A Grief Support Retreat
Transformational Holistic Yoga Therapy
for Healing Grieving Hearts
April 12 - 16, 2024
Hale Akua Garden Farm & Eco-Retreat
Feeling heavy with grief? Have you felt a loss of the joy you once had in life because a loved one died? Does life just keep going on and it is so overwhelming for you daily? Do you find yourself pulling in the tears as it never seems to be the right time or place? Are you ready to really love yourself through this but would like some support and guidance along your healing journey?
I have created this special retreat experience just for you! The Rebirth: Healing Grieving Hearts Transformative Holistic Therapy Grief Support Retreat provides a supportive and nurturing oasis for you to focus more of your love inwardly to process your grief in a safe, guided environment. You will learn to honor your love and grief in new ways and embrace the coexistence of joy with grief in your life. Life invites you to get to know it and love it again. This is your life; it is a precious gift.
Experience transformational holistic therapies, both group workshops and 1-1 grief support, deep healing, connection, giving & receiving, nature therapy, adventure, awakening, beauty, peace and renewed joy for life. Because you will learn to embrace your fullest life yet, where grief and joy can coexist harmoniously.
Yoga is a holistic lifestyle and a word that simply means connected; this retreat is a yoga postural class optional and provides beginner-friendly, gentle and restorative practices. For those with more yoga experience, this will be just as suitable for renewing your relationship with yoga as a gentle, supportive caregiver of your emotional and physical body.
A sunrise or sunset with meditation at the peak of Haleakala volcano and organic, fresh farm-to-table meals with a plant-focused approach and a healthy meal preparation class are all INCLUDED! We will explore together the healthy ways we can be supportive of our grief and one another, rebuilding our lives through building new healing connections in both our inner and external worlds.
Pamela, your host, is a CIAYT Internationally Board Certified Clinical Yoga Therapist, a Holistic Therapist with comprehensive training, and holds multiple specialty life coaching certifications, sound healing and nature and art therapy workshop facilitation certificates. She is also an Executive Contributor writer for Brainz Magazine.
Grief Support Group & Transformative Holistic Therapy Workshops
Two 30min. 1-1 Therapy Sessions Virtually, Before & After the Retreat
Nature Excursions: Beach, Waterfall Hike & Sunrise or Sunset atop Haleakala
Daily Breathwork, Yoga & Meditation (Beginner friendly & optional)
Restorative Yoga & Somatic Tracking & Movement
Relaxing Nada Yoga Nidra & Healing Sound bath
Nutritious Plant-Focused Organic Farm to Table Meals: 3 Dinners with
One being a Healthy Food Preparation Class
Daily Light Breakfasts, Lunches & Snacks
Water, Tea & Coffee provided (Please bring your water bottle)
5 Days with 4 Nights Accommodations (Room & Bed Choices)
Transportation provided (airport transfer additional)
Lei Making Art Therapy Workshop
Journaling with Prompts
Hot Tub, Saltwater Pool, Infrared Sauna
Additional Nights, Airport Transfer, Services & Activities incur an additional charge.
