GWRWelcome and thank you for visiting our site. At Golden Willow Retreat, we believe in the importance of conscious grieving in order to transform from life conditions that simply are not sustainable.  Grief is any condition that shatters the foundation you previously knew as your reality.

Our promise at Golden Willow Retreat is to honor one’s individual journey, as each person strives for balance and a better quality of life.

We honor all forms of grief. Our practitioners are highly trained professionals in counseling and other therapies that support the individual on their path of healing and recovery.

Ted Wiard

Meet Ted Wiard

Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC is an author, Founder & Executive Director of Golden Willow Retreat. Ted Wiard along with his wife, Marcella, created Golden Willow from a combined vision of compassion and healing towards all life. Ted is a licensed clinical therapist, certified grief counselor, an ordained minister, a New Mexico certified schoolteacher and a certified tennis professional. Ted’s passion for working with grief, in it’s many forms, arose from his own personal losses in which he realized there were very few places that offered support and healing from grief.  While working at Betty Ford Center, Ted counseled individuals and families with clinical and spiritual support through the recovery process, realizing that many individuals rarely touch the underlying conditions that led them to their dysfunctional behaviors. He has written numerous articles on the subject of emotional healing, grief, loss, trauma and the connection verses disconnection of spirituality in grief, loss, life transitions as well as addiction and relapse prevention.  His book, “Witnessing Ted, The Journey to Potential Though Grief & Loss”, is a sensitive guide on the six aspects of grief and the journey to a wiser more authentic life.  He is sought out for speaking engagements nationally to offer his inspirational and dynamic message of hope and healing.

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