"I went to El Cielo in 2014 when I was fifty-eight years old. I had been receiving talk therapy for PTSD and Asperger Syndrome, which provided a measure of symptomatic relief, but I wanted more: I wanted my self-relationship to be healed. I spoke with Diederik on the phone to ask whether Choose Again might be appropriate for me. I look back on that conversation with bemusement because I know now that Choose Again is an appropriate course of learning for anyone (irrespective of the name he gives his unhappiness.) The daily
As I sit here at the Choose Again Intensive Retreat Centre in Costa Rica, I still have to pinch myself that I'm so blessed to be here. Only 3 short weeks ago, I arrived here not knowing what to expect but have been so truly and pleasantly surprised and delighted by the beautiful transformation that's taking place within me here.
The Costa Rican name for the Choose Again centre is El Cielo, which means Heaven. The name could not be more apt because the change of mind that is taking place since being
"I am a professional therapist. I lived in the Eastern countries for a number of years and I am somewhat versed with the concepts of self awareness and the practice of yoga and meditation. Yet, while being in El Cielo (the Residential Centre in Costa Rica) I found a whole new dimension of being and living that enriched my life." - DY
"The impact of Choose Again has been huge in my life. I have been involved with Choose Again for ten years, and can honestly say life is getting better for me all the time!" - DH
"Choose Again has been a great benefit for our family. Diederik Wolsak’s patient and steady counsel through quotes like “be gentle with yourself” have provided me with a guide on my journey to ‘get over myself’. Association with Choose Again and its counsellors have helped me in my personal life and my job." - D H
"Today all is for me. For my healing, learning or growing. Today, I am responsible. Today I am happy. Today I am free. Today I know peace. Today I am alive. My gratitude knows no bounds." - R. A.
"The Choose Again approach is lovingly, gently, radically different. They teach that all situations are for my learning and healing, and that what I need to change is my negative beliefs about myself. My self-hatred fueled my needle use –my self-love fuels my recovery."
– Dan P.
"The love, peace, and happiness that I have experienced in the few weeks since I have made contact with the people at Choose Again is a priceless gift. The weekend was among the most positive, life-changing experiences of my life. I am profoundly grateful to the program participants, Diederik, and his staff for their courage and their love." - GS
Find out what other people think of us!
We try to get as much feedback as we can so we know we are doing our best for you. Here are some of the great things people had to say about our workshops and intensive retreats.