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Resting in the Dark…Emerging in the Light

Winter at Siena

Grief and loss are a part of life and can be catalysts for self-awareness and growth.  This day-long retreat will invite participants to rest in this inner darkness, not to resist it or fear it, but to befriend it 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.

The day will include reflection, sharing, prayer and meditation.

Saturday, January 15, 2022
The cost of $60 includes $20 non-refundable deposit, handouts, and mid-day meal.

Partial scholarships are available; please inquire.

To ensure social distancing, space is limited for this retreat. To learn more about our public safety protocols please visit

Siena Retreat Center is open for private retreats. We welcome you to add one or more overnights to extend your retreat experience. Meals are available with a five-business-day advance notice. Alternatively, you can bring your own food (fridge, microwave, toaster oven are available for use) or we can refer you to nearby restaurants.  Contact Nikki at [email protected] or (262) 898-2580 to make your reservation.

Grief Support Training Team

Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT, is the Program Director of the Grief Training Center of Wisconsin and is a social worker with over 25 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling. She is the Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, a program supporting children and families impacted by loss. Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact of grief on one’s life.

With a body-centered approach to healing and transformation, Kathy Ginn has led and taught several modalities of bodywork for over 30 years. Kathy is also a certified End of Life Care Doula, where she companions those at end of life. Kathy teaches Ethics, Inner Leadership, and the Art of Being a Healing Presence.


Cat Horzewski is involved in suicide prevention and bereavement facilitation in the Greater Milwaukee area. With over 15 years of experience serving youth and families through the nonprofit sector, she is pursuing her Masters in Thanatology through Marian University.


Daryl Powers founded The Grief Training Center of Wisconsin and is the author of   The Lies Cancer Told Me: A Journey Toward Truth. He is a graduate of Marquette University and spent more than 20 years supporting nationally known companies, while building corporate teams and raising his family.