About our retreats

Retreat Program

"You do not heal from the death of a loved one because time passes, you heal because of what you do with the time." - C. Crandell

This retreat is for persons who are grieving the death of a loved one and who are journeying towards healing and personal growth.

The death of a loved one can have a profound effect on your life and changes you forever. Grief is real. It is a natural response to the death of someone you love. It is unique to each individual.

The exploration of the grief process is not always recognized in our society, often leaving the person alone and nowhere to turn for support.

We recognize grief is deeply personal, however it can also be a collective experience. The retreat will allow you to share your grief with others in a way that provides opportunities to encourage and inspire one another. The retreat is held in a supportive and nurturing environment and respects the comfort zone of each individual.

The Society does not promote any type of religious belief; instead, participants spend time exploring what spirituality means to them. 

The team members of Sunrise Grief Retreat Society recognize and honour your grief process. Our team of health care professionals and complementary therapists use: group sessions, massage therapy, healing touch, guided meditation, QiGong or Yoga, and expressive therapy to give participants the opportunity to take a safe and guided path towards healing and personal growth.

  • Retreats are held twice a year - spring and fall. These are residential retreats beginning on Friday afternoon and ending on Tuesday morning

  • 4 - 7 participants will be accepted for each retreat.

  • Accommodation, meals and treatments are included with the registration fee.

  • Nalcohol or recreational drugs are to be consumed during the retreat. 

Typical Day Outline
7:30 - 8:15 Gentle Yoga or Introduction to Qigong 
8:15 - 9:00 Breakfast 
9:30 - 12:30 Group session 
12:30 - 1:30  Lunch 
1:30 - 4:15 
Quiet individual time 
Individual sessions (optional) for:
  • Massage
  • Healing Touch 
4:30 - 5:30Group session
6:00 - 7:00  Dinner 
7:30 - 8:30 Evening group session 

Spring retreat - May 3rd - 7th, 2019

The retreat starts at 3:30pm Friday and ends 10:30am Tuesday - Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon BC. 

The facilitators for this retreat will be Niki Knight and Julie Walkinshaw.

This retreat will be for any loss through death

Fall Retreat will be: October 18th - 22nd, 2019

The facilitators for the fall retreat will be Alma Jean Inkster and Colleen McEachran.