Dear fellow grievers, I would like to share with you a little about myself and how this special retreat came to be. In December 2016, my heart and world shattered before me as I spent two traumatizing weeks in the ER with my husband and had to leave without him. The year leading up to this had been our best yet as we had both matured after 14 years together to a place where we brought out the best in one another and supported one another's passions and interests. He loved surfing and bicycling of all kinds, and he was a volunteer at local parks building bridges on the paths there. I had a passion for mentoring and supporting the healing of others since I was a teen, and this coupled with my love for yoga led me to study for my yoga teacher certification. As hard as it was after he "left", I continued to complete my RYT and sought out multiple life coaching and yoga certifications to "live each day to the max" as he commissioned me to do upon his death bed. I went on to become an international board-certified yoga therapist, which is a comprehensive holistic therapies graduate. The populations of people I enjoyed serving broadened as my own life experiences expanded my empathy and passion for those who are faced with similar traumas and grief. Yoga philosophy taught me that everyone experiences traumas and grief/ losses in their lifetimes, usually many. It also taught me that we are a whole being fully equipped to not just survive but to emerge transformed and thrive despite all the tragic life experiences we are faced with. This in no way takes away from the pain we feel and the reality that grief is a life sentence, yet it reminds us we have a lifelong friend to hold our hand through it all. Practicing stillness and inner-listening also took me deeper into spiritual relationship with my most empowering friend of all, my higher power whom I call "God" or "Spirit" as in the one, connected Spirit of Love. I also believe it everyone's personal privilege to approach and define this relationship and their spirituality for themselves. Yoga also taught me that there are ancient practices that just like meditation and prayer are not religion-specific but instead are intentional ways that we can facilitate deeper connection within ourselves, for we are spirits in bodies after all. Practicing every means of connection to the spiritual within me, my faith and its integrated weaving throughout my mind-body-soul, led me to rediscover more deeply my passionate soul's purpose that my angel husband has always been in support of. Your well-being is my passionate purpose, and my heart goes out, especially to the grieving hearts. I'd love to share these healing, holistic practices with you! Spirit laid upon my heart the motivation to organize this holistic & yoga therapy retreat for healing grieving hearts in early August, the mutual birthday month of myself and my deceased husband. Maui was the first place to come to mind as it was our favorite place. Just a week later I heard of the fires, and I knew that this was an affirmation that I must move forward with Maui as the location of this retreat. The symbolism and the aloha spirit that makes Maui a special and resilient community add to the divine organization of this retreat, a truly special, supportive and transformative experience. My certifications as a CIAYT therapist, trauma and grief specialist, and multi-certified transformational life coach also add to this unique offering, and I am including both the group workshops AND 1-1 sessions with me as part of this retreat. I love synchronicity and must share another affirmation that just came to me today. The date that this retreat ends, 4/16 is the anniversary of when my angel husband and I became a couple. I had no idea when I was deciding on the dates! I now know this will be the day that I will find a place to volunteer on Maui. We will not be volunteering as part of this retreat due to the time being limited; however, I encourage those extending their stay in Maui to consider volunteering. It will be very special if we could all bring or get a gift item to donate as part of this retreat, and items such as towels and wash cloths, toothpaste, shaving supplies, and like-new work clothes are all great things to donate. When I lost my husband, the insensitivity at my workplace caused me greater depression. I couldn't believe that everyone thought two days was sufficient to grieve my lost love and life, the most important part of it suddenly gone. A manager thought I may like more challenging work to distract myself. Friends tried to be there for me but grew weary after a little time. There came a point where I needed a break from the routine my life had become to grieve more fully and to reconnect with my soul and heal so that I could truly live again. I took more than one of these sabbaticals because the first was so enlightening, uplifting and healing that I needed to make it an ongoing routine of its own. So much so that I began to facilitate retreats myself and give others experiences that last a lifetime by facilitating a support community and providing a healing oasis and guided, therapeutic practices that restore and renew us mind, body and soul. I would be so honored if you would join us in Maui!
Imagine waking up at the "Home of the Divine" to the sounds of birds and walking outside to perfect morning weather and the gentle Maui breeze infused with aloha-spirit! You can start your day with a cup of tea and your journal, a walk through gardens or towards the cliff's edge to see the spectacular views of mountains, ocean, and a waterfall. There will be light breakfast with fresh farm-to-table organic fruits and an optional yoga rise and shine class. Your days will be filled with therapeutic workshops, nature therapy adventures and more!
Imagine the view atop the great dormant volcano, Haleakala, "House of the Sun", as you watch the sun kiss the horizon with many fiery colors. Enjoy a guided meditation on this adventure. Other adventures will take you to the white Maui sand as you dip your toes (or more) in at the beach, explore the cute town of Paia, hike through gardens of rare tropical Springtime blooms, and maybe a waterfall too. You may even spot a rare or endangered species of wildlife!
Enjoy an evening of connection and community as we serve one another a farm-to-table meal. You will take part with your group to prepare one meal per the healthy food prep class, and for the rest of your dinners, you can relax and receive. There is a large group hot tub and infrared sauna for you to enjoy as well. Imagine looking out into the vast multitude of stars in the night sky as the crescent moon lights up the ripples in the ocean's waves. There will also be restorative and yoga nidra with sound healing in the evening.
From this retreat, you will take with you a deeper connection to your own soul's passion and soul friendships you form while you are here in the company and support of others. Your grief support therapy workshops and 1-1 sessions will equip you with practices to rebuild your life in a healthier, more connected, fuller way that honors both your grief and renewed joy for living.