The Bay Approach™

Reaching into the core of your being, into your heart and soul, into your very essence, brings a strength and courage and trust that make shifts of consciousness and transformation possible. Sometimes it can be a small inspiration, a word or a look, sometimes a concerted effort to direct your energies inward, moving over internal hurdles and barriers established through pain, fear, and unmet needs. But it is possible. And it is worth it. And when you are there, at this next place on the road, the ground feels solid under your feet and you feel grateful for that dark night of the soul, because now you can feel your Self…wise and innocent both…and now there is peace, even in the turmoil.

-  K Reville, Co-Founder, The Bay Retreats

The Bay Approach™ to healing, rehabilitation, and recovery is built on the therapeutic pillars of awareness, meditation, and connection. Practicing these three elements, each person is gently guided toward wholeness.

Our Approach sees destructive patterns of thought and behaviour, including chemical dependencies, as an individual's unhealthy yet creative adaptation for survival in the face of life’s experiences. Rather than seeing them as stuck or embedded for life, we believe that these adaptations can change, and that the individual can therefore also change.

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Evidence-based Therapeutic Methods

The Bay Approach™ utilises evidence-based psychological practice to address the root causes of pain and dysfunction. This practice is teamed with mindfulness meditation techniques that can help to develop presence or the ability to “be present” in the moment regardless of what is happening. Mindfulness and attentiveness to one’s inner life can cultivate inner connection and lead to meaningful relationships and positive change. 

Change happens through awareness, and awareness happens through a deep inner enquiry. For each person, in a unique and personal way, The Bay becomes a vessel in which a profound inner connectedness and awareness can unfold.

Finding self-awareness, understanding, compassion, and eventually self-love, provides the foundation for healthier adaptations to develop. The harmful behaviours that once served a purpose are replaced by healthy and supportive new habits.

Through the pillars of awareness, meditation, and connection, arises an enquiry into the deeper parts of ourselves. Here we learn to acknowledge and then embrace all that we are. It is this ‘attending to Self’ that creates the movement of the heart necessary for real transformation.

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."
         - 14th Dalai Lama

If you would like to know more about The Bay Approach™ please contact us on +61 2 6684 4240 (Australia) or +1 310 220 0352 (USA), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. enquiry. 



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