What is SoulGround?
We grew from our roots.
Welcome to SoulGround! An intimate community of active members who connect with each other through individual recovery journeys. SoulGround holds 3-4 retreat programs throughout the year at various locations in Missouri, primarily at our main campus near Lake of the Ozarks.
Following registration for your first retreat, you will also receive access to a rich and vibrant, online community that fosters respect, understanding, and support. Retreat weekends typically start on Friday at 3pm when we open our doors. Each retreat is a little different as each facilitator has their own style of drama therapy modality. We engage in individual and group work, as well as many other creative arts therapies, mindfulness meditation, breaks, and family-style meals. Our retreats conclude on Sunday, 3-4pm with practicing healthy goodbyes (until we connect again on Facebook and at the next retreat!) and restoring the house to it's original state together as a community.
At SoulGround, we are driven to guide and encourage each member to dig a little deeper. While we acknowledge that each retreat will be entirely unique, facilitator(s), and group, we strive to consistently maintain the excellence and highly individualized attention for which we are known for.
SoulGround makes use of current, research-based, and evidence-based, drama therapy techniques. Furthermore,
we aim to provide attendees with a high quality, extraordinary, and meaningful experience, while also keeping our retreats as affordable and accessible as possible.
Our goal is to become fully-funded, to allow greater access and inclusion by removing financial barriers.
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than you can in a year of conversation."
What is Drama Therapy?
According to the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), “Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is active and experiential.” This approach provides a context for participants to express feelings, tell their stories, and/or achieve catharsis. It encourages setting goals and solving problems.
From our members:
"Drama therapy is a way to take out a part of yourself, or a life experience, examine it closely, get some clarification on it, and reincorporate it inside you in a healthier way." -K
"Drama therapy to me is identifying aspects of yourself that you usually keep in a corner but have a significant impact on your life. Sometimes you can’t even name them, but they’re there. Drama therapy gives them a name and allows you to work on that part of yourself, to become acquainted with it and understand its intention through discussion, interplay and sometimes necessary confrontation." -H
How we help
"I get so many things out of our retreats. Some of them are; a close bond with others who have experienced similar struggles and successes as I have, compassion and support, learning something new about myself and my journey each time, the chance to work with Laura." -K
"I loved the smaller group and the individualized attention we all get." -L
Partner with Us
Would you like to join our efforts but are unsure where to start? Partner with SoulGround and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. You may do this in 3 ways.
1. Apply to be a retreat facilitator. NADTA registered drama therapists from any state may apply.
2. Contribute to our retreat scholarship fund to help a future member.
3. Donate to SoulGround in general.