November 9-13, 2017, Chester, Connecticut — for daughters who were up to and including age 18 when their mothers died. Residential spots are currently sold out. Commuter day passes cost $599 which include day and evening programming and all meals. We can provide a list of local inns and hotels for you to arrange on your own. More information available at the Motherless Daughters Retreats page or please email [email protected] for registration materials. Check back for information about public events in NYC on November 8 and/or November 14!
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.
August 27-31, 2018, Madeline Island School of the Arts, Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Nonfiction writing workshop, “The Family Memoir.” When we mine our pasts for stories, childhood and adolescence are the motherlodes. This workshop, for students of all levels, begins with the assumption that everyone’s childhood was a fascinating and colorful place in which to come of age. Our daily exercises and discussions will help writers parse which stories can be told best in memoir form. Cost $775, plus housing. More information and registration available here.
SELECT PAST EVENTS
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.