“Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.”— Oscar Wilde
To experience grief is a human experience. However, sometimes it can feel all-consuming. Perhaps it is from this lifetime, from when we were young or maybe it’s as recent as last week. Or perhaps the grief is ancestral, ancient, connecting us to the pain of generations before us. Perhaps every new loss unearths the old; the tender places of sorrow living all throughout our physical bodies. Beyond our individual experiences, the current political climate offers us much to grieve.
To tend to our grief is sacred work. It’s a descent into dark waters of bottomless depth. The work is to figure out how to touch down into it, learn from it, and swim back up to the surface, changed. Grief worker and writer Francis Weller speaks of the power of creating spaces for this: “It grants a profound permission to enter a place of sorrow, to work with it, to explore it’s contours and textures, to become familiar with the landscape of loss. “ To be diligent in the work, we need a space to do so in, a practice. We don’t have to do this work alone. Like Hecate, the goddess of thresholds, the underworld, and poison medicine, we can harness the wisdom and gifts in grief. We can hold torches in the dark for the parts of ourselves still reeling from loss. We are not lost.
Breathwork is a 2-part active meditation that helps bring attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences living in our bodies. The activating breath brings attention and witness to the experiences living in our bodies. It’s a chance for us to turn towards the sorrow. It also connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity and aliveness. It’s deeply personal but in a group, there’s a strong container. Breathwork reminds us we all, each of us, hold the power within ourselves to shift and heal parts of ourselves, to witness the deeply grieving parts. It’s you and your breath; the breath is the medicine and our bodies are wise. It’s a psychedelic and transcendent experience.
This workshop is lovingly open to all genders. Bring your wise body (of course!), your curiosity, a pen and notebook, wear comfortable clothing and, if you would like to, bring an eye pillow or cover.
Please note: Breathwork stirs up deep, emotional experiences with the intention of easing your load. It is my deep desire to create a space that feels nurturing and supportive while you do this profound work.