Selah: Pause, Reflect, Discover Meaning
Fully Inhabited Grief: A contemplative retreat for traumatic bereavement
April 17-20, 2014 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
Once the retreat fills, we will begin a waiting list.
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. Frequently asked questions.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 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 18, 2014 | 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 19, 2014 | 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, April 20, 2014 | 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.
Roshi Paul Genki Kahn has created and directed public and private mental health treatment centers for marginalized peoples in New York and New Jersey for the past 30 years and founded and is spiritual director of Zen Garland in NY, a center for interfaith spirituality.
Sensei Monika Seiryo Brunner began studying Christian contemplation in 1977 under Pastor Paul Huber in Switzerland. She also directed both a farming training center in Switzerland and therapeutic residences for the learning disabled. She is a meditation teacher and spiritual mentor at Zen Garland.
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.
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Frequent asked questions here.
Other Key Faculty
- Lisa Schmidt, MS, Integrative Health Therapist, yoga instructor
- Yasaman Parsi, LAC, MISS Foundation grief counselor
- Angela Lieber, Sarah Henderson, Theresa Faulkner, and Macie Myers, MSW interns/counselors
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.
Registration fees include all meals and rooms for four days and is based on a sliding scale fee range of $550-$850. Please pay to the highest of your ability, on the honor system, between $550-$850. 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 5pm on Thursday and depart at 2pm on Sunday. Register online. For more information call 602-279-MISS or 928-554-4394.
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.