Embracing Grief: A Weekend Community Journey (London) 2 dates

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Hosted by The Psychedelic Society
Activity Embracing Grief
Local group London
Enquiries to welcome@loveandloss.co.uk
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Co-facilitated by Sarah & Tony Pletts and Aama Sade

I am infinitely grateful to Bilal, Sarah and Tony for guiding us in this beautiful compassionate deep grieving practice. It was my first grieving circle and I was surprised to be able to share something I had never shared with anyone before! I felt held and witnessed without judgment by the group. Afterwards I felt like a weight had lifted off my shoulders. It was deeply moving to witness other people's processes as well, and feel our shared humaneness and connection. Thank you from the depths of my heart!” - Maud

Join us in a Weekend Workshop, to find support with grief, and welcome our unique expression of it. Two days allow more spaciousness than our introductory sessions, with more time to connect, and gently explore our inner worlds. We offer permission to open our hearts and speak our truth, in the presence of a deep holding circle. It’s a chance to really be seen, and to connect authentically with others. This event is not residential.

Step gently with us into the wild waters of emotion, and welcome-in life.

Two Days from 10am-6pm in Hackney, London E5 8HP. 
The facilitation team will offer a step-by-step series of guided exercises and rituals to build trust, connection, and relaxation. We encourage self-kindness and taking care of our needs during our time together. Everything we suggest is optional.

Grief tending offers grief support without trying to fix anything.
Grief is a natural response to difficult things happening. This may include a whole spectrum of feelings such as sadness, anxiety, depression, anger, numbness and overwhelm. We offer a guided journey through this landscape, whether your experiences of grief are personal, collective or ancestral. We offer tools to discover and express our own unique responses, together in a group. To help us to remember how to be human in community. People may bring challenging themes and strong expressions of emotion.

This workshop is for you if you want to feel more alive.
Perhaps you are looking for support with grief? You may be with the spectrum of grief feelings, or disconnection from emotions. You may be dealing with something that happened in the past, a current situation, or something that you fear happening in the future. We welcome grief on any theme.

To see more about what happens in a Grief Tending workshop, and the practice of Grief Tending for grief support, there are a series of short animated videos HERE.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah welcome@loveandloss.co.uk .


Website: https://www.griefsupport.org.uk/

Sarah Pletts (she/her) is an experienced facilitator. She has spent hundreds of hours sitting alongside people finding their way with grief. She brings an embodied understanding of mortality and consent to the practice of Grief Tending. She has come through chronic illness, been a care-giver, and has a deep connection with the natural world. As an artist-maker she designs experiences that inspire, and creates beauty through ritual (www.loveandloss.co.uk). You can find her hand-drawn animations at www.griefsupport.org.uk/videos. She regularly co-facilitates with Tony Pletts, Bilal Nasim, Aama Sade, