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Resting in the Dark...Emerging in the Light: A Retreat for Those Grieving the Death of Someone in Their Lives

“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it… All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter. ”

- Eckhart Tolle

Often the experience of loss—and the grief that follows—is described as wandering through the dark. 

This retreat, called "Resting in the Dark...Emerging in the Light," acknowledges that, when we grieve, we often feel like we are living in a fog, living as though a cloud follows us, no matter where we are or who we are with.  This journey through darkness is natural and essential for the slow, silent gestation of our becoming, of our growth, indeed, for finding new life.

On this retreat we are invited to rest in this inner darkness, not to resist it or fear it, but to befriend it and welcome the penetrating glimpses of light that give us hope and reason to go on so we can emerge stronger and with deepened faith. 


Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Check-in between 8:30am & 9:15am on Saturday.. The retreat begins at 9:30am Saturday and concludes with the noon meal on Sunday.

Space is limited. Please register and submit the brief biography form by Friday, September 7.  (You can e-mail the "brief biography," but if you want confidentiality, we recommend mailing the form to Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI  53402, attn: Pete Reinl.)




Melissa Minkley, MSW, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses grief services and is a social worker with over 20 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling.  She has companioned adults and children in individual, support group, workshop and retreat settings focusing on enhancing ones holistic well-being.  Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact grief has on individuals, families and friends.

Pete Reinl, CSG, is the cofounder of Healing Life’s Losses grief services and is a companion and spiritual guide with over 25 years of pastoral ministry experience serving in various roles within faith communities, retreat centers and funeral homes.  He has spent the last twelve years of his ministry companioning the bereaved and training others who wish to be companions. His background includes certification in pastoral ministry and he is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. Having experienced several significant losses in his life, he brings with him a wealth of personal experience in addition to his professional background in loss, grief and healing.


Download a brochure in pdf format.  Note additional question "brief biography" that you are asked to return.  You can e-mail the information, but if you want confidentiality, we recommend mailing the form to Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI  53402, attn: Pete Reinl.

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$175.00 includes lodging, meals, snacks, materials and handouts. 
Partial scholarships are available.  Please inquire to Claire Anderson at (262) 898-2590.

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Resting in the Dark

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