Why a Healing and Wellness Divorce Retreat is Just What the Doctor Ordered

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By Paulette Rigo, Divorce Coach, Mediator, Founder of Better Divorce Academy

Either you’re going through a divorce or you are already divorced. It was most likely stressful, sad, infuriating and scary. Are you feeling exhausted? If so, a healing and wellness divorce retreat might be just what you need. And guess what? I’m planning one!

Divorce is the second most stressful thing a person will ever go through short of the death of a loved one. The physical and psychological toll it takes can be measured in pounds, gray hairs, lines on your face, and sleepless nights. A healing and wellness divorce retreat is the time to detox your mind and body so you can start living your best life.

For Whom the Divorce Tolls

A healing wellness divorce retreat is a place to go to focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and restoration. Listen up: You. Need. This. And you can’t possibly understand how much. Taking care of yourself should be priority #1, because there are traumas and triggers inside of you that you probably don’t even realize are there.


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Your Body

The long-term effects of a divorce on the human body are shocking. Divorcees are 20%  more likely to suffer from diabetes, metabolism issues, heart disease, and even cancer. Think about it: you’ve been eating badly or not eating at all, haven’t you? Well, there’s a reason.

When you’re highly stressed, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which can cause inflammation of the  GI tract and problems with the bacterial balance in your lower intestines. It makes people not want to eat, and the phenomenon is so common it’s become known as the “divorce diet.”

Cortisol also has several other nasty side effects, like causing immune system imbalances, altering reproductive chemistry, and affecting growth processes. Oh, and those extra gray hairs you’ve started noticing? Stress and cortisol may be the culprit.

Your Mind

You’d probably admit your mind is addled, and that doesn’t just go away overnight. Divorcees suffer from increased risks of anxiety and depression, and it may have been going on longer than you realize.

Situational depression is the extended malaise caused by an unpleasant, ongoing set of circumstances in your life. It can be the creeping doldrums of knowing it’s time to get out of your marriage, or the slow recovery after it’s over. The fact is, most people have no idea what kinds of feelings are “normal” during a divorce, and that alone can exacerbate situational depression and anxiety.

Fortunately, a certified divorce mediator can be your greatest ally, because they’ve seen it all and they know exactly what you’re going through. They can help you process, understand, and move forward with empathy and empowerment to heal and grow.

So Let’s Do This!

A healing wellness divorce retreat is just the medicine you need to clean out your mind and body and get yourself back on track. There are many fantastic options out there, and they all offer a tailored suite of restorative services to cleanse your soul and elevate your well-being.


Time is not simply of the essence—it’s what you need to revitalize your own essence too. A healing wellness retreat will create space between you and your life, problems, and stress. That extra breathing room is exactly what you need to stop the constant triggering and allow the healing process to begin.

Lean Into Community

When you’re going through a divorce or newly divorced, one of the most important resources you can have is a non-judgmental, open circle of friends with whom you can talk through your feelings and clear out the negative energy.

Unfortunately, it’s all too common for people experiencing divorce to have their usual support circles withdraw. With so much disconnection and dissonance in your life, a divorce retreat creates an environment that is all about forging new bonds of trust and love. You’ll meet people who can empathize and sympathize with your current condition, and in return, you’ll be in a position to listen and inject some positive energy into the lives of others.

Restore Your Confidence

Even the strongest, most self-reliant person can be utterly shattered by a divorce, and a healing wellness retreat will help you reignite the flame of your self-confidence and self-image. Divorce should be about—above all things—empowerment. You’re taking control of your life and your future, and restoring the self confidence you deserve is the first setp down the path.


Everything we just talked about is important, but sometimes, the thing you need most is to just relax, unwind, and dissolve into a little bit of bliss. You’ve spent the last few months (or years!) relentlessly focusing on your family, your work, your pets, your ex, and it’s time to take a moment for you.

Just you. You deserve it.

Filling the Prescription for a Healing Wellness Divorce Retreat

We know how much divorce can grind you down, chew you up, and spit you out, and at Better Divorce Academy, we’re dedicated to helping you and your partner divorce with dignity and empathy.

And when the ties are finally cut, we can help you find the perfect healing wellness retreat to spend some time reconnecting with yourself and the world and rekindle that inner light.

Breathe. Hold. Exhale.

Center yourself, and begin to feel again. You are not alone.

If you’d like to have a complimentary consultation with me to Learn more about the retreat, or to talk about working together one-on-one, feel free to reach out to me.


Paulette Rigo, Divorce Coach, Divorce Mediator, Founder, Better Divorce Academy


As a Credentialed Mediator and Certified Divorce Coach, Paulette Rigo specializes in coaching clients through high conflict, domestic violence, parental alienation, estrangement and narcissistic divorce cases. She utilizes her expertise to educate and encourage those who are considering or in the midst of the divorce process thrive in the midst of the heartache and challenges.

As Founder of Better Divorce Academy, she breaks down divorce from the earliest stages of contemplation to the necessary final steps of healing using practical tools, inspiration, and a proven mediation/negotiation model.
Her specialty is working with clients in high-conflict narcissistic abuse divorce. She saves an average of 45-65K in legal fees, 8-22 months in court, and a ton of heartache and bad decisions. Her commitment in creating an optimal divorce experience for every family member, particularly the children is her life’s work.

Drawing on her thirty-five years of experience, Paulette is a pioneer in the world of wellness and transformation and brings strength and breadth to her ability to help her clients heal.

Better Divorce Academy is an organization dedicated to helping create a better story for everyone involved no matter what the conflict. She’s a best-selling author of Better Divorce Blueprint, Host of The Thriving in Chaos Project Podcast, and co-creator of The How To Divorce A Narcissist Method, divorce and mediation consultant, educator, speaker with a passion for attacking challenging relationships, marriage and divorce positions.

“The greatest fear is the fear of change. Divorce is another word for change. Nothing in your life will be the same. Be certain you act with dignity, grace and wisdom.” — Paulette Rigo


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