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2023 CONNECT Retreat. Self-Care for those who have experienced Loss & Grief

August 11, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - August 13, 2023 @ 11:00 am

A weekend of Self-Care & Connection for Individuals who have experienced loss or grief. Discover how to live life forward with hope & peace.

2023 CONNECT Retreat.

Self-Care Weekend for individuals who have experienced Loss & Grief

Join us for a weekend of self-care and healing at the 2023 CONNECT Retreat. This in-person event starts on Fri Aug 11 2023 15:00:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) at Eagle Rock Retreat Center located at 7143 Flats Rd, Tallassee, TN 37878.

Experience a safe and supportive environment where you can connect with others who understand the challenges of loss and grief. Our program is designed to help you find inner peace and strength through guided meditations, journaling, group discussions, and self-care activities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take care of yourself and connect with other amazing people. Register now!

A weekend filled with fun…friends…comfort and hope!

This retreat is for YOU!

YOU can choose to be active & adventurous or if you want to relax & reflect. Whether you’re active or relaxing you will connect with others as you share the journey. Connection makes the journey a little easier. We all need friendship & laughter no mater how dark the way.

  • Uncover hope & Healing.
  • Find your Smile.
  • Discover how to live life forward after loss.

Connect to a memorable & meaningful weekend experience.

  • Build a stronger community of friends.
  • Take time to be kind to yourself and practice loving self-care.
  • Relax & Reconnect with nature.
  • Be adventurous and try a new activity

The laughter and adventures you share will lead you to the joy & hope of living forward after loss!

Set in the Great Smoky Mountains, Eagle Rock Retreat Center is located only 45 minutes from Knoxville. EAGLE ROCK RETREAT CENTER

CONNECT Features:

⚈ Self-Care Workshops

⚈ Music by Marie Lakin

⚈ Creative Art Experience

⚈ Candlelight Memorial Service

⚈ Campfire with S’mores

⚈ Team Building Activities to make new friends

⚈ Free Time to Rest & Relax

⚈ Opportunities to Build your Community

⚈ Creative Arts, Walking and Hiking Trails, Ropes Course Adventures

⚈ Delicious, Bountiful Meals

⚈ Beautiful Lodging and facilities

⚈ Drumming Circle

COST: $225 for all the above PLUS…

….a ton of fun & community building that leads to friendship & connection.


( You must register separately for the Creative Art yet. There is a separate ticket for this. Tickets will give more details.)

The CONNECT Retreat is held at…

Eagle Rock Camp

7143 Flats Road, Tallassee, TN 37878

(50 minutes from downtown Knoxville, TN)


Come… Meet & Connect with others who have experienced similar loss & grief!

  • Death of spouse
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of child
  • Overdose
  • Divorce
  • Miscarriage
  • Caregiving
  • Abortion
  • Loss of Health, job, finances, dreams or hope
  • Retirement
  • Any lifestyle change
  • Financial loss
  • Health

Experience a memorable and meaningful weekend!

Sponsored by Joy Gaertner, Walking with Joy – Relationship, Loss & Grief Recovery Specialist

Walking with Joy’s mission is to equip the broken-hearted so they will be empowered to find hope and healing and their emotional pain will be transformed into peace.


Friday Evening

  • 3:00-5:30 Registration
  • 5:30 Orientation
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:15 Evening Session


  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9-12:00 Activities & Art
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1-4:30 Workshops & Groups
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Speakers & Groups

SUNDAY Morning

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Closing Session
  • 11:00 Headed Home

The weekend is for YOU.

YOU can choose to take part in all the activities or if you would rather just get away to REST & RELAX & be RESTORED!


August 11, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
August 13, 2023 @ 11:00 am


eagle Rock Retreat Center
7143 Flats Rd
Tallassee, TN 37878 United States


Joy Gaertner Founder of “Walking With Joy”