“ Beginning Experience: Listen, Accompany, Heal ”
A weekend away to deal with the pain of losing a spouse by death, divorce, or separation
Led by: The Beginning Experience Team of Western Washington
April 3 - 5
$225 per person, private room

Please complete your Pre-Registration by selecting Register Now above.

Once you have passed the screening process, a Beginning Experience Team Member will send you the official registration link. The registration deadline is March 29th.


Note: Please disregard the "Check-In & Check-Out" section at the bottom of the page. There will be no dinner Friday evening.

Check-in for this retreat will be between 5:30-6:30 p.m., the program officially begins at 7 p.m. The retreat will conclude at 3 p.m. on Sunday.


The loss of a spouse and the end of a marriage share emotional commonalities - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance in varying degrees, order, and timelines. You are where you are. We meet you there. Some people feel alone and without hope. Our Weekend Program provides a quiet space for you to share, reflect, and discover your new beginning. Reconciliation and Mass are a part of this healing weekend.

Beginning Experience was founded in 1973 by Sister Josephine Stewart at the Catholic Renewal Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Learn more about the Beginning Experience Program.

Learn more about the Western Washington's Beginning Experience Program.

For questions about this event, please contact Chris Colyar at 253-223-2645.


Our team consists of trained peer facilitators who have lost their spouse and participated in a Beginning Experience Weekend Retreat.

Beginning Experience, Western WA prays what is commonly known as the Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; and to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


Our guestrooms have one queen or double sized bed per room. Rooms are simply furnished with bedding, towels, and soap as well as a Bible and crucifix.


Registration includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. Retreat payments are non-refundable.


On the first evening of your retreat, you are welcome to arrive any time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The retreat will officially begin with dinner at 6:00pm. The retreat will conclude at 1:00pm on the last day of your retreat, following lunch.


Special dietary requirements will be gladly met if you make your needs known to our kitchen staff. A guest fridge is also available for guest use in the Dining Room.


A computer with internet access is open for use in our lobby, and WiFi is available throughout the building.


Help is available 24 hours a day. Our staff or retreat volunteers are eager to assist you throughout your stay. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies are offered 24/7 in the Dining Room. Our Chapel is always open, giving you a quiet place for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.