Some reviews by our Retreat clients

What do some of our latest guests say?

I think every anxiety sufferer feels very alone as they go through life with this heavy weight. As a "loved one" its difficult to truly understand what they are going through no matter how hard you try. The Retreat brings Husbands, Wives, Parents and Children, Brothers and Sisters and ultimately families together, to not only provide hope but a real pathway out of the darkness. the future is bright and they know they are not alone but surrounded with love, support and a plan for success! Prue Edwards - Singapore

We arrived at the Retreat very unsure about what to expect. It has been a real eye opener and I feel confident now that there is an end to the anxiety - exciting times ahead. Helen Beard

I haven't felt this good in a long time. I feel like my life is finally on the right track. I loved every second of it and the staff and clients were absolutely fantastic - Charles Berger

The Retreat has exceeded my expectations and I am going away with the tools and more importantly knowing my life will change and the loved ones around me. Thank you Jenny, Rob, Kathy, Fiona and of course it could not have started without Charles and Beth for making this all so possible - a very grateful ex, yes, ex sufferer!

I found the Retreat so much more beneficial than just ordering the pack alone. It helped me to have it all explained in person and to see how it could be applied to each individuals life. It was useful to see how to start living it from here - Claire.

Very promising Retreat - great to meet so many people with the same problems - like a little family. Thank you - Louise Medhurst

Essential course for anyone suffering with anxiety. Enjoyable, friendly, informative and life changing - Anon

Fantastic 2 days, Jenny is absolutely fabulous and well supported by the rest of the team. Well worth the money as the Linden Centre Staff and the Hotel are obviously first class - Glyn

I would highly recommend this to anybody who is struggling with anxiety. It will give you the tools you need to make your life better and ultimately to remove the anxiety - Connor

Jenny presented the Workshop with facts and fun. It was exactly what I needed. It was also great to have the comforting support and kindness of the team to be on hand to guide me, Thank you - Cathy

The Linden Method Workshop has given me a new perspective on anxiety and a new way of beating this condition, by simply stopping to fight it and finding new ways and recovering old habits of simply enjoying life again - BIT BY BIT! The staff are absolutely phenomenal - 5 stars! - Olivier


Something happened during my stay at the Linden Anxiety Retreat which is hard to explain, but I’ll give it a go.

Following years of bouncing around between my GP and a trail of ‘specialists,’ I sat virtually shaking in my own home, totally unable to make sense of the world around me, breathless, bloated and suffering the side effects of drugs that were supposed to make me feel ‘better’.

My wife and I felt sure my growing list of ailments were connected; and so following my personal decision to slowly come off Citalopram and that CBT was not for me, I felt my shocking, virtually constant state of anxiety must be the root cause.

On discovering the Linden Method, I immediately booked myself on to the next retreat, which luckily for me was the following week. I already had a feeling of optimistic trepidation as the Tuesday start date loomed closer. Was this going to be exactly what I was looking for?

The four days was a carefully crafted combination of classroom style learning, relaxation time in the form of Pilates, a lovely long massage and some posture training, coupled with sharing time with the other attendees and Linden staff. The location, in a stunning Georgian country house hotel was the perfect setting.

If you feel locked away from reality and the smallest thing makes you feel like the world is about to end, I urge you to us the Linden Method, because I can categorically say, with a big smile on my face, it worked for me – and in fact, seemingly also for the other eleven wonderful people I shared the experience with.

I’m still bewildered that, after 10-15 years, of quite frankly misery, fighting this debilitating condition, I feel totally free of negative thoughts and the physical side effects that made functioning in the world almost impossible.

Thanks to Charles and his stunning team – to whom I owe you a huge debt of gratitude – the fog has lifted and the onset of Spring is perhaps the best anecdote to describe how much I am looking forward to life's rich journey!

Cheers, Ian (Berkshire)

"Life for the past 15 years has been like walking on a beach covered with quicksand… just as you feel someone is giving you a hand to pull you out of your misery, they let you go and you are back, fighting for your life.  At the lowest point we found Charles.  The hand he held out was strong and sure and he has ‘pulled us out of the quicksand’ He showed us the right path to take and the steps to avoid sinking back into the quicksand.  Thank you so much Charles, Beth, Jenny and Gareth."

Mary Campbell, Loved one to Tom (Retreat Client)

"As a “carer”/partner my hope and desire for a solution to the “problem” is as strong as it is for the sufferer.  Whilst it is early days, I leave the Retreat  believing this is the beginning of the end.  I’m sure I speak for my wife, the sufferer, in saying that we cannot thank Charles, Beth, Jenny and Gareth enough.  They will be in our hearts forever."

David Giles, Devon


"I was looking forward with apprehension going to the Retreat and wondering could it really work???? Now I feel confident to put what I have learned into practice and look forward to an anxiety free life! Wonderful staff and other clients became like a wonderful family.  Sorry to leave ;("

Eva Giles, Devon


 "From the moment we arrived at the venue we were approached by Gareth and he made us feel welcome and put us at ease. The Retreat is very well structured.  It takes effort but is very rewarding.  There are no miracles but this is a very positive experience.  All of the team were very helpful with somebody available at all times to turn to day or night.  Nobody here will do it for you but you are given the wisdom, insight and tools to make a full recovery.  I am very hopeful for my partner."

