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Made possible through charitable funding from Teddy's Wish


Journey of Discovery

Reflect Restore Renew...

...a Residential Weekend Retreat for parents whose baby or child has died


Read a blog post by an attendee of this event


6th & 7th October 2018

Jenni Thomas and Nicki Whitworth regularly run workshops and residentials for bereaved parents.  Nicki is a bereaved parent and co-founder of a charity Surviving the Loss of Your World - SLOW.

This residential weekend retreat for bereaved parents is being held in the beautiful, natural setting of St Katharine's Parmoor in Buckinghamshire, near Henley-on-Thames.  Parents are welcome to attend as couples or individually.  The weekend will start on Saturday morning, parents arriving between 9.00 & 10.00 am and finish on Sunday at 12 noon.  Other family members, including children, can then join you for a picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds.

It will be a time for bereaved parents to come together and relax in a place close to nature. This retreat is a place to share your child's story and legacy.  Many of us fear losing our connection with our children who have died and we hope that by taking this time for yourself, you are able to connect with your baby or child in a meaningful way.  The weekend will provide an opportunity to reflect on how the experience of loss affects us, our relationships and our world.  There will be sessions covering mindfulness, meditation and gentle yoga as well as time for outdoor exercise.


"Meeting other bereaved parent has been an invaluable experience. Making the time to just be where I am and not feeling pressure to get into the 'functioning me'." 

"The weekend had just the right balance.  NO pressure is applied to say anything or do anything you are not comfortable with."   

"Being with people who can bear your pain with you because they know it, allowed me to feel vulnerable without being vulnerable." 

"Most of all I felt safe and respected." 

"Within a short space of time I felt at ease talking about my pain with people who had moments before been strangers." 

"I found it helpful to not feel so alone and isolated, which was nice." 

"I loved the element of mindfulness and yoga and found it helped me to relax."


We are hugely grateful to Jen and Chris Reid who are making this weekend for bereaved parents possible through funding from the charity they set up in memory of their baby son, Edward.  "As bereaved parents ourselves we know that grief can be the hardest subject to talk about.  Grief can be a very lonely and isolating journey and we benefited greatly from speaking to other bereaved parents.  Since setting up Teddy's Wish we have been passionate about supporting a retreat to give bereaved parents the opportunity to have time away, to connect with their child and each other.  Following the success of last year's retreat we are delighted to be supporting this retreat."

Places are limited to 20 people. If you would like to register interest, please email info [at] jennithomas [dot] com.  Jenni and Nicki will then arrange to meet with you in the summer to explain more about the weekend.  Places are booked quite quickly so we look forward to hearing from you soon.  There are no costs to participants. 





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