Healing Retreats for Women Who Have Lost Their Mothers

led by acclaimed authors and experts Hope Edelman and Claire Bidwell Smith.


Frequently Asked Questions

A Motherless Daughter Retreat is a powerful and often life-changing event. We have compiled detailed information in this FAQ to answer some common questions participants have before and after registration. If you have a question that's not covered here, please contact us at

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 lost without a mother's guidance and care?

Would you like to share a weekend with a room full of women who understand?

If so, Motherless Daughters Retreats are for you.

Upcoming Retreats


January 28-February 2, 2018
Early Mother Loss

For women who were up to and including age 20 when their mothers died.This five-night retreat at the new 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California, about six miles north of Santa Cruz, uses small and large group discussions, experiential work, and writing exercises in a beautiful northern California setting to help women reconnect with their mothers and explore the longlasting effects of mother loss in a community of women who understand. Several different types of accommodations are available. Registration will take place through 1440 Multiversity directly.


February 16-19, 2018
Adult Mother Loss

For women ages 21 and older when their mothers died. This three-night retreat is for women who've experienced adult mother loss. Together, we'll explore the different roles our mothers played in our lives and examine our new identities as women without mothers. In a safe, supportive environment in beautiful Ojai, California, you'll be free to share your challenges, triumphs, and fears. A combination of group discussions, experiential exercises, and writing prompts will help you continue to process your grief.


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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