Grief Ritual Retreat

November 2-4   2018         
Starts Friday 1pm,  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.

Overnight accommodations: Friday and Saturday nights the ritual may go late, so those living more than a half hour away (e.g. on the east side of Puget Sound or farther than Poulsbo) should plan to stay here on Bainbridge Island.  As of August 9th, our lodging here at Sacred Groves is filled up.  Other lodging options on Bainbridge can be found through Airbnb and at local motels and Inns.  There are many choices.  (Note: there IS room in the retreat but not for lodging here at Sacred Groves)

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

Fees: The fee for this retreat is $400; this includes meals from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.  Lodging fees are additional whether you stay at Sacred Groves or elsewhere.

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. To make a deposit for this retreat on-line (using PayPal or credit card)… the “donate” button below or send a check (for deposit or full balance) to 9255 Holly Farm Lane, Bainbridge Island WA 98110. This will confirm your intention to attend.   Also send us an email so we can put your name on 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 2 weeks of the retreat, we retain the full $100 (unless there is a true emergency)


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Click here for photos of past Grief Retreats.