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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.

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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

Francis Weller, MFT

Francis Weller is a psychotherapist, writer, and soul activist. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, and founder and director of WisdomBridge, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people.

Francis is a master of synthesizing valuable insights from diverse streams of observation found in psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions.

A therapist for more than 30 years, Francis is also creator of three CD sets, two focusing on healing shame and one on “restoring the soul of the world.”

Published in numerous anthologies and journals, Francis is a frequent keynote speaker, co-leads retreats with Michael Lerner at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, and has taught at Sonoma State University, the Sophia Center for Culture and Spirituality, and the Minnesota Men’s Conference.

He is currently completing his second book, A Trail on the Ground: A Timely Guide for Soul Activists.

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 & Schedule

  • 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

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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