Mass Shooting/Gun Violence Victim Healing Retreat

This is an urgent request for assistance to cover the transportation  costs of Victims and Survivors of Mass Shooting/Gun Violence representing ten communities for a Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Healing Retreats taking place in Barre, Massachusetts, the location of Insight Meditation Society in August 2019 and in March of 2020.

We are looking for individuals or organizations to underwrite the $350 per person RT transportation to and from Boston. Ideally, if you can commit to $350, that would be appreciated.

We have MORE individuals signed up than we anticipated and obtained funding for.


The retreat is being led by a dozen meditation teachers and trauma/grief therapists, including Sharon Salzberg, the Holistic Life Foundation team, staff from Brown University's Center for Mindfulness and other prominent programs.

The retreat was originally planned hosts 50 individuals from the following communities:

*Las Vegas

The retreat goers represent parents of victims, siblings, children, spouses, and individuals who were shot and injured.

Please help us with these inaugural and first-of-its-kind retreat. The intent is to begin to hold these retreats for several times a year and to use this gathering to create the safe space/container where individuals can be amongst others who share similar experiences and where they can obtain the tools and resources they need to continue to heal.

The funds are being withdrawn directly by Shelly Tygielski who is using them to purchase airline tickets for retreat goers, pay for their ground transport to and from the airport and purchase additional resources and supplies for the retreat.

For additional information, please contact Shelly Tygielski.


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  • Anonymous 
    • 100 $ 
    • 9 mos
  • Tia Adler 
    • 60 $ 
    • 13 mos
  • Kenneth Cutler 
    • 450 $ 
    • 14 mos
  • Marina G 
    • 25 $ 
    • 14 mos
  • Nancy Burnett 
    • 50 $ 
    • 14 mos
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Fundraising team: Healing Through Love Retreat at IMS (3)

Shelly Sitton Tygielski 
Raised 4,185 $ from 20 donations
Pompano Beach, FL
Samantha Novick 
Team member
Raised 50 $ from 1 donation
Sandy Anglin Phillips 
Team member
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