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Motherless Daughters Retreat - Fall 2018

  • SE Minneapolis Mansion Minneapolis, MN 55414 (map)

Utilizing various activities, workshops, and time to connect with other women who have the shared experience of mother loss through death, the Motherless Daughters Retreat will encourage women to acknowledge and move through their grief with the desired goal of experiencing gratitude and joy in a new way.

The $450 retreat price includes lodging at an incredible mansion in SE Minneapolis (four shared beds and 2 single beds, participants can indicate roommate preference if known; maximum of 10 attendees), five delicious and healthy meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast) catered by Chef Amy Nadeau, snacks, drinks, and activities/workshops listed below. During breaks and free-time, participants are encouraged to express thoughts, feelings, and experiences through writing – journals will be provided.

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"It is not a matter of waiting for the pain of grief to wane. It is allowing for the possibility that JOY and SORROW can and do coexist." - Unknown


Friday, September 28th, 2018

  • 5:00pm-6:00pm – arrive

  • 6:30pm – dinner and opening activity

  • 8:00pm – Wine Tasting with ONEHOPE, Kasi Tompkins

We will enjoy wine tasting and getting to know one another in a relaxed and accepting environment. *OneHope will donate 10% of sales to She Climbs Mountains!

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

  • 8:30am – breakfast

  • 10:00am-12:00pm – Writing Workshop led by Christine Friberg

My Life/My Mother's Life – During this workshop, we will explore the stories of our lives and the stories our mothers' lives, examining both the similarities and differences we share with our mothers. We will also reflect on the impact of our mothers' deaths on our lives, considering her imagined perspective, and our 'before' and 'after.' Writing prompts will be provided, as well as an opportunity to share and discuss our work throughout the session.

  • 12:15pm-1:15pm – Mindfulness Practice led by Karla Buerkle

Mindful Self Compassion: Understanding and Honoring Ourselves – Incorporating a lens of self-compassion in our daily lives can enhance both mental and physical well-being. Self-compassion is about finding a kinder and friendlier way to relate to ourselves. In this retreat session, we will be introduced to and invited to practice several mindful self-compassion techniques. Mindful practices will involve both sitting and moving, are made to be personalized, and aim to make self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness part of our daily lives.

  • 1:30pm – lunch

  • 3:00pm-5:00pm – Visual Art Journaling led by Gabriel Ross

Gabriel Ross will guide us through acknowledging the loss of our mothers with the written word and visual art. Incorporating the wisdom from the book She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman by Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch, we will create pieces of art (that can be framed, if desired) to honor our mothers' continual presence in our lives. There will be time to share our work with one another at the end of the workshop.

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm – break/free-time

  • 6:30pm – dinner

  • 7:30pm – Bracelet/Necklace-Making Activity led by Jen Boesel, of Capturing Time Jewelry Design (Beading supplies provided. Additional items/charms will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome to bring beads and/or charms that they would like to repurpose, i.e. a piece of jewelry from your mother's collection.)

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

  • 8:30am – breakfast

  • 10:00am-11:00am – Yoga Practice led by Betsy Elworthy Sundell

  • 11:00am-11:30pm – closing and group picture

  • 12:00pm – depart


Chef Amy Nadeau My first impressions of food came from my mother and grandmother, avid gardeners and accomplished cooks. Each time my family gathered around the table for a home-cooked meal, I experienced food’s power to bring people together. These impressions created in me a passion for food which I followed into the restaurant industry, becoming a chef, caterer, and pastry chef. Unfortunately, along with the joys of cooking I also experienced the downside. Over the years my eating habits became erratic, leading to multiple health problems including high blood sugar, weight gain, and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Also during this time both of my parents passed away from conditions that dietary changes may have been able to positively address. Clearly it was time for a change. Determined to regain my health, I focused on whole and minimally processed foods and experienced first-hand how simple dietary changes can lead to dramatic results. Eventually, this spurred me on to achieve certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). I advocate for food as a way for people to bond and connect and a way to heal and prevent illness. I believe what we choose to eat is the cornerstone of our health and in making those choices, we have the power to determine whether we live vital and healthy lives or fall into disease. I can help you discover the most nourishing diet for you and guide you in taking back the power for your own health.

ONEHOPE Wine is produced in collaboration with winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr. and our award-winning portfolio consists of handcrafted blends sourced from Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast of California. OneHope wine is unique in that we donate HALF the profits from EVERY bottle to partner non-profits. For example, our Pinot Noir supports pet adoptions through the ASPCA. Our Chardonnay funds clinical trials for women with Breast Cancer. Our Red Blend Supports our troops through the non-profit Team Rubicon. Our commitment to the quality of our wine is just as strong as to the commitment to the causes we support! Here is our story and how we make an impact all year long:

OneHope also donates 10% of sales from events to any local non-profit of the host's choice! We were built on a strong foundation of doing good and giving back! Feel good about any purchases that you make through OneHope! 

