About Us

What motivates us?

Our aim is to empower you to live the life you know you’re capable of. Nobody chooses to be an addict or to become depressed. The challenges of life mean that we each find ways to creatively adjust to our circumstances in a way that helps us carry on with life. And sometimes a substance may seem like it is helping.

But we believe that you are much more than the substance you have become addicted to, and that our program can equip you to make a fresh start.

Our experience has been that the challenges that life throws at us can actually be what make us stronger. Creating change for people who thought they were beyond help is what inspires us.

We come to work every day because we want to help people to rebuild their lives. Drug or alcohol addiction and mental health issues can be daunting to face alone, and intimidating to seek help for. We’re aware of the vulnerability in taking the step to seek help and we create our retreat environment with that in mind.


Throughout the history of residential rehabilitation, multi-bed hospital facilities have been the norm. These large, clinical institutions attend to large numbers of patients at a time, often making it difficult to provide the individual care and support people need to maintain long-term sobriety and healthy balance in their lives.

We created something very different at The Bay Retreats: a program that treats you, the individual, in a unique and personalised way.

The Bay Retreats began in 2008 with a group of people united in their search for wholeness. We came together with a vision to create the next evolution in rehabilitation and residential therapy, specialising in addiction and depression. We created a ‘holding space’ or ‘container’ and called it The Bay Retreats - a place to truly retreat and focus on your Self.

Today we provide the most exclusive, boutique, one-to-one residential rehabilitation care you will find anywhere in the world because we want your recovery to have the best chance it can. 

Who We Are

We are a team of highly qualified and experienced therapists with expertise gained from a broad range of healing modalities and perspectives; and a team of individuals personally familiar with the type of deep, internal process that our clients will also be undertaking whilst in retreat. The entire team share a common desire for balance, fulfilment, awareness and connection. This allows our team to provide a background of healing support for each client.

John Dass, Founder

John Dass has worked in the world of psychotherapy and meditation for almost 30 years. His passion for inner enquiry led him to train extensively with many aspects of therapy including counselling.

John’s vision in creating The Bay Retreats in 2008 was to provide individual and very private retreats in a discrete and exclusive one-to-one setting to allow clients to take advantage of the very best treatments available while maintaining an extremely private and even anonymous profile.

He continues to be inspired by the depth of insight and transformation he witnesses in people who partake in The Bay’s program.