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Entering the Healing Ground:
The Sacred Work of Grief
with Francis Weller


April 28 - 30, 2017
Begins Friday at 3:30 pm

Ends Sunday at 5:00 pm


Registration now closed. Call 650-340-7474 to go on the waiting list.

In the heart of spring, we turn our attention to the grief we carry for self, community, and world. Turning over these sorrows allows them to compost into fertile soil. Sharing our deep emotional selves brings us into the circle of restoration, into the arms of the sacred. Utilizing the potent tools of writing practice, singing, and ritual, we will build a community of concerned hearts and coax our stories of loss and suffering into the visible world. This soul activism is what we are called to in this extreme time.

This gathering will include:

  •  Writing practice to assist in opening our stories of loss
  •  Deepening our trust in our emotional and body wisdom
  •  Cultivating soul activism
  •  Awareness of cultural obstacles to grief such as 'private pain'
  •  A community grief ritual
  •  Avenues to express our grief over world events
  •  Small group work to deepen our writing process
  •  The poetic imagination to encourage our entry into the well of grief


Francis Weller, MFT has been working with the emotional, creative, and spiritual life of men and women for over thirty years. He is a community builder, author, teacher, and psychotherapist in Northern California. He draws from an extensive background in depth psychology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. His work embodies love of soul, the arts, ritual, and devotion to bringing these into living and sustainable community. He is on staff at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, co-leading their week-long retreats with Michael Lerner. He has taught at Sonoma State University, New College of California, and the Sophia Center in Oakland. He is the founder/director of WisdomBridge and the author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief.



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Updated 1/12/2017