The Life Beyond the Horizon Retreat Model

We think traditional therapy is a perpetual trap…

Instead we focus on helping compulsive gamblers to make better choices, debunking all the addiction and recovery myths that keep them trapped in the old rehab system.

In our ‘In Natura’ concept we set them free…and it works!

Sign up to the newsletter

I'm Nuno,

a psychotherapist dedicated to helping compulsive gamblers and their families, I’m proud to have helped hundreds of people survive some of the hardest experiences of their lives.

Having seen too much pain and misery caused by this illness, I became passionate about continuing to help where help is needed.

I'm Karen,

by recalling my past experiences, I know how this addiction can potentially tear families apart, this is an opportunity for me to share my experiences, understanding, compassion, and give to others.

I am proud to be part of Nuno’s world.

Together we are:

Co-founders of Life Beyond the Horizon CIC a not for profit company reg in the UK No:11291578

And we strongly believe:

Future Planning is central to maximize and sustain the compulsive gamblers’ personal growth, including a strategy that ensures they have continuing success when they return home, becoming an asset to their families and community.

Some things have not been fixed

Compulsive gambling is known as the hidden addiction (I call it the silent killer), because it is hard to talk about it.

It is:

  • Misunderstood
  • Marginalised
  • Overlooked by society as it supposedly affects only ‘those certain types of people’

In reality, Gambling is increasing worldwide mainly due to online accessibility and lack of regulations, affecting more and more youngsters, women and adults from all backgrounds….and very little is being done to stop or reduce this growth.

1 in 5 Gamblers contemplate suicide, much more than with alcohol or drugs. While there are thousands of resources and treatment centres for these, there is very little for the compulsive gambler, therefore the gambler feels un-helped, unnoticed and forgotten.

If you look at the financial and health aspect, then it is hard to drink or ingest £1,000 but a gambler can spend more than that in a minute…

If you consider a gambler affects over 14 people around them, then you can see how this destroys many lives.

A well dress businessman. Addiction to gambling can happen to anyone.

Beyond the problem

With more than 6 years clinical practice and hundreds of positive results for compulsive gamblers, we know how to help them rebuild a healthy, happy addiction-free life.

Historically recovery has taken months but our new educational program will give them the freedom they were born with in a matter of a couple of weeks. It is a way to help them rebuild lost relationships and regain once more the trust of their families and friends.

We’re excited to share with you what we believe is one solution for this worldwide illness:

The unique ‘In Natura’ environment of Life Beyond the Horizon Retreat will enable them to grow, to experience the path of freedom and help them move beyond their gambling addiction to experience true healing.

By taking the gambler away from their usual environment it gives them the best opportunity to be whole again and educating them to take one breath at a time.

Two people sitting on a log in a forest

Our education program will include:

  • Repairing relationships
  • Learn to live a life without gambling
  • One to one Counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Food educational programme
  • Fully equipped to live a life in life terms
  • Exercise and nature orientated program
  • Mindfulness and yoga
  • Pay it Forward Community (peer support)
  • Educational program for family members
  • Future planning

As a result, recovery for good will no longer be a possibility, but an inevitability.

Person sitting writing. Education is a part of our solution at the Life Beyond the Horizon's Retreat for addiction

I’m an expert, but we don’t have all the answers and resources to make it happen…

Dear Friend, Karen and I are passionate about helping thousands to recover and we are hoping you will take this opportunity to embrace our vision and give us your support in any way you can.

There are many ways you can help, it doesn’t have to require money, although every pound, dollar or euro will be put to good use, or maybe you can spare a little bit of your time. Take a moment to look at the options below or contact us on

If you’ve read this far, thank you. We hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. The best way to stay connected, is to subscribe — just enter your name and email to see our progress and the results we’re achieving with our unique and innovative educational program.

Sign up to the newletter

Together let’s help thousands to move beyond their gambling addiction.

With Love and Gratitude,

Karen and Nuno

Nuno smiling. Nuno and Karen dont' have all the resources to make the Retreat happen.

Want some more information?

Follow the links below to find out more about the Retreat and what we’re doing.

If you'd like to get in touch...

You can call us:

+44 7532 072 650

+44 7765 303 780

Or you can email us at:

Photo of Nuno and Karen, founders of Life Beyond the Horizon, a Retreat for addiction.