Event Details

Pathways Through Grief: A Healing Journey

November 10, 2023 3:00 pm
Mary Ruth Cross, Presenter
Margaret Riley, Presenter
Claire La Scola, Presenter

Awaken Hope After Loss
Weekend retreat. Limited to 30 people.

Check-in on Friday is from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
The program will start at 5:30 pm in your meeting room. Follow with Dinner is served at 7:00 PM.
The retreat concludes with lunch at noon on Sunday.

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

Just imagine 3 days safe sacred retreat just for you. You will be pampered in many aspects throughout this experience.

You’ll discover how to…
• Remember your loved one while embarking through life’s journey.
• Focus on growth, learning and healing, just for you!
• Express yourself in a gentle, nurturing and caring way through your loss
• Enhance your understanding of grief and how to handle triggers
• Spark new insights, connections and self-care through the pathway of grief

This grief retreat is a renewing experience that awakens the hope of living forward after loss.

Picture of labyrinth courtesy of Watson Studios (https://www.bwatsonstudios.com/)

$250 Commuter (no bedroom)
$350 private room, per person
$320 shared room, per person

Begins on Friday with check-in start at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the program begin at 5:30 pm in your meeting room. Follow with dinner at 7:00 pm. And the retreat will ends on Sunday with lunch at 12:00 pm and departure after lunch at least by 1:00 pm.

About the Presenter(s)

Mary Ruth Cross

Mary Ruth Cross is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 27 years in the mental health field. She is the owner and CEO of Treehouse Family Counseling Services in San Ramon  Mary Ruth has developed a treatment team model where the whole family is supported. Play Therapy is the focus of the practice where the healing power of play is harnessed to bring about healing for children, teens, couples, adults and families.

Mary Ruth is a graduate of Cal. State East Bay and has been on faculty at John F. Kennedy University and University of Phoenix teaching in the counselor education programs. Mary Ruth is a Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor, and a sought-after workshop leader in the field of play therapy, grief and loss, and trauma as well as other related mental health issues. Mary Ruth is a member in good standing with the Association for Play Therapy, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Board Certified Counselors and the Association for Death Education and Dying. Mary Ruth co-facilitates a grief support group at St. Charles Borromeo in Livermore, CA. She is also co-author of a children’s book on trauma called “Snug and Rug and the ‘No Good Very Bad Thing’: A story of coping, calming & courage for children”.

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.