Grief Ritual Retreat

 Dates for 2018:  March 3-4; November 3-4             
Starts Friday mid-day,  Ends around 5pm Sunday.

This retreat is an opportunity to gather and support each other in releasing grief and healing 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.

Because this work will open your heart and leave you feeling raw and exposed, we will gather again on Sunday morning for debriefing, more grief work, a ceremony to bury the items left on the Grief Altar and then will celebrate with food and singing. We want you to go back into your lives feeling refreshed and grounded. We plan to be done by late afternoon on Sunday.

Overnight accommodations: Saturday night the ritual goes late (sometimes after midnight), so those living more than a half hour away (e.g. Seattle, farther than Poulsbo) should plan to stay here on Bainbridge Island.  We have lodging space for a limited number in shared rooms here at Sacred Groves.  These are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.   Note: as of January 10, lodging here at Sacred Groves is full-up  We have made arrangements for a few rooms to be held at a lower rate at the nearby Quality Inn.  Please inquire for details.

38147388866_3384222df1_nFacilitators: This retreat is blessed to have 4 big-hearted facilitators, each bringing unique gifts to the group:  Thérèse and Tere collaborate with Laurence Cole and Mary Hart. Thérèse, Tere and Laurence have been partners in offering this grief work for over a decade; Mary joined the team in 2016.

Fees: The fee for this retreat is $300 for Saturday and Sunday; this includes support from four facilitators, 4 meals, and 2 full days of ceremony/circle.  For those coming on Friday for the sweatlodge, the fee is $350.  Lodging fees are additional.

If this amount is a hardship for you, please talk to us.  We do offer a limited number of partial scholarships to those in need; if you would like to request such, please write to us about your circumstances.  We are also open to installment payments. Read more about our philosophy around fees by clicking here. Thank you for your generosity!

A $100 deposit is requested to confirm your commitment and help you hold to it when you begin to waver.   Please make your deposit on-line (below) or send it to 9255 Holly Farm Lane, Bainbridge Island WA 98110 to confirm your intention to attend.   Also send an email.

To make a deposit for this retreat on-line (using PayPal or credit card)…..click the “donate” button. Otherwise, you can mail a check. Please note: if you would like to pay the full fee using your credit card, please add $10 for the fees PayPal deducts. You can always mail us a check for the balance ….address above.

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PLEASE RSVP by sending an e-mail if you are interested. More info will be sent once we get your deposit. Feel free to call or e-mail if you have more questions.

Refund Policy:  If you cancel prior to two weeks before the retreat, we refund you in full, minus a $25 handling fee.  If you cancel 1-2 weeks before the retreat– we refund all but $50.  If you cancel less than a week before the retreat, we retain your deposit (unless we can fill your spot with someone on the waiting list)

Click here for photos of past Grief Retreats.