May 4-6, 2018
The Joyful Soul and Dance of Grief
Swannanoa Valley Friends Meetinghouse in Black Mountain, NC - Space is Limited
The focus of this weekend healing retreat is on helping you build the capacity to thrive in a world that offers many reasons to grieve, strengthening your capacity to work through grief, and helping you develop the capacity to be a nurturing presence for yourself and others, regardless of outer circumstances.
Communal Ritual led by African drummer Onye Onyemaechi. For more than 30 years, Onye brings African drumming and ritual to groups worldwide to elevate consciousness and promote deep healing. He will also be available for private consults.
Grief Dula Sheridan Hill will lead chanting to soothe us and inspire vocal release of grief. Sheridan's lifework has been weaving soulwork into personal biography.
Worldwide yogini Stephanie Toler will lead us in breathing and gentle movement aimed at opening what is stuck inside us.
Sound healer Kim Hughes will sing and play crystal bowls as we relax and enter our subtle emotional bodies.
A healing tent by the river for soaking in Mother Earth's gounding energy.
Walking barefoot by the Swannanoa River for grounding and healing (the Friends meeting house sits at the confluence of the Flat Creek and the Swannanoa River)
Quiet time for personal reflection.
Footrubs for grievers.
Grief is a portalWe don't ask to go there, usually are dragged there, but if you find yourself at the threshold of grief, or in close proximity to others who are grieving, you do have choices to make. They are:
You will be supported in releasing grief from the body in a ritual ceremony with drumming and simple chants. Chant and drum are spiritual technologies that build community, support the ability to access and express grief, and invite joy. A specific use of sound and movement will help you gently let go of grief that is bottled up in your tissues, in your unconscious. Many people find that this experience helps them connect with a more authentic and jubilant sense of self.
LOCATION: Friday and Saturday of this healing weekend will be held at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting house in Black Mountain, a few miles east of Asheville. The peaceful property is set back, privately, and stands at the fork of the Swannanoa River and the Flat Creek. Sunday morning's session will be held at Harmony Hill, a private residence a few miles away in Black Mountain.
FREE - SVFM, limit 5 - Five people may bring sleeping bags and sleep in the Swannanoa Friends meetinghouse for free, however you must be completely cleared out Sunday at 8 AM when they come in to set up for their Sunday service.
We envision a weekend that guides you in connecting with a more authentic you.
The Flow of the Weekend
Acknowledging Grief as a Gateway
Preparing to Meet the Forces of Grief
Understanding Community Supported Grieving
Engaging the Heart
Acknowledging and Releasing Anger
Being Present With What Is
Connecting with All is Well
Space is limited. General info is now available at EventBrite: details will be sent out to the Healing Circle email list. Email Sheridan to get on the list.