18th - 21st September 2023
This September, we are calling together space holders and community organisers, circle facilitators and wellbeing practitioners to the wild, nurturing land of Devon, UK. Through ritual, ceremony, circles and workshops we will empower and inspire one another to tend to the grief within ourselves and within our communities.
A natural byproduct of the impermanence of life on earth. Each day it seems we are faced with another tragedy, more uncertainty, further destruction.
Meanwhile, our modern society buries sadness and brushes over loss, instead blindly oriented toward progress and positivity. We find ourselves isolated in our despair as we collectively drown in forbidden sorrow.
It’s easy to understand why grief has been rejected by the over-culture; the feelings it evokes are often unpleasant, overwhelming, fearful and confusing.
But grief is also powerful. Transformational. Sacred.
Allowing and honouring grief as part of the whole human experience brings us back to our souls. Opens the doors of forgiveness, hope and action. Reconnects us to the astonishing, heartbreaking, magnificent gift of life.
Our ancestors knew how to grieve.
Although many have lost our cultural traditions, we still carry this knowledge in our bones: we aren’t meant to go it alone.
An innate longing urges us to gather and grieve together.
There is medicine in communal mourning, in naming our grief and being witnessed, held within a compassionate and supportive space.
Our communities need this space. Now.
Peer-to-peer, we will open our hearts and our minds to the holiest of human emotions; we will offer our lived experiences, our gifts and our practices; and we will witness and receive from others.
Rooted in the principles of circles including self-reliance and self-responsibility, we will share and listen, learn and mourn, integrate and imagine, rest and rejoice.
Forever connected, we will disperse with confidence to create the gathering and grieving spaces our communities are yearning for.
- A comprehensive list of recommended grief resources including books, music, podcasts and films curated by our facilitators, available immediately following registration, to guide your retreat preparation.
- Comfortable and restorative accommodation in two beautifully converted barns on seven acres of land in the lush countryside of South Devon. The grounds include a river, labyrinth, a wood-burning sauna, fire pits and miles of walking trails.
- Nourishing, nutritious and flavourful plant-based food featuring the very best of fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, many of which are homegrown by our caterer.
A community of like-hearted souls, gifted space holders and compassionate community organizers who are committed to honoring loss and longing, to deepening into their “apprenticeship with sorrow.”
Four onsite facilitators experienced in circle holding and grief tending, completely dedicated throughout the retreat to ensuring your intentions are met, including through one to one interactions.
A deeper understanding of grief and the importance of being witnessed in it, as well as ideas, encouragement and confidence to move forward and create these spaces for your community.
Numerous and varied rituals, ceremonies, modalities and brave spaces, both indoors and out, to honor and hold space for grief in ourselves and in others.
Free time to rest, read and write, to connect with others and to the land, to enjoy the sauna and to simply be.
An online check-in with facilitators six weeks after the retreat and a supportive group of peers to provide assistance and accountability going forward.
What if instead of treating our grief as some brutal spirit quest one must pass through to prove our survivability, we treated it as a place, a magic land to visit where our love is so alive and vivid it causes pain until you're more accustomed to the atmospheric pressure of it? Your grief is key to the door, and it is the vast and infinite room beyond that holds all your love and loved ones.
- The Sacred Grief Retreat is not offered as a program or training. Our intention is to facilitate and guide the gathering in alignment with the principles of circles, including co-creation and collaboration alongside self-reliance and self-responsibility.
- While our personal grief is ever-present and will be held and honoured, the primary purpose of the retreat is to empower and prepare participants to tend to others’ grief within our communities. If you have suffered a recent loss, please use your discernment or speak with Mitlé or Kathryn to determine whether now is the right time for you to attend.
- If the retreat resonates with you, you are welcome to schedule a chat with either Kathryn or Mitlé to ensure that it is right for you at this time. However, we encourage you to tune inward; if your heart is excited to participate, trust that you’re meant to be there.
How much is the retreat?
The retreat is £595 on a shared accommodation basis.
What is the cancellation policy?
The registration fee for this Sacred Grief Retreat is non-refundable. Due to the limited number of spaces available and the financial commitments incurred to facilitate the gathering we cannot make any exceptions to this no-refund policy, not even for personal emergencies. We recommend that you take out travel insurance to protect yourself against illness, emergencies and changes in your circumstances. In the unfortunate event you are unable to attend the retreat you may transfer your place to a friend subject to our prior approval of the transfer. If we have to cancel the retreat for any reason then you are entitled to a refund.
How do I get to the venue?
Eden Rise is accessible by car with parking on site and within easy distance of Totnes train station (approx 3.5 hours from London Paddington). The nearest international airport is Bristol and then a train to Totnes. We will provide full directions and details of taxis and lift shares on registration.
Is there disability access?
No, unfortunately Eden Rise does not have disability facilities yet.
How many people will be at the retreat?
There will be a maximum of 14 participants supported by 4 facilitators.
Is this retreat for women only?
No; this retreat is open to all gender identities and all who resonate with our work are invited to join us.