Grief Ritual Retreat

Day-long GRIEF RITUALS  –outdoors in the meadow at Sacred Groves  —

August 7, 2021   10am – 10pm

Note:  As of July 19th, this ritual is full-up.  Contact if you want to be on the waitlist.

Since 2002, Sacred Groves has offered the opportunity to gather and support each other in community to release grief, feel support and connection, heal our tender hearts. There are so few places in this culture where we can bring our strong emotions, our deep grief and anger. Many of us yearn to unburden ourselves with others, but find ourselves alone with our grief all too often. This is a place where your tears and heart-ache will be held in a sacred container with support and witnessing. The retreat includes talking circles, singing, ceremony, sharing food and quiet time in the woods. The heart of the retreat is an evening ceremony inspired by Sobonfu Some by Therese and Laurence, who were blessed to participate in a number of her Grief Rituals.

The spiritual framework for this retreat includes time-honored and earth based modalities such as invoking the energies of the 7 directions, utilizing the power of drumming and chanting, the belief that the natural world is a rich place of inter-connection with “all our relations,” and the importance of working with the unseen realms, including our ancestors.

Facilitators: Our “Grief Tending Team” includes 6 of us who have been involved in grief rituals here at Sacred Groves. Each brings unique gifts to the group :  Thérèse and Tere,  Laurence Cole, Mary Hart, Siena Tenisci and Joanna Laws Landis.  Thérèse, Tere and Laurence have been partners in offering this grief work since 2008; the others have joined the team in more recent years. We have all been involved in offering regular on-line grief rituals since March 2020.


Left-to-right: Laurence, Therese, Tere and Mary

COVID Precautions:  We are holding this ritual outdoors and are in the process considering what other precautions we might take so this event feels safe-enough in this time of pandemic.  Stay tuned for more details as we sort through the latest recommendations and make our plan.

Fees: The fee for the day-long Grief Rituals is $150.  If this fee is a hardship for you, write to Mary Hart.  We do offer partial scholarships to those in need.  Read more about our philosophy around fees by clicking here. Thank you for your generosity!

To Register:  Mary Hart is our registrar for these day-long rituals.  Please email her which date you would like to attend  (July 10 or Aug 7) at  In addition, pay $100 deposit on-line by clicking the PayPal “donate” button below or send through Venmo (Therese-Charvet).  Once we receive your deposit, your name will be added to the list of attendants.  More info will be sent once we get your deposit. Feel free to e-mail Mary if you have more questions.

Refund Policy:

  • A full refund will be given if our COVID precautions do not feel stringent enough for you or if you feel sick at the time of the ritual.  (Please stay home)
  • If you cancel anytime before 1 week prior to the retreat for other reasons, we retain $25 of your deposit as a “handling fee.”
  • If you cancel less than a week prior to the retreat, we retain $50 unless we can find a replacement for your spot.

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Click here for photos of past Grief Retreats.