Good Grief Retreat

Thursday, June 5 - Monday, June 9, 2025
The Lodge at the Light Center
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Experience a safe, compassionate environment for grief healing, recovery and deep emotional work.

The Good Grief Retreat is for anyone experiencing pain associated with:

  • Loss of a loved one

  • Divorce or separation

  • Loss of a home

  • Unresolved childhood trauma

  • Loss of a job or business

  • Loss of a pet

  • Undergoing a difficult transition

  • Seeking a new direction in life

Join us for a unique opportunity and
be part of something extraordinary.

During this powerful retreat, you will experience: 


Delve into the complexities of grief and loss. Gain an understanding of the grief healing process.


 Experience profound transformation by engaging in spiritual practices and rituals that allow you to release emotions. 


 Explore your inner self through meditative practices designed to help you access your higher wisdom.


Embrace your authentic self and express your true essence, as you honor the journey and celebrate your personal growth.

Healing Emerges in a Loving Community

Dear Friend,

The four of us share a wonderful bond strengthened through family and friendship, and respect for each other’s healing gifts. Together, we have designed a unique event to help those going through grief and other difficult emotions to heal, release, and transform.

Our individual paths have taken us down a variety of avenues exploring spiritual and shamanic practices, Reiki, Hypnosis, Channeling, and Light Language healing modalities. For many years, we’ve witnessed the profound shifts that take place for people in our individual practices.

Now, imagine the profound healing that can occur when we combine our methodologies in one transformative place

We’re not just teachers; we’re friends and co-creators who recognized that NOW is the time for a powerful healing retreat. 

We are united in our desire to create a safe, compassionate environment for deep emotional work.

We look forward to meeting you in person as we invite you to join us for an unforgettable journey of healing, self-discovery and transformation.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Patricia, Jess, Katheryn and Gloria


Patricia Alton

Patricia Alton is an Ordained Shamanic Minister, Certified Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master, and Advanced Angel Therapy Practitioner® with 20+ years of experience.  She and Katheryn Napier facilitate Wise Women Retreats. 

Jessica Lee Alton

Jessica Lee Alton is a Master Channel of 18 years. She has a Masters in Education specializing in the Interdisciplinary Arts, with a direct route to Drama Therapy. She and Patricia Alton co-facilitate the Spirit Circle Series. 

Katheryn Napier

Katheryn Napier is a Reiki Master and Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with 30+ years experience in the field of healing and hypnotherapy. She conducts metaphysical classes & hypnosis certification training.

Gloria Grace Rand

Gloria Grace Rand is a Holistic Guide, Reiki Practitioner since 2005, Light Language Channel and international best-selling author. She facilitates Unplug to Recharge Self-Care Retreats. 



Each activity is carefully designed to support your grief journey and foster healing and transformation that lasts long after the event.


Small group discussions facilitated by a retreat teacher allow participants to work through their grief with loving support. 


Connect in a safe nurturing space with kindred souls who share a journey of growth and self-discovery.


  • Four (4) nights shared accommodation in a mountain view room with queen and/or twin beds
  • Three (3) dinners, three (3) breakfasts, three (3) lunches
  • Opening ceremony to create a sacred space
  • Icebreaker activities to foster connection and trust
  • Morning Meditations
  • Wisdom Circles
  • Teachings on grief and loss, understanding the healing process
  • Creative Writing from the Soul Experience
  • Nature Walk
  • Keening Circle & Light Language for honoring and releasing emotions
  • Soul Altar creation
  • Hypnosis for relaxation and accessing inner wisdom
  • Ecstatic Dance
  • Closing ceremony to honor the journey and celebrate growth

You'll discover an innate strength within you, empowering you to handle life's hurdles with grace, intention, and steadfast resilience.



The Lodge is a warm, welcoming and rustic 8-bedroom home featuring a sunken living room with granite stairs, two outdoor granite staircases, and a 1950s style balcony.

It is located at The Light Center - a spiritual non-profit retreat center dedicated to Prayer & Meditation via Nature, Music, Art and Education. It features forested acres of hiking trails, a meditation pond, the pristine Broad River and a Geodesic Dome that has been used for prayer and meditation for over 40 years.


Retreat Price: $1,777

Early Bird Price: $1,444


  • Meals, shared rooms, programming
  • One private room is available at an additional cost
  • Travel and One Dinner off-site not included

Retreat is limited to 15 participants. We will pair you with roommates unless you come together.

If you are traveling from out of town, the best airport to arrive is Asheville Regional Airport.


“Each Retreat with Patricia and Katheryn is uniquely healing and supportive. With each one I have attended I find myself having grown as a person while embracing my spirituality.  This is a definite must do if you enjoy feeling loved and supported and to expand your horizons.” – Marion

“I can’t say enough good things about the Mountain Retreat I attended with Patricia and Jess.  I connected with some lovely people who were open and lovingly committed to seeing the best in one another.  It was a wonderful way to connect with my higher power and to reconnect with myself.” – Gloria

“I highly recommend attending a Retreat with such positive people as Katheryn and Patricia. The beautiful, spiritual minded people sharing and learning in the sacred space was a reflective getaway and a way to renew my outlook on life.” -Carol

“Attending Gloria Grace Rand’s retreat was the perfect reset. It allowed quality time for like-minded friends, both new and old, to come together with a unique opportunity to share, connect and tap in.  We did group activities which allowed us to connect in a new way to our inner voice and inner wisdom.” J. Kotocavage

“We each felt as if we’d made a soul friend within minutes of meeting. I can’t say enough about how this experience allowed each of us to learn more about each other and bond.” S. Murrey

Have Questions?

Below are our most frequently asked questions

If you still need assistance, please feel free to email us!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can expect pleasantly warm days and cool nights. The temperature for a typical day in Black Mountain ranges from a high of 83°F (28°C) to a low of 62°F (17°C)

We can speak about your situation.

Clothing you feel comfortable in for hiking, including appropriate shoes or sturdy sneakers. 

As of right now, there are no Covid restrictions. However, if global conditions change, the retreat facilitators reserve the right to require a negative test within 48 hours of arrival. If you have a positive diagnosis of Covid, you will receive a full refund upon submitting proof of test. 

Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable, but transferrable.

In the unlikely event, the retreat is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. Credit may also be given for a future retreat within one year. No other allowances will be made. 

By purchasing this retreat, you agree to accept and abide by these rules. 

If we cancel for any reason including Covid related reasons, you will receive a full refund.

The closest airport is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), which services flights from Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United and JetBlue.