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The Relief You’ve Been Waiting For

Life-Changing Emotional Relief, Trauma Recovery, and Aftercare

“Brett creates a safe space to open up and has an innate ability to get to the core issues so you can process them and feel them leave your body. It was a life-changing experience.”

- Sarah Stanczewski, Working Mother

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“As a clinician, it was impressive feeling my own stress lift out of my body. I’ve already encouraged several family members to call for coaching!”
- Gerri DeBenedetto, Mother, LCSW


5 Day Women's Retreat for Anxiety & Trauma Recovery

Feb 9-14, 2024 (weekend or 5 day options)

Release Emotional Pain and Recover Self Love in the Beautiful Pocono Mountains


Break Free & Love Yourself Unconditionally

Join stress relief experts Brett and Stefanie Cotter for trauma recovery, emotional healing and happiness at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

5-Day or Weekend Options
5-Day $299
Weekend $149
+ Room (all meals included)
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The Stress Is Gone Method is a transformational healing modality that helps you quickly let go of overwhelming emotional pain, trauma, and anxiety.

Our retreats combine intuitive coaching, music, movement, and meditation to help you reconnect with self-love, inner peace & clarity. 

Immerse yourself in a fun, supportive & safe group environment and receive ongoing after-care to support your journey.

“Brett’s unique system reaches deep within the soul, alleviating stress and trauma. He is a lifeboat in the storm.”

- Debra Duneier, CEO, Eco Chi

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"Brett creates a safe space to open up and has an innate ability to get to the core issues so you can process them and feel them leave your body. It was a life-changing experience."

Sarah Stanczewski, Working Mother

What Makes SIG Retreats Different?  



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“This work allowed me to visit the perfect space of my existence and transports me beyond my biggest problems where I am free.”

- Elizabeth O’Neal, Mom, Real Estate Agent

Are you ready to break free from:

Unresolved Grief, Loss, or Heartache

Painful Mother/Daughter Relationships

Drug-Addicted, Abusive or Neglectful Parents

Veteran, Military, or First-Responder Trauma

Sexual Abuse, Assault, or Domestic Violence

Raising a Child With Special Needs

The Uncertainty of Family Court

Out-of-control Family Issues

Fear of Abandonment or Death

Caregiver Stress

Medical Trauma


“Divine light fills you like a caterpillar in its chrysalis and enables you to open up and evolve into a beautiful monarch butterfly.”

- Nicole Riley, Mother, Event Planner, PA


How the healing process works:

  • Brett asks you intuitive questions to gently surface the source of your issue, usually stemming from childhood.
  • You repeat guided affirmations that release old pain from your body, mind, and the memory.
  • These affirmations open your heart and release layers of tension.
  • As tension releases you feel more light, uplifted and empowered.
  • As each person lets go, others start releasing as well.
  • Music, movement & meditation support your transformation in a gentle, loving way.

“Battling depression, anxiety and PTSD for decades led me to several counselors but Brett was different. His technique guided me through the exact healing I needed. It didn’t take long at all! I say he is a “Miracle Worker” and I am a miracle! Life is sweet again.

- Rhonda Stockstill, Ret. U.S. Air Force

You will:

Receive individual attention and support through 1-1 coaching

Release stress and tension through movement, music & meditation

Create lifelong friendships with others on the path to healing

Make peace with your past and be free from your biggest triggers 

Get after-care support through ongoing classes, resources & coaching calls

“The intense anxiety about my daughter absolutely transformed. Thank you for providing a safe space for my spirit to ground, lift, and lighten. I am grateful for the healing energy I can access in my own body."

- Licia Thomas, Therapist 

Your Retreat Includes Continued After-Care Support Through:

  • 6-month access to the SIG Membership with 20+ live meditation + movement classes per month ($180 value)
  • 6-month access to our Monthly Coaching Workshops on Zoom ($180 value)
  • 50% off Private Coaching ($125 value)
  • The SIG Workbook and Masterclass to help you master the techniques ($20 value)
  • SIG mobile app for relief at your fingertips

If you're ready for relief, do whatever it takes to attend this retreat!

