Calendar of grief tending 

Find a calendar of all community grief tending rituals and workshops throughout 2022.

Join the next workshop and ritual

“Grieving well is a gift, a way to be well in unwell times.” Bayo Akomolafe

On Saturday 24 September from 10am – 5pm, we’ll gather as a village at the Centre for Ecotherapy in Brighton.

The format

  • building the banks of the village, for the river of grief to flow, including creating supportive altars
  • stirring the grief, with exercises in writing and active listening
  • time to express grief at a grief altar
  • integration time with song
  • harvest and close.

Suggested exchange

The suggested exchange for the full day is £70. There are some concessionary spots available.

Booking

Booking and payment is advance is essential. Please email me – gail@bigseeds.co.uk – to get the booking instructions, or if you have any questions.

Testimonials

    “I was nervous before the ritual. I felt like the grief was welling up inside me in preparation and I was concerned I would not feel comfortable to whale and let my grief loose in the monumental way I felt it needed. The ritual is not about words, its an embodied experience and this was exactly what I needed without knowing it. I feel like this is something that will be needed for me to attend several times to work on the layers of grief and help have a safe space to unpack it all. This works is such a gift to the community.”

    “This was my first grief tending ceremony. It was powerful right from the start. Just knowing that these other people valued tending their grief and were therefore willing to be vulnerable with other people in community and ceremony, gave a great sense of safety right from the beginning.”

    “The main thing I have come away with from this, is how impossible deep feeling is to do without community and it’s left me longing to have more ceremonial community in my life.”

    “I like it that Gail was clear that she was facilitating the ceremony, but we were all holding it. Gail was a participant too, which Stopped us projecting onto her and encouraged the synergy of the group to create a strong holding and healing presence.”

     

     Grief rituals in 2022

    • 24 September 2022: Autumn grief workshop and ritual – 10 – 5pm, Centre for Ecotherapy, Brighton, £70
    • 29 October 2022: Winter grief workshop and ritual – 10 – 5pm, Centre for Ecotherapy, Brighton, £70

    To book a place in advance, please email me – gail@bigseeds.co.uk. 

    “Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

    Rumi