The Wyla Way Trauma Recovery Program runs for nine (9) days on the Central Coast and Blue Mountains of NSW.


Return to wellness.
Return to community.

26 Sep - 2nd Oct 2021

"No judgement, no advice, no evangelism" - the Wyla Way

The very latest in neuroscience suggests that trauma is physio neurosis (it is held within the body rather than the mind). Which goes hand-in-glove with the old ways of healing trauma i.e. taking the body through trusted time honoured processes to release trauma.

Wyla helps ADF veterans with PTSD and burnout to return to wellness through a 7-day holistic forest based healing program (the origin of "Forest" is for-rest) .

PTSD, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, anger/rage, loss of identity and relationship problems are significant challenges experienced returning from service. Mainstream treatment options can help, but many find these approaches incomplete and some are averse to taking pharmaceuticals and the side effects. They want something more holistic, that speaks to their gut. Something that acknowledges that they are more than their minds and bodies, that in their core, is a need for connection and belonging.

We acknowledge this need and know that within each veteran is a warrior, and an elder waiting to emerge.

Welcome to the Wyla Elder Warrior Program

This unique Integrative Medicine program is a 7-day residential intensive held on the Central Coast of NSW and west of the Blue Mountains. It combines cutting edge neuroscience on trauma and clinical psychology for wellness, incorporating earth-based knowledge and healing approaches utilised by our ancestors and indigenous communities for thousands of years.

The program is held on a forested property at Avoca Beach and Kanimbla in the Blue Mountains. The program involves; prior to and after camp psychological assessment, counselling with group and individual earth-based rituals (including Sweat Lodge and Vision Quest).

With the combined healing potential of community with traditional and current psychological approaches to wellness, you have the opportunity to connect with others and embark on a journey to elder warriorship. Whilst forming a self supporting camp community that continues post camp and later joins with other elder warrior groups in communal celebration.

Who should attend?

We wholeheartedly welcome; anyone experiencing trauma, PTSD, substance misuse, depression, anxiety, anger problems, a loss of self, a disconnection from others and/or a lack of purpose in life. The program is very well suited to open-minded people looking for something different to the mainstream health system. The program is run by a team of experienced psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and healers. We have both men and women on our team including ADF Veterans, who are Wyla Elders.

Wyla Wellness Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity with ATO DGR status (all donations are 100% tax deductible).

Workshop Details
Location: Elebanah Forest, Avoca Beach, and Little Hartley NSW
Format: 7-day residential retreat including psychological assessment and all activities
Cost I: Activity, all meals, transfers, accommodation and Gosford Station transfers are at no cost