Selah: Pause, Reflect, Discover Meaning
Fully Inhabited Grief: A contemplative retreat for traumatic bereavement
April 28-May 1, 2016 in breathtaking Sedona, Arizona
Come, rest, breathe, just be…
Our beloved dead remain a part of us always. That means grief remains a part of us, and so does love.
– Joanne Cacciatore
*Deadline to register is April 17th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if registering after that date to see if we still have rooms available. Thank you.
Join Us Every Morning
Join us Friday, Saturday, & Sunday mornings for a 20-minute contemplative practice from 6:20 to 6:40 a.m. Breakfast is served from 6:45 to 8 a.m. The agenda begins each day immediately following breakfast. Sacred silence at retreat center is observed from 10pm to 6am.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Evening Welcome & Introductions
- 2 pm-5 pm – Arrival and check in, meet and greet
- 5:30 pm – Dinner
- Begin 7:30 pm – Contemplative instruction, retreat etiquette
- 7:45 pm – Meditative movement
- 8:00 pm-10:00 pm – To pause, reflect, and find meaning in grief: Introductions and large group exercise by the healing fire circle
- 10:00 pm-10:20pm – Contemplative prayer/meditation
Friday: April 29, 2016 | Being with Grief
- How to be with our grief: Contemplative instruction
- Pause and attune, small group exercise/dyads
- This moment of grief: Meditative movement
- Intentional solitude and grief exercise
- Loving ourselves through grief: Small group self-compassion and care exercise
- Heartful and mindful mourning: Evening colloquy (talk)
- Walk of Courage: Starlight solitude lake meditation
Saturday, April 30, 2016 | Surrendering to grief
- Surrendering to grief: Small group exercise
- Turning toward grief: Contemplative instruction
- Waking up to grief: Meditative movement
- Turning toward the other: Creative prompt
- Re-member-ing our dead: Contemplative instruction
- Trusting the Wisdom of Grief: Sunset evening colloquy
Sunday, May 1, 2016 | Doing with grief
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” ~Henry David Thoreau
- Doing with grief: Deep listening small group exercise and exchange
- Being called to compassionate action: Large group exercise
- Moving toward the other: Meditative movement
- Closing colloquy
- Silent lake circumambulation
Leading the Retreat
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is the founder of the MISS Foundation and the Center for Loss & Trauma. She is a research professor at Arizona State University and author of many peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. Her life changed in 1994 when her newborn daughter died.
Karla Helbert, LPC is a MISS Foundation facilitator, award winning author, and bereaved mother with a private practice in Richmond. She is a certified yoga teacher and an aromatherapist. In 2013, she published the book “Finding your own way to grieve” on creativity, grief, and autism. In 2015, her book Yoga for Grief and Loss: Poses, Meditation, Devotion, Self-Reflection, Selfless Acts, Ritual was published by Singing Dragon Publishers.
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Cost and Facilities
Retreat will be held in breathtakingly beautiful Sedona, Arizona at at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center. This retreat is not affiliated with the Sedona Mago Center.
The registration fees include all meals and rooms for four days. A shared-room fee is $605 per person, private room fee is $805 per person. There is a discount if registering together for a shared room. Dana (a voluntary donation) will also be accepted on site should you wish to contribute to the work and help low income families. Please plan to arrive by 2pm on Thursday and depart at 2pm on Sunday. Register online. For more information call 602-279-MISS. See more at: missfoundation.org/retreat
To foster a fully present experience, we ask that all electronic devices remain in your cars, outside of the retreat. We ask participants to remain at the center and participate in all aspects of the program. When you are registered, more information regarding transportation, accommodations, and the retreat will be sent within several days. This retreat is appropriate for secularists and people of all faith traditions.
Payments may be made online through Paypal or by check to MISS Foundation, c/o Kelli Montgomey, P.O. Box 9195, Austin TX 78766. For payment questions, please email email@example.com. Your registration will be complete and your space secured once your payment has been made in full. Space is limited.