Ends on


"When talking about loss, the language of “move on” paints a visual for me. One that is abrupt. One where something sacred is bypassed. One where the process looks hurried and incomplete. I see a brush kissing a canvas and then drying out mid stroke. I see an impotent pen unable to touch a page.

When you find yourself in the wilderness of loss, it takes courage to walk through the forest of grief instead of quickly running back into the busy streets searching for what can no longer be found.

Your story is different now. Your precious canvas has a hole in it. May you have the courage to be with the paint and ink of your feelings as you travel through. You might feel destroyed. I know. You are being recreated."

--Octavia Raheem, Pause, Rest, Be

We’ve been living with a heightened sense of grief and loss over the past two years as we collectively navigated a global public health pandemic. Add to that our individual, personal experiences of sorrow, and the loss may feel overwhelming, even unbearable. Words are different now, changed and purified by experience. We are different now, recreated by journeying through the deep forest of grief. Still, we write, and what is written is set free. What is written is honored in light.

The intention for this retreat is to create a mindfulness-based supported space to work with and write about feelings of grief and loss. We’ll gather together for four workshops, but there will also be private time for writing, resting, contemplating, and walking our trails.

Note: Though this is a weekend intended for healing, the subject of grief can be intense. The facilitators for this retreat are writers and teachers, not therapists or counselors. Please consider whether you are emotionally healthy enough to participate before registering.

Place: Rockvale Writers' Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Road, College Grove, TN
Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 4 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, November 6, 2022
Cost: $450.00 (tax included) $50 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Balance is due by October 4, 2022
Includes: 2 nights in a private bedroom/bathroom suite, access to RWC common areas, gardens, and hiking trails, 5 meals with wine at dinner, 4 workshops, community with other writers.

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