Christine Friberg is the Founder of She Climbs Mountains. Christine has been writing down her thoughts and feelings since the age of 5 when she wrote her very first poem about the death of her grandma. Christine developed a deep love of poetry and creative writing throughout elementary and high school and into college. She has taken writing courses and workshops in both the Chicago area and Twin Cities and enjoys writing personal essays, poetry, and journaling. She believes that the written word is a powerful tool for healing the human spirit.

Dr. Karla Buerkle is a licensed child and educational psychologist who became fascinated with mind-body connections as a pregnant yogi over a decade ago. She became committed to better understanding how mindfulness practices might impact those with whom she works three years ago, and has incorporated a variety of practices into her therapy practice with children and their families, supervision with graduate students, consultation in schools with teachers and all ages of students, and her own personal practice. Karla has had the privilege of working with a diverse array of families in community nonprofits in the early part of her career. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and has taught and supervised aspiring school psychologists,
does clinical work in a whole family practice, and is nationally certified in the schools where she provides consultation and training around supporting wellness and addressing mental health concerns in the classroom.

Gabriel Ross, MA Catechetics and Liturgy, University of St. Thomas, is the founding director of Creative Spirit, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring spirituality through the arts. Gabriel has facilitated adult education courses and intergenerational programming for over 25 years. She leads women’s spirituality groups and teaches courses on comparative religions, eco-spirituality, creativity and spirituality. Gabriel designed and leads the Soul Journal programs for incarcerated women and Befriending Creation camp for girls. Her unique program offerings include drum and ritual groups and Mystics at the River.

Jen Boesel has been making jewelry almost her whole life, beginning around the age of 8 when friendship bracelets were all the rage (remember the 80’s?). During her four years at college, while pursuing a theatre degree, Jen worked in the costume shop, learning all about costumes and jewelry worn throughout time. She also worked part-time at a vintage clothing store, setting the foundation for her vintage inspired jewelry style, and also where she sold her first pieces! A couple of years after graduating from college, she landed an assistant jewelry buyer position with the Bibelot Shops. She worked as an assistant buyer for seven years and decided to return to school for a Masters in Education. Jen became pregnant with her first son, William, who was born nearly 3 months premature. Needless to say a very difficult postpartum depression took hold, and she returned to jewelry making as a therapeutic and creative outlet. She began working for the Bead Monkey in St. Paul, where she honed her craft, learning many different techniques. A few years later, Jen began selling her line ‘Capturing Time Jewelry Design’ at the Bibelot Shops. A busy at-home mother of three, the name came from the need that she had to “capture time” and produce something lasting that didn’t get lost in the often mundane tasks of being a homemaker. Jen loves teaching and sharing her passion for jewelry making with others. She also loves re-purposing vintage, broken, or damaged pieces into wearable works of art! Mostly, she is drawn to sentimental pieces and believes that we can keep those we love close by wearing jewelry that reminds us of them.

Betsy Elworthy Sundell All it took was the invitation from a good friend, a quick bike ride, and one crazy, intense Ashtanga yoga class at the Piedmont Yoga Studio to hook this lifetime lover of movement into a new method to explore the complexities of body, mind and spirit. Betsy has been practicing yoga ever since that memorable first class. Growing up in a home saturated with music, art, dance and two active older brothers, Betsy was attracted to the creative asana sequences, physicality and flow of a Vinyasa yoga class. Life has changed over the years, along with her practice. As a classroom teacher in the public schools, yoga provided the opportunity to recharge, realign and restore. As an expecting mother, Betsy learned to surrender to the wisdom of the body during prenatal yoga. And, as a new parent, Betsy relished the quiet connection of mother and baby postnatal yoga with Yoga Bonding. Now with two children, Betsy's practice has expanded to include these dynamic yogis. Betsy’s yoga classes for kids reflect her family’s yoga practice that integrates yoga with stories, songs, games and a whole lot of imagination. Betsy continued to study, practice yoga and completed her yoga teacher training through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis 230 hour Yoga Study Program. With her new favorite role as a mother to Reyna and Boden, a fortunate next step was to apprentice Lisa Bergly, founder and and creator of Yogabonding. Soon Betsy was a certified Postnatal Yoga teacher. The love for nurturing the mother and child bond grew into another passion, prenatal yoga. Betsy studied with both Sarah Longacre and Stacy Seebart through Blooma's Prenatal yoga trainings. Her total delight was to attend another postnatal training with Katie Wise in Boulder, Colorado and then an opportunity to develop Blooma's BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) teacher training based on the wisdom of her teachers and of her own experience. Other credentials include a Masters degree in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English and a Certification in Participatory Arts and Research.

Earlier Event: September 29
2017 Motherless Daughters Retreat