Mending Heartwounds

Bringing Closure and Healing To Ungrieved, Forgotten, or Hidden Loss

Emotional Trauma Workshop

Emotional Trauma Workshop

About the Workshop

Tian DaytonDesigned by Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., TEP, world renowned psychodramatist and Senior Fellow of The Meadows, Mending Heartwounds serves to assist participants in furthering resolution surrounding loss. Some losses are clear, society recognizes them as significant and we have rituals to mourn them. We feel free to ask for support and more often, support comes our way without our even having to ask. But the kinds of losses that are a part addiction and dysfunction, all too often remain disenfranchised.

These losses can lack visibility and clarity, they are hidden and often times remain unseen or misread by others. And there can be confusion as to exactly who or what has been lost, or whether there is a loss at all. However, not only do they hurt as much, the very fact that they remain buried, unrecognized and unsupported, can complicate mourning and block our process of grieving. These kinds of losses deserve respect, they need our compassion and care. Grieving these kinds of losses can bring about change on the inside that leads to change on the outside. Mourning a loss of a connection to self, to someone significant, to a period of life, to addiction and/or dysfunction, can be freeing and restoring. It can let us feel whole again having processed our splintered or buried inner experience and bringing it to comfortable closure. It helps us to move on in life, let go of the past and live in the present.

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$3,450 – All-inclusive are meals and evening activities: Yoga, Tai Chi, Auricular Acupuncture, Live Music, and 12-step meeting. Access to the Brain Spa and gym are also included in the cost of the workshop.

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with two convenient pickup times.

Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process. Those who do not stay at the Rio Retreat Center will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation and lodging in the Wickenburg area. A list of lodging and transportation options will be sent with your workshop confirmation email.

Please Note

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process. Evening programming is provided after dinner. The Rio Retreat Center campus is strictly alcohol and drug-free and has a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.



Workshop Goals

This workshop is designed to address:

  • Loss of a connection to self due to trauma
  • Loss of a significant person or relationship
  • For the addict in recovery, the loss of potential or a part of their life
  • For the ACoA, the loss of a sober parent, or a period of unencumbered childhood
  • For the ACoA, spouse, or addict in recovery, the loss of a functional family
  • For the spouse of an addict, the loss of a trusted and dependable partner
  • Divorce abandonment/visitation changes related to divorce
  • Socially ambiguous deaths (AIDS, suicide, murder, DUI, overdose)
  • Miscarriage, infertility
  • Adoption, either being adopted or placing a child up for adoption; adoptive parents whose child seeks biological family
  • Death of a pet
  • Disabling conditions, health issues
  • Loss of career (identify, retirement)
  • Moving to a new home
  • Mental illness or cognitive deficit
  • Other loss


Mending Heartwounds

Jan 4 - 8, 2021

Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2021

Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2021

Sept 20 - 24, 2021

Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2021


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