August 16-19, 2018
Early Mother Loss

(FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED. Get on the waiting list here.)

For women who were up to age 23 when their mothers died. 

Led by Hope Edelman and Claire Bidwell Smith, LCSW.

This three-night retreat is for women who've experienced early mother loss during childhood or the teen years (up to age 21). Together, we'll explore the enduring impact of a mother's death and absence; examine the messages, beliefs, and coping strategies we've carried forward; and welcome our mothers into our present-day lives. In a safe, supportive environment in Pacific Palisades, 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 feel part of a community of women who understand. The retreat fees include lodging (single or shared), all meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast), Saturday morning yoga class, and all workshop materials. Every participant is given access to a private Facebook group for ongoing support, as well as a follow-up conference call.


from 1,099.00
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We have two package options:

  • $1,099 covers the retreat, room and board for one person in a shared occupancy room.  (FULL)
  • $1,399 covers the retreat, room and board for one person in a single occupancy room. (FULL)

Please note: for registration, we require that by the first day of the retreat a minimum of one year will have passed since the date of loss.

Cancellation Policy
Up to 30 days before the start date: refundable minus a $200 cancellation fee
Within 30 days of the start date: Non-refundable

Organizers reserve the right to cancel the retreat up to 30 days before start date if minimum enrollment has not been achieved. You would then receive a 100% refund of the registration fee. We suggest you purchase travel insurance when you book airline tickets to avoid flight cancellation fees.

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September 13 -16, 2018
Early Mother Loss

For women who were up to age 21 when their mothers died.

Led by Hope Edelman and Sarah Saffian, LMSW.

This three-night retreat at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, Connecticut is for women who were children and teenagers at the time of loss (up to and including age 21). Together we'll address issues specific to this group, such as the fear of dying young, navigating adult relationships, and feeling "stuck" at the age we were when our mothers died. Using group discussions, experiential work, and writing exercises we'll explore the specific strengths and weaknesses that stem from early mother loss and start reframing and rewriting our life stories. Retreat fees include three nights of lodging, all meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch), Saturday yoga class, and workshop materials. Spa services and transportation are available for extra costs. Every participant is given access to a private Facebook group for ongoing support, as well as a follow-up conference call.

from 1,099.00
Room Choice:
Quantity:
Register Today

We have two package options:

  • $1,099 covers the retreat, room and board for one person in a triple occupancy room.  
  • $1,399 covers the retreat, room and board for one person in a single occupancy room. 

Please note: for registration, we require that by the first day of the retreat a minimum of one year will have passed since the date of loss.

Cancellation Policy
Up to 30 days before the start date: refundable minus a $200 cancellation fee
Within 30 days of the start date: Non-refundable

Organizers reserve the right to cancel the retreat up to 30 days before start date if minimum enrollment has not been achieved. In this event, registrants would receive a 100% registration refund. We suggest you purchase travel insurance when you book airline tickets to avoid flight cancellation fees.                                            

PLEASE NOTE for SEPTEMBER RETREAT
This retreat will be led by Hope Edelman, certified coach and author of Motherless Daughters, and Sarah Saffian, LMSW, author of Ithaka.