Mindfulness, Nature & Grief

Saturday September 28, 2019
10 am to 1 pm

Bayview School
5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260

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The tendency in our culture is to move away from grief, to try to “get over it” or move on without giving full attention and presence to the feelings and experience of grief. Grief changes our lives. Ultimately, with awareness and soul tending, it transforms us. I invite you to spend the day with me journaling, wandering in nature, sharing feelings, and learning about grief and about yourself. We will practice mindfulness tools that are particularly supportive for grief. Then, you will have an opportunity to share your story and spend time in quiet reflection.

Mindfulness is the awareness of all that is present in the moment with complete acceptance and no judgment. I have been practicing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for over 20 years in my private practice and have learned the usefulness of these skills in working with emotional and spiritual challenges. Grief is one of those challenges. Mindfulness therapy is a gentle way of paying attention when I sit with a grieving client. It is also an important skill for you to learn so that you are able to cope with the feelings and circumstances of grieving. Expect to treat your loss with tenderness as you allow all the feelings to flow with love and awareness.


Prepare for Your Journey


The path of grief is a challenging one and deciding to attend a workshop on grief is an exercise in vulnerability and courage. Whenever you find yourself on this path, I suggest you be extra gentle with yourself and pay close attention to self-care. Get plenty of rest and be sure to schedule some downtime before and after the workshop.

Please bring a photo of your departed loved one(s) and/or a memento or two to share in our circle. A journal dedicated to your grief can be helpful and will be used during our solo reflection time. Also, bring a water bottle, a snack, your lunch, rain gear and something to sit on outside for the solo reflection time. Chairs will be available. If you wish to read about the grief journey prior to the workshop, I recommend Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt.

I look forward to walking this path with you.

Rates and Registration

Cost: $80
10 participants

I hope to see you on the roster!

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Cancellation Policy

Workshop fee is non-refundable unless arrangements are made
at least one week prior to the start of the workshop.

However, those monies may be used for a future program.

Coming home to grief is sacred work, a powerful practice that contains what the indigenous soul knows and what the spiritual traditions teach: we are all connected to one another. Our fates are bound together in a mysterious but recognizable way. Grief registers the many ways this depth of kinship is assaulted daily. Grief work becomes a core element in our ability to sustain and maintain the well-being of our communities. It is a central means whereby our compassion is quickened and our mutual suffering acknowledged. It is also a form of soul protest, our wholehearted response to acts of violence and oppression.