The Heart Knows

  • July 27 - 30, 2023
  • Genesis Spiritual Center

    53 Mill St
    Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
Ticket Price $800.00-$900.00 This event is now over

The Heart Knows:

A Journey from Loss to Transformation


Are you ready to embark on a powerful journey of healing and growth? Join Jana Biesanz, Jim Brulé, and Bill Redfield for a transformative residential retreat where you will discover new ways to hold and transform the weight of your grief and sorrows.


Together, we will create a supportive and nurturing community, where we will witness and uplift each other on this journey toward healing. Through empowering presentations, engaging small group discussions, creative rituals, and moments of quiet reflection, we will chart a path toward a deeper understanding and relationship with our deeper selves.


We will embrace this process with open hearts and minds, knowing that we have the strength and resilience to emerge stronger and more grounded than ever before. Join us in this powerful journey of transformation and emerge with newfound courage and hope.


We will gather for dinner on Thursday, July 27, and end after breakfast on Sunday, July 30 at the Genesis Spiritual Life Center, 53 Mill St, Westfield, MA - Everyone is expected to arrive on time and stay through the retreat’s conclusion. Starting with Thursday dinner, all meals will be provided. Single and double rooms are available; vegetarian, dairy, and gluten-free options are available. Be sure to make your meal selection when you register; just click on Checkout for the type of room, and you will be presented with the opportunity to make your meal selection.


The fee for the retreat – including lodging in a shared double bedroom and all standard or vegetarian meals – is $800. Refunds (minus a $30 fee for credit card charges) are available through July 1, 2023. A single room and/or vegan or gluten-free meals may be reserved for an extra charge. Limited scholarships are available; please contact to apply. 


Maggid Jim Brulé is a transformational storyteller, healer, coach, and death doula. His stories and students span the globe; his online storytelling school has been operating for years. Stories filled with challenge and mysticism fill his repertoire as he inspires his audience to change. Jim believes that the right kinds of stories told with an open heart can be the basis for healing the rifts within us and between us. |


Rev. Jana Biesanz is an Interfaith minister and chaplain, with an MFA in writing from Lesley University and a background in contemplative end-of-life care, hospice and clinical hospital chaplaincy. She is the Director of Mission Outreach and Education for Francis House, a social-model home for people with terminal illnesses in Syracuse, NY. Rev. Jana provides community education and workshops on end-of-life care, spirituality, death and dying and grief and bereavement. She brings 15 years of contemplative training and practice to the spiritual care and education she offers.


Bill Redfield has been an ordained Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker for over forty years. Working in psychotherapy and ministry over the course of his lifetime, he has always been interested in the intersection of the spiritual and the psychological. Currently, he is engaged in the theory and practice of Wisdom Mentoring, a unique way of assisting others in their own spiritual transformations. 

Date & Time

Jul 27, 2023 6:00 PM - Jul 30, 2023 11:00 AM

Venue Details

Genesis Spiritual Center

53 Mill St
Westfield, Massachusetts 01085 Genesis Spiritual Center
Transformational Storytelling, LLC
The mission of Transformational Storytelling is to help inspire deep, lasting change in individuals, groups, and communities through the power of story.

Here you can both experience transformational stories and learn how to become a transformational storyteller. We have worked with individuals, groups, and communities around the world promoting the growth of spirit that comes from living with an open heart. We do not promote a particular tradition or ideology - our fundamental assumption is that we must truly appreciate the richness of our differences and the joy of our commonality to lead a full life.

We look forward to encountering you in the future!

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