The Grief and Gratitude Lodge is a place to cultivate a deepening of our capacity to grieve, and thus, to live more fully and gratefully. Our larger cultural climate of mandatory cheerfulness and open contempt for expressions of powerful emotions such as sorrow, despair, and rage ultimately deadens our ability to feel, and erodes our connections with community. Practicing the skill of grieving in the presence of our neighbors, friends and allies allows us to rekindle relationship with our fellow humans, our ancestors, and with the greater Earthly body. Join us as we explore the intertwining of grief and gratitude, with the heart-filled guidance of Laurence Cole and Nala Walla.
The Grief Lodge is based on a simple ritual format: we sit in a circle and "pass the talking stick" (share personal stories). We divide up into small groups for deeper sharing. We drum and sing and dance as we witness the various ways people embody their grief. This community setting is a simple, yet powerful technology for liberating and expanding our innate capacity to feel, to flex and strengthen our "grieving muscles," and to experience the paradox of holding both sorrow and joy at once.
The Grief and Gratitude Lodge has the privilege of being held in the arms of an island forest in the Salish Sea, the traditional territory of Chimacum and S'Klallam native people.
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