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Learning and Living After Loss


Please contact Patti to inquiry about upcoming retreats

Painted Heart

The world needs healing...

and people who have done their own healing work.

Now more than ever.

This retreat is for tender-hearted, compassionate women who are carrying the weight of life losses and recognize if they don't do some unpacking, they will feel buried. The heaviness of grief will prevent them from growing forward in life with a sense of peace, joy, purpose, and generosity.

If you're paying any attention at all, it's easy to see that the world is in deep need of healing. We have the highest rates of depression and anxiety ever. Relationships between people with different backgrounds are breaking down. The earth and its non human creatures are also suffering.

Our current culture (wrongfully) teaches us that the best way to feel better when we experience emotional pain and significant loss is to push forward and ignore it. We've been conditioned to consume more in order to hurt less but ultimately, all that does is cause more harm to ourselves, the people around us, and nature.

When people make an intentional and conscious choice to make space to focus on their own healing and personal growth, the whole world benefits.

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What Happens when you focus on your own heart healing?

  • inner peace

  • reduced stress

  • less depressed

  • renewed energy

  • improved relationships

  • improved leadership skills

  • more capacity to support others (empathy, compassion, holding space)

  • living more in the present

  • deeper, more connected relationship with, self, others, and the more than human world

  • improved financial well-being

What's the work that will be done at the retreat?

  1. Unlearning the beliefs and habits that keep you stuck and prevent you from growing forward.

  2. A thorough life review of the experiences that caused your heart emotional pain and the experiences that are worthy of celebration and gratitude.

  3. Taking the action steps to reconcile (not forget) and learn from the past.

  4. Creating new hope for a joyful future.

  5. Experiencing the healing power of having our stories witnessed and heard, without judgement or advice. A broken heart as a result of emotional loss does not mean that we are broken. Therefore we do not need to be fixed.

  6. Daily Nature Therapy sessions - communing with nature in a manner that enhanced heart healing and growth. Deeply connecting with nature has been proven to lessen depression and stress, improve sleep, and increases our sense of optimism and hope.

What are the normal and natural fears that get in the way of doing healing work?

  • not knowing what life will be like with a healed heart and a lighter load to carry.

  • worry that the investment of time, energy and money won't make a difference.

  • fear of not being able to manage the pain that will surface during the healing process.

  • fear of losing the self identity that is associated with carrying the emotional pain of past losses.

Here's what past participants had to say about the retreat

"I have been going to therapy for most of my life and, while it has helped me in many different ways, we never addressed what was left incomplete in my relationship with my dad. During the Heal Your Heart Retreat, I became aware that my heart still needed to be heard and by the end of the retreat I had communicated what needed to be said to my dad. 

The Heal Your Heart retreat opened a door into deep healing work that I had not seen before. It showed me the true meaning of self care, gave me tried and tested tools to further my own growth and connected me to a community of like-hearted women and other healers. The journey continues and the experience and lessons from Heal Your Heart continue to support me along the way." Jessica M., Toronto

"I had come to a place in my life where I realized that if I didn’t reach out for some sort of support, my life would just stay the same and that was scary. It was serendipity that brought Patti and the Heal Your Heart Retreat to me.


Although I also had fear about opening up my heart and telling my story, it was less scary than the thought of not changing and living the rest of my life with a heavy, protected heart.


I had tried other counselling services and the reason I feel they didn’t work was because they were guiding me rationalizing with a broken head rather than a broken heart. I learnt I was using intellectual comments that belittled any of my natural and normal emotions."  Heather T., Winnipeg

"I’m so glad I attended the Heal Your Heart Retreat. I really do feel like I’ve gotten rid of some baggage that I have carried around for way too many years.I felt a release which of course makes me feel more at peace.It encourages me to do more things that take me out of my comfort zone and live life fully.


To any woman who is looking to heal emotional hurts, I strongly encourage you to do the Heal Your Heart Retreat.  You will be well looked after during the week as Patti goes above and beyond to make sure everyone’s needs are met.  The work is hard but it is so worth it.  It doesn’t hurt either that you are surrounded by the beautiful sights of nature in Pinawa and in Patti’s welcoming home with her playful pets. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone." Donna G., Winnipeg  

Retreat overview

  • The retreat will take place at the Nurtured by Nature Retreat in Pinawa, Manitoba.

  • 6 days and 6 nights of all inclusive single room accommodations in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by trees on the shore of the Winnpeg River.

  • For women (identifying) who find themselves somewhere in middle life. (For any men (identifying) who may be interested, please contact me to explore options).

  • Arrive Sunday evening after supper and depart the following Saturday afternoon.

  • Home cooked, whole food meals (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 suppers)

  • Two group healing discussion per day (Monday to Friday), with assigned journalling exercises.

  • Daily guided nature therapy experiences.

  • Free time with access to bikes, watercrafts, snowshoes, table games, art supplies (play is exceptionally therapeutic)

  • Although the official heart healing program will be completed on Friday afternoon, the retreat includes an additional day to integrate the learning and growth and also time for celebration.

  • 4 participants only to ensure emotional and physical space and sense of safety to focus on healing.

  • COST:     $2400


Retreats will be planned based on interest. If this retreat appeals to you, please contact Patti to get the ball rolling. Together, you'll pick a date that works best for you. It will be then that Patti will promote the retreat to others. 




7:00pm              Welcome, orientation, introductions, and getting settled



8:30 am           Breakfast

10:00 am         Opening Circle, Sharing Personal Intentions

11:00 am         Personal time

Noon               Lunch

1:00 pm          Guided Nature Therapy Walk

4:00 pm          Heal Your Heart Group Session

6:00 pm          Supper

Evening          Time for homework and free time


8:30 am             Breakfast

9:45 am             Heal Your Heart Group Session – followed by time for homework

Noon                 Lunch

1:00 pm            Guided Nature Therapy Walk

3:30 pm            Personal time

5:30 pm            Supper

7:00 pm            Heal Your Heart Group Session

Followed by time for homework and free time


8:30 am            Breakfast

9:45 am            Heal Your Heart Group Completion Session

Noon                Lunch

12:30 pm         Guided Nature Therapy Walk

3:00pm            Closing  Circle

5:30 pm           Supper




9:00 am             DIY breakfast

10:00 am          Recreation and play

Noon                Shared lunch preparation

Time for packing and last chance activities

2:00 pm             Departure



If you're feeling an invitation to attend the Heal Your Heart Retreat take the first step and set up a chat with your retreat guide and life coach Patti Phillips. During the consult, we'll explore your readiness to open and heal your heart.


The decision to do heart healing work is not one to make without thoughtful consideration. Our culture encourages us to ignore or walk away from our emotional suffering. Heart healing work asks you to look directly at your wounds and walk with the pain.

Registration begins with a person to person conversation with your retreat guide, Patti Phillips. This healing work is not for everyone. By including an interview process as part of registration, participants can be assured that all who attend will honour and contribute to the safe and brave space that supports this transformational healing work.

Contact Patti here.

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