The Sacred Journey

Sacred Journey is the centerpiece mutual support program of The Grief Project.  The program features Widowed Gatherings and an annual Weekend Retreat; utimately The Grief Project will sponsor Sacred Journey Bereavement Support Groups and Family Camps.  We welcome everyone that has experienced the loss of a spouse, significant other or life partner - no matter how long ago or how short a time since your loss - we are here for you.  We are all widowed and we have all taken the journey of loss and transformation.  Join us to relax, renew, learn, connect with other widowed and be pampered - body and soul.

Sacred Journey Widowed Retreat

July 18 & 19, 2015

Oakridge Hotel and Conference Center

Chaska, Minnesota



Location and Directions

Early-Bird Registration Now Open!

Don’t Miss the Energizing Keynote Session
Author, Life Coach and Speaker
Tom Zuba – “The Power of Words”

The Retreat is being held at the beautiful Oakridge Hotel and Conference Center, just 30 minutes from Minneapolis.  Once there you will enjoy incredible food and luxurious guest rooms.  You can take a walk on the beautiful trails, hike on the 130 acres of tranquil meadows and hills, play sand volleyball, walk the outdoor labyrinth, relax on the patio and catch some sun or take a nap in your comfy room.

The Sacred Journey Retreat is sponsored by The Grief Project, we are an all-volunteer group who ourselves have been widowed.   We understand this journey and have created a community of love and friendship where other widowed men and women may find hope, healing, comfort and support in a safe, uplifting environment of laughter and tears.

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable weekend gathering of widowed men and women from across our state and the Upper Midwest.  This weekend is for anyone who has lost a spouse, significant other or life partner.   We embrace those who grieve their loss – married, unmarried, engaged, LGBT, and we welcome men and women of all ages and stages of life. It doesn’t matter how long or how short a time its been since your loss, you will find help, hope, comfort and support at the Sacred Journey Retreat.

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Sacred Journey Gatherings

Sacred Journey Gatherings are opportunities for retreat participants and other widowed people to come together to build community together and network, enjoy social support, education, and experience a variety of learning sessions.

Gatherings are typically held in the Twin Cities on Saturdays and include time for socializing, enjoying delicious food, listening to a speaker, participating in an art project, and sharpening skills around such topics as healthy self-care, financial management, home repairs, supporting children on their own grief journey, and other topics and activities identified by Sacred Journey members.

Sacred Journey Gatherings are offered free of charge to all participants.  We look forward to welcoming you.

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Stories from the Road

Sharing our common experience lightens the burden. Realizing we are not alone, that someone has walked the road and survived, forges deep connections between us.

Those who have learned to walk in the light have much to share with other widowed women and men, who are raw with pain. This is the good work of Stories from the Road. 
Learn how to create Your Story from the Road...


What Sacred Journey participants say:

"The weekend of coming together has been the most incredible satisfying experience.  It has surpassed all my expectations and is exactly what I’ve been searching for.  I lost my husband less than a year ago and have struggled to find a gathering of widowed people.  I feel I’ve made some forever friends traveling this same journey."  Mary

"Every part of this retreat was just so lovely – people connected very quickly & the atmosphere felt safe from the beginning.  Thank you – you have helped us all move forward a few more steps & not feel too alone." Vanessa

Sacred Journey Winter Gathering

Explore the Healing Power of Collage & Dreams


Saturday, January 24, 2015
Refreshments: 8:30 am
Program: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


99 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota

Join us for a day of companionship and support.
We will meet to renew, learn, and connect with other widowed people.

The Program

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”  - Carl Jung

Learn the art of Healing Collage to tap into your dreams and learn new concepts & techniques to help you heal as you move through our grief journey. This technique can be used in all facets of your life.

The day will feature art-making, interactive discussion, guided meditation and whole heart facilitation; this workshop will help you to learn new tools to guide you on your grief journey. No art experience is necessary or required.

The Facilitator

Sheila Asato, healing artist, certified embodied imagination coach and cross-cultural trainer, with more than 30 years experience teaching and exhibiting her art in USA, Europe and Asia.  Bilingual in English and Japanese, Sheila regularly leads workshops on the relationship between art, dreams and healing.   Sheila knows first hand the power of dreams and using art as a medium for healing.

The Gathering

Small and intimate, personal touch, personal attention.
Food, laughter, sharing and new friendships.
Developed by widowed for widowed - we “get you”.
Step out of your regular routine & relax with us.
The event is free -  preregistration is required





"As the time came closer to attend the retreat I felt more conflicted in whether or not I wanted to attend.  It has only been 4 months since my husband’s death and I was afraid I’d make a fool of myself in front of others.  Sometimes the tears start and I think they will never end.  I walked into the room and was greeted immediately by Joan with beautiful music playing in the background.  I knew immediately that this was exactly where I was meant to be.  The weekend brought me a sense of peace, I felt “secure” and it was due to the fact that I was coming among people “who got it”."  Susan

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