Over 100,000 people in 14 countries have experienced greater joy, emotional freedom and love.
Founded in 1967 by Bob Hoffman, the Hoffman Process is an experiential 6.5 day personal growth retreat that helps participants identify negative behaviours, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood.
Discover the life-changing results Hoffman graduates have experienced; measurable therapeutic outcomes well documented by scientific studies including reductions in anxiety & depression and increases in overall health & wellbeing.
Beneath the surface of human negativity there is a perfect diamond, the essence of the real you. By removing the encrusted dirt from the diamond, the real loving self can be set free. This is our essence, our true spiritual, perfect self – Bob Hoffman
The Process is a life-changing program that will help you become conscious of and disconnect from negative patterns of thought and behavior. Working on an emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual level, significant positive changes in your life are made possible. Through a visceral embodied journey, you will learn to diffuse habitual ways of thinking and behaving, align with your authentic self, and respond to life situations from a place of conscious choice.
The Process provides a safe and supportive environment in which you can first confront and experience your childhood pain, resentment and anger, and then evolve to deeper understanding, compassion and forgiveness. The Hoffman Process uses a unique combination of proven techniques including guided visualizations, journaling and expressive work. During the week-long retreat, you are led through a carefully structured sequence of powerful experiences that enable you to discover, isolate and resolve negative conditioning and recover your natural self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Quadrinity Process is the best method I know for the realignment of relationships with parents and parent surrogates and, more generally, a powerful tool in the service of the development of love for self and others. – Claudio Naranjo, internationally esteemed Chilean psychiatrist, author of The One Quest and a pioneer in the evolution of the Hoffman Process
The Process is based on the concept of Bob Hoffman’s Negative Love Syndrome
“Negative Love is intergenerational pain that is passed down from one generation to the next. Everyone is guilty and no one is to blame.” – Bob Hoffman (1921-1997)
Our early upbringing has a profound effect on our lives, shaping our self–image, attitudes, moods and behavior. As a result of this childhood conditioning, we adapt to our environment by developing survival strategies and ways of being, both good and bad. When our adaptive behaviors still don’t result in the love we want and need, we then consciously or unconsciously blame ourselves and/or others.
The Hoffman Process teaches us how to release and resolve the persistent negative feelings of being unloved and unlovable. We identify the major limiting patterns in our lives, trace the root of the adopted belief or behavior and release the pain, grief, anger, shame and resentment that has been stored there for years.
The Hoffman Process seeks to endow each participant with four outcomes: emotional healing and freedom, compassion, forgiveness, and spiritual awakening. It is based on the principle that the persistent negative behavior, depressive moods and attitudes we experience as adults have their roots in the experiences and conditioning of childhood.
Until this original pain from childhood is resolved, it continues to dominate our adult lives through thoughts, emotions, and actions, whether we are aware of it or not. With the aim of healing and transforming these negative, self-defeating patterns, the Process seeks to bring about a powerful realignment and integration of what Bob Hoffman describes as the four fundamental dimensions of our being – the Quadrinity of intellect, emotions, body, and spirit.
The ultimate aim of the Process is to help everyone reach forgiveness and acceptance for themselves and others. This unlocks a deep sense of authenticity which leads to developing a much more compassionate approach to personal relationships and family life.
Intergenerational Negative Love
Most of us are familiar with the power of the messages about how to live our lives received early in life, when we were too young to know better. Many of us believe that these early messages were the best we could get, considering all of the human factors. However, many of these messages had the effect of crippling our present lives. – Virginia Satir, renowned family therapist, author of Peoplemaking and Conjoint Family Therapy
All children want love and attention from their parents. Children believe implicitly that mother and father “know best”. For a child, imitating a parent’s behaviors, moods and attitudes — literally becoming like them – often seems the only way to earn a parent’s love and attention.
When a child takes on his or her parents’ behaviors and beliefs in an attempt to be loved by them, he or she becomes a victim of the Negative Love Syndrome.
None of us were immune to the Negative Love Syndrome and its only result is inauthentic, compulsive, self-sabotaging behavior. The Negative Love Syndrome puts us at war with ourselves and others and disconnects us from our own true source of power, our inner wisdom and authority – our spiritual selves.
Volker Krohn, Director of Hoffman Institute International and Hoffman Centre Australia/ Singapore offers an in-depth exploration of the Hoffman Process. This is the only personal development retreat in the world to be independently backed by research. Learn what the Hoffman Process is, who takes it, how it works and how it can help people becomes their best selves regardless of their history.
Utilising a time-tested experiential and non-invasive methodology alongside cognitive behavioural rationality, the Process creates positive change in brain structure via the limbic brain system where the patterns and emotional memories are stored in the form of images and feelings.
By utilising the cognitive and limbic brain together, the Process helps participants to become conscious of and disconnected from negative patterns of thought and behaviours on an emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual level to make significant positive changes in their lives.
The Process dramatically reduces the driving force of self-defeating behaviours, allowing access to previously untapped resources of inner strength, self awareness, personal empowerment, compassion, spirituality and love for self and others.
Participants learn to remove habitual ways of thinking and behaving, align with their authentic self and respond to situations in life from a place of conscious choice. They report that the positive effects of the Process increase over time, making it a truly life-changing experience.
The Hoffman Process is the only personal growth program that’s been independently researched. The research has been conducted worldwide, involving all regions where the Process is run. The latest independent research conducted by the University of California, shows that the Process creates long-lasting reduction of negative affects like depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors and interpersonal over-sensitivity. In addition, it increases positive affects including higher levels of emotional intelligence, increased capacity for compassion and forgiveness, greater levels of vitality in the body and a deeper connection to the spiritual dimension. For further understanding of the scientific research behind the Hoffman Process, visit the science page.
Emotional healing and freedom
The Hoffman Process creates an opportunity for freedom from life-long negative moods, feelings, and behavioural patterns, including deep and lasting help in the healing of depression, anxiety, interpersonal sensitivity and inappropriate anger issues as well as freedom to be more open, loving, joyful, centered, creative, and spontaneous. For an in-depth understanding how the Hoffman Process can fast track the recovery from depression, read this article.
Featured testimonial from Dianne McCabe, founder, The Happy Path.
A review of existing research from 1985 to 2013 shows that participating in the one-week program has a positive and lasting effect on overall psychological adjustment, in particular, reducing negative affect while improving positive affect, health and wellbeing. The relationship with oneself and with family members has also been found to benefit from HP, along with professional performance and emotional competence in the work environment. – Maria Camara, MSc, PhD
Maria Camara reviewed all existing research of the Hoffman Process(HP) and summarised ‘the HP has a highly beneficial effect on overall adjustment: reducing negative affect, enhancing positive affect, and improving health and wellbeing. Depression levels drastically decrease through working on forgiveness and spirituality as presented in the HP. Relationship with the inner-self and with others improves after the HP.
Emotional intelligence relating to leadership, and empathic responses are more present in the work environment after participating at a HP. The HP is in line with existing scientific models and its evidence-based practices’. Read the full report and learn more about the scientific research behind the Hoffman Process.
There a few things you can do to find out if the Process is for you:
- Take our “Is the Process for me?” self-assessment quiz to learn if the Process is right for you.
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
- Read what our Graduates have to say about their experience before and after doing the Process.
- Take advantage of this great offer and book a free 1 hour consultation with one of our professional enrolment counsellors.
Dr Joan Borysenko discusses the Benefits of the Hoffman Process, the limbic brain system connection and the scientific study by the University of California.
Dr. J.W. Wilson, Executive Director of the Advanced Learning Institute, Canada discusses how the Hoffman Process creates positive long-lasting changes in brain structure.
An in-depth understanding on what depression actually is and how the Hoffman Process can fast track the recovery from depression.
Katy Perry talks to Vogue Magazine about her Hoffman Process experience
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What You Should Know About Mental Health Retreats
The Hoffman Process is the development of seven-day mental health retreats through independent research. Founder Bob Hoffman used extensive mental health knowledge alongside Volker Krohn to design a process fit for all regions. Recent studies by the University of California show The Hoffman Process to have long-lasting effects in reducing our clients' depression, anxiety, and anger. Our process has proven to increase compassion and forgiveness with a deeper connection to spiritual dimensions.
Tips for Getting More Value From Your Mental Health Retreat Brisbane
Many have sought the professional help of our mental health retreats in QLD. To get the most out of your retreat and progress, we recommend the following:
- Your material objects may not be the reason for your decrease in mental health. We understand particular objects may have sentimental meaning and make you sad, but these emotions come from within and not from the object. Discarding everything that makes you unhappy is not the solution to working on your mental health. We recommend coming to the entire retreat to ensure you work through trauma in your life from childhood through to adulthood.
- After your retreat, you will feel like a completely different person. You will think differently and act differently; however, merging the new you into the life of the old you, is a process. You need to remain calm and avoid going back to old habits. Making necessary lifestyle changes can be beneficial, but changing everything at once can cause more chaos.
- Being able not to care what other people think is a gift or a well-taught skill. The Hoffman Process has undergone various designs to enable you with the skills and thought patterns to care what people think and not let it affect you. Letting it affect you is what has the major negative impacts on your life.
Benefits Of Mental Health Retreats in Australia
At our retreats, you will have the needed support and encouragement along with a safe environment to reach your full potential. You will undergo numerous emotions; our facilitators will be with you every step of the way. We provide counselling and practises to ensure the most benefits from your experience.
- We use a non-invasive methodology and experiential methods to ensure your comfort and safety. Our main aim is your wellbeing. We have found that programmes containing an interfering angle are ineffective.
- Our facilitators are there to help you become conscious of your negative thoughts and behaviours and to allow you to access your inner strength, personal empowerment, and compassion.
- We will help you reduce the driving force that’s linked to self-destructive behaviours. These behaviours tend to affect us more subconsciously than we realise, and we help you identify these issues.
About The Hoffman Process
Bob Hoffman founded the Hoffman Process back in 1967, and it has been operating in Australia since 1989 and expanded to Singapore in 1995. Senior Supervising Director Volker Krohn is the facilitator trainer for Australia, is on the board of Directors of the Hoffman Institute International where he continues to inform the ongoing integrity and development of the Hoffman Process globally.
All facilitators receive extensive training and experience in the Hoffman Process and have certification in counselling, psychology and/or psychotherapy. Training for qualifying facilitators commences after becoming a Hoffman Graduate.
Contact us for any further questions regarding our retreats or facilitators' program. We look forward to working with you.