There are no retreats planned at this time.
Please check back again, as we always have something in the works.
If you would like to have a retreat in your area, please contact us.
Are you a bereaved parent who feels trapped in the darkness of your grief, especially with the painful reminders of everyday life? Or are you a bereaved parent who is weary from missing your child?
Then this come-away weekend is for you!
Come join us for a relaxing and meaningful time with others who get it. At Grieving Parents Sharing Hope (GPS Hope) we know there will never be a time when we are “over it”, and our grief is behind us. But we can take purposeful steps toward a greater measure of healing, allowing us to live life with hope, light and purpose again, not in spite of our child’s death, but because we want to find a way to live that honors his or her life.
Join GPS Hope founders Dave and Laura Diehl, for a weekend retreat in beautiful areas like our most recent one in the rolling hills of Iowa (who knew?), where you will be encouraged to take off your masks, be yourself in your grief, and share your children and your journey together.
Just seeing such picturesque settings will make you feel like you are right where you belong. Getting up each morning with a cup of coffee and enjoying the beautiful outdoors,will add to the tranquility of these beautiful places.
Your time away will strengthen you in all three areas of life, body, soul and spirit by
o Allowing your body to relax in a soothing atmosphere
o Receiving encouragement for your aching soul
o Give you a safe place that is free of any judgment or shame for you to explore where you are spiritually and to grow your relationship with God
Psalm 62:5 Let all that I am (body, soul and spirit) wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. (NLT) (Italics added)
You will also
• Gain clarity on how to move forward in a way that honors the life of your child
• Get to know on a personal level author, speaker, singer and grief coach Laura Diehl and her husband, Dave
• Walk away with life-long friendships of others who understand the life-long issues of the death of one’s child
Another benefit is that you will be added to a special Facebook page, just for those who are attending this specific retreat in Iowa. This way you can get to know each other before arriving.
All meals are included.
Most retreats begin Friday evening and end around noon on Sunday.
Along with free time to go off on your own or chat with new friends throughout the weekend, there will be a few sessions such as:
- This Was Not in My Plan
- Grace in Grief
- Grief and the Enneagram
- Where is God in All of This?
There is also built into the schedule where the men will spend activity time with Dave, and the women will be with Laura.
Saturday night will be a meaningful candlelight ceremony in honor of our children.
After a noon lunch on Sunday, will be the final good-byes with everyone heading home.
The registration prices vary based on location but typically range around $325 per person or $550 per couple. Registration is first come first serve based on paid deposit.
A $100 non-refundable deposit per person is required to hold your place, with the rest of the balance due a month before the retreat.
(Note: this does NOT include transportation to and from the retreat. Please feel free to use the private Facebook Group to pool together for rental cars from the airport, etc.)
Click here to register
Details for traveling:
Address of the retreat will be posted here.
The closest airports will be posted here.
• Up until 90 days before retreat all money except the $100 deposit is refunded
• Up until 60 days before retreat, 50% of all money, except the $100 deposit is refunded
• Unfortunately, cancellations less than 30 days will receive no refunds