.For some reason the time in PA has been elusive to try to write about. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that I started to get a cold right after leaving the Garrison Institute, so my body went into a space of exhaustion that created a bit of tunnel vision.
We ended up consolidating the two nights of events into one due to scheduling issues, which felt like a helpful emergence because it was more within the scope of my capacity to hold at that time. And so the grief gathering took the form of a potluck, an abridged performance of the clown show, and then the Grief Composting Circle.
It was an exciting experience to attend the Space Between Stories retreat. To be sharing a space over four days with 150 people on similar journeys of sacred activism and cultural transformation was very inspiring. I also felt very aware of the places where we are still culturally so wounded—so many of us carry that way of “wanting to be seen” that makes it difficult to listen on a deep level to what wants to be born through us.
Simultaneously published on the Transition US blog
My longing for cultural transformation and ecological healing has called me into an apprenticeship in the tending of collective grief. At the first grief ritual workshop I attended, psychologist and soul activist Francis Weller paraphrased Carl Jung, saying "where there is trauma, the imagination stops." For me, this statement defines the necessity for grief work. The unhealed trauma we are carrying is narrowing the capacity of our imaginations to imagine a transition into a more beautiful world. To reconnect to the vastness of our imaginations, we must journey through the initiatory threshold of grief.
UPDATE: THANK YOU TO THE 14 DONORS WHO RAISED $449 TO MAKE THIS TRAVEL POSSIBLE!
I ask for your support in birthing the Earth Grief project this summer. From June 22-25, I will be attending Charles Eisenstein's Space Between Stories retreat at Garrison Institute, where I hope to share my vision for the Earth Grief project with other participants and begin weaving a national tour for the project. Directly after the retreat, I will be traveling to the first touring location of Earth Grief in Media, PA, where I will share the three offerings of the project to seed a conversation about creating "relational ecosystems" for collective grief tending. This support will go towards the funding of my travel expenses for the project.