Chaos to Calm Workbook

"What I love most about Brett's work is how easy it is to use in everyday life. If you master these tools, you won't need many others in your tool belt." - 

Ross Guttler, CEO, The NY Open Center

 Reserve Your Spot:

Step 1: Choose length of stay below (5 day or weekend)

Step 2: Pay tuition on this website

Step 3: Book your room on Himalayan Institute website


Room rates $115-$225 per night with all meals included

*Rooms with private bathrooms are almost sold out!

2 Length-of-Stay Options:



Check in Fri 2/9 4pm ET, Check out Weds 2/14 at Noon

1) Pay Retreat Tuition $299

2) Look & Book Your Room



Check in Fri 2/9 4pm ET, Check out Sun 2/11 at Noon

1) Pay Retreat Tuition $149
2) Look & Book Your Room

Meet Your Guides

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Brett Cotter has over two decades of expertise helping people heal from life's most traumatic events. He has made a profound impact on the lives of others, guiding them to release the burdens of the past and conquer fear, stress & anxiety. His signature method has been taught in Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, schools, nonprofits, military bases, and disaster sites.

Stefanie Cotter is a wellness expert with a Masters in Eastern Medicine who will guide you in gentle morning movement to boost energy, feel a greater relationship with your body, and promote a sense of relaxed awareness, deep connection & inner power. 

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What People Are Saying...

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    “I was wrapped in the warmth, love, and presence of my deceased son, grandma, and grandpa. It was so peaceful. This happened again after another session and I felt my son with me all day. Brett truly has a God-given gift.”

    Teacher, Grandma, Wife AR

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    “When my wife filed for divorce I was heartbroken wondering, 'why would she leave me, how could she abandon me?' In our session I realized these feelings were with me since I was 9, when my mom died of breast cancer. In the session I reconnected with my mom's energy. Once I felt her love for me and realized there's nothing wrong with me, long term pain released from the left side of my body. The session helped me see we are one in life-force energy.”

    Mom, California

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    “I was shocked, for the first time I saw light beings. There was a team around Brett throughout the retreat. A large light being stood behind him and one by each side. At one point the large one raised an arm, spread its legs, and morphed into a triangle of light. Another knelt in front of Brett extending one arm.”

    Intuitive Energy Practitioner, Stamford CT




This type of emotional relief is something participants say they have never felt before in their lives. When you feel tension thats been with you for decades lift from your body and release from a traumatic memory, it can feel miraculous. But that's only the beginning. The real difference is the Stress Is Gone System of after-care and lifestyle change to help you seamlessly integrate the tools into your everyday life. Your retreat includes:

  • The Masterclass, 22 short videos that help you re-access the healing energy for the rest of your life.
  • Private Facebook Group, includes you in a community of likeminded people that access Brett's live training every week.
  • Guided Meditation Class every MWF @ 9am ET to cultivate your new stress free state.
  • The Workbook, which contains all the tools to effectively manage stress, anxiety and heal traumatic memories.
  • Stress Is Gone App, which predicts and stops stress in seconds and helps you commit to your meditation practice.

As you release old traumas & beliefs, you'll no longer get upset by the triggers you walked in with.

Walking out the door, most people feel lighter, empowered, and confident to navigate through life effectively.

Relationships will naturally shift as you leave more secure and at peace inside your body.

Then you can open up to all the possibilities life can offer.

Typical Day

  • Healthy Breakfast
  • On Select Retreats - Gentle Morning Movement with Stefanie (30 minutes)
  • AM Group Healing Session with Brett (2 to 2.5 hours) 
  • Healthy Lunch
  • PM Group Healing Session with Brett (2.5 to 3 hours) 
  • Healthy Dinner

First Group Healing Session

  • Includes Brett's introduction, each person states what they want to let go of and we begin.

Subsequent Group Healing Sessions

  • Are typically 2 1/2 hours with a short break in the middle.