Fred Spire, Ireland

Jeff's Video Comments


"I had just about given up.  I’d spent thousands on different therapies over the last 12 years and all in vain.  My only regret is that I wished this Retreat was around when I became ill 12 years ago!  Still, I am thankful that I found this retreat.  I loved meeting Charles .. he is my saviour.  He has guided me out of my illness, through kindness, understanding and best of all experience.  The knowledge about anxiety disorders that Charles has gleened through his own experience, research and from helping so many sufferers is self evident.   He is a very articulate and intelligent man and is an inspiration to me.  Jenny’s sessions are non-patronising, highly informative and fun… I wasn’t expecting to laugh but I did many times (especially at Gareth’s jokes!!!) and I have met some lovely people who I know will be lifelong friends.  I cannot recommend this Retreat enough. If you are ready to get your life back then I urge you to get along to the Elms."

Jane Deakin (38), Scotland


"For the first time I could see my way through to becoming anxiety free – a great relief."


"I cannot recommend this retreat enough.  To know that your loved one is being guided towards recovery by such wonderful people who actually care, well, there just aren’t words to describe this.  It is also very comforting to be with other people that know exactly how you feel.  This retreat is a must for anyone who suffers from anxiety because there is a light at the end of the tunnel and Charles, Beth, Jenny and Gareth will show you the way."

J. Spoore, Midlands


Donna Naples' Video Comments

"If you have been looking for a cure to your thoughts and habits then you have arrived at the only method that works."

Mr D. Spoore, Midlands


"Feelings of apprehension, terror and hopelessness experienced prior to attending will be replaced by calm and a confidence that will last for the duration of the Retreat.  You will feel much relief and start looking at your life more positively."

Joseph, Dublin


"Very helpful people with a desire and passion to support and nurture.  Meeting other people with similar problems was very comforting too. Many thanks."

Neil, Essex

"This is the method you wish your doctor knew about, it's simple and effective and really works fast. The team at the retreat are professional yet friendly and having shown thousands of people how to recover from anxiety, they really do understand what you are going through."
Ali Dixon. Oxon

Ali's Video Comments

"The ideal environment to set you on the path to recovery to give you the confidence that full recovery can be achieved." Shane Gannon. Ireland

"We arrived feeling nervous and very anxious. Within minutes the team made us feel very welcome, relaxed and at home. A wonderful experience for both sufferer and supporter. As a supporter I gained very valuable experience also." Cheryl. Essex

"Excellent venue. Put at ease immediately upon arrival by the ever bubbly Gareth. Eating as a group was very enjoyable and created a relaxed, excellent team spirit amongst the retreaters. Meeting Charles also gives you further belief that you will be anxiety free." Matt M. Staffordshire

"The retreat has been wonderful in giving Jack confidence to overcome his anxiety and panic attacks and the change in his attitude in three days has been fantastic. Jenny, Beth, Gareth and Charles have been available at all times for both of us and I cant thank them enough for their support and guidance. The retreat has given me a wonderful relaxation break that was just what the doctor ordered. We are now ready to move on with our lives in the way we always enjoyed" Rina Doherty. London

"I found the experience very positive in helping me to understand how to ove forward in my life. It is much easier to interact and discuss to fully grasp these tools that can improve your quality of life. Being in a fantastic, relaxed hotel and spa also makes it much simpler to focus on moving forward." Conrad. Essex

"For over 20 years I have tolerated high anxiety, OCD and panic attacks. I feel like I wasted so much time now after discovering that it could all be stopped so easily " R Bennett. USA

"Highly recommended. I feel I have confidence to go forward and get my life back - Wonderful to have people on hand to give support and reassurance"
Jack Doherty. London

"Historically my anxiety had led me to using alcohol as a solution to feel safe and normal again. I recovered from alcoholism 10 years ago, however, I was still left with chronic anxiety. The 3 day retreat taught me that using the Linden method I can rid myself of anxiety and enjoy living a free life again feeling safe and confident.

From the moment I met the team and other clients I was in a safe environment surrounded by people just like me that understood the pain I had been in. They had been where I had been and were living proof that the method works. Previous to the retreat I felt that I was the only person who felt the way I did, my belief that I was unique immediately shattered when I heard and shared my experience with others.

I no longer suffer with anxiety and now have  a great set of tools that allow me to live life to the full again and deal with problems in an appropriate and rational way.

In addition the retreat has heaps of laughter, great food and  great relaxation treatments. Meditation allowed me a feeling of such peace I had never previously experienced.

