Appreciation from Department of the Army-Joint Base Lewis-McChord

For Immediate Release

3/20/2012, Seabeck, WA-SOS-Survivor Outreach Services in Seabeck for Widow’s Retreat

A group of strangers who became friends found themselves at Siloam Retreat in Seabeck, in February for a Widow’s Retreat for Surviving Spouses of Fallen Service Members.  “Siloam provided their location as an invaluable gift that measurably contributed to the quality of events offered to the Surviving Spouses of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community.” Dale Rees, Family Events & Program Coordinator

Siloam Retreat is a unique wine-themed bed & breakfast/vacation rental off the beaten path in scenic Seabeck, Washington.  The property is named after the Pool of Siloam, known for its healing water, in Jerusalem. Siloam Retreat and Wine Shop is similarly known for its ability to revive guests, providing respite, bereavement, relaxation, and other retreat type services and events.

Through their non-profit, Siloam Foundation; Jeff & Julie Forville, Owners of Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop have reached out to several charitable organizations to offer support.  “When we were asked to participate in the Widow’s Retreat, it was a natural fit and a blessing for us to be able to provide resources.”  Julie Forville said about the event.

The Surviving Spouses arrived on a Friday and were greeted by their host with refreshments and a warm welcome, the evening continued with meet and greet activities to encourage participants to fellowship together and find comfort and strength from each other.  The night ended in relaxation with a movie on the big screen in the Wine Shop.  The rest of the weekend was filled with individual and group support activities facilitated by a grief counselor.

While on property, the guests were able to lounge around in their pajamas enjoying breakfast and slow morning surrounded by fragrant pine trees and snow-capped mountains. They were also able to explore the nearby Tahuya State Forest, an excellent hiking location, and the picturesque Hood Canal, the only saltwater fjord in the lower 48.  And, after a long day exploring the great out doors, they were able to relax and spend time in the revitalizing waters of the on-site hot tub.

 “As Innkeepers it is our pleasure to provide a gathering place for respite, bereavement, retreat, and celebration.”  Julie Forville, Owner/Innkeeper of Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop.


For more information about Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop please contact Julie Forville, 360.830.4801 or

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