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Entering The Healing Ground - Community Grief Ritual

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Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

1-2033 Belmont Avenue

Victoria, BC V8R

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Let's gather as a village for an afternoon of exploring the healing power of community grief ritual, facilitated by Shauna Janz, MA. (www.shaunajanz.com) and hosted by the Shambhala Center.


To register, visit: https://victoria.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=315660


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1. Program Price: $30
2. Patron Price: $40 (helps support another with less financial means to access the program)
3. Reduced Price: $20

4. Generosity Price: Pay-what-you-can

During this 3 hour experience, we will explore the soulful necessity of being in touch with our pain, whether it be grief for personal loss or for global events, as a way to fuel our continued vitality. All forms of grief is welcomed here.

We live in a Western capitalist society that applauds rugged individualism and strongly dictates that grief is a personal pathology, an individual problem, and that it be done in isolation. It is easy to feel shame in the midst of cultural story-lines that tell us to always be strong, be in control, and to hurry up. We may feel like a burden if we tell our stories to another.

Yet, we evolved in small communities - living a village life. We can all trace our family lineages back to this reality. And, in our bodies, heart and spirit, we remember this. And in our bodies, heart and spirit we still expect that the community will be there for us to care for us in times of pain. In fact, grief was often seen as a necessary part of keeping the community healthy and balanced. Praise and gratitude were given to the griever for doing such important work on behalf of the community!

Grief needs ritual and community to be released and transformed.

Bringing grief back into "a village setting" is a form of soul activism – a form of deep resistance to the disconnected way our culture has conditioned us to live.

DETAILS:

The afternoon will consist of Council practice, personal reflection through writing, small group sharing, and a collective grief ceremony around the community altar. The structure of this offering draws from the wisdom and lessons learned from grief ritual practitioners Francis Weller and Malidoma Some.

Materials: journal, pen, sacred objects, pictures or momentos to contribute to the collective altar, any percussive instruments (djembe, hand drums, shakers etc) to contribute to the ceremony and singing.

Note: I strongly encourage anyone who is in the depths of grief from a recent loss to also ensure that they are receiving support from friends, family and/or a counsellor. This ceremony is a beautiful addition to other ongoing support. If you have any questions, please contact me: shaunajanz@gmail.com.




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