I Came Out Smarter and More Understanding of Me

Natalya, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

I thought I faced my abuse. I thought it was something that happened and I healed from it and went on with my life.

Applying for The Haven Retreat was the hardest first step. I didn’t know why I felt the need to go and experience it. “I thought you were over this? I thought you were healed from this? Why are you even applying? Let another woman go.” These were the constant thoughts I had while applying. 

Once I was accepted the fear of going hit. I made every excuse to not go. Family, finances, the list went on.

Once I got there my anxiety was so high I couldn’t breathe. “What am I doing here?” I thought.

Once the days went on I realized I DID need this! I realized I had so much to learn about myself and what I went through in my life. I FINALLY felt normal and not ashamed of my triggers, understanding what triggers were. Learning how to take care of ME! Learning that I am strong, beautiful and BRAVE!

I met lifelong friends and sisters. The relationships I built at the retreat have helped on this new healing experience I am on.

The dedication The Younique Foundation puts into helping survivors is truly AMAZING! Finding a place that understands and truly knows what you feel and deal with without making you feel abnormal or ashamed of yourself; to be relieved that others around you think and feel just like you for once, was such a refreshing feeling.

I came out smarter, more understanding of me, and the knowledge I need to heal myself correctly. A friend told me “We had a broken bone that healed wrong, the retreat broke that bone again and now showed us how to heal it correctly.”

This retreat changed my life and I am so glad I didn’t allow my fears to stop me from attending.

 

-Natalya, Survivor