2018 OED dates
Feb 5-9            
OED Foundations                 June 18-22     OED Transitions
Feb 19-23         OED Transitions                   Aug 20-24       OED Foundations
March 19-23   OED Foundations                 Sept 3-7            OED Connections
April 16-20      OED Connections                 Sept 24-28      OED Foundations
May 14-18        OED Foundations                 Nov 19-23        OED Foundations

Personal Development Weekends (open to anyone)
1-3 June         Emotional Wellbeing
9-11 Nov         Healthy Relating

What is ‘OED’?
OED stands for ‘Overcoming Eating Disorders’. There are three different OED courses, as above, held at various times throughout the year. These take place at Nicholaston House, Gower, Swansea, South Wales; however people come from all across the UK and overseas.

To learn more about the courses see the Nicholaston House  2017 Online Brochure pages 14-18 and visit the OED page on the NH website. To fill out an enquiry form press here and to find directions visit the Contact Us page. Paper copies of anything can be arranged by phoning the office on 01792 371317.

Who can attend?
OED courses are open to anyone with an eating disorder, be it diagnosed or undiagnosed, who wants to work towards recovery, even if apprehensive about doing so. We keep the groups small, around eight delegates plus team.

What if  I have other issues?
It’s not uncommon for those with eating disorders to have additional issues, such as self-harm, depression, anxiety, addictions, OCD, autism, PTSD and dissociation. We have worked alongside these and many other situations.

To what model do you adhere?
It is an inside out model – believing that change on the inside affects change on the outside, hence much of our focus is on what lies beneath an eating disorder and how we feel towards ourselves more than the actions or behaviours carried out. We offer a physical, emotional and spiritual approach and come from a Christian perspective, but you do not need to be a Christian to attend.

What is the programme like?
It is a varied and busy programme comprising interactive teaching, creativity, group and individual sharing, creative and therapeutic activities, equine facilitated therapy, countryside and beach walks, thought for the day, evening reflections and prayer (if desired).

Do I need to attend all the whole course?
Yes. It is important to arrive the required time (2.30 pm on Monday) and to leave after the closing session (11.00 am on Friday). Each session builds on the previous and as we also work together as a group it is a requirement of attending that you are the from the beginning to the end.

What about food and meal times?
To help decrease stress levels, on the day of arrival we talk about fears around food & menus etc. Meals are carefully prepared with eating disorder people in mind and the amount eaten is entirely down to the individual. All we ask is that each person does their personal best. There is a guest kitchennette with a fridge and microwave which you are welcome to use to make drinks and store any of your own food items.

What sort of creativity is there?
On the different courses we use various types of creativity, including: collage, clay, painting, colouring, sand-tray work, music, singing dance, etc. The benefits of creativity is that it accesses a different part of the brain, bypassing a lot of thinking and it is not dependent upon finding words to explain how you feel.

Are animals used as part of the therapeutic process?
We believe that for many animals play a significant part in combatting mental health. They can have a calming and de-stressing effect and also offer unconditional acceptance. We use a Ragdoll cat called Willow, a Connemara pony called Sweetie, as well was other horses. We sometimes take groups to visit rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings and piglets.

Is help available after the course?
On the last day of each course we spend time working with you to explore your next steps and what support you can access once you leave Nicholaston House. This includes help local to you, further courses and/0r booking Skype support sessions with Helena.

What if I can’t afford to attend?
We keep the costs of OED to the lowest possible.  However, if you cannot afford to pay the full amount then please write explaining your financial situation and we will send you details of grants for which you may be eligible, including the ‘Libby Willis Fund’.

To gain more of a feel for the weeks, visit our Gallery.