April 7, 2018
UK Motherless Daughters Symposium
SCI, Belgravia Square, London
The first gathering of Motherless Daughters in the UK will take place from 1:30-5 p.m., featuring various speakers and interactive activities. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to 70. General admission 40GBP.
May 6-11, 2018
Writing the Story of Your Life workshop
Scotts Valley, CA
This five-day writing workshop will help participants of all levels write their life stories. Whether you hope to author a short essay or you’re embarking — or in the midst of — a book-length memoir, you’ll receive craft tips, exercises, and feedback during the week. $425 course fee plus extra for accommodations.
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Iowa City, IA
Two workshops — one introductory, one intermediate, to be announced in February 2018.
January 28-February 2, 2018, 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, CA (near Santa Cruz) — for daughters who were up to and including age 20 when their mothers died. Cost is $425 plus additional housing through 1440 Multiversity. Online registration available here.
February 16-19, 2018, Adult Mother Loss Retreat in Ojai, CA for women who were 21 and older when their mothers died. Cost is $1099, which includes three nights’ shared lodging, all meals, and workshop materials. More information available at Motherless Daughters Retreats.
Check back soon for information about another Early Mother Loss Retreat this August in the Los Angeles area.
SELECT PAST EVENTS
November 8, 2017
The Conversation: Stories That Matter
New York, New York
An afternoon of stories and discussions on the topic of early mother loss, featuring Hope, author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, author Allison Gilbert, therapist Carole Geithner, Cara Belvins (founder of EmpowerHER), Jen Bilik (founder of Knock Knock) and others. $75 general admission tickets/$125 VIP tickets
October 27-November 2, 2014
Master Class “The Story Beneath Your Story”
Hedgebrook women’s writing retreat
Whidbey Island, WA
Six-day nonfiction writing workshop for women writers working on memoir or personal essays. Come to discover the larger themes and archetypes in your personal story, and learn how to convey your larger message to an audience. Class space limited to six. Cost is$2400, which includes workshop time, all meals, and lodging in your own handcrafted fairytale cabin in the woods. Seriously.
July 30-August 9, 2014
Turning Loss Into Service
Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Peru
A ten-day adventure to Peru with a group of motherless daughters and parentless parents, to volunteer in an orphanage in Cuzco and hike through the Lares Valley. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is in partnership with Trekking for Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing service to orphans and physical challenges for participants.
May 10, 2014
Motherless Daughters 20th Anniversary Conference
Marriott Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey, CA
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first gathering of its kind!
A full day of workshops, discussions, and the annual Motherless Daughters Day Luncheon and Circle of Remembrance—with keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestseller Wild. Additional workshops by Claire Bidwell Smith, Jennifer Lauck, Allison Gilbert, Irene Rubaum-Keller, LMFT, and Laurie Lucas, LCSW.
Featured speaker at the opening of the Raymee Grief Center, the first children’s bereavement center in the UAE.