“What I liked was not only the sharing with other widows, which is SO wonderful, but also receiving the expertise of a widow-leader.”
Retreat Participant Susan Smialowicz

“I highly recommend A Widow’s Tale Retreat and the one-on-one Widow’s Recovery System for that ever present and growing group of widows in your congregation. What better gift than to help them find their personal seeds to recovery. Many times real pastoral care is helping others find the someone that CAN help them find their answers.”  Rev. Bert Ambrose – Emmanuel UCC – Valley City OH

“The event she created for us was a phenomenal success. She went above and beyond what we had hoped to receive from her and I would highly recommend her to any organization!” Rev. Cynthia Park, PhD, LPC

A unique, one-day retreat for widowed women.

Your sponsorship includes retreat facilitation by Donna Marie Todd, founder, all art supplies, retreat supplies and take-home workbook.

These healing retreats are sponsored
by individual churches or 2-3 churches in an area as a healing ministry to the
widowed women in their midst.

Click this link to learn how to sponsor your retreat:
2017 Retreat Sponsorship

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Donna Marie is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

“If a widow is not as independent as she needs to be or has reached a plateau, the retreat is a MUST! If a widow is well on her way to recovering somewhat, the retreat is MOST valuable!” Leslie Huntley

Why Widowed Women Should Come to A Widow’s Tale Retreat

“This retreat is excellent – you should go – it’s so very helpful!” Erma McGimpsey

To be with other women who understand.

The first thing a widow notices at this retreat are the other women who “get” what they’ve been through. Often, the retreat is the first time they have shared their story and been honest about the difficulties they have experienced. Everyone wants widows to recover in three days and say, “I’m fine” when they’re not.

“If you are feeling it, thinking it or questioning it, someone else is too! It’s a place to talk through it!” Tina Wilson

Many widows are exhausted from care-giving before the death and the retreat gives them a place to recharge your batteries.

The retreat offers a whole day of comfort and renewal where the women don’t have to pretend everything is okay. They share stories and ideas for success with other widows and assess where they are as a single person and dream about where they’d like to be a year from now.

“The retreat is a wealth of information, with the chance to connect with others in the same situation.” Jeanne Schwarting

It’s a chance to discover who they are without their spouse.

Many of the women you work with were married a long time. Their identity was molded by their marriage. Discovering who they are “without the other” is really tough stuff.

“I thought I was the only one…being with the other widows, hearing their story and feelings was so great.” Elizabeth Bauer

Participants learn new strategies and get useful information.

A Widow’s Tale retreat is stuffed full of useful information that helps widows recover from loss and  gives them strategies they can use to rebuild vibrant lives. It has sessions about handling stress, getting better sleep, rebuilding their immune system and improving their emotional, physical and spiritual health.

“Donna Marie is an excellent facilitator. I liked the stories…it was anecdotal, informative and humorous.” Dee Dee Messinger

Widows will spend the whole day relaxing, connecting, laughing and renewing.

The retreat is all-inclusive and includes a “ladies lunch,” all retreat materials and snacks. In addition to the retreat itself, each participant receives a take-home workbook with the materials from the retreat that can keep them moving forward into a new solo life!

“This retreat allows you to be open about feelings that may have been hidden or suppressed.” Karen Marshall

Your area’s widows deserve it.

They’ve been through a lot and most have been faithful servants to their churches, spouses, children,  and community. Treat them to a day of gentle self-care, eye-opening ideas, stories, laughter and other women who get it. Hint: Retreat participants should wear comfy clothes and get ready to have a great time!

“The leadership was excellent and kept the program moving. I was surprised at how fast the time went! It provides positive reinforcement for the future.” Lynn Black

Email to host or sponsor A Widow’s Tale Retreat or call Donna Marie at 828-407-6023.

“It was just wonderful and the participants formed an immediate community!”
Mary Soyenova

“This retreat is extremely valuable to widows at any stage of their grieving.” Rev. Sally Woodard