Heart-Broken Open Retreat


Heart-Broken Open:
Grief as a Sacred Path to Renewal and Rebirth

Fall Schedule:
November 3-5, 2017
The Center for Love and Light, Atlanta, GA 30306
Near Emory University

Friday 3: 7:00PM -9:00pm
Saturday 4: 10am-5:00pm
Sunday 5: 10:00am-4:00pm

Have you—or the clients you work with—ever

  • Suffered a loss so cataclysmic it divided your life into a “before” and “after?”

  • Spent entire days longing for what was?

  • Felt disoriented, disconnected, unable to fully articulate the ache inside?

  • Endured months of feeling empty, lost, alone, stuck, unable to “move on?”

  • Wondered if you’d ever feel joy again?

  • Received family or social pressure to “get over it?”

Grief requires us to reorient ourselves to every part of our physical,
emotional, and social worlds.

~ Brene Brown


Loss and grief are universal, yet few of us today take the opportunity to fully grieve. Western culture tells us that grief is private, linear, and time limited. After a major loss, we are expected to bounce back after a month or two, a year at most.

But the second year after a loss is often harder than the first… yet we’re pressured to present a happy face to the world.

When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
~ Anaïs Nin


Our ancestors accepted grief as a normal part of life. They knew that grief buried alive kills the mind, the body, the soul. When a loss happened to one member of the tribe, it was processed and grieved—by the entire tribe. They created ritual that allowed the grief to be fully felt, with the support of the community.

When grief is processed and integrated, it transforms into life-force, fuel that re-vitalizes and propels us forward as individuals, families, and communities.

But when grief is ignored, tamped down, buried alive, our vitality is buried with it.

We live in a time when we are experiencing devastating personal—and planetary—loss. It is no longer advisable to grieve privately, to force ourselves to “get over it.” Now is the time for conscious, courageous community grieving.


Grief is a matter of the heart and soul.
Grieve your loss, allow it in, and spend time with it.

~ Louise Hay

Grief is feral; it does not come on demand. But grief can be evoked—through stories, writing, movement, and ritual. Grief can be welcomed, integrated, and transformed within the sacred space formed by an intentional community.

November 3-5, 2017
The Center for Love and Light
1145 Zonolite Road, NE Suite 10 Atlanta, Ga 30306

Who Can This Help?

  • Care Givers: therapists, coaches, health and wellness practitioners

  • Anyone experiencing any kind of loss: bereavement, divorce,
    financial/job/home loss

  • Those dealing with a trauma, diagnosis, or illness

  • Survivors healing from old wounds

  • Anyone experiencing loss of a beloved animal

  • Sensitives who feel grief for the devastation of our precious planet and her people

  • Anyone feeling stuck, sad, or lonely


The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
~ Kahill Gibran

How This Can Help:

»You—and your grief—will be welcomed into our community

» Your presence will be honored and your grief shared

» We’ll co-create a safe, compassionate space for deep emotional release and healing

» We’ll integrate and transform buried emotions like shame, anger, and rage (which often manifest as depression, and anxiety)

» We’ll use music and movement to release stuck emotional issues

» You’ll learn powerful tools of ritual, painting, and journaling that you can use to process grief for the rest of your life

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
~ Oscar Wilde

The retreat will include:

  • Understanding current cultural obstacles to effective grieving

  • Journaling, as a quick method to process our grief

  • Releasing stuck emotions through music and movement

  • Sharing in small groups, as well as our entire community

  • Learning to trust our individual and group wisdom

  • Participating in a powerful community grief ritual

If you’re ready to take the next step in healing yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

Retreat Cost:

1 Payment of $349

Register Here

2 Payments of $189.50 (first payment today, second payment of 189.50 in 30 days)

Register Here

Recommended hotels: minutes away from The Center of Love and Light and restaurants.

Grief Guides

Joyce Dillon, RN, MN, BCC

Joyce Dillon, RN, MN

Joyce Dillon is a nurse therapist, pioneer in energy medicine, life purpose facilitator, health and wellness coach, and creativity teacher. Joyce has studied loss and grief with wise elder Malidoma Some, has been mentored by renowned loss and grief author and teacher Francis Weller, and is trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy. She is certified in mind/body medicine from Harvard and the Mind Body Institute. She has apprenticed with master shaman Alberto Villoldo, The Four Winds and Don Oscar-Miro Quesada, Heart of the Healer. Joyce teaches and studies intuitive painting and is the author of Create The Life You Love.

She has a private practice in Atlanta and teaches internationally. Her personal experience with loss and grief and her healing work with clients have deeply influenced her desire to co-partner in creating this transformational retreat.

Melody LeBaron

Melody LeBaron

Melody LeBaron Grief yoga teacher, International Feng Shui consultant, Shamanic teacher, and author of her upcoming book Creating Sacred Space for Death: How to Prepare Yourself and the Environment when a Loved One is Dying, based on her experience as a midwife for the deaths of 10 of her closest loved ones including her 17-year old son, mother, and sister.

Since her Space and Personal Clearing practitioner training with Australian author and teacher Eric Dowsett in 2000, Melody has worked with clients all over the world to up-level the flow of chi (life-force, opportunity) through the land they live on, the homes they live in, as well as their bodies, lives and relationships.

Melody believes that loss puts us all on a sacred path, which gives us the opportunity to transform our grief into the sacred medicine we offer the world.


The Center for Love and Light
1145 Zonolite Road, NE Suite 10 Atlanta, Ga 30306

Retreat Cost:

1 Payment of $349

Register Here

2 Payments of $189.50 (first payment today, second payment of 189.50 in 30 days)

Register Here

The Wild Edge of Sorrow-Rituals OF Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief
Recommend Book: The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals OF Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief
by Francis Weller


Resources: Read and print the daily retreat schedule.

We hope to see you at the retreat. If you have any questions please call Joyce at 404-881-1322 or e-mail at jjdillon@mindspring.com