Spend a weekend being totally cared for while surrounded by the Idaho prairie near Fairfield, Idaho. During this weekend retreat, you will have an opportunity to connect with other widows, enjoy some quiet time, receive a massage, practice wellness tools, let your creativity soothe the soul, and discover ways to create new life.
Replenish, rejuvenate and re-ignite your whole self while navigating life after the death of your partner.
Join us for a professionally facilitated, life-changing weekend with our Sunrise Retreats Team.
2024 Retreat options:
Friday through Sunday | May 3-5, 2024
Friday through Sunday | September 20-22, 2024
The retreat begins at 12:00 PM on Friday, and you will depart at noon on Sunday.
Our retreats are facilitated experiential education opportunities to enhance the health and well-being of women navigating life after the death of their partner.
You will find connections, deep understanding, guidance, inspiration, and most of all, hope.
When our founder and retreat facilitator, Marni Henderson, dreamed of an experience that would fill her deep desire to connect, grieve, heal, and grow with other widows, Sunrise Retreats was born. Although she spent more than 23 years as a health and wellness educator, she was completely unprepared to navigate the journey and her well-being as a widow. You can read more about the beginning of Sunrise Retreats here.
The death of a partner is a natural part of the human experience, and the challenge of living without the one we'd hoped to spend our future life with is devastating. We believe that spending time in nature, creative expression, movement, bodywork, adventure, good food, practical tools, and self-inquiry offer powerful moments of healing.
Grief is a preciously intimate and sacred journey. It affects the whole being- body, mind, and spirit. Our retreats provide a safe space to connect, support, and inspire. The curriculum is thoughtfully curated with many opportunities to nurture, heal, and grow while navigating the fullness of life. Together, we share our common humanity in honoring the past with tender awareness of the present while also creating a hope-filled future.
*Although our program is professionally designed and facilitated and the team has credentialed health professionals, the retreats are non-therapeutic.
Upon arrival, please expect to be warmly welcomed by our team of fellow widowed warriors. There will be time to set up your room, meet the other participants (our retreats are not co-ed), and have some time to relax. After settling in, breathe in the fresh air, slow your mind, visit, or receive a relaxing one-hour massage. Before long, we will gather for ice breakers, introductions, and opening ceremonies!
We do everything we can to help make everyone comfortable and relaxed!
The smell of dinner lingers as the sound of laughter signals the deepening connection between each other and the beginning of a magical weekend. Guided activities lead us to shared understandings where we begin to feel not so alone. Fireside stories welcome the stars as the sun starts to set.
Oh yes, there is CHOCOLATE!
We've heard giggles and snorts, snores and all. In bed by eight or laughing under the stars, it all depends on what you need! It truly is a weekend for you to replenish, rejuvenate and re-ignite. Either way, we retire to our rustic, charming home away from home, surrounded by our circle of new friends.
Please remember what is shared at retreat, stays at retreat!
Greet the sunrise with gently guided movement and mindfulness practices. The laid-back morning gives time to grab a cup of coffee, a massage, a journal, or a stroll before we begin! The family-style breakfast fuels our bodies so we can take part in the adventures of the day. Find yourself in nature, playing with creative expression, learning wellness tools, and plenty of time to relax while the land, trees, birds, and sky tend to your healing.
Dinner calls us back to the family table, followed by guided activities and fireside magic ... and CHOCOLATE!
On Sunday, we'll again greet the sunrise with our guided mindful movement designed to calm, restore and recenter. Grab your tea or coffee as we continue our program, followed by one more brunch meal together.
Finally, the closing ceremonies- well, we need to leave something for your imagination. You can expect to leave the retreat mid-day.
As you drive away, we have been told there is a feeling of hope, connection, and renewed energy.
Join us in discovering your next stepping stone and springboard of hope!
Grief has no time limit. We welcome anyone experiencing the death of a partner regardless of the length of time since they died or the time you were together.
At this time, we focus on women navigating life after the death of a partner. In the future, we look forward to expanding our retreats to men as well as solo parents and their children.
At this time, we ask that you find transportation to Hidden Paradise in Fairfield, Idaho. It is a 1.5-hour drive southeast of Boise. If you are interested in carpooling with another attendee, we are happy to connect the participants with each other! If you are traveling by plane, you will want to arrive at the Boise Airport and drive to Fairfield. Once you arrive at our location, the retreat is all-inclusive.
We do offer scholarships and will never turn anyone away for financial reasons! Please reach out to us to discuss payment options and scholarship opportunities or check out our financial support page. Again, once you arrive at the retreat, it is all-inclusive.
Our retreat is located on the Idaho camas prairie at Hidden Paradise in Fairfield, Idaho. The property is currently owned by Camp Rainbow Gold, with a long-term plan for remodeling and expansion. Currently, we have single and double-occupancy rooms. If you would prefer to have a private room, please indicate your request on our registration form. To assure the safety and well-being of our participants, we will offer single-room options as needed.
Sunrise Retreats is located on the 172-acre property of Hidden Paradise. There is walking, ponds for paddling, biking, and more. Our menu can be adjusted for food sensitivities; please let us know any restrictions when you register. Although we offer many opportunities to be active throughout the weekend, we will absolutely make accommodations to support your highest well-being if you have any limitations. This retreat is a whole being experience in mind, heart, body, and spirit. We will do what is needed to enhance your comfort!
Hidden Paradise Camp is located in Fairfield, Idaho, part of Camas County, just south of the Soldier Mountains in the Sawtooth National Forest. With breathtaking views of the Camas Prairie and the peak of Smoky Dome, this hidden gem is the perfect getaway to find respite and healing relief in our Idaho outdoors.
Much of the year, this beautiful property is home to many other Idaho nonprofits seeking healing experiences. As the camp continues to remodel and build new facilities, we are delighted to host our retreats in this quiet, expansive, and nature-inspired place. "Rustically gorgeous" welcomes you with many moments to relax, explore, slow down, and transform.
Located between the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, and Wood River Valley, Hidden Paradise is uniquely situated to serve conveniently and safely, many while still feeling like a secluded, restful retreat.