Like most great ideas it is remarkably simple to understand and implement ANYONE can use it. I urge any sufferer to take a leap and get this cure. Don't waste another day suffering, take control of your life and happiness through the Linden method."
Philip S. Cheshire

'what is your over all evaluation of the retreat?'
attendees graded it 5/5

"Very relaxing and beneficial experience. The hotel was fantastic. Lovely rooms, food and facilities. The retreat itself was excellent. There was no pressure, so anxiety levels were low. I am now 100% confident of bringing about my own recovery."
Dave Warner, Bedfordshire. UK

"Anxiety recovery retreat is a fantastic idea. Picturesque place, delicious food, nice hotel. Most important, the whole process was well organised and planned. Charles and his team were very professional. No questions or concerns were left unanswered. The atmosphere was very relaxed and informal which allowed all participants to engage fully in the process. Perfect investment to your health."  Teodore, Moscow

"Taking part in the Linden Method retreat has given me the opportunity to find ME again. I can now move forward in a more positive way. It has enabled me to return to being a fully functioning member of my family and enjoy life again."
Mrs EJ Thomas. West Yorkshire.

"Being with like-minded people and such a fun and entertaining host like Gareth made me feel alive again. I felt my anxiety melting away. I actually forgot my anxiety. I haven't laughed this much in years... what a tonic. I feel alive again after so much suffering and I slept like I haven't slept in years." Anne, London

Alan Jayes' Video Comments

"The retreat offers a terrific, informal, relaxed environment in which to meet other people, put in place the steps to your non-anxious life, meet with Charles, Beth, Jenny and the rest of the Linden Team. Highly recommended." Andrew, Oxfordshire, UK

"The sessions were concise and clear. Being with other sufferers was also an eye-opener - it gave me a lot of confidence and security. There was also a lot of much needed fun. I felt I could have stayed longer I enjoyed it that much." Greg, Lancashire UK

Letter from our Saudi Arabian Retreat Guest Usama

October 2010 Retreat. (letter shown as received.)

My story of recovery

“I don’t know how to start, but I will try to make it short.

I was suffering from anxiety and panic attack for more than 12 years, I tried everything to be a normal person including medication and psychotherapy, but at that time I felt like I was controlled by something. I never feel the true life in that period, after these 12 years while I was searching the internet I found the Linden Method, directly I bought it , when I read it I felt like a big door opened for me, it explained everything that I was suffering from, I believed in it . I read the pack 4 times to absorb the Method, because English is not my mother language, it took me one month to understand everything, every day I felt improvement , I felt like this is first time for me that I feel the true life, but still I was feeling that something was missing, I was sure that I miss something because I was not 100% well. At that time I went back to the website of Linden Method to have an answer. I found The Anxiety Recovery Retreat, directly I decided to go for it to answer the question in my mind about the Method.

Yes it is a far distant to travel to UK from Saudi Arabia and costly, but I decided to go because I was sure that it worth it, it took 15 hours travelling time to reach the retreat site.

I found the hotel “retreat place” excellent, I never saw hotel like this you feel that it is your home, quite place with beautiful views around the hotel; I was very relaxed especially with the warm welcome from Beth and Gareth.

The program was very well prepared the people there very nice and with high attitude. It is very effective to set and live with people feeling like you it is very reassuring.

The session was very important, every day I feel happier. Jenny was excellent in everything, the way of giving the lectures, always smiling, she knows the feeling of every participant, when I want to explain anything for her she get it very quickly … I can’t explain how much she is great.

Beth was the soul of the program she make me feel that I am with my family really it was difficult when the program ended to leave; I think she is the kindest person I ever met.

Between the sessions there were a man you find him everywhere always helping, serious when you need him serious and funny all the time he is Gareth he makes you laugh and happy I think no one can’t be happy with him, he is intelligent in three days he could learn a lot of Arabic words and even he could write his name in Arabic,, he is a good friend and he can help anyone to answer any question about the method.

The special session with Charles, I can’t explain how much is effective but I want to say that I am a dentist I met a lot of doctors and psychotherapist even famous ones, like Charles I never found, I mean the way of listening to me I feel he is here for me alone he gives me the time that I need, he didn’t ends the session like what all the doctors do , he wait for me to finish from all the question in my mind , then he answer them , his answers are really stick in my mind and make a change.

At the end I want to thank Charles, Beth, Jenny, Gareth and Jennie B for the great hospitality, what I get from them is far greater than what I was expecting. I don’t have enough words to thank them all, thank you my darlings…”

Usama from Saudi Arabia

"The retreat is a great place to relax, great food and you get the information and tools to get rid of your anxiety condition." Mats, Norway

"I thought the retreat was amazing, I especially appreciated the talk with Beth and Jenny, it gave me lots of confidence on how to help Alan.

Thank you very much to Charles, Beth, Jenny and Gareth, you've actually made me feel more complete as a person too. Don't know what we would of done without you all."
Michelle and Alan, UK

"The retreat was a great experience. I felt very comfortable when I arrived in this beautiful setting. I learned how to move forward in my life surrounded by positive people. I am looking forward to see again the people I have shared this amazing experience with." Eric, UK

"Wonderful to meet other partners/relations who have been in the same situation. The relaxed atmosphere of this wonderful hotel helped enormously and enabled all of us to sit and chat and realise that we are not alone." Lesley, UK