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Journey into Healing History

Journey into Healing through Residential Workshops in Christian Groups

Early History

Anne White author of the book A Healing Adventure visited the UK from America in the late 1970’s to introduce her approach to the healing ministry. Following this conference, The Revd Ian Davidson, Rev John Bedford and Dr Chris Andrew, a psychiatrist, invited groups to come together in Bedford to continue this ministry in working with Christian healing groups.

In addition Clinical Theology and the Psychiatrist Frank Lake became a source of teaching and inspiration for many of those who became team members.


1983-1990 Christian Growth and Gestalt

The Christian Growth and Gestalt Weeks were first introduced by Revd Ian Davidson when he became the Warden of Scargill House in the Yorkshire Dales. Angela Weaver, Sharon Stinson, Dr Marie Bew, and Revd Sue Rose became part of the team.

Ian and Sharon

Ian and Sharon

Drawing on his experience during this time Revd Ian Davidson wrote his book Here and Now (DLT 1991) in which he outlines working in Gestalt encounter groups and details several case studies.


1990-1997 Here and Now

Here and Now becomes the new conference title as Ian moved to become part-time warden at Carberry, Mussleburgh, Scotland. Revd Ian Davidson and Marie Bew become joint co-ordinators. Also Canon Mark Wilson, and Andrew Miller, a Scottish therapist, join the team.


1998-2004 Journey into Healing

The week-long conferences at Carberry continued until 2000. In 1998 the title once again changed. Journey into Healing seemed a more accurate and understandable title for the now established conferences. Responding to the needs of those who cannot attend a week, the retreats become available on weekends in England at various venues. 

Marie Bew became the co-ordinator working closely with Canon Mark Wilson and Sharon Stinson. Other regular members of the team include Chris Woodcock and Penny Fraser.
Revd Angela Weaver again rejoined the team in October 2003 at Scargill.


Journey into Healing facilitators in New York

Exchanging ideas and approaches with Gestalt Pastoral Care - March 2008.
Tilda Norberg, a United Methodist minister, is the founder of Gestalt Pastoral Care. She is the author of Consenting to Grace: An Introduction to Gestalt Pastoral Care; Ashes Transformed: Healing from Trauma; Threadbear: A Story of Christian Healing for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Stretch Out Your Hand: Exploring Healing Prayer coauthored with Robert Webber.
Norberg is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, the Gestalt Institute of Canada, and the Lomi School in San Francisco. She and her husband, the Reverend George McClain, live on Staten Island, New York.

New York - March 2008

Marie Bew with George McClain and Tilda Norberg. Tilda Norberg is the director of Gestalt Pastoral Care based in Staten Island, New York City, NY.


Venues that have hosted Journey into Healing conferences:


Clewer Retreat House. April, Nov 1998
St Katherines. May 2001, April 2003
Wychcroft. Nov 2004
Whitehall Chase 2006/2007-2012


Morley Retreat House. Summers of 1999 – 2007


Sneaton Castle Whitby, Oct 2002
Scargill House, Oct 2003
Whirlow Grange, Sheffield, 2009 


Bishop Woodford House, Ely, 2008 ff


The Bield, Perth 2007 ff



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