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Honoring Grief & Gratitude Sunday, May 27th

Friends, you are most warmly invited to join me on the Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend for a special community ritual to honor the grief and gratitude we carry. 
In case you missed it, a few months ago I made a video talking about why you might be interested in tending grief through ritual.
You can watch it here.
You can also read a post I wrote about the original calling I got to tend the river of grief in communityIt’s here. 
If you’d like to join me for this community ritual, we’ll be meeting in Millcreek Canyon for a few hours to come together and share our hearts, with words, gesture, and in silence, together. 
Recognizing that grief and gratitude are two sides of the same coin offers us a generous doorway to welcome our feelings, to not pathologize our humanity, and to come together as true human beings with hearts tenderized by loss and beauty. 
I’d be honored if you’d like to join me. 
You can sign up by making a donation of any amount right here.
I offer these gatherings freely and am honored to pass the donations on to a non-profit organization.
(I’ll choose the recipient(s) as the date gets closer and always share details on the donation with all those who participate.)
Often something comes to the fore, either a natural disaster –  or perhaps a donation may be inspired by the particulars of what people are grieving. (For example, donating to the Nature Conservancy for grief over lost wilderness, or donating to a local LGBTQ organization when people are grieving queer kids who are suicidal.) 
Once you sign up, the healing may already begin. To honor the beauty of grief and gratitude and to prepare to make space to honor its presence in your life.
A few days before the event, I’ll send you specific details on where we’ll meet, what to bring, and etc. 
Please know it’s a come-as-you-are situation with zero pressure as to how you participate. You may weep, you may be a quiet witness, you may be surprised. However you come, your presence is a valued thread in our community tapestry. All that’s required is your humanity and your willingness to be present. 
If you have any questions feel free to email me. 
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Erin

By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.

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