Workshop schedule

 

Saturday, 6 August 2022


Camp Widow® Australia opening address

8:30am - 9:30am

Presenters: Rebecca Adams & Michele Neff Hernandez


Opening address

Join First Light Widowed Association President and Founding Director Rebecca Adams, and Soaring Spirits International Founder and CEO, and the creator of the Camp Widow program, Michele Neff Hernandez, as we welcome you to Camp Widow Australia 2022.

Orientation session

10am - 11:30am

Please note that the time frames of widowhood are a guide only. Choose the workshop that aligns most closely to you.

Presenter: Carren Stapleton


Newly widowed: support during the first year of widowhood

The Camp Widow newly widowed workshop is designed for those who have been widowed for less than a year. The content for this workshop is based on research undertaken through the Soaring Spirits Resilience Centre, Texas. It will focus on providing... [read more]

Presenters: Anita Coyle & Mel Shore


Recently widowed: tools and tips for healing for those widowed one to three years

The Camp Widow recently widowed workshop is designed for those who were widowed anywhere from one to three years ago. The content for this workshop is based on research undertaken through the Soaring Spirits Resilience... [read more]

Presenter: Kate Donaghy


Middle widowed: hope and healing for those widowed three to five years

The Camp Widow middle widowed workshop is designed for those widowed three to five years. These middle widowhood years are a time of searching, rebuilding and getting to know yourself within the widowed... [read more]

Presenter: Emma Hopkins-Curry


Seasoned widowed: community building for those widowed five years and more

There are many common misconceptions about the length of time widowed people will need the support of their community. As widowed people continue to rebuild their lives, their need for access to and connection with their ... [read more]

Block one

11:45am - 1pm

Presenter: Megan Daley


Words when we have none

As an author, teacher librarian and mother, Megan Daley often describes her life as ‘books with a side serve of grief’. In this session Megan will share how books on grief and loss can facilitate conversations and deepen understandings around death, dying and bereavement... [read more]

Presenter: Philippa Jordan-Hill


Movement builds momentum

Philippa shares her heart-felt story of multiple losses, multiple challenges, and multiple blessings. You will feel comfortable with her openness, honesty, and warmth. Through listening to Philippa’s story, you will understand that it’s OK to be where you are today... [read more]

Presenter: Natalie Lynch


My story and art therapy workshop

In this workshop, you will learn how to start ‘creative journaling’ to heal your life. Adjusting to loss is a unique process for each and every person. Drawing is a simple tool that we can use to help us to process and regulate... [read more]

Presenter: Joan Wilson-Jones


Behind and beyond the mask

We live in a society that doesn’t always do grief well. People want to try to cheer us up, they long for us to move on because our pain is often too raw and too difficult for people to manage. All too often in a bid to fit in, to not rock the boat, we pretend – we put on the mask... [read more]

Block two

2pm - 3:30pm

Presenters: Anita Coyle & Mel Shore


Redefining widowhood

Many widows and widowers have strong feelings about the word “widow”. Join Anita and Mel, the hosts of the Widow We Do Now? podcast as we have fun exploring different ways to think of this title forced upon us. This is a fun and interactive session exploring... [read more]

Presenter: Maurice Nevile


Haiku for healing... understanding and growth

In this session, Maurice will explore how writing haiku, short poems of just three lines (or fewer), can help you to heal, understand and grow in your life after loss. A haiku is a short simple poem that suggests something significant beyond.... [read more]

Facilitator: Michele Neff Hernandez


Dating after loss: a panel discussion

Can you imagine yourself on a date? Do you even want to start dating again? Where do you even start? How will you feel? What will your family and friends say when you decide to start dating again? Does it matter? What happens if you start.... [read more]

We have a widowed person for that

4pm - 5:30pm


We have a widowed person for that

Every widowed experience is different, and yet the way the person you love died or your circumstances may influence how you grieve. Connecting with other people whose loved one died in the same way as yours can offer a unique and powerful... [read more]

Sunday, 7 August 2022


Keynote address

9am - 10am

Presenter: Julie Cross


Keynote address

Join Julie Cross, for the keynote address. Julie is one of the most inspiring keynote speakers in Australia. She is a masterful story teller and inspiring change maker, combining powerful insights into human behaviour with practical strategies that leaves audiences... [read more]

Block three

10:30am - 12pm

Presenter: Jo Betz


Embracing grief

When Jo was suddenly widowed and thrown into the world of grief, she'd never experienced anything like it. Confused, overwhelmed and trying to 'soldier on', she found herself trying to problem solve her way out of her grief, searching for the quick fix...[read more]

Presenter: Melissa Conley


Arbor-Dama - creative plant workshop

Horticultural therapy and engaging with nature has been proven to have a positive impact on emotional wellbeing, helping to reduce stress, sadness, anger and feelings of isolation. Spending time in a creative plant workshop, getting your... [read more]

Presenters: Megan Daley, Murray Arkadieff


Re-partnering, step-parenting, chaos, grief and love

In what will be a lively, laughter filled, tear jerking discussion – Megan and Murray share their individual journeys with grief, the complexity and the joy of re-partnering and the ongoing journey they are now living as a family... [read more]

Presenter: Michele Neff Hernandez


Different after you

When our world is turned upside down by death, grievers are frequently encouraged to “get back to normal.” But how? There is nothing “normal” about the person we love being physically missing from our lives. What if instead of trying to recreate the past or even accept a ... [read more]

Reconnecting with orientation groups

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Please note that the time frames of widowhood are a guide only. Choose the workshop that aligns most closely to you.

Presenter: Carren Stapleton


Newly widowed: support during the first year of widowhood

Join Carren and your newly widowed community to check in and discuss the weekend's program from the view of those widowed less than a year. We will also provide information on how to stay connected to your... [read more]

Presenters: Anita Coyle & Mel Shore


Recently widowed: tools and tips for healing for those widowed one to three years

Join Anita and Mel, and your recently widowed community to check in and discuss the weekend's program from the point of view of those widowed one to three years. We will also provide... [read more]

Presenter: Kate Donaghy


Middle widowed: hope and healing for those widowed three to five years

Join Kate and your middle widowed community to check in and discuss the weekend's program and to reconnect around the joys and challenges of being widowed three to five years... [read more]

Presenter: Emma Hopkins-Curry


Seasoned widowed: community building for those widowed five years and more

Join Emma and your seasoned widowed community to check in and discuss the weekend's program and to reconnect around the joys and challenges of being widowed five years or longer.... [read more]