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Entering the Healing Ground:
The Sacred Work of Grief
led by Francis Weller
May 15-17, 2020

Please check-in on Friday begining at 2:00 pm
Retreat starts Friday 3:30 pm, ends Sunday 12 noon
Lunch will be served at the end of the retreat


SCHEDULE CHANGE: Ending is Sunday, 12:00 noon.


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.



Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief and The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation (with Rashani Réa) he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people.

He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from indigenous cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual traditions.

Francis' writings have appeared in anthologies and journals exploring the confluence between psyche, nature and culture. His work was featured in The Sun magazine (October 2015) and the Utne Reader (Fall 2016). He is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at conferences, bringing insight, poetry and a breath of humor to his talks.

  Francis Weller

Francis is currently on staff at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, co-leading their weeklong retreats with Michael Lerner. He has taught at Sonoma State University, the Sophia Center in Oakland and has been the featured teacher at the Minnesota Men's Conference.

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




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




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Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus



Registration for this retreat is now closed. To go on the waitlist, phone 650-340-7474.



Please read our cancellation and refund policy.