Renew hosts retreats to help people who are healing from a breakup/divorce and want to gain their personal power back.
Our approach bridges the gap between science and spirituality to create a positive momentum for moving forward. Whether you are someone who has recently had a breakup or you’ve experienced past heartache that hasn’t fully healed, Renew can help you rewire the heart so you can move forward in a healthy way, making space for healthy love.
Renew was founded by Amy Chan (see below), a relationship columnist and editor of relationship magazine, JustMyType.ca.
“A relationship expert whose work is like that of a scientific Carrie Bradshaw.”
— The Observer
About Amy Chan
Eight years ago, I was in a relationship with a man whom I thought I’d be spending the rest of my life with. He was my first love, and without realizing it, I had put much of my sense of identity into that relationship. When one day suddenly everything fell apart, I broke into pieces. Not only did I lose my partner, my best friend, but I lost my identity. I spiraled into a depression, broke out into panic attacks, and had thoughts of suicide.
During that time, I searched everywhere for a retreat or some safe place where I could go to get the healing that I needed. Unfortunately, there was nothing targeted specifically to the type of excruciating pain that comes along with separation. It took me almost two years to fully recover from that breakup and along the way, I learned critical tools for self-soothing and getting oneself back into equilibrium. I also count my blessings that I had such a great support system that helped me through the worst of the darkness.
The business idea for Renew came to me about a few years ago. I realized that most of the emails I get from readers of my blog were from people going through breakups and completely distraught on how to handle the pain. It was an AHA moment where everything came together, and I knew that I had to be the one to create a safe space for people to come and heal in a healthy way.
If you are going through a heartbreak, I promise you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are tools you can learn to process the pain of the past and move forward stronger and more empowered than ever before. This is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself, and change the direction of your life. The breakup may feel like the worst thing that’s ever happened to you, but it’s merely a bridge. This is one chapter in the overall storyline of your life. When your emotions take over and you feel like you’re going crazy, know that the feeling is temporary – it will pass. Know that you’re not alone. There are others who are also going through the same pain you are, and my goal is to create a community where we can support each other.