Burnout Retreat in Thailand
Relax and Recharge in the Tropics

You were once on fire about your job, passionate about your career and eagerly looking forward to your goals. But now, it feels all but impossible to get up and go to work in the morning. Your energy is drained; your creativity is thwarted; you feel physically unwell. This is burnout.

Burnout can happen to anyone, but is especially common among executives, entrepreneurs and others with demanding, high-pressure jobs. It doesn’t happen overnight, but rather is the accumulation of long-term stress and the product of your environment, and if it’s not correctly addressed, it doesn’t go away easily either. Overcoming burnout requires life changes that support a sustainable relationship with your work – and with yourself.

The Dawn’s professional burnout retreat and burnout therapy programme gives you an opportunity to shift out of overwhelm, gain some perspective and put healthy habits in place, so you can return to your life feeling clear-minded, happy and productive.



The Dawn is Asia’s leading mental health retreat that focuses on healing on all levels.


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Signs and Symptoms of Burnout

Burnout often takes hold before you know what hit you – but if you know what signs to watch for, you’ll be able to see it coming and take the necessary steps to keep it at bay.

  • Anxiety – You might feel hyper-alert and jumpy, constantly worry about the future, or play out worst-case scenarios in your head.
  • Depression – You may feel guilty about your diminished performance at work or other areas of your life, leading to lowered self-esteem. Depression is a dangerous disorder – if you find yourself feeling hopeless or contemplating suicide, seek professional depression help right away.
  • Sleep disturbance – You may have a hard time falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night. You feel restless at night and sleepy during the day. This gets progressively worse as burnout intensifies.
  • Fatigue  You constantly feel mentally and physically exhausted. This is exacerbated by accompanying insomnia.
  • Pain and illness – Stress often manifests physically, in symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, headaches, muscle pain and more frequent bouts of sickness due to lowered immunity.
  • Effects of Untreated Burnout

    The prolonged stress of being in a state of burnout can lead to a number of problems, such as:

  • Mental and physical exhaustion
  • Pessimism
  • Loss of interest in your job
  • Interpersonal issues in the office
  • Relationship and intimacy issues
  • Irrational irritability
  • Decreased productivity
  • It’s easy to see how the effects of burnout can get out of hand and bleed over onto other areas of your life. Fortunately, however, burnout is highly treatable.

    Why The Dawn Thailand is Your Best Choice for Burnout Retreat

    At The Dawn, our team of highly qualified clinicians is led by world-renowned behavioural health expert David Smallwood, formerly of the Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland and Priory Hospital in North London. We adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethics with one goal in mind – your successful recovery.

    We stay involved in the international mental health community, and abreast of the latest therapeutic developments, so we can offer you the best treatments available. When you’re here, you’re in the hands of fully licensed professionals with years of experience in treating burnout and related conditions.

    Inpatient Burnout Treatment: The Effective Option for Making Lasting Change

    When you’re stuck in a rut and need to make a significant life change, it’s best to do so in a new environment, away from your day-to-day patterning. In a residential recovery programme, every day is fully scheduled with activities specifically designed to restore you to a state of balance. You’ll be surrounded by a compassionate, supportive group of counsellors and peers who are here to cheer you on and help you through your challenging moments. And, you’ll have access to our staff 24 hours a day, so you can breathe easily knowing all of your needs will be taken care of.

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    We take an effective approach to burnout recovery by combining evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapies with holistic wellness treatments.

    Comprehensive Cognitive Therapy

    Our compassionate counsellors help you tackle the causes of burnout at their core via cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which help you to recognise and correct your negative thought patterns, and teach you skills to cope with and change unhealthy behaviours.

    We also use cutting-edge methods like neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to help you regain control of your thoughts and emotions, and trauma release exercises (TRE) to help you safely and effectively relieve deep muscular patterns of stress you’ve been holding in your body.

    Burnout frequently drives users to self-medicate with anti-anxiety medications. We also offer integrative treatment for behaviors that occur with burnout.

    Holistic Wellness Treatments

    Holistic therapies are proven to bolster your recovery success and make your treatment experience more enjoyable. We aim to provide you with a positive and memorable retreat experience, so that your relationship with your new practices is something you’ll happily carry with you into your daily life when you leave. Our wellness therapies include: 

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Spa and massage therapy
  • Fitness exercise
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Art therapy
  • Muay Thai
  • Professional Burnout Retreat in Thailand
    Find Peace of Mind in the Land of Smiles

    Known for its relaxed culture, friendly people, scenic landscapes and rich history, Northern Thailand is the ideal place to find solace from your stress and ease your way into an improved state of mind.

    Our beautiful burnout treatment facility is located in the countryside just outside of Chiang Mai city, surrounded by small villages and picturesque rice fields. We’re perched on the banks of the Ping River, where you can fish or meditate during your downtime. And, you’ll enjoy delicious Thai fusion cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, for a balanced diet that supports your mood.

    A Day at The Dawn

    We believe in healing the whole person. You’ll receive intensive therapy, but meditation, relaxation, movement and recreational activities will all play an important role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn:

    07:00: Morning yoga / cycling
    08:00: Breakfast
    09:30: Process /  trauma group
    10:50: Tai Chi or circuit training / cardio
    11:30: Focus group 1
    12:30: Lunch
    13:30: Focus group 2
    14:30: Individual counselling, massage
    18:00: Dinner
    19:30: Offsite NA / AA meeting
    20:30: Rest & relaxation
    22:00: Bedtime

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