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Time Away to Honor Your Soul: A Retreat for Those Who Companion the Bereaved

January 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - January 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm


“Honoring the Soul will have outcomes for our work in the world. But if we want those outcomes to occur, we must approach the Soul for no reason other that to honor it, making no effort to direct or demand certain outcomes. ”
– Parker Palmer

“Silence for the soul,” this retreat is an invitation to those who companion the bereaved to nurture their soul. It is a time away simply to be, time away from the busyness of our lives of doing for others. It is a time for stillness, a time to listen to our souls speak.

On this retreat, you will be invited to take time to listen to and honor your soul through silent reflection, guided meditation, shared discussion, group prayer and ritual, and creative expression with art supplies.

This retreat is appropriate for anyone who companions the bereaved, both volunteers and professionals. It is open to people of any faith or spiritual tradition. Note that this is a reflective retreat experience, distinct from an educational gathering, training, or workshop.

Saturday, January 27, to Sunday, January 28, 2018
The retreat begins at 9:30am on Saturday and concludes at 1:00pm on Sunday.
Cost of $175 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, and meals.

Co-facilitator Gene Berres is a hospice chaplain providing end-of-life spiritual support to patients and family members. His background includes ordained church ministry and chaplaincy. In recent years he has focused on integrating self-care and self-compassion with the role of caregiving by providing support and guidance to those serving in professional caregiving roles.

Co-facilitator Melissa Minkley, MSW, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses grief services and is a social worker with over 20 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 one’s holistic well-being. Personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact grief.


January 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am
January 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm


Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402 United States
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(262) 898-2590
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