Frequently asked questions

Where is The Loss Art located?

We’re in Port Dover, Ontario, which is on the north shore of Lake Erie in Norfolk County. Port Dover is about a 1-hour drive from Hamilton, 2 hours from Toronto and 45 minutes from Brantford.

What services are offered?

Beginning Spring 2024, The Loss Art will offer 1-day workshops and 2-day retreats for small groups of people onsite. These gatherings are designed to help participants breathe new life into memories of losses, including people, pets, careers, jobs, homes and more. Learn more on the Services page.

Can I arrange for a workshop or retreat for a group of people I know?

Yes! We can tailor gatherings for families, friends, colleagues and other groups of people who may be experiencing a shared loss or similar losses. Ideally, the group will have between 4 and 8 members.

When do the gatherings take place?

In 2024, The Loss Art will offer 1-day workshops and 2-day retreats in the Spring and Fall. I’ll post the details a few months in advance of each scheduled date.

Where can I stay when I come for a 2-day retreat?

As a tourist destination, Port Dover and surrounding towns in Norfolk County offer several accommodation options:

Learn more and book through Tripadvisor.

What kinds of activities are offered?

We tailor the activities to best support the group, based on the type(s) of loss, Other considerations, like physical mobility, also influence what the group will do together. You might engage in any of the following:

  • Collage
  • Free time to explore Port Dover with your group
  • Group conversations, led by your coach or other trained facilitator
  • Journaling and other writing projects
  • Making personalized mementoes
  • Music (Any and all of these activities can be accompanied by music if that’s the group’s preference.)
  • Medium reading
  • Nature walks
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Various crafts

Is The Loss Art the same as art therapy?

No. The Loss Art isn’t therapy. Creative grief coaching uses art making, creative conversation and other tools to build a supportive relationship based on creativity, hope, belonging and agency. Together, we’ll intentionally give time and space to conversations and activities that you might experience as comforting, encouraging and invigorating.

Can I get a gift certificate?

If you wish to gift a workshop or retreat to someone, it works a little differently with this kind of service than what you’re used to. It’s important that each person accessing The Loss Art sessions or gatherings complete the intake form so we can determine if our services will meet their needs. We also carefully consider group makeup so all participants can have the best possible experience. So, here’s what we can do: If you’d like to recommend The Loss Art to someone and they complete the intake process and are welcomed to the group, you may contact us to arrange payment on their behalf.

What is the cost for the gatherings?

We’ll include costs as groups, workshops and retreats are posted. The fees will depend upon the material and supporting facilitator costs.

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for in this list of frequently asked questions, let’s connect.

Patio overlooking Lake Erie
Create through your grief in this calm, safe setting.