Exploring grief

When we open our curiosity and awareness to the wisdom of the body, one the most enduring and regular visitors is unacknowledged grief. For many of us in our culture, grief is something we either turn away from or think should be dealt with alone, but recently I came across the work of Francis Weller. His book ”The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief” opened my heart to an entirely different dimension of welcoming grief - welcoming it in community. His work draws on the wisdom from indigenous cultures who see grief not as something we need to go through alone, but as something we share in together. Indeed there is no other way to process it. Grief is a gift to the community.

It seems to me that our loss of ways to express and receive grief in community and therefore our inability to welcome it inside of us is wreaking havoc. We stay numb and disconnected from a world that is literally unravelling in front of us. The prayer of grief is an essential act of honouring what is important to us. It is our prayer to belonging.

Over the last 12 months I have been in training and apprenticeship with Azul-Valérie Thome, who herself was mentored by Francis Weller, Joanna Macy and Sobonfu Some.

Grief tending in community
regular ceremonies in Stroud UK

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‘Grief has always been communal, always been shared and regarded as a sacred process. Too often in modern times our grief becomes private, carrying an invisible mantle of shame forcing our sorrow underground, hidden from the eyes that would offer healing.' Francis Weller
Join us in ceremony and community to open to and express our grief for what we have lost and are losing, personally and collectively. All grief is welcome and all are welcome. Cost £25 - concessions available

Held by Mari Winkelman and Peter Gill

Costs: £25 to cover our time and expenses. Concessions available so please do get in touch if you want to come but finances are an obstacle.
This links you to the Grief Tending in Stroud website

The landscapes of grief…
Honouring what the body knows

Online courses starts on
10th February 2020 6-8.15 pm GMT (Six Monday evenings) or
20th October 2020 7-9.15 pm BST/GMT (Six Tuesday evenings)

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"To alter the amnesia of our times, we must be willing to look into the face of the loss and keep it nearby. In this way, we may be able to honour the losses and live our lives as carriers of their unfinished stories. This is an ancient thought - how we tend the dead is as important as how we tend the living.” Francis Weller - Author of ”The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief”
For many of us grief is something we turn away from yet so often, when we pay kind attention to the body… it remembers, or it asks us to remember. It holds both the knowing about what was lost and the key to its healing. Our task is to open a space and listen. This five week course, for those who know Focusing, will open a space to explore these landscapes. It will offer us a sacred space to deeply listen to ourselves and each other in this transformative landscape.

Some of the themes we will explore:

  • The gatekeepers of grief - what keeps us away
  • The five gates of grief (from Francis Weller)
  • What the body knows about loss and healing
  • Tending grief in community

This course is not just about the grief of losing a loved one. We live with many kinds of grief and all are welcome here.

Open to anyone who has knows the basics of Focusing and Listening in paired practice.
Costs: £120
NOTE: I have a few concessionary places available,
contact me for more details
Course beginning Feb 10th 2020 NOW FULL

Course beginning Oct 20th 2020
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