Selah: Pause, Reflect, Discover Meaning
Fully Inhabited Grief: A contemplative retreat for traumatic bereavement
Spring 2017 (dates TBA) 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
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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 | 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 | 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 | 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| 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.