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HEALING RETREATS FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LOST THEIR MOTHERS 

 

 

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The 2019 Mother’s Day call with Hope and Claire is now online here

Co-Led BY HOPE EDELMAN, author of Motherless Daughters, & Other mother loss experts

Founded by Hope Edelman & CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, LCPC, author and grief therapist

Did the death of your mother divide your life into a "before" and "after"?

Do you ever feel "stuck" at the age you were when your mother died? 

Do you often feel adrift without a mother's guidance and care?

Do you sometimes feel more connected to a mother who died than to the mother who lived?

Have you ever longed to sit in a circle of women who "get it"?

 

If your answer to any of these questions is "Yes",

Motherless Daughters Retreats may be for you.


FREE Mother’s day support:

Mother’s Day can be a bittersweet holiday for those of us who’ve lost our moms. It’s an occasion to remember the bond we shared, but can also be a painful annual reminder of what’s been lost. 

Join Hope and Claire for a free, 60-minute, pre-Mother’s Day video call.

May 6th @ 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST

On the call, Hope and Claire will offer suggestions for how to spend the day and answer viewer questions.

To sign up for the free call, please click here.



Motherless daughters celebrates 25 years!

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Motherless Daughters is turning 25…Please celebrate with us in Boston!

The readers of Motherless Daughters have made this book a treasured resource and gift for women for 25 years. To help us celebrate, please join us at a high tea in Boston on May 11th — the Saturday before Mother’s Day — to gather and honor mothers no longer living. The tradition that started in New York City in 1996 has been going strong ever since, with new cities joining the list every year.

In Boston, the empowerHER organization for motherless girls has been offering activities and mentorship for girls ages 5 - 24 who've lost their mothers. Every May, empowerHER hosts a Mother's Day retreat so the girls have place to belong on that weekend.

This year, Motherless Daughters and empowerHER are coming together for a unique, first-time event. While the girls attend their retreat on Saturday, May 11, Hope will hold an afternoon workshop and commemorative High Tea for adult motherless daughters (ages 18 and above). Whether you were a child, teen, or adult when your mother died, you're welcome to attend! 

From 1 - 5:30 p.m., we'll share activities, stories, and sisterhood as we reconnect with our moms and celebrate their legacies. The older empowerHER girls and empowerHER founder Cara Belvin will join our Circle of Remembrance, and we'll meet other members of their organization, too. (Feel free to bring a photo of your mom for our Table of Remembrance)


recent support from HOPE

Thank you to those who joined Hope for her free 30-minute call on March 23, 2019. On the call, she discussed anniversary and lifespan events that are particularly meaningful to Motherless Daughters. Click below to gain access to the recorded call and hear Hope:

  • describe three different kinds of anniversary and lifespan events that can re-trigger grief

  • explain why these still occur decades after a loss

  • share healing strategies for how to cope

  • answer listeners' questions that were submitted prior to the call


Upcoming Retreats

A workshop led by Hope for up to 40 people, from 10 am to 4 pm, in various locations. Content is specific for either Early Loss or Adult Loss, depending on the workshop.

The flagship retreat: a 3-night / 4-day retreat led by Hope and a co-facilitator, with meals and accommodation included. Content is specific for either Early Loss, 20-something Loss, or Adult Loss, depending on the retreat.

A retreat for anyone who has gone through the Motherless Daughters’ Retreats, with meals and accommodation included. Any alumni are welcome to attend these 3-night / 4-day retreats, with content focused on what’s to come for your unique life.


Praise for Motherless Daughters Retreats

“I’m so glad I took the leap and registered for the retreat. Stepping into the Villa on the first evening, I instantly felt welcomed and part of the group. I was in the right place at the right time. I am thankful to Hope, Claire, and the 21 other women for their warmth, openness, support, and deep empathy.”
— Emily, Seattle
“It’s been almost twenty five years since my mom passed away, yet I feel her presence with me and within me more strongly now than ever. I am so grateful for the gift of this retreat and new insight.”
— Jeri, Los Angeles
“I didn’t really understand the impact this weekend would have on me until we were about a day and a half into it. I was nervous and unsure before walking through the front door even though I wanted to be on this retreat. I can’t really explain it, but for me, it was a magical experience. I guess a more grown up word would be transformative.”
— Brittany, Boston
“My experience at the retreat was truly transformative. Hope and Claire put together a weekend of deep reflection and kindness that enabled me to think through many of the feelings I’ve had for years. The opportunity to talk about mother loss with a group of women that really understand was amazing and the support that I continue to feel many weeks after the retreat is wonderful. I just wish I had done this sooner!”
— Sarah, San Francisco
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Frequently Asked Questions

A Motherless Daughter Retreat is a powerful and often life-changing event. We've compiled this detailed FAQ to answer common questions participants have before and after registration. If your question is not covered here, please contact us at mdretreats@gmail.com