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Honouring Your Grief

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

A Mindfulness of Grief Retreat on the Central Coast

with Karen Booth and Denie Devpreet Pentecost

"Grief can be the garden of compassion.If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom". Rumi

What is grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.

Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but there are many losses that can cause grief.

Even subtle losses can trigger a sense of grief. For example, you might grieve after moving away from home, graduating from college, or changing jobs. Whatever your loss, it's personal to you, so don't feel ashamed about how you feel, or believe that it's somehow only appropriate to grieve for certain things. If the person, animal, relationship, or situation was significant to you, it's normal to grieve the loss you're experiencing. Whatever the cause of your grief, though, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss, find new meaning, and eventually move on with your life.



is a safe and supported space for you to express your grief

with like-minded people

who understand what you are going through.

This one day retreat will give you space to be with your grief and your love.

It will be a gentle mix of discussion, education, activities, mindfulness and being supported. Content and activities changes with each retreat to give you a different perspective on Grief.

These retreats will run every three months as people often need to come several times while they are going through various stages of grief and life. Especially in the first few years...

Retreat also includes /Nutritious and healthy lunch, morning tea by Lemongrass Catering / Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Make this your space where you can come and be whoever you are or wherever you are in you grief journey.

2023 Dates:

Sunday 2nd July / 10am- 345pm /Early Bird ends 16th June

(special discounts for friends and groups)

Sunday 10th September

Saturday 9th December

Davistown Progress Hall , 5 McCauley St, Davistown NSW 2251

Limited places available/ more info / contact / Karen on 0417999549 /


Karen and Devpreet

About your Facilitators

Karen Booth

Karen is Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor NLP Practitioner, Resource Therapist, Group Facilitator/Therapist and Mindfulness Group Facilitator, Trainer, Registered Nurse and Phone Crisis Counsellor.

Karen has also worked as the Grief & Trauma Counsellor at ‘The Glen’ – a drug and alcohol recovery centre for men on the Central Coast, and has also worked with GLBTIQ clients at ACON in Newcastle and as Group Therapist at Private Hospitals. Karen has been a counsellor with Breast Screen NSW and as a Counsellor and Group facilitator at Petrea Kings Quest for life programs in the Southern Highlands.

Karen is an experience group therapist and facilitator who believes that making space for all the difficult emotions and feelings is integral in healing and believes that mindfulness practice plays an enormous role in calming, stabilising, and reconnecting the nervous system after stressful events. Denie Devpreet Pentecost Denie is a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist, and a clinical member of PACFA. She's also a Professional level Kundalini Yoga and meditation teacher, with over twelve year’s experience. Her sessions focus on the use of breath, meditation, yoga as healing tools to access the knowledge of the body, to bring awareness and acceptance to the journey of life. Denie has worked as a therapist as Grief & Trauma Counsellor at ‘The Glen’ – a drug and alcohol recovery centre for men and women and has been a one on one and group therapist at Brisbane Waters Private Hospital on the Central Coast. She currently runs her own private practice in Davistown and online.

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