Canadian Women's Healing Retreat

October 19-23, 2016 - Ontario, Canada (Cottage Country near Midland)

The Return to Zero Canadian Women's Healing Retreat will be hosted at the Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre for 5 days / 4 nights from October 19-23, 2016. Sugar Ridge is set amidst the best parts of the Ontario landscape – the Wye Marsh, Georgian Bay, a sugar bush, and open meadows. We will be there during a gorgeous time of the year when the weather has cooled off and the foliage has changed.

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.


 Located on 150 acres of majestic maple and cedar forests, lush meadows and surrounded by 3000 acres of provincial land, you can breathe fresh air, sleep deeply and feel revitalized just by being here. There are 20 km of trails accessible from the property for hiking. You can walk for hours and not see another person or find a special place to sit still in the forest.

Sugar Ridge is located near Midland and Penetanguishene, small picturesque towns located on the southeast shore of Georgian Bay, only 90 minutes north of Toronto. This 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.

Carly Marie Dudley is a mother, artist, writer, and public speaker from Perth, Western Australia. After the stillbirth of her son, Christian in 2007, Carly founded Project Heal and has inspired people all over the world to heal and live a new wholehearted life after loss through practicing mindfulness and self-care. Since 2008, Carly has created multiple international days for bereaved parents including Bereaved Mother’s Day and Bereaved Father’s Day.




Daily group meditation

Daily remembering rituals

Daily yoga workshops

Daily small group breakout sessions

Heart Healing Affirmation workshop

Walking, hiking, and exploring the forest and meadows

All nourishing vegetarian meals to feed your soul



Accommodations at Sugar Ridge are shared cabins and shared bathrooms. In each room, there are up to 4 single beds with cozy duvets and indoor heating. The cabins are nestled into the lush beauty and quiet of natural surroundings, allowing you to let go of the mindset of your everyday life.




At Sugar Ridge, you are nurtured with awesome food.  Your body will thank you for the break from eating heavier foods and your taste buds will be tantalized with fresh herbs and spices that leave you wanting more even when your belly is full.  Mindful eating is a treat for your eyes, your nose and your mouth.  Exploring flavour and texture is mindfulness in action.  

The menu is dependent on the season and weather. They can accommodate any food allergy within a vegetarian spectrum. We make it easy for you to enjoy incredible food. 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.



You should plan to arrive at the retreat center in the early afternoon of Wednesday, October 19 and depart around noon on Sunday, October 23. Once you register for the retreat, you will be given more detailed start and ending times in order to book your flights.

Sugar Ridge is approximately a 90 minute drive from Toronto. 

Transportation to the retreat center is not included in the retreat costs, but we will help to organize a chartered bus from Toronto airport to the retreat center.


The cost to attend is $1,395 USD (approximately $1835 CAD)

Alumni of RTZ Retreats receive $75 USD discount

Payment in full is due by October 5, 2016

What the price includes:
5 days / 4 nights of shared accommodation
All local and organic vegetarian meals
All group activities and workshops
Return to Zero gift bag

What the price does not include:
Travel to and from the retreat center
Any individual healing sessions that might be available


We only have space for 30 retreat participants, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration begins April 1. If you would like to start a payment plan sooner than April, please email us and we can set that up.

Cancellation policy: If you have paid in full and cancel before October 5, 2016 you will receive a full refund minus your $500 deposit. If you cancel after October 5, 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.