DATES for 2020:

July 24 - 26

Register HERE (coming soon)


Hayden’s House | 20 Ivan Road | Columbia NJ 07832


Brave was created for dads who have lost a child to any type of loss. Through our experience in hosting retreats, we have found that men and women grieve very differently. It is our mission to create a space for men to grieve their loss together - alongside other men who understand what it feels like to lose a child.

This retreat will focus on the dads connecting and sharing (at their own comfort levels) their child and their personal journey through grief.

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Whole group and small group discussions: Being with other bereaved dads is something most of us find so rare, yet incredibly comforting and powerful. During the retreat, you will have an opportunity to participate in several whole group and small group discussions. Topics will be determined based on the needs of the dads in attendance.

Personal Reflection: As adults, fathers, providers, spouses, sons, friends...the list of roles we take on daily is endless. Take in some moments during the retreat for personal reflection and remembrance of your child and your journey, as we believe this independent time is an essential part of the healing process.

Sharing Our Angels: As grieving fathers, we can often feel alienated from the rest of the world. For most of us, we rarely get the chance to talk about our children with the outside world. Use this weekend as a platform to talk to and about them- sharing as much or as little of your journey as you feel comfortable. We will say their names, and we will honor and remember them- all while taking much needed time for yourself and your personal healing.

Exploration of the Outdoors: Our home sit on a beautiful private lake and spectacular open space - allowing the perfect opportunity for individual or shared exploration. This will lend itself for time to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings all while bonding with other fathers, or using the time for self-meditation.

Group ‘Activities’: We will participate in bonding activities such as bowling, axe throwing and other ways to get to know one another in a non - intimidating environment allowing us the space to speak their name - if we wish, or simply have a friendly competition and sharing space with other dads who simply ‘get it’.


BRAVE retreats have a limited space for 12 bereaved dads.

Cost for the retreat is $350. Payment must be made when applying for the retreat. We do have partial, half and full scholarships that will be offered. If you are interested in a partial scholarship, please complete the registration form above.

Retreat guests will stay in either a private, double or shared room. Your stay includes all meals and snacks during the retreat starting with a nutritious dinner on Friday evening to a healthy lunch before closing ceremonies on Sunday, and every meal and snack in between.

All activities are included in your stay. No additional costs will arise once your payment has been made in full. (This does NOT include travel expenses)


Once you submit your application, you will be directed to PayPal to submit full payment. Your application will not be received if you do not submit payment at that time.

PayPal is the preferred method of payment, however if you need to use a different source, please email rob.dorsett@haydensheart.org to coordinate. Please make contact before attempting to submit application.