Asheville Women's Healing Retreat

June 2-5, 2016 - Asheville, North Carolina

The Return to Zero Asheville Women's Holistic Healing Retreat will be hosted at the Prama Institute for 4 days / 3 nights from June 2-5, 2016. Located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, the Prama Institute is set among forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and borders the scenic French Broad River.

This retreat will take you on a transformational healing journey. Please read our Testimonials page to hear from those who have experienced a RTZ Healing Retreat. You are also welcome to read our Vision statement to get a better idea of what these retreats are all about. We do hope that you will join us on this sacred retreat.


 Prama means “dynamic balance” in Sanskrit. On an individual level, this means fostering harmony between body, mind, and spirit. On a collective level, it means stewarding balance between people, community, and environment.

The two geodesic dome structures are Prama’s most distinctive features.  Both domes are designed according to the original Buckminster Fuller architectural specifications. The main dome is the ideal space for yoga and our group meetings.

We are 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, which has become well known for their local farm-to-table cuisine and thriving artistic community. There is also a picturesque drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway with miles of panoramic vistas to help relax and restore you.

The Prama Institute is the perfect serene, supportive place for our journey through our grief to finding healing after loss.


Dr. Kiley Krekorian Hanish is a bereaved mother and occupational therapist living in Los Angeles.  She is interested in the transformative aspects of grief, specifically how storytelling, meaningful activities, experiences, and the environment contribute to healing.  

Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the film Return to Zero starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein. It is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn, and is the first movie to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth.



Dr. Ivy Margulies is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles specializing in maternal mental health, including stillbirth, miscarriage, infertility, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, and newborn loss.  You can read more about Ivy at her website Angels Born Still.

Ivy brings mindfulness, ritual, and sacredness to the retreat, allowing us to deepen our connection to ourselves, our babies, and others in the group.




Daily group meditation

Daily remembering rituals

Daily yoga workshops

Daily small group breakout sessions

Affirmation workshop

Walking, hiking, and exploring the forest, meadows, streams, and farmland

Relaxing time at the Wellness Center

All nourishing meals to feed your soul prepared



Accommodations at the Prama Institute are shared rooms and shared bathrooms. In each room, there are sturdy handmade bunkbeds. We are offering the top bunks at a slightly lower price. 


Prama is renowned for its gourmet vegetarian cooking.  Their chefs can accommodate almost any diet including gluten free.  They use high quality, local and organic ingredients to offer an array of delicious and nutritious options at every meal. At this retreat, people may go through a certain depth of processing, and our goal is to provide food and caring service that is supportive of this.

We try our best to cater for special needs and dietary requirements, making sure every retreat participant is cared for so they can relax and enjoy the retreat without any food apprehensions.




You should plan to arrive at the retreat center in the early afternoon of Thursday, June 2, and depart around noon on Sunday, June 5. Once you register for the retreat, you will be given more detailed start and ending times in order to book your flights.

Driving distances from the following cities:

  • Asheville, NC (20 min)
  • Charlotte, NC (2 hours 30 min)
  • Chapel Hill, NC (3 hours 30 min)
  • Greenville, SC (1 hour 45 min)
  • Knoxville, TN (2 hours)
  • Atlanta, GA (3 hours 30 min)

Transportation to the retreat center is not included in the retreat costs, but you can carpool with each other, either renting a car together or hiring a transportation company to bring you to the retreat center.


The cost to attend is $1,395 (bottom bunk) OR $1320 (top bunk).

Alumni of RTZ Retreats receive $75 discount.

Payment in full is due by May 20, 2016.

What the price includes:
4 days / 3 nights of shared accommodation
All local and organic meals prepared by a local farm-to-table caterer
All group activities and workshops

What the price does not include:
Travel to and from the retreat center
Any individual healing sessions that might be available at the Wellness Center, such as massages, body, and facial treatments.


We only have space for 28 retreat participants, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register now!

Cancellation policy: If you have paid in full and cancel before May 20, 2016 you will receive a full refund minus your $500 deposit. If you cancel after May 20, 2016, unfortunately, you will not receive a refund.


We understand that the retreat cost may be prohibitive to some, so we encourage those of you to visit the below personal fundraising (aka crowdfunding) sites. Nearly 1/3 of our past participants have used a personal fundraising site to help attend the retreat. Friends and family are often eager to support you in the healing process but don’t know how to do so. This can be a great way for them to acknowledge and participate in a meaningful way.

Personal Fundraising Sites:

You Caring

Go Fund Me

In addition, after placing your deposit, establishing a monthly payment plan might work best for you. Please email Kiley at if you would like to discuss this in more detail.