Grief Retreat: Making Peace With Loss

Honoring Grief for Healing & Resilience
Rhinebeck, NY

Terri Daniel, PhD
Author, Grief and God

Donna Holland Barnes, PhD
Author, The Truth About Suicide

Heather Stang, MA
Author, Mindfulness & Grief

Register early to get the best choice of accommodations during this three day weekend grief retreat.

Grief retreats are an excellent way to get expert support and connect with retreat participants and loved ones who are also grieving. During this 3-day grief retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will connect with three esteemed grief authors who will lead you through healing practices to help you cope with loss and build resilience. 

Making Peace with Loss
Grief Retreat Description

In the wake of COVID-19, millions of us are experiencing loss—whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, or a way of life. We’re also experiencing the grief that comes along with those losses. Grief is one of the most universal human experiences, and many of us are experiencing it right now.

Whether you or someone you love is going through a painful experience of grief, there is solidarity and support to be gained from people who have firsthand experience with the challenges you are facing.

Join Dr. Terri Daniel, author of Grief and God, Dr. Donna Holland Barnes, author of The Truth About Suicide, and Heather Stang, author of Mindfulness & Grief, for a special weekend grief retreat where you discover how to tend to the pain of your loss. You’ll learn how to give yourself time and space to mourn, so that you can care for your grieving body, integrate the reality of what happened, pick up the pieces, and re-engage with life in a healthy, meaningful way.

While there is no single right way to navigate grief and loss, addressing the physical effects can be a good starting place. As you experience a grief-sensitive approach to mindfulness and yoga, you begin to release pent-up trauma, feel like yourself again, and get the sleep you need to process grief’s most challenging emotions.

Within a supportive community, you’ll gain valuable tools to understand and honor your loss and find a sense of meaning, so that you can begin to heal.

Grief Retreat Schedule

October 1, 2021

8:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Welcome & Introduction

8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Mindfulness & Grief
With Heather Stang

Explore a grief-sensitive approach to mindfulness, and experience how you can move forward on your grief journey without denying your love or pain. Learn how to care for your grieving body and improve your sleep, how to cultivate self-compassion to ease loneliness and fear, and how to transform difficult emotions into wisdom.

Please bring a journal to use during the practice.

9:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Restoration & Relaxation Guided Meditation
With Heather Stang

During this bedtime practice you experience a series of deep relaxation techniques that harness your body’s natural ability to release stress, anxiety, and tension. The meditation prepares you for a good night’s sleep and gives you a practice that you can return to again and again to ease the tsunami of grief.

October 2, 2021

9:00 a.m.–Noon
Grief as a Mystical Journey
With Dr. Terri Daniel

Gain healing tools not found in traditional counseling or support group settings, with processes such as heart-healing ceremonies, multicultural practices and cosmologies related to loss, art therapy, and family dynamic mapping. These processes help you focus on internal transformation rather than external events, and move the “stuck” energy of grief out of your body.

Please bring a sacred object that represents your grief journey such as a personal photo or memento.

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Surviving Loss Using Restorative Telling
With Dr. Donna Holland Barnes

Everyone has a need to tell "their story" over and over again. What were the circumstances of the death? Where did it leave you emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially? Retelling the story as restorative telling is a natural way to dissipate the psychic energy created by the trauma and to integrate the reality of what happened.

October 3, 2021

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Phoenix Rising Yoga & Journaling for Grief
With Heather Stang

When you feel shattered by loss, breathing and moving your body can release pent-up trauma and help you start feeling like yourself again. Yoga and mindful movement can lead you to a wellspring of wisdom, even in the midst of grief. This Phoenix Rising yoga session is accessible to everyone and may be practiced in a chair, lying down, or standing.

Please bring a journal.

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Suicide Prevention & Intervention
With Dr. Donna Holland Barnes

Learn how to recognize the signs when someone is in a crisis, how to manage the situation, and how to use tools to help yourself, family, friends, and community face adversity and build resilience.

11:00 a.m. a.m.–Noon
Next Steps & Closing Ceremony
Community Grief Ritual With All Faculty

To conclude the weekend, we will facilitate a beautiful interactive community ceremony to honor what we’ve learned, what we’ve gained, and what we wish to release as we move forward in our healing.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Register early to get the best choice of accommodations during this three day weekend grief retreat.

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