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The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Ritual and the Sacred Work of Grief

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Sorrow swirls around us, deepening us by its presence in our lives, if we allow it. But grief is not just an emotion; it is also a skill. Learn about how the “five gates of grief” from psychotherapist, writer, and soul activist Francis Weller, MA, can help us explore the many ways grief touches our lives.

Through powerful tools—such as guided writing practice, movement, poetry, and singing—we will learn to bring stories of loss into the visible world where they can be held within the embrace of community.

Through guided group process, small group sharing, and communal ritual, we will:

  • Identify and work with underlying grief issues
  • Recognize the multiple sources of grief and its impact on psychological health
  • Learn the dynamics of ritual process and its role in resolving grief
  • Use ritual writing practice to keep grief from moving into the unconscious
  • Identify the obstacles to expressing grief in the culture.

As we explore ancient, indigenous philosophies that address the use of ritual as a primary means of processing sorrow, we will deepen our sense of the importance of community to metabolizing our own grief.

healing self discovery

Francis Weller, MFT

November 9-12, 2017
Thursday-Sunday, 3 nights

$360 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Sorrow swirls around us, deepening us by its presence in our lives, if we allow it. But grief is not just an emotion; it is also a skill. Learn about how the “five gates of grief” from psychotherapist, writer, and soul activist Francis Weller, MA, can help us explore the many ways grief touches our lives.

Through powerful tools—such as guided writing practice, movement, poetry, and singing—we will learn to bring stories of loss into the visible world where they can be held within the embrace of community.

Through guided group process, small group sharing, and communal ritual, we will:

  • Identify and work with underlying grief issues
  • Recognize the multiple sources of grief and its impact on psychological health
  • Learn the dynamics of ritual process and its role in resolving grief
  • Use ritual writing practice to keep grief from moving into the unconscious
  • Identify the obstacles to expressing grief in the culture.

As we explore ancient, indigenous philosophies that address the use of ritual as a primary means of processing sorrow, we will deepen our sense of the importance of community to metabolizing our own grief.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Get support for a personal loss or for the grief you feel for the continued degradation of our planet and culture.

  • You don’t have to be alone with your grief—through community and ritual you can get the support you need to get through it.

  • Take home strong practices to help you with ongoing encounters with grief.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    Participants should be psychologically stable. This is not a therapy group; it is an intense weekend and will evoke strong emotions.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller

  • Special Interest to

    Anyone dealing with grief, as well as therapists and counselors

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