Event Details

Healing Retreat for Those Who Are Grieving

March 25, 2023 9:00 am
Margaret Riley, Presenter
Claire La Scola, Presenter

Moving through grief – one step at a time.

Check-in on Saturday is from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM.
The program begin from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Lunch is served at 12:00 PM, and Dinner is served at 6:00 PM.

Cancellation policy
Overnight or Multi-day/weekend retreats: $50 fee. Day Retreat: $20. Fees may be applied to future retreats. The fees may be waived in event of extenuating circumstances. Contact Kateri at 925-837-9141 x315.

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About the Event

A day at a safe, sacred retreat just for you. Where you will be supported and guided  in different aspects throughout this experience
We will provide an environment for you to…
• Remember your loved one while embarking on life’s journey.
• Focus on healing, just for you!
• Express yourself in a gentle, nurturing, and a caring way through your loss
• Enhance your understanding of grief and how to handle triggers. What trips you up?
• Exploring ways to catch yourself before a fall.
This grief retreat is a renewing experience that awakens the hope of moving forward after loss.  You will have an opportunity for personal time, group exercises/activities, small group sharing, meditation, prayer, and ritual.


Day retreat will be on Saturday, March 25, 2023 and will begin with registration from 8:30 am to 9:00 am.

The program will start at 9:00 am and include lunch at 12:00 pm and the Day retreat will end with dinner at 6:00 pm.

Options to stay here at San Damiano retreat from Friday evening dinner to Sunday breakfast and include your payment for Saturday Day retreat will be $275 per person for Private Room or Shared Room.

About the Presenter(s)

Margaret Riley

Margaret Riley has been a Spiritual Director since 2008, when she became certified via the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Her Spiritual roots are Christian in the Roman Catholic Church, but in her practice as a Spiritual Director and retreat presenter, she enjoys companioning spiritual seekers from any tradition (or no tradition).

Margaret obtained a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA. (FST/GTU) in 2004. She has joyfully lived in the Bay Area for over 31 years and has been a full-time Minister in the Diocese of Oakland since 1994. Margaret’s study, understanding and experience of spirituality is born of a great variety of sources, including but not limited to the Ignatian tradition, Social Justice work, Addiction Recovery and 12-Step spirituality, Codependency recovery, Divorced/Widowed healing, Grief and Loss, Incarceration/Justice work, Mindfulness/Meditation, and Franciscan Spirituality.

Claire La Scola

Claire is a retired registered nurse and psychotherapist. She was involved in developing a hospice program at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Santa Clara County and was a nurse case manager for HIV/AIDS clients for the AIDS Project at the VNA. Claire is currently a co-facilitator with Mary Ruth Cross of the Grief Support Group at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Livermore. Additionally, she is a Benedictine Oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation and leads Christian Meditation Groups at St. Charles.