An Inspiring Retreat for Women
Who Have Lost Their Partner
This is an outreach program that fills a big need for a very under-served portion of your church and larger community: the widowed woman, .
This retreat is facilitated by Donna Marie Todd, a widow and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.® Donna Marie has helped hundreds of widowed women navigate the personal, spiritual, social and financial challenges of widowhood.
The number of women who need these retreats are staggering. Over 700,000 women are widowed in the US every year and the average age of an American widow is 57. (US Bureau of Census). Offering these healing retreats in your community is a way to support these women as they struggle to recover from after the loss of their partner.
NAVIGATING LOSS is a one-day event, typically starting at 9:30 a.m and ending at 4:30p.m. The event includes lunch, snacks, retreat leadership, and take-home workbook. It is a fun and upbeat event that is filled with laughter and support. The retreats are designed for women only.
“The founder is an excellent presenter. The program is so well-designed.”
Donna, retreat participant
“It’s excellent and empowering!”
Cappy, retreat participant
“What I liked was not only the sharing with other widows, which is SO wonderful, but also receiving the expertise of a grief professional and widow leader! JUST GO!”
Susan, Retreat Participant
WHAT YOU PROVIDE
The sponsor provides A Widow’s Tale with a flat fee of $1600 for the event (plus 2 nights overnight lodging and travel if required). The sponsor also provides the following: promotion of the event, the space and janitorial services for the event, a catered lunch, snacks and beverages.
Your church or community group (Kiwanis, Rotary, Women’s Club, etc.) will fully sponsor the retreat as an outreach program to the women of your community. Many groups have successfully applied for grants to offset the cost of the NAVIGATING LOSS retreat program Additionally, he women attending are charged a nominal registration fee, typically ranging from $25-$50.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
NAVIGATING LOSS provides experienced and certified retreat leadership as well as a take-home workbook for each participant with the information and worksheets presented during the retreat. We also provide all art materials for the retreat.
PROMOTING NAVIGATING LOSS
It is extremely important to actively promote the event to ensure success. As a host or sponsor, you will promote the event to your group and community by:
- PERSONALLY CONTACTING WOMEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE LOST THEIR SPOUSE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS OR EVEN MORE (Many of our participants have been alone for 18-25 years!)
- Sending press releases and calendar announcements to local papers and radio stations
- Posting flyers (You will receive a pdf of a color poster for your event that can be printed on any color copier or desk top printer)
- Posting event information in organizational bulletins and newsletters.
Travel and Housing Details for Retreat Leader
If your location is further than 100 miles from the Asheville, NC area you will need to provide overnight lodging for the retreat leader for 2 nights. If your event is further than 250 miles from the Asheville, NC area, travel expenses (mileage or air fare) will also be required.
Want to Learn More or Schedule A Retreat?
Contact the founder, Donna Marie Todd, at 828.407.6023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.