order for lasting change to take hold.
- Group therapy
- Art therapy
- Equine therapy
- Guided visualization
"The transformation ... felt like an impossible task for me. I tried and failed many times. It was only until I came to The Last Resort and learnt that I am not alone and that I am loved that I started seeing the world, my future and my past as a complete plan."
P, 18 years old
"Before I came to The Last Resort I was completely disconnected and unaware of my selfish actions whilst using drugs. I feel stronger and more alive than ever before. For the first time in years I actually recognise myself in the mirror. I know have the ability to keep letting the light in and to strive towards being the best version of myself, remembering that there always has been and always will be love surrounding my soul."
M, 30 years old