Our Story :
“We believe that everyone should have a second chance, that everyone deserves to be in a loving environment that is non-judgemental, and everyone should have some fun”
“Our Granny Nora lived in a lovely old house called “Scotswood” from 1955-2004 in a pretty village in Surrey, England called Shamley Green. It had a huge Scotswood tree in the garden. We only ever knew Granny to be in this house, and this place to be like home. Granny Nora loved her family fiercely and lived her life fully and actively until the ripe old age of 103!
We emigrated from the UK to Cape Town in 1972 with our parents, and believe that we brought with us a tenacity from Granny Nora; and over the years we learnt a ‘Go for It’ attitude from our mother who sadly we lost to cancer in 1990 when we were both very young”.
Louisa tested the very boundaries of life and lived fully, trying all things illegal & frowned upon as well as running businesses and always landing on her feet. Julia watched with a mixture of despair and admiration, but what always rooted these two was their ability to see the funny side, and their love for a home and creating which they got from their mother. And when they laughed, they always cried.
Louisa had always had a dream of starting a sober living home. Of creating a safe space that she couldn’t find for herself when she came out of treatment. A real home. A loving environment which was not only beautiful, but fun, light and supportive. In 2016 she approached Julia – as they shared the idea of wanting to make a difference and together they decided to ‘Go for It’. Scotswood Retreat was born.
“After just one year in rented premises, we moved to our own magnificent ‘Weltevreden Manor House’ in Lakeside, circa 1795. We knocked out, painted, furnished and flirted with ideas to create this special home which emanates our heritage – the history, the love and the dream of the Scotswood in Shamley-Green.
We are two crazy sisters & co-founders, full of love for each other, and a need to make a difference in the world…..we have created Scotswood Retreat for people who won’t give up. For people who want something better for themselves, for people who are brave enough to just Go for It”.
“The final product is a place of acceptance and healing. And a home we love. And we hope you will too”
Meet the Scotswood Team :
Julia and has been touched by addiction her whole life by family members who are recovering addicts and was inspired when Louisa approached her to start Scotswood Retreat. This was an opportunity to solve the problems she had experienced in the past with trying to get her own family members into an affordable, supportive, warm home-from-home facility that would increase their chances of staying clean. Julia has had many years experience in running her own businesses, has been named a Finalist in the Entrepreneur Category of the Business Woman’s Association, and is a Member of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation. But more importantly, she is proud to be involved in a business that truly makes a difference.
Tam grew up in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, in and amongst a few siblings. Being a curious spirit she was led out of Cape Town to live elsewhere on occasion, namely London and Plettenberg Bay. Tam has seen in loved ones the cause and effect of addiction and the freedom of recovery. It is through this and her innate pull to personal development that she believes in introspection, connection and change. This has helped her work deeply with people on an emotional level to help encourage their change.
After studying Counselling and Communication at the South African College of Applied Psychology, Tam set off to work in a treatment centre in Plettenberg Bay. These 7 years provided her with an array of responsibilities and of course experience: involving the care of clients, the management of staff and the care of the centre as a whole. Through her work, Tam understands the importance of creating a safe, structured, held and nurturing place where people can pick themselves up out of the addiction quagmire, feeling held and supported as they let go of their long held painful beliefs and self- perceptions; allowing who they truly are, often for the first time.
Tam now back in Cape Town, has joined the Scotswood team, bringing with her the importance of connection, support and her enthusiasm for personal development and change.
Addictions Counsellor & Recovery Assistant
In 2016 Inshaaf joined our team and quickly proved herself as an invaluable asset to all of our guests – they love her as she has a lovely positive disposition – she is a shining example of what hard work through the recovery program can achieve. Inshaaf has done recovery assistant training as well as being a registered counsellor and offers one-on-one sessions to our out-patients.
Inshaaf is positive and inspirational. She has been clean for 4+ years and works the 12 step program religiously. She has extensive experience in Eating Disorders, having suffered with this herself. Her experience with ED has taught her that no stone should be left unturned when it comes to process addictions as they are the silent killers. She also has a deep understanding of Biploar disorder and knows that it is a difficult time to adjust and for some, to even accept that they have a mental condition. We are proud to have Inshaaf as part of our team as she can offer our guests support through experience and understanding. She brings light & laughter to our guests, whilst being firm and holding them to their commitments.
Closed Group Sex Addiction Therapist
Corrie has been working in the field of addiction, co-dependency and trauma on both an in-patient and out-patient basis since 1982. In recent years Corrie’s focus has shifted to cater for the growing need for treatment of people suffering from sexual compulsions. She obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Cape Town and was also the first Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT) registered with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) in South Africa . She trained under Dr Patrick Carnes and Dr Ken Adams in the United States and is currently one of two such qualified therapists in the country. Corrie is warm, down to earth and loving combined with firm, ‘real’ and accessible. We are proud to have Corrie as part of our Scotswood team of professionals. Corrie is available for one-on-one sessions with our guests at an extra fee.
Relapse Prevention Counsellor
Ruby Weber has worked in the addictions field for over fifteen years. She is a highly educated lady with an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Post Grad Diploma in Education and an MPhil degree in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Cape Town. Ruby supervises both groups and individual counselors who work in the field of process and substance addictions. What’s most important though, is that Ruby has a decade and a half’s practical experience in counselling people with both chemical and process addictions, and her work in the addictions field has encompassed both clinical and operational positions. She has held the position of Clinical Director at In-patient treatment facilities, both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg, along with working in a secondary care facility as an Addictions Counsellor for the past three and a half years. Ruby’s counselling style is pragmatic yet compassionate, and we are extremely fortunate to have her on board!
Arina is not only our ‘money’ lady, she comes with the understanding of being a recovering addict herself, bringing compassion mixed with supreme control of the finances to the mix. Arina is a detail lady and so nothing slips by unnoticed. She is involved in the overall management and always provides a wise and logical perspective on things. Arina is your go-to person if you have any financial queries.
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Matthew de Smidt
Matthew is a warm and gentle soul who emanates wisdom based on his life experiences. Matthew is 2+ years clean and as a parent in recovery, he has lots of guidance to offer our guests in this area. He is an extremely active literature service member in the fellowship of NA and is literally a walking encyclopaedia of the 12 step program and traditions. He has a silly, dry sense of humour which creates an atmosphere of fun and laughter. Being of service is a purpose driven way of life for him now, which of course helps our guests tremendously at Scotswood.
Fred is our resident house-keeper. He fixes anything, makes beds, cleans, carries the guest’s bags, does guest’s laundry, and offers support – always with a ready smile and a willingness to help in any way he can. He has a lovely disposition which fits in perfectly with the energy we have in the house, and we are lucky to have him as part of our team.