Ammerdown 2020 Retreat
Mar 23

Are you ready to dive into OMS 7-Step Recovery Program, explore the science behind it, learn how to adapt it to your daily life, and meet other people on the same journey? Then our 5-day retreat is the ticket, and it’s coming to the  Ammerdown Centre in Somerset, March 23-27, 2020.

Based on his best-selling book, Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, the evidence-based 7-step recovery program, the retreat model was developed by Professor George Jelinek and features a comprehensive and engaging program of discussions and activities that blend science and human experience into a practical path to making changes in your life that can improve your health if you have MS.

Our residential retreat programs include sessions that are therapeutic in their nature. Occasionally, these sessions can bring up past unresolved issues and associated emotions to the surface.  Whilst we want participants to be aware of this, we also recommend that attendees participant in as much of the program as they feel comfortable undertaking

What should I expect?

  • Highly participatory sessions that will engage and inform you about the science and the evidence behind the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program.
  • A customized, highly-tailored and practical plan for how you can integrate the OMS approach into your daily life to achieve better health outcomes.
  • Increased knowledge about a range of other issues, including medications, stress management, and self-help techniques.
  • Clarifying the truths and myths about MS and how to treat it so you can have more clarity about the condition.
  • Introduction to a warm, supportive, and friendly network of people who are going through the same experiences as you, and who can serve as touchstones for support well beyond the end of the retreat.
  • The ability to engage with presenters and other participants, get your questions answered, and come away with a sense of hope, purpose, and optimism for getting your MS under control and living a fuller, happier, and healthier life.
  • Benefit from the therapeutic content of the retreat, which will help you to understand yourself and the triggers that can create stress in your life.

Who are the presenters/facilitators?

Phil Startin

Phil is a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practitioner who was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and is a regular OMS Event Facilitator. He discovered Overcoming MS in 2011, and coupled with his earlier immersion into mindfulness meditation, awakened a whole new area in his life.  Read his full biography here.

Dr. Rachael Hunter

Rachael is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a mother of two. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Swansea University where she is co-director of the MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology and is also involved in research exploring how people respond to illness. Rachael was diagnosed with MS in 2012 and began following the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program shortly thereafter.  Read her full biography here

Véronique Gauthier-Simmons

Véronique started yoga in 2000, at the age of 34, when she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. Over the years, she studied different types of yoga with different teachers and qualified in Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Together with her husband, she created Taming the Walrus, which is dedicated to encouraging people with MS to practice yoga. Véronique has been following the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program for seven years.  Read her full biography here.


Samantha Josephs 


Since graduating from BCNH (UK College of Nutrition and Health) in 2008, Sam has been working in her North London clinic seeing clients on a 1-2-1 basis. Her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002 which has shaped the direction of her career gives her the compassion and unique hands-on knowledge to support so many others with the condition. She is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, a full member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and is also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – the only register for Nutritional Therapy recognized by the Department of Health. Read her full biography here 


Common questions

Can I attend the retreat with a partner or support person?

Yes! We highly recommend you attend the retreat with a partner or support person if at all possible. By sharing this experience with you, your partner or supporter will attain a deeper understanding of what the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program is, and they’ll be in a better position to help you adopt it and stay on course.

Can you tell me more about the venue?

The retreat will be held at Ammerdown Centre in Somerset, nestled in the tranquil woods next to a stately home, and surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens. Ammerdown is easily accessible from Bath (11 miles), Bristol (20 miles) and beyond, with ample free car parking. London is only about 120 miles away. View more information on the venue on the Ammerdown website.

How much does it cost to attend and what’s the process for securing a spot?

  • The retreat runs from 11.00am March 23, until 2.30pm March 27 2020.

  • The full cost is £965 per individual, or £1,700 per couple/ individual attending with a support person

  • These costs include all accommodation, meals and the program itself. Travel costs are not included.

  • As demand for these types of events is high, a deposit of £150.00 is due immediately to secure your spot. The outstanding balance is due by  31 January 2020. This payment will also be made on this website, so keep your login details safe. 

  • Deposits are non-refundable unless we find someone to take your place (which usually happens as demand is high), so if your circumstances change and you can’t attend, let us know right away.

  • Places are dispensed strictly on a first come, first served basis to be fair to everyone.

  • Once you have paid the deposit, the OMS events team will get in touch to start making arrangements. You can contact us on if you have any questions.

I would love to attend, but simply cannot afford to. ​

  • We believe that no one should be prevented from taking part due to constrained finances, so if you find yourself in that position but would still like to attend, please email us at and share details about your circumstances. We may be able to help. 

    Addtionally, we have a new bursary available to eligible under 35s 

    Please note OMS is a registered charity (No. 1157579) and all our events are not profit-making. 

What past Ammerdown retreat attendees have to say

“The OMS retreat was a true eye-opener for me.  I am now confident that I have all the tools and advice I need to face the changes of MS with strength, courage and hope.

“The week was truly life changing.  I am leaving here with positivity, curiosity, belief and a new family.

“On arriving at the retreat I felt apprehensive not knowing what to expect, but as the week progressed with all the wonderful information and knowledge sharing, I thought it was amazing.  I feel I have come away with new hope and so much to work  with - as I learn a new way of living for my health.”

“I loved it.  It gave me so much inspiration and optimism.  I had a lot of fun. Thank you”

Date and Time

Mon, 23 Mar 2020, 11:00 - Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 14:30


The Ammerdown Centre


BA3 5SW Somerset

United Kingdom

Refund Policy

No refunds