Mindfulness, Nature &
Grief

Saturday March 9th 2019
10 am to 2 pm

Bayview School, 5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260

 

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, and ultimately with awareness and soul tending, transforms us.

You are invited to spend the day with grief counselor, Charlene Ray, journaling, wandering in Nature, sharing feelings, and learning about grief and yourself. We will practice mindfulness tools that are particularly supportive for grief. You will have an opportunity to share your story and spend time in quiet reflection.

 
 
 

"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."

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

Mindfulness is the awareness of all that is present in the moment, without judgment and with acceptance. I have been practicing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy for over 20 years in my private practice, and I have learned that the skills have been useful when working with a number of emotional and spiritual challenges. Grief is one of those challenges. This therapy is a gentle way of paying attention as I sit with a grieving client. It is also an important skill to teach a person who is grieving so they are better able to cope with the feelings and circumstances of grieving. I have offered grief workshops in the past, and I believe this one takes that material to the next level. I add skills to help someone who is grieving face the presence of their loss with tenderness and allow all the feelings that come flooding in 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 anyone is on the path of grief I suggest that they be extra gentle with themselves and pay attention to their self-care. I suggest that you get plenty of rest and 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 the circle. A journal dedicated to your grief can be helpful and will be used during our solo reflection time. Also bring a water bottle, lunch, snack, 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.

 

RATES and registration

Fee: $75
8—10 participants. A limited number will make this a more intimate and powerful experience.

Workshop or Retreat

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Workshop fee is non-refundable 48 hours prior to the program but may be used toward a different program. Please cancel at least one week prior to a workshop