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A Vision of Hope

A vision of hope.

Although the first Sunrise Retreat was in July 2017, it had been on the dream board of our founder, Marni, for many years. The vision to create a space of nourishment and hope for other widows started in her grief journey following the death of her husband in 2013. 


When she shared her dream with a small group of other women, they answered YES and the dream became reality.  They became the "Dream Team."  After reaching out to River Discovery, a local non profit in Boise serving cancer survivors, we joyfully partnered to offer the retreat for widows of cancer in McCall, Idaho.  


Now, in 2019, we begin the next step by establishing our own non profit, Sunrise Retreats, Inc. By taking this step, we will now be able to expand our reach to ALL widows and others experiencing loss.  


Today, we have many of the past retreat participants volunteering to continue the circle of outreach.  Our "Trail Blazers" bring their passion to the community as they reach out in hope.  

Sunrise Retreats at Spirit of Discovery 2017

Find a bit of inspiration from when Marni first shared her story to begin Sunrise Retreats.  

Dream Team

Jenise English

Meet Jenise English.

As a licensed clinical professional counselor, Jenise is honored to walk side by side with others through life's difficult experiences.  She brings this graceful practice and leads participants in our art activity,  Soul Collage, at the Sunrise Retreat in McCall.  Her life’s passion is to help others heal through insight to the human spirit, creating an empowered life's journey. 

Jen Guerrero


Jen is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a wide range of modalities to choose from offering the best therapy possible for her clients.  Sunrise Retreats loves having her on staff for the retreats in McCall!  

It is her passion and gift to facilitate healing from the inside out and to offer the compassion her clients need to feel comfortable in each session. 

Marni Henderson


The dreamer and founder of Sunrise Retreats.   Her grief journey has been life altering yet also provides opportunity to discover profound wisdom from her experiences while bringing it all forward to create new life.  She is a health educator who is honored to walk along side her clients as they rediscover their whole hearted courageous selves after experiencing loss, stress and life changes!  She also facilitates community classes and retreats to Belize!  Connect with Marni below and find out more here at Coalesce Discovery.

Michelle Kautzman, RYT 200


Michelle leads our yoga sessions during the Sunrise Retreat in McCall.   Michelle is a yoga instructor honoring each woman’s  wisdom as they journey along their own life path.  On and off the mat she encourages others to embrace their wholeness in all aspects of life.  In addition to the traditional style of yoga, Michelle also specializes in Yoga for Scoliosis. She brings alignment to all aspects of the body mind connection. 

Trail Blazers


The widow warriors behind the scenes, making the meals, reaching out to others, growing in grief, laughing around the camp fire, quietly offering tender support and spreading hope.  

We are humbled and grateful for these incredible people.

The Official Board


It takes many hands to make light work and that is the motto behind Sunrise Retreats.  With a common mission to create a landing pad for grief surrounded by nature, creativity, good food, healing touch and compassionate people, this group of amazing beings keep all of the dreamers on task!   

community partners



Our amazing partnership with River Discovery has brought Sunrise Retreats to the community since 2017.

River Discovery offers outdoor adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthening of the mind, body and spirit.  We  work year round to create, build, and fund life changing outdoor  adventures for cancer survivors and the people who love them.  Programs  are created to inspire, empower, and heal survivors of all ages and with  any diagnosis.



The partnership with Stoel Rives, LLP has allowed us to move forward with the peace of mind in knowing we provide the very best to our community.

Stoel Rives recognizes that pro bono service is an essential element of  every lawyer’s professional responsibility because lawyers (a) possess  unique skills and abilities to serve persons of limited means and to  promote the public interest in ways that no other professionals can; (b)  have a duty to contribute to the welfare of the community, to assist in  the development of the legal profession, and to broaden the overall  commitment to access to justice for all people, regardless of their  financial circumstances; and (c) have an obligation to ensure that the  legal system is accessible to everyone, including persons of limited  means, and thereby to promote the United States as a society governed by  the rule of law.



We are proud to have Online Accounting offer their accounting and business guidance services.  It is important that we have a strong financial structure so that we can serve our community with integrity and longevity.  


Online Accounting brings qualified  professionals to your accounting team who are enthusiastic about your  business and industry.

While  most remote accounting firms now outsource to a foreign country, all our  team members are based in the US. We are made up of a team of highly  skilled, well educated, CPAs, EAs, accountants and bookkeepers.

Retreat Experiences

"I leave the weekend peaceful, fulfilled and joyous.  I would wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend this retreat.  It was life changing."  Julie

"I am more than amazed at the retreat.  I am filled with hope, joy and strength."  Kathy

"I loved the fact that I had time to take a nap!  Everyone was open and friendly.  Knowing I have new sisters to call on, I feel refreshed and ready to begin the rest of my life."  Patti

"I would truly recommend this retreat to any woman who has experienced loss.  I know I have a purpose in life!"

"The retreat exceeded my hopes and I learned so much, despite my own resistance.  It was nourishing and fear busting.  The healing space helped me feel stronger, hopeful and renewed."

"The water time connected me to nature which always heals me.  I feel empowered, refreshed and not alone."  Carrie

Share in the Vision

Together we share in our common humanity:
finding compassion, strength, wisdom, courage, and inspiration
to keep living through the fullness of life after loss.
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