1. What is the cost for a Spark of Life Retreat?
Our desire is to never charge anyone for attending a Spark of Life Grief Recovery Retreat. The only cost to the participants is transportation to and from the retreat.
2. How can you offer these retreats at no charge to the participants?
Those who will attend these retreats have experienced deep pain. Our desire is to honor, encourage, and to give hope to those attending. So we are depending on the generosity of people from all walks of life to fund our Grief Recovery Retreats.
3. Are the retreats just for married couples?
No, the retreats are open for all adults, single and married.
4. Are the retreats religious? Are they associated with any church?
Spark of Life Foundation is not associated with any church or religious organization. The Spark of Life Retreats are not ‘church’ retreats. However, there are spiritual aspects of grief that need to be dealt with. Our desire is that each retreat will be open to all people, regardless of their religious background.
5. Can I speak to someone who has attended a Spark of Life Retreat?
Yes. Call 501-230-3008. We will put you in touch with someone who has experienced loss and who has attended a Spark of Life Retreat.
6. Is Spark of Life a Non-Profit Organization?
Yes, Spark of Life is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
7. What will we do at the Retreat? Will there be time to relax?
Each retreat will include time for relaxation and for group interaction.
Casual elegance describes our retreat locations. Each property offers it’s own unique amenities. Some of the options might include boating, hiking, fishing, golf, disc golf, swimming, and spa treatments.
Check out these websites to learn more about these unique destinations: www.whitestoneinn.com and www.selahranch.com
8. Who can attend a Spark of Life Retreat? Are there any restrictions?
At this time, Spark of Life Retreats are for adults 18 years of age and older, who are experiencing grief of any kind. We have had participants as young as 18 and as old as…very old. We do NOT provide child care. We also welcome anyone who works with those who are grieving.
9. Who leads Spark of Life Retreats?
Spark of Life Retreats are led by Debbie and David Mathews, Nancy and Rusty Meadows, and Dennis and Terri Rine, each of whom are certified specialists in grief recovery. In addition to their specific training in grief work, these couples have over 70 years experience (total) of working with people who have experienced grief in various ways. Others who help lead the retreats have extensive experience in helping those who grieve – including Jill and Mark Brazle, Dick and Connie Nervig, and Dana and Mike Russo.
9. How do I register?
Registrations are taken using our online web registration form. There is no cost to attend the event, but each retreat will be limited to a certain number of participants and since each retreat fills up quickly, those desiring to attend must guarantee their retreat registration with a $500 deposit charged to your credit card or debit card at the time of registration (only one deposit per household required). Your deposit will be held in escrow and will be returned to you 7-10 days after the retreat. If you do not have a credit or debit card, please contact us at [email protected]
10. If I can’t attend can I get my deposit back?
If situations arise that will prevent you from attending please notify us at least 21 days prior to the retreat date and we will transfer you to a future retreat or return your deposit less a $100 administration fee
No refunds will be given if you cancel within 21 days before the retreat, but you may transfer your deposit to another future retreat.