About the Program
About the Retreat
Join us for a day-long retreat focused on navigating grief and finding solace in the healing power of nature. Led by experienced facilitators, this transformative experience offers gentle practices, reflections, and nature-based activities to honor your grief and foster healing. Connect with a supportive community and take meaningful steps towards resilience and inner peace. Embrace the transformative healing journey at the intersection of grief processing and the soothing embrace of the natural world.
Nature Day Retreat for Grief & Loss allows for a safe space where people can gain tools to cope with the pain of loss. We'll explore resources to call upon when feelings of grief seem overwhelming. This day retreat will provide a place to connect with others and the natural world. This unique retreat is a way for nature to provide the deepest peace and solace for people on the grief journey. The day retreat is open to anyone experiencing loss, including the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, loss of a pet, and other types of loss.
"Spirituality and nature can play an important role in soothing symptoms of grief, including anxiety, stress, and depression. Studies have shown that even contemplating imagery of natural scenery can significantly lower stress hormone levels. Imagine what actually walking into Mother Nature’s embrace can do to your psyche at a time when you most need solace, peace, and quiet."
- Jennifer Alan, Balanced Rock.
Who is this retreat for?
Any person, 18 and older, who is experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Non-death related losses such as divorce and job loss are also welcome. This may not be suitable for acute loss (less than 8 weeks since the death occurred).
Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan Ph.D., LCPC, ACS,
Phillip McKnight Certified, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Dr. Heidi specializes in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and grief-related mental health challenges. She has over 18 years of experience in the counseling field and a Ph.D. from Loyola University Maryland. Her previous work with Stella Maris Grief Center inspired her to create this retreat.
What to bring:
Journal/notebook, bagged lunch, folding chair, yoga mat, water bottle
*Limited need-based scholarships available
Optional lunch: $16 - Bangkok School Yard Chicken or Tofu Wrap
Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D. LCPC
Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC, is a successful psychotherapist, the Executive Director of Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative and founder of Center for Nature Informed Therapy, a sought-after international speaker and trainer. She is also the author of the popular book Taming the Anxious Mind – A Guidebook to Relieve Stress & Anxiety.
Phillip McKnight completed a two-year training program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Phillip has experience teaching a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and abilities and uses his MA in Instructional Systems Design to determine the needs of the participant and help them develop skills in mindfulness meditation with tools for body, heart, mind, and community.