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GRIEVING EARTH

HONOR YOUR PAIN FOR THE WORLD

Grieving Earth is an in-person ritual space designed with the intention to metabolize, ritualize & channel despair, anger, fear & anxiety into empowered action & creative expression.

Eco or Climate Grief are terms that capture a unique manifestation of grief given the times in which we live and speak to the despairing impacts of climate collapse, racial and environmental injustices, and earth devastation. This form of grief acknowledges and gives voice to the pain of disconnection that is particular to this current stage in the human story and our relationship to each other and the rest of the living biosphere.

Grieving Earth: August
When
Aug 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Those who are conscious of and willing to face what's happening in the world often feel pain in their bodies and despair deep in their hearts. Without proper support, these feelings can easily overwhelm the nervous system and trigger survival responses such as numbing, dissociation, depression, hyperactivity, and can lead to maladaptive coping strategies such as substance abuse and other addictive behaviors (ie. binge watching tv, doom scrolling, shopping, over-working, anything to distract).

 

Group support in the ongoing process of grieving ecological losses and devastation is a critical component in our ability to adapt and strengthen our resiliency in times of such uncertainty and change. 

As Sarah de la Fuente writes:

"Lament is an ancient ritual. It can be done individually, but more realistically, it is a communal expression of grief and sadness. Laments are often artistic: poems, songs and even visual representations meant to offload our anxiety, uncertainty, and loss... Laments are not meant to provide answers, nor be a pick-me-up. Instead, they operate out of an assumption that we cannot move forward until we acknowledge where we are now. We cannot dare to hope or dream and live again until we mourn. We cannot calibrate our anxiety until we acknowledge it in all its complexity. Community lament grounds us and binds us together even as we unravel."

Connection is the antidote to alienation and feeling alone. Lamenting and sharing in grief ritual can support you to metabolize and channel despair, anger, fear and anxiety into empowered action and creative expression.

We belong and are imbedded within the earthly biosphere and are dependent upon the entire planetary system for survival and thriving. Humans are interdependent with the whole of life, which means that what threatens earth threatens us all. As above so below, as within so without.
 

Grief, despair, anger, fear and anxiety are all sensations and feelings that arise in our bodies in response to the extraction, domination and violence we experience and witness under colonial capitalism and the oppressive forces that uphold it. All of these feelings are very normal responses to a global crisis that is threatening life as we know it.

As of today, 30,344 wildfires have burned 2,957,485 acres across the United States. This is the most wildfires and acres burned-to-date in the past 10 years and is well above the 10-year averages.

(National Interagency Fire Center)

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ARE YOU A HEALER OR SPACE HOLDER FOR ECO-GRIEF?

RATES

We offer a sliding scale for this offering. 

Why an equity sliding scale? Learn more here and where you fall on the sliding scale.

ABUNDANCE: $30 USD

STANDARD:  $20 USD

DISCOUNT:  $10 USD

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