Grief Ritual Retreat

November 4-5, 2017
Starts 9:30am Saturday, Ends around 5pm Sunday.
optional Sweatlodge offered November 3, afternoon

As of September 20th, this Grief Retreat is full-up. We are taking names for a waiting list, so contact us if you are interested.

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 learned from Sobonfu Some by Therese and Laurence, who were blessed to participate in a number of her Grief Rituals.

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.  As of August 20th, all beds here at Sacred Groves have been filled.  We have made arrangements with Island Country Inn to reserve a block of rooms there.  Cost for a room with 2 beds is about $100 (including tax). We will help you find a room-mate who is also attending the retreat so you can split this cost with another.  Let us know if you are interested in that option.

Left-to-Right: Therese, Laurence, Tere, Kendra

Facilitators: This retreat is blessed to have 5 big-hearted facilitators, each bringing unique gifts to the group:  Thérèse and Tere collaborate with Laurence Cole,  Kendra E. Thornbury and Mary Hart. Thérèse, Tere, Kendra 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 $325; this includes support from four facilitators, 4 meals, overnight lodging for one night at the Groves, and 2 full days of ceremony/circle. If you stay elsewhere, the fee is $300.  For those coming for the Friday sweatlodge and overnight lodging Friday night, the fee is $400.($350 if you stay elsewhere.) If this amount is a hardship for you, please talk to us about spreading your payments over 3 months. We are also willing to 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. 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.  If you do cancel, assuming it is at least 3 days in advance, we will refund all but $25 of your deposit. 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. At that time, please also send an e-mail to Therese ( to let her know you are coming and whether you need lodging at the Groves for the retreat.  Lodging is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Often-times late registrants stay at the nearby Best Western because we run out of space here in the Groves.

To make a deposit for this retreat on-line (using PayPal or credit card)… 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.

Click here for photos of past Grief Retreats.