WHICH NLP COURSE OR RETREAT?
There are many things might influence your choice of NLP retreat or course.
Training and qualifications
It should go without saying that you're better off selecting a course or retreat with a qualified provider, but remember that a certificate really only confirms that a certain amount of training with a particular organisation has been received and, as we'll see, not all of that training is equal.
NLP practice is currently unregulated and there is no single governing body and no internationally recognised qualifications; a number of independent organisations (mostly commercial) provide training and qualifications.
While the names of the qualification 'grades' (usually 'Practitioner', 'Master Practitioner' and 'Trainer', often preceded by 'Certified') and the basic NLP behind each of these will be similar, the course length, depth of study and other requirements of the training can vary considerably. (At the foot of this article you'll find a list of some of the main certifying bodies and membership associations.)
The most extensive courses usually involve at least 120 hours study, but there are also shorter 'accelerated learning', 'fast track' and even 'on-line only' courses available. Be aware of this when choosing your personal development course and satisfy yourself that the training level and experience of those teaching is right for you.
Reviews, recommendations & teaching styles
Look for recommendations and reviews, some providers will publish these on their websites, but if none are available ask them to provide some. Also look out for independent reviews sometimes found on other sites. A personal recommendation is by far the best sort to look for, so ask around among friends and work colleagues.
These days many providers will have videos available and watching these may help you decide if you'll get on with that trainers teaching style. Also consider things like how long they've been teaching, are courses one-to-one or group, and are they more business focused than personal.
NLP combined with other therapies
On this page you'll not only find 'pure' NLP-only courses and retreats, but also those that use the technique along side other therapies, perhaps hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), relaxation therapies, yoga or meditation. These sorts of retreats can be a good choice if you're looking for a more holistic approach to your personal development, or if want a more relaxed holiday-type retreat that avoids the intensity of the NLP-only courses.
We also list specialist courses that focus on a particular area, be it weight loss, stopping smoking, dealing with phobias, or enhancing sporting performance using the techniques.
Some of the major certifying bodies:
It's useful to know something about the training, qualifications and professional memberships of those running courses, this list is intended give you a start by listing some of the main organisations you'll come across:
• SNLP (The Society of NLP) is the largest accreditation body, established by John Grinder and Richard Bandler (NLP founders) – society-of-nlp.net
• INLPTA (International NLP Trainers Association) is a Worldwide trainer/coach association – inlpta.com
• The British Board of NLP is a former UK certifying organisation which appears to no longer exist, however you'll still find practitioners quoting membership and qualifications from them.
• The American Board of Hypnotherapy & NLP - abh-abnlp.com
• Australian Board of NLP – abnlp.org.au
Other membership organisations who don't provide training but who's membership may be quoted by practitioners:
• The Professional Guild of NLP is a non-commercial, non profit making, association of training organisations and their practitioners – professionalguildofnlp.com
• ANLP (The Association of NLP) – UK based membership organisation – anlp.org
• The British Institute of Hypnotherapy & NLP is an independent, not for profit association of hypnotherapists and NLP practitioners – britishinstituteofhypnotherapy-nlp.com
• NLPA – nlp-association.co.uk
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Fire Dragon Adventures
based: Surrey, UK
Adventure holidays designed to awaken your mind, body, soul and appetite for fun. Offering personal development and NLP training in the Maldives, yoga retreats with a difference, a dive holiday with personal coaching and team building adventures.
| yoga | diving/snorkelling | NLP | self development | team building | Malaysia | India | Jordan | Maldives |
In Excellent Health
based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
A personal development retreat for healing or resolving weight issues. Raw, vegan, organic, delicious food is provided as well as massage, yoga classes and one to one coaching. Accommodation in Edinburgh is not included but recommendations are available.
| Scotland |
Irish Institute of NLP (The)
based: Dublin, Ireland
Providing accredited NLP training and services, with a range of weekend, mid-week and week-long seminars held in Dublin. Designed to help with happiness, time management, quality sleep, resilience, perfect pitch, weight loss, achieving goals and dreams, and 'The Rest of your Life'.
| Ireland |
based: Fife, Scotland, UK
Unique weekend personal development retreats in Fife. Offering time to focus on yourself, create your future, explore personal resources, learn motivation, discover inner strength and develop satisfying relationships. Nearby accommodation arranged with local B&Bs and hotels.
| Scotland | England |
NuBeginnings – Devon
based: Devon, UK
NuBeginnings offers a tailor made weight loss solution just for you. The average weight loss per guest is ten pounds. Through a week long programme of healthy eating, wonderful exercise, hypnotherapy and NLP guests leave looking and feeling like a new (thinner) person.
| weight loss | boot camps | spa | detoxification | NLP | England |
Seeds 4 Change (The) – HolA:The Holistic Life Academy
based: Hertfordshire, UK
Holistic holidays in Spain for people who want to take time out for themselves, plan what's next or just pause for thought. Enjoy beautiful surroundings, walking, swimming, as well as daily life coaching sessions and a range of relaxing therapies on offer. HolA – where your head can meet your heart!
| Spain |
Visions NLP Coaching
based: Bedfordshire, UK
Weekend retreats in the UK and abroad in Europe, in either Spain or Greece, for people wishing to get away and take time out for relaxation and self development using Neuro Linguistic Programming coaching methods and techniques.
| UK | Europe |
based: Hampshire, UK
A combined NLP, yoga and meditation retreat held Kalkan in Turkey, and weekend retreats in Southampton in Hampshire.
| NLP | Turkey | England |
based: Auckland, New Zealand
Offering 'The Keys To Success' training courses and weekends held in New Zealand, Japan and Thailand.
| NLP | New Zealand | Thailand | Japan |
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