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Resting in the Dark… Emerging in the Light A Retreat for Those Grieving a Death

“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it… All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.”

- Eckart Tolle

The experience of loss—and the grief that follows—is often described as a darkness, a wandering through the dark.  It is as though a cloud follows us, no matter where we are or who we are with—like being in a fog. 

This journey through darkness is natural and essential for the slow, silent gestation of our becoming, our growing, and our finding new life. 

On this retreat, we will be invited to befriend the darkness and welcome the penetrating glimpses of light that give us hope and reason to go on, so that we can emerge stronger and with deepened faith. 

Offerings during the retreat day will include guided reflections, discussion, opportunities of silence, journaling, creative expression, prayer, meditation, and lessons from creation.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Cost of $55 includes $10 non-refundable deposit, handouts, and two meals. 


Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses Grief Support Services and is a social worker with 25 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling. She has companioned adults and children in individual, support group, workshop and retreat settings focusing on enhancing ones holistic well-being.  Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact grief has on individuals, families and friends.

Pete Reinl, companion and spiritual guide, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses.  With over 30 years of experience serving in faith and secular communities, retreat centers and funeral homes, Pete co-creates spaces of sanctuary for healing, honoring, storytelling, listening, exploring, integrating and transforming.  He has spent the last fifteen years dedicated to companioning those who are in life transition due to loss, as well as training others who wish to be companions of the bereaved.  His background includes certification in pastoral ministry and spiritual direction.  Having experienced several significant losses and his own life transitions, Pete brings with him a wealth of personal experience and wisdom in addition to his professional and spiritual background in loss, grief, and healing.

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Resting in the Dark

$10.00 deposit required
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