Grief Ritual Retreat

2020 Retreats:

March 7-8 at Sacred Groves (Note: this Retreat is full as of Jan 20; please inquire if you would like to be on a wait list.)

April 23-26–At Indralaya, on Orcas Island Starts at dinner Thursday, ends at lunch Sunday. For more info and registration for this retreat, see the Indralaya website.

November 7-8 at Sacred Groves  (Note: Registration for this retreat opens after May 1, 2020; check back after that for updated fees as well)

These retreats are 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.

Facilitators: 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.


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

The following information is relevant to the retreats at Sacred Groves. If you would like to join us at Indralaya on Orcas Island, follow this link for more information:

Overnight accommodations:  Those living on the east side of Puget Sound or a farther drive than Poulsbo should plan to stay here on Bainbridge Island during the retreat. Lodging at Sacred Groves is limited and assigned on a first-come, first served basis. About half the retreat participants need to find lodging elsewhere. As of January 5th, our lodging for the March retreat is already FULL UP. Other lodging options on Bainbridge can be found through Airbnb, the nearby Quality Inn or Marshall Suites (10 minutes drive).

Fees: The fee for the 2 day Grief  retreats is $300. Fees include meals during the retreat. Lodging is additional whether you stay at Sacred Groves or elsewhere (please inquire).

If these fees are 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 and an email is requested to confirm your commitment. To make your deposit on-line (using PayPal or credit card)… the “donate” button below or you can mail a check (for deposit or full balance) to 9255 Holly Farm Lane, Bainbridge Island WA 98110.  In addition, please let us know if you need lodging.  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 call or e-mail if you have more questions.

Refund Policy:

  • If you cancel more than a month prior to the retreat, we retain $25 of your deposit as a “handling fee.”
  • If you cancel less than a month prior to the retreat, we retain $50.
  • If you cancel within 1 week of the retreat, we retain the full $100 (except in the case of an emergency)

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Click here for photos of past Grief Retreats.