Welcome to CoDependents Anonymous

 

 We have a new CoDA UK Literature Online Store 

 

Visit our new CoDA UK literature website
codaliterature.co.uk here

 

Newly released and existing CoDA literature is available to purchase online now.  There are also several free to download CoDA support materials for CoDA UK meetings and new as well as existing members.

 

 

What Is CoDA?

Information For Newcomers

 

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a set of informal self-help groups made up of men and women with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives. CoDA is based on AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and uses an adapted version of their Twelve Steps and Traditions as a central part of its suggested programme of recovery.

 

To attend CoDA meetings, all you need is the willingness to work at having healthy relationships. This means that all kinds of people attend meetings. Individual members can and do have differing political, religious and other affiliations, but since these are not relevant to the business of recovery from co-dependency, no comment is made about them.

 

All meetings begin with an introduction which usually includes the Twelve Steps and Traditions, a welcome to newcomers, and an explanation of the format the meeting will take. There may be a speaker, or a reading of a Step or a topic. The meeting is then open for people to share their experiences, feelings and recovery with the group. There is no obligation to share if you do not wish to, whether you are a newcomer or a long-established member.

 

Each meeting usually incorporates a collection to cover the expenses of the group (eg hire of the meeting room) but CoDA is non-profit making. The meeting will end with a special prayer, called the Serenity Prayer. After the meeting, newcomers who would like more information can use this time to have their questions answered by more established members.

 

If you are new to CoDA, please read through all the information on this website, especially the page ‘Am I Codpendent’, and contact CoDA by email if you wish. The best way to get started is to choose a meeting from the list here, and simply go along. It is suggested, if you are new, that you go to at least six meetings to find out if CoDA is right for you. You do not need to ‘join’ formally – if you decide CoDA is for you, simply attending meetings makes you a member.

 

CoDA UK as the name suggests, is the UK arm of a worldwide fellowship.

 

Codependents Anonymous Mixed Retreat at Noddfa

Friday 17th January to Sunday 19th January 2020

 

Registration is Friday 17th January from 4pm (Dinner 6.30pm) and Ends Sunday 19th January at 3pm • NODDFA, Conwy Old Road, Penmaenmawr, North Wales LL34 6YF

 

(6th Annual NODDFA Mixed Retreat in the N.W.)

 

After our very successful 5th Mixed Retreat at the beginning of this year at Noddfa, we are happy to announce our 6th Annual Retreat again at Noddfa in January 2020.

This is a Codependents Anonymous UK Approved Mixed Retreat. CoDA Traditions are observed, and only CoDA approved literature is available for sale – for full details of CoDA Approval, please refer to the CoDA UK section of the CoDA UK.

 

CoDA Website: www.coda-uk.com

 

The Codependents Anonymous Approved Mixed Retreat will adhere to the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Codependents Anonymous, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

Codependents Anonymous is a spiritual program. 12 Step Meetings will be held throughout the weekend and CODA approved Literature will also be available. No outside speakers are involved.

 

There will be a social gathering on the Saturday evening – please share your talents with us! (though do be mindful of Tradition 6, i.e. no outside enterprises). All activities are optional.

 

The Retreat will take place at Noddfa. Noddfa is home to a small, extremely kind and friendly spiritual group of religious Sisters and is a venue used by 12 Step and numerous other groups throughout the year. It is a lovely old house with views of the sea and the hills. The grounds are full of trees, colourful shrubs and flowers. There is also a walled vegetable garden, a labyrinth and many other hidden treasures.

 

NODDFA is a Welsh word meaning ‘haven’ or ‘refuge’. A place of peace and welcome, a place where you can regain energy. This is the venue we have again chosen for our Retreat and we hope it will be a time for you to relax and recharge while taking time to be self- aware.

 

During your stay, it is not compulsory to attend all the meetings if you do not wish to.

The beach is a 10 minute walk downhill, and obviously it takes longer coming back. The mountains are also accessible and the grounds around Noddfa are vast. Most of the bedrooms are for single occupancy and each floor has ample washing facilities and plenty of tea-making areas. Please bring a towel and a hot water bottle for extra comfort.

 

The price is £124 for accommodation and food, to be paid directly to NODDFA by cheque or BACS plus a £10 Registration Fee on arrival.

 

The rooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and, to ensure financial manageability, the final cut-off date for booking and full payment will be 6th December 2019 to avoid the Christmas Post.

 

Please speak with either Sister Patrice or Sister Mary-Jo to book and pay for your place at Noddfa mentioning the January 2020 Coda Mixed Retreat. There are limited places as this is a very popular event, so it is suggested you book as soon as possible.

 

Please also notify Gillian of your booking and your email address at gilliancoda@gmail.com.

Payment should be made out to NODDFA for the £124 and on the back naming the January 2020 Coda Mixed Retreat or by BACS via NatWest Bank Account Number: 04537696, Sort Code: 52-21-49.

NODDFA details are as follows:

Phone number: 01492-623473

Email: noddfapen@aol.com

Website: www.noddfa.org.uk

 

Any further CODA queries for the Retreat please contact Gillian on 07792-236888 and on email at gilliancoda@gmail.com . The food at Noddfa is wholesome and plentiful (and their soda bread is delicious!). If you need a special diet i.e. vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free etc., please inform Noddfa when you are booking directly with them and also contact Gillian for any further queries and to register your place etc. We are looking forward to an exciting and uplifting Retreat and to welcome new and previous participants.

 

Are You On The CoDA UK Mailing List ?

 

CoDA UK GSRs, Meeting Contacts and Individual Members that would like to join our mailing list to receive details about CoDA UK retreats, workshops and for all other CoDA UK related communications, please send an email to:  coda.uk.nsc(at)gmail.com (NOTE: please remove the brackets from the email address – this detail was added to prevent spam bots)

 

Please include your service position in the email (if you are currently doing service) and state that you would like to be added to the CoDA UK mailing list. All CoDA UK members are welcome to join the mailing list.