Embracing Grief – Online Grief Workshop – An Ongoing Exploration
Monthly online grief workshop Embracing Grief with ourselves and Bilal Nasim, booked through Dandelion Earth.
Why a monthly online grief workshop?
We all carry grief, whether we’re aware of it or not, whether we’re in relationship with it or not. Getting in touch with these feeling in the presence of others in an online grief workshop can be beneficial in helping us process such feelings.
Grief is natural. It’s an essential mirror to the mystery of existence, which reliably delivers a rich selection of troubles from cradle to grave. Grief has many roots – knowing we will lose all that we love, our unloved selves, the sorrows of the world, what we expected and did not receive, the wounds of our ancestors. It has many faces too – anguish, despair, rage, shame, hopelessness, numbness.
So what are we to do with this grief? The modern paradigm is one of quiet domination – keep calm and carry on. We bury our grief under the weight of taboo and judgement.
Disconnection from our grief has consequences.
Our habit of causing harm to ourselves and others, intentionally and unintentionally, emotionally and physically, relates to our tendency to suppress, avoid and deny our grief. A natural flow of grief, when expressed and witnessed, can instead support us in opening up to life. Deepening our connection with both the human and non-human world.
For this reason, cultures across the globe see the work of regularly tending to one’s own grief as a social responsibility. This is an expression of community as well as the personal.
Embracing Grief: An Ongoing Exploration, is a monthly online grief workshop. Each workshop is a stand alone session, and there is no obligation to come to more than one. However, there is also an opportunity, through attending regularly, to cultivate and nurture an ongoing relationship with your grief. It can be a journey in both personal and interpersonal healing.
In these sessions we provide a space to be witnessed in our grief, and bear witness to the grief of others. In this we can feel the depth of the support and union that often accompanies this shared expression. We do not set out to ‘fix’ our grief or its roots. Instead, we use recognised approaches to tend to and honour our grief exactly as it is. We draw on the practices, rituals and teachings of elders including Sophy Banks, Jeremy Thres, Sobonfu Somé, Malidoma Somé, Joanna Macy, Francis Weller, Martin Prechtel, and others.
We hold these sessions on Zoom. However, how much you visually engage with the screen is optional. Preparing a private space with no interruptions is essential.
Is this for me?
All sources of grief are welcome, none prioritised and none excluded. For some grief is right there on the surface, ready to be expressed. Others may take the time to connect with grief that feels stuck and difficult to access.
The workshop is probably not suitable for those with severe depression or mental health problems, or those feeling particularly fragile, alone or unsupported. If you are unsure whether this workshop is right for you please don’t hesitate to contact either Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bilal (email@example.com).
“I have such a profound life-changing experience each and every time I attend one of these workshops.”
“It was so powerful to witness others and being witnessed. Showing my vulnerable side is not always welcome in daily life, so I’m extremely grateful for this space. The facilitators are super attentive, resourceful and authentic; I felt held and safe throughout the session and afterwords. The courage and honesty of the attendees were inspiring.”
“It was such a heart soothing and soul-enriching experience to participate in the space you created. I felt so utterly welcomed, free to bring whatever was alive in me, and never pressured to be anywhere I wasn’t. I had moments of feeling a huge resistance in myself, and was allowed to dance with that and invite what was hiding underneath. The threads that you wove to create our container felt so gently, lovingly and intentionally woven, held with both sincerity and lightness.”
“Thanks fo much for creating a space of support and love. I felt safe at all times and the suggestions to move off screen or turn off the camera meant that I felt I wasn’t stuck to a box on screen. All the facilitators held space for each person and guided it when needed.”
Embracing Grief is monthly and tends to book up. The next available dates are Saturday 2nd October 12-4pm (UTC+1 Hour), 22nd October 5-9pm (UTC+1 Hour).
To reserve a place, please go to Dandelion Earth for ticket sales, and we will then send you a booking form, which must be completed before we send out joining instructions. You can also click here.
Tickets are on a sliding scale. £10 Low income (3 places), £40 Regular, £60 Abundant.