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How To Live When A Loved One Dies:
May 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - May 8, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
A retreat on transforming grief and loss
How do we deal with the intense grief and suffering we feel when we lose someone we love? How can we navigate the storms following separation or the death of a loved one? The pain that comes with loss is a natural and deeply human experience. In times of grief, we are often overwhelmed by feelings of despair. How can we find the way to touch peace and happiness again?
In this five-day retreat we will practice coming back to ourselves and calming our strong emotions. We will investigate our deep-seated beliefs about happiness and suffering, and birth and death. Often it is these very beliefs that are the obstacle to our happiness. When we know how to come back to the present moment, to take care of our strong emotions, we can touch peace and find relief. When we gain more insight into the true nature of birth and death, our grief begins to transform.
Ancestors altar at Magnolia Grove Monastery | Photo by: Jamie Hadnagy
Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is for anyone who has experienced the pain of loss or is facing loss in their lives. We may be grieving the death of a loved one, or may be undergoing a separation, serious illness or other major life challenge. When we come together to share our stories, to listen, to smile, to laugh or cry, healing takes place. The insights we gain from others who have experienced deep grief and loss help us regain confidence and hope, and can help us touch peace and joy again. We know that we are not alone. The connection and support we feel helps us heal and transform.
What will we be doing?
The practice of mindfulness is the foundation for our peace and happiness. Together we will practice sitting and walking meditation, enjoy the silence and nourishment of mindful meals, listen to Dharma talks and presentations, take part in sharing circles (Dharma sharing) and much more. No prior experience with meditation is required.
There will be an opportunity for individual or group consultations depending on demand and available resources.
COVID Safety measures
To protect the community and for your own safety and peace of mind, we are taking the following measures for this retreat:
- We will observe the CDC guidelines and wear KN 95 or N95 masks indoors. We have KN95 & N95 masks and rapid at home Covid test kits available for a small donation.
- All retreatants must be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot, if due, at least 2 weeks before arrival. All retreatants are highly encouraged to get Covid testing prior coming to the monastery.
- The number of participants in this retreat is limited to a maximum of 50.
- The numbers of people per room is limited to 1 or 2, unless wish to share with a group/family.
Please let the office know if you have any special needs or concerns by email or in the notes box in the registration form.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
We do not want the cost to block you from our retreats. If you cannot attend a retreat due to cost, we strongly encourage you to ask for a reduction.
This is a four night retreat. Prices include the cost of all activities, three meals per day and lodging.
- DORM/CABIN bed in a shared room $100 per night
- DORM/CABIN bed in a single room $150 per night
- TENT / RV/COMMUTER $60 per night.
Discounts for students and seniors 20%, teens 30% and children 40%
- On request, a cabin with a bath may be available at a premium of $70 extra per person per night. Request in notes box of registration form. We will make the adjustment and get back to you if available.
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