COME TO GRIEF: Grief, Praise & Exile PASSAGEWAY
COME TO GRIEF
Friday 19h00 to
Sunday 15h00 [Residential]
Tuition $225 CAD
Scholarship Fund Available
Food & Accommodation
is additional cost
Indigenously, both the grief of our times, and personal loss or crisis require a life affirming gathering of community. The Dagara from West Africa have been leaders in sharing wisdom and instruction about how to do this in a modern setting.
Initiatory change is meant to be suffered in the service of bringing back something valuable to community. In this passageway, we will explore that through ritual, story, poetry and ideas to reconfirm the the wisdom of radical welcoming.
An unexpected teaching, a longed for respite, a calling forth of the wisdom of grief, the healing of praise and the abundance of Earth.
A ritual to create a new sense of home, a blessing for the unrecognized, a welcome for the as yet to be welcomed home.
An essential medicine in a time orphange and displacement.
When the centre of culture and nature are in trouble, healing comes from the edges.
That’s a welcome opportunity.
Are you feeling the grief?
"There is an intense beauty that comes from his humanity. There is a deep struggle that comes with the territory of his work, the place of crossed traditions, hurt cultures and human relationships. He is the Listener and the Translator. I value Randy's ability to give voice to the unspoken and forgotten. I respect his answer to the world's call for community, justice, recognition of the Indigenous and of the need for change. It is his wisdom, humour, experience, and compassion that makes him a powerful leader."
“The family in Africa is always extended. So your cousins are your sisters and brothers. Your nieces are your children. Your uncles are your fathers. Your aunts are your mothers. Children are encouraged to call other people outside the family mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.”
The old idea of initiation as described by Joseph Campbell was of a three stage process of separation, exile and return. Modernity still sends people (often simply be virtue of their differences) into kinds of separation and exile, but does not help people return well leaving in its wake untold stories of grief that begin to poison the carrier.
These experiences of exile are meant to awaken unique viewpoints and medicine that should be brought back as leadership and guidance. Without the forum for grief, (and we have been bereft of it for several hundred years now) nations become beset by uninitiated dictators, and the chaos of "hungry ghosts" reigns unchecked.
The work with healing and redemption necessarily means that all varieties of grief have to be welcome. This ranges from the regular grief of deaths, failures, losses that we all experience to the extreme states of grief experienced by veterans, refugees, persons with illness. In the African idea of Ubuntu—"I am because we are"— these experiences are sacred and worthy of deep publication, not silencing.
And it is equally necessary to include the range between grief from personal life to the grief that is endemic of this age and time. Yes, we must listen, and deeply to the profound pain of the Earth herself, of the anguish over the loss of diversity in culture and nature being lost. This is the passageway to becoming qualified navigators of reparations.
Understanding modern grief from an indigenous perspective
The indigenous view of community and healing
The Ancestors role in grief and working with "Hungry Ghosts"
Dagara culture Elements and styles of grief
As always, there is a story to be told, words that need to be spoken, songs that need to be sung. This is a full weekend with all the practicality of ritual to effect a strengthening and healing of the soul. You really can "come as you are."
Earth Medicine Initiation [By Request]
Read Episode 13 about a community process involving Earth medicine and community initiation.
The Earth initiation is offered by request to community groups willing to undergo a 3 month long development process taking about 4 hours per week
and setting up a weekend.
Beginner to Advanced
Leaders and Facilitators
Therapists and Healers
Lovers of Learning
Come as you are.
Limited to 30 Participants
Accompanied children are
welcome at no charge
What to bring:
Comfortable clothes— there may be outdoor time
Cushion, yoga mat, blanket for comfort
How to prepare:
A contribution for the shrine (to be returned)
Required Listening (see below)
Prior to Event
"Grief and Praise"
Lecture by Martín Prechtel
Available on Youtube in 3 parts [total about one hour]
Meet other people Coming to Grief
Join the Forgotten Water secure online tribe to stay in touch and collaborate with other like minded souls.
Episode 13 (free download)
Medicine Without an Expiry Date: Indigenous Remedy for Modern Trouble