Mending Heartwounds

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

Workshop Quick Summary

Workshop: Mending Heartwounds

Category: Emotional Trauma

What: A workshop that addresses the wounds left by unseen or hidden grief and assists participants in furthering resolution surrounding these painful losses

Who: Anyone struggling with the loss of a connection to self, to someone significant, to a period of life, to addiction, or to dysfunction that they’re having trouble processing

Cost: $3,950 (includes meals, evening activities, Brain Center, and gym access)

Lodging: Reserve single or shared on-site rooms


Some losses may lack visibility and clarity, remaining unseen or misread by others. When grief is buried, unrecognized, or unsupported, it can complicate mourning and the ability to move on. Processing these splintered or buried inner experiences can let workshop participants feel whole again and bring closure.

All About This Workshop

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. Designed by world renowned psychodramatist and Meadows Senior Fellow Tian Dayton, MA, PhD, TEP, Mending Heartwounds serves to assist participants in furthering resolution surrounding loss.

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 the grieving process. These kinds of losses deserve respect, they need our compassion and care. Grieving these types 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. Processing our splintered or buried inner experience can let us feel whole again and bring it to comfortable closure. It helps us to move on in life, let go of the past, and live in the present.

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 adult child of an alcoholic (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 for adoption); adoptive parents whose child seeks their biological family
  • Death of a pet
  • Disabling conditions, health issues
  • Loss of career (identity, retirement)
  • Moving to a new home
  • Mental illness or cognitive deficit
  • Other loss

Cost: $3,950, which includes

  • meals
  • evening activities (yoga, tai chi, auricular acupuncture, live music)
  • 12-Step meeting
  • Brain Center access
  • gym access

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 three convenient pickup times. Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process.

The Fine Print

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm. 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 we have a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.


Mending Heartwounds

Feb 5 - Feb 9, 2024

Apr 1 - Apr 5, 2024

May 13 - May 17, 2024

Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2024

Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024

Sept 9 - Sept 13, 2024

Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2024

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