Grief Retreats

Rooted in Hope Grief Retreat 
April 27 - May 1, 2017
McCloud, California


Are you feeling devastated by profound grief in your life?
We want to help.

Loss is a part of life. Adjusting to any kind of loss can take its toll on even the strongest person. Often, we need time and help to get through the most acute stages of grief, anger, regret and disappointment, especially if we feel overwhelmed and debilitated by our emotions.meadow-sunset-web Having support and a safe place to be held and nourished, away from our daily responsibilities, can make a world of difference in getting through the hard work of grieving.

The journey through the grief process is not typically understood and supported by our society. Taking time out of our busy lives to dive deeply into the experience of grief can have profound, life-changing results, helping us to move into new vitality, open-heartedness, and wholeness. We gain a renewed sense of security and stability, while discovering that we can trust that life holds us in love.


Ana Holub and Kelly McRee have designed this retreat to help you emerge from sadness and loss and into a new way of living. Through our personal experiences with loss and trauma, we have discovered ways to transform grief, pain, and suffering into experiences that have opened our hearts in an illuminated way. We have found new pathways back to joy and life and are honored to share those valuable skills with you.

We invite you to join us in the pristine Mount Shasta area to be supported in healing and moving into a new cycle of life.

During this retreat we will:

  • nurture you in your healing process
  • hold you in a safe and beautiful space
  • nourish you with wholesome, healthy meals
  • help you regain your sense of security and stability
  • make time to experience healing in nature
  • create a compassionate support group
  • help you express yourself with honesty and integrity
  • support you to experience your emotions authentically
  • give you more tools to add to your recovery toolbox
  • empower you on your path to wholeness


Our retreat will be held in a gorgeous, log home in a forested, tranquil area near McCloud, California, just outside the town of Mount Shasta.


On the property are trails through the forest, a creek, and glorious views of Mount Shasta.

Each day there will be group meetings, private sessions, and time on your own to explore the pristine woods and tranquil streams around us.


Included in the cost of this retreat:

  • All meals
  • Optional daily yoga classes
  • Group meetings
  • Private sessions with Kelly and/or Ana
  • Off-site excursion to explore healing in nature
  • Shared accommodations in our spacious and beautiful log home

Cost: $795
 Deposit of $195 due upon registration. Total due by April 2, 2017.
We accept checks or PayPal. Please add 3% when using PayPal.

Additional costs:

  • massage (optional)
  • transportation to and from our location (Medford, OR or Redding, CA are our closest airports. Sacramento, CA is the nearest international airport.)

“I found that when my heart is encased in ice, I need help with the chipping away and the thawing. Ana was kind and gentle yet insistent, which is what students need in order to grow.” — M.A.


"Kelly's nurturing presence holds you with sacredness, kindness and unconditional love. She is able to cut through the darkness with her uncanny ability to see truth. It has been an honor to spend time with this powerful healer. I highly recommend her retreats if you have been experiencing struggles in your life and you need to be deeply healed in a quick and powerful way."  ~Ariah Valesquez


“Ana’s calm presence, sense of humor, and ability to move the workshop at a comfortable pace gave me permission to be with whatever feelings arose.” — B.C.M.


“In my work with Ana, I learned that everyone has wounds, everyone can be healed, and acceptance is the key for me.”  — A.P.


“Thank you for your work, Ana. It was really helpful.  I received lots of insights, and appreciated how you showed up – energetically clean, grounded and respectful. Thank you so much for giving of yourself to me. — Karen Perry



griefretreat-webWe are honored and excited to offer you this time for healing. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the questionnaire and email it to us. Either Kelly or Ana will follow up with you and schedule a phone session to further discuss details and concerns.
We look forward to hearing from you.

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Ana Holub, MA, offers a path of healing through grief and forgiveness counseling and addiction recovery coaching. Her personal journey of being transformed by grief began with her mother’s suicide when Ana was 23, single, penniless, and 8 months pregnant. That experience powerfully impacted the rest of Ana’s life and career. In addition, Ana has assisted several loved ones at the time of their death. She became a hospice volunteer to offer forgiveness counseling to patients and their families. More recently, she was a primary caregiver for her Beloved, who died of melanoma in 2014.

Thanks to her own challenging life path, Ana knows firsthand the benefits of transforming sadness, fear and despair into inner peace and freedom. She loves to share her skills and wisdom with all people. She knows that we can receive great blessings from going deep into our pain, emerging to live life even better than before.

Ana has worked as an author, poet and peace educator for over twenty years. She holds a BA in Peace Studies and an MA in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.  She is also a certified Domestic Violence counselor and Radical Forgiveness coach.

Ana is deeply inspired by her daily study of A Course in Miracles, meditation and yoga. Ana’s books include Forgive and Be Free, The Edges Are Friendly, and a chapter in Colin Tipping’s book, Why You Still Need To Forgive Your Parents. She also created the Claiming Your Emotional Well-Being e-course. She teaches her clients practical skills for living boldly in harmony, strength and empowerment.

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Kelly has worked in alternative education for 16 years, earning her teaching credentials in 2000.  After running a one-room schoolhouse in Mount Shasta, CA for three years, she spent over a decade working as an educational facilitator for an independent study charter school. There she collaborated with families, teachers, and students to create customized homeschool educational plans.  Throughout her career, she has counseled many families and teens through a variety of life challenges, as well as raising two young men as a single parent.  Kelly is now taking those skills and applying them to grief work.

From personal experience, Kelly knows the deep pain and traumatic stress that arises from sudden loss. After her partner committed suicide, she learned to employ many creative strategies in her own recovery, including community therapy, movement, yin yoga, art and dance, as well as attending a grief retreat. Kelly's journey led her to share her outside-the-box thinking and approaches with others who desire effective and innovative healing techniques. Kelly focuses on guiding her clients back to a state of thriving, rather than merely surviving. She is joyfully committed to helping others heal and renew. 

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