Navigating the Wilderness of Grief:
Honoring Loss, Following the Path Forward

Navigating the Wilderness of Grief:
Honoring Loss, Following the Path Forward

Whatever the context of your loss, whether a loved-one, a dream, a life-expectation, a global crisis, whether recent or long-passed, you are invited to explore the complex landscape of grief on this weekend retreat. Together we honor our losses and seek a path forward towards wholeness and connection. We find solace in the wilderness of grief through the support, compassion, and wisdom of community.  There will be opportunities to tell your unique story, give shape to your grief through creative expression, ponder the beauty and mercy embedded in your grief, spend time in solitude, rest, play, and outdoors.  If you are interested in the optional book group or spiritual direction visit the bewilderpgh website.

friday, february 16 - Sunday, february 18, 2024

Arrival Friday after 3pm
Departure Sunday at 11am

All-Inclusive
3-Days, 2-Nights

 

All-Inclusive Glamping Pod for One Person - $360, plus taxes and fees.

 

Limited Reduced Rates for Those in Need
To confirm availability and eligibility for a reduced rate contact Megan Shelly at bewilderpgh@gmail.com.

 

25% Deposit to reserve today - remaining balance charged 30 days before your retreat!

Meet Your Hosts

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Katie Robb Sewall

Katie (She/Her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Pittsburgh. She works with individuals on issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and life transitions. However, her favorite job is being a mom to her twin toddlers. Katie likes deep conversations, coffee, reality tv, and walks in the woods. She is honored to walk alongside people on their paths of healing and self-understanding.

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Megan Shelly

Megan (she/her) is the founder of bewilderpgh, where she designs and leads collaborative, contemplative outdoor experiences, including backpacking trips and retreats. For the last 20+ years her education, training, and vocational paths have traversed a variety of leadership terrain, including small groups, retreats, mentoring, team leadership, non-profit boards, ministry, environmental consulting, and road trip planning. Megan is a Spiritual Director, enrolled in the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction Apprenticeship Program, anticipating graduation in early 2024. You can learn more about the new project at:
www.bewilderpgh.com

Retreat Experiences

Hike
Explore
Read
Journal
Be in Nature
Cedar Soaking Tubs
Star Gazing
Campfires
+ Group Connections

Wellness with Nature

Resting on 150 acres, River Mountain is bordered by Sweet Root Creek, Warrior Ridge and Tussey Mountain. River Mountain's stunning spaces are designed for reflection, mindfulness, and good vibrations on your self-care journey. Creekside yoga platforms, a restored barn turned wellness space, and the calm of nature make this the ideal destination for peace and wellness.

Located just a few hours from D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, in the mountains of Pennsylvania, River Mountain is remote yet easy to access.

History

Warrior Path

Running parallel to River Mountain's eastern ridge is Warriors Path, the great Iroquois Indian highway from Six Nations country, New York, to the Catawba country in the Carolinas. The historic path along Sweet Root Creek was one of the longest and most heavily traveled land routes in eastern North America, connecting Indigenous peoples over hundreds of miles.

The Underground Railroad

Black Valley was an active route along the Underground Railroad. Local histories principally credit four, free black residents with leading the aid network in this area: Rev. John Fidler, Elias Rouse, Joseph Crawley, and James Graham. Just to the south of the River Mountain property are 13 unmarked graves of enslaved people who died traveling the route to freedom.

Accommodations

Glamping Pods

Modern Design to Align with the Body's Circadian Rhythm
Standard Glamping Pod - Sleeps 1 Guest
Located in Cabin with Other Retreat Guests
Expansive Deck with Patio Seating
Top Pod Skylights to Fall Asleep to the Stars
Bedside Windows to Nature
Nestled Among Trees, Meadow + Creek
Mountain Views of Warrior Ridge

Navigating the Wilderness of Grief:
Honoring Loss, Following the Path Forward

FRIDAY, february 16 - sunday, february 18, 2024

All-Inclusive
3-Days, 2-Nights

 

All-Inclusive Glamping Pod for One Person - $360, plus taxes and fees.

 

Limited Reduced Rates for Those in Need
To confirm availability and eligibility for a reduced rate contact Megan Shelly at bewilderpgh@gmail.com.

 

25% Deposit to reserve today - remaining balance charged 30 days before your retreat!

Arrival Friday after 3pm
Departure Sunday at 11am

Retreat Inclusions:

All Retreat Experiences
150 Acres of Nature
Accommodations
Daily Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Access to Hot Soaking Tubs
Campfire + S'mores
Daily Housekeeping
Fresh Linens, Towels, Blankets
Fiber Internet Wi-Fi
Check-In After 3PM
Check-Out By 11AM

Retreat Policies, Payments, Deposit, and Cancellations:

DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON RETREATS. This is for the safety and wellness of the dog and other guests joining the retreat.

25% non-refundable deposit to reserve. The remaining balance is automatically charged 30 days prior to the retreat start date using the initial card on file used to make the reservation and deposit. If reserving within less than 30 days of retreat start date, the remaining balance is automatically charged within 48 hours after reservation is made.

Please note that because River Mountain retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests, hosts, and us alike work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.

• All deposits are non-refundable.
• Full balance is automatically charged 30 days prior to retreat start date, unless otherwise noted.
• Cancellation requests submitted more than 30 days from retreat arrival date, non-refundable deposit due.
• Cancellation requests submitted less than 30 days from retreat arrival date, full balance is due.
• Any refunds allowed will incur a 3% processing fee.

No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur. Please know that our cancellation policy is designed to mitigate damages and costs incurred to retreat hosts and River Mountain in order to maintain the retreat experience and affordability for other retreat guests. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early.

For reservations or general questions

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+1 (814) 259-6580

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