Final Night

  • On Select Retreats - Final Night Dance or a Bon Fire.

Final Group Healing Session

  • Includes SIG technology integration to automate relief, lasting lifestyle change, and staying connected to move forward together. Plus a Q&A.

Weekend & Week-long Retreats (exact schedule varies by retreat center)

  • Weekend retreats typically include 4 group healing sessions. The schedule is: Friday afternoon arrival, Dinner, Intro-Session 7:30-9pm, Saturday Breakfast, AM Session, Lunch, PM Session, Dinner, Sunday Breakfast, Final AM Session, Lunch, and Departure. 
  • Week-long retreats typically include 8 group healing sessions, gentle morning movement, and a final night dance or bon fire. The schedule follows the above format but varies based on venue and day of the week the retreats begins.

Group Structure 

  • The group is arranged in a carefully spaced circle. Participants can sit in a chair or backjack, or lay down on a yoga mat with a blanket and pillows.>

Discovery Phase

  • Brett asks questions to quickly surface the original memories at the source of your pain. For example; if you are experiencing stress with your spouse, often the pattern stems from not receiving the love you wanted as a child from one of your parents. For years these older memories have been buried deep in our subconscious and make every day stress overwhelming. As the original memory surfaces participants feel tension arise in their body, then they raise their hand and are guided through the release phase.

Release Phase 

  • Brett leads the group through easy-to-follow affirmations he intuitively receives in the moment to release tension from the body, mind, and original memory. Imagine a simple game of “Simon Says” for stress relief. These affirmations hold the opposite energy, frequency and vibration of the pain, and reconnects the individual with their higher-self and energy source. During this phase participants release deep layers of emotional pain and feel powerful waves of self-love throughout their body, often describing warm tingling sensations, suddenly feeling lighter and having wide open space where there was tension.

The miracles that happen have to do with the healing energy your spirit has been waiting to bring you. My favorite part of the work is witnessing waves of unconditional self-love heal a persons body from the inside out. You are forever reconnected with your essence as the experience becomes part of who you are, you own it and can access it again and again.

I do my very best to get out of the way, to let your spirit guide me in what to say to release the old pain from your body, mind and soul. Since 1999, I've been working with this healing energy and learning from it. For almost 25 years I've been honing my ability to hear and feel your pain while listening to your spirit how to heal it.

Music, movement and meditation help anchor the emotional transformation within the body. 

Our gentle morning Qi-Gong helps ground in the feeling of being safe in our own skin. This helps participants become present as the emotional healing work begins.

Our evening session uses simple movements that build with a sequence of uplifting songs that bring us into a fun state of free-form dancing. The experience reconnects us with joy and happiness. 

All movement sessions are optional for retreat participants.  

Meditation is pavement for the peaceful path, a tether to our source, that helps us release attachment to the material world and stay in-touch with our center.

Our Guided Meditations align the psyche with quickly releasing tension from the body. Our cells are ready to let go while the mind requires some help to do so. 

After attending an in-person retreat you have a complimentary 6 months Stress Is Gone Membership that includes:

  • 3 Live Meditation Classes per week
  • 2 Live Movement Classes per week
  • 1 Live Training per week
  • 1 Live Coaching Call per month
  • Replays + Teaching Libraries
  • The Masterclass / Workbook / Mobile app
  • Access to our growing SIG community of like-minded people that support one another throughout the journey.

This retreat is for anyone overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, or traumatic memories and is ready to let go. This work helps you process and heal the most painful events of your life. You will be in a safe place and must be willing to answer Brett's discovery questions and repeat the releasing affirmations to heal your pain.

If you're feeling any of these, this Stress Is Gone Retreat is definitely for you:

  • Overwhelming anxiety, doubt and fear
  • Depressed, disconnected, alone
  • Emotional pain from heartache or lost loved ones
  • Things feel out of your control
  • Like you're missing out on life
  • Recent life changes
  • Traumatic memories that block you from feeling empowered, confident and happy

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