Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Tranquility Retreat (NEW!)
A full day nourishing retreat for women impacted by a
loved one's active substance use.
Saturday, May 18, 2024 - Serenity Retreat
A full day nourishing retreat for women grieving
a substance-related loss.
The Power of a Pivot
“After attending a retreat by The Wisdom Coalition, I wanted to bring it to our women! It was so powerful, meaningful, and it gave me tools to articulate and accept my feelings."
- Rhonda Miller
The Power of a Pause
Both retreats will be held in the serene setting of the historic Hearth at Heyer’s Mill in the peaceful countryside of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The property features a meticulously restored 150-year-old farmhouse with ballroom and sprawling side porch overlooking a 3 acre private pond with walking trails and benches circumventing it. The proprietors, Dave and Heather Piperato, hold a special place for the Miller family. Their eldest son was Ben’s childhood best friend! Heather is gifted with hospitality and amazing culinary skills acquired during her years growing up in Italy. We will truly be pampered in this beautiful, private setting. You can visit their Facebook page to learn more about The Hearth at Heyer's Mill.
Nancy Werteen and Kim Howee, founders of The Wisdom Coalition, are planning a special program for each retreat. These ladies specialize in helping others find joy amidst life’s difficult circumstance. They have authored two books, and produce a popular podcast. Learn more about The Wisdom Coalition.
We are busy planning fun and meaningful activities!
Early Registration $100.00 per person
Regular Registration $125.00 per person (after early registration ends)
Kate Favata will share her powerful story of hope. Her life journey began growing up in a privileged community attending private school, to descending into the depths of addiction homeless on the terrifying streets of the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia — to finding recovery and ascending to a position of influence as the Community Engagement Manager for Crossroads Treatment Center. Kate will impart hope for your loved one’s recovery!
TRANQUILITY - April 13th | SERENITY - May 18th
9:00 am -- Breakfast buffet
9:45 am -- Welcome
10:25 am --The Wisdom Coalition Finding Joy program
12:00 pm-- Lunch
1:15 pm -- The Wisdom Coalition program
3:00 pm -- Activities
4:30 pm -- Free time to enjoy the natural surroundings
with optional activities
5:00 pm -- Dinner
6:30 pm -- Closing refections
* Serenity Retreat: Remembrance of Our Loved Ones
7:00 pm -- Departure
Thank you for your interest in our women’s retreats!! We are pleased to offer a brand new retreat this year for women with loved ones in active addiction — in addition to our Serenity Retreat for women who have lost a loved one to substance-related causes, now in its third year! 🦋
My name is Rhonda Miller, but I am best known here because I am Ben‘s (and Alex’s) mom. My journey began when my youngest son, Ben, was just 16, struggling with fitting in and finding his place in this world. Like many teens, he experimented, but when he was introduced to opioids, he was pulled into a horrific addiction he was unable to control. Throughout eight years, I lived the roller coaster of hope and grief. I had very little support through those painful years; few could understand what I could not even understand. On August 1, 2016, one week before his 24th birthday, we tragically lost our precious Ben to fentanyl poisoning. The devastation (and the many secondary losses) have been very difficult to navigate alone.
Two years later, my family and I founded a nonprofit, Speak Up for Ben, Inc. to speak out and educate regarding the dangers of opioid misuse, and to offer support to those struggling and to their families. With the aid of Northampton County, we opened OASIS to help families throughout all the stages of grief experienced when a loved one lives with a substance use condition— and to offer compassionate support to families who lost their loved one. This retreat is an extension of the grief support we offer. While serving our families, I have obtained professional training to best support our grief recovery. I have been credentialed by grief expert and author David Kessler as a Certified Grief Educator, by the Grief Recovery Institute as a Grief Recovery Specialist, and am currently being trained by grief expert and author Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Combined with my lived experience, these trainings have aided me tremendously in my mission to support our many grieving families.
We are pleased to offer this year's retreats hosted by The Hearth at Heyer’s Mill. The focus will be on wellness, building a life with meaning, and finding peace. We are not clinicians, but sister travelers on this journey..... Surrounded by God’s love, and the friendship, support, and care of one another, we learn we can gently restore our serenity, and find tranquility with every new day. We welcome you to join us… as we come together to learn, laugh, love and heal. . 💔❤️🩹 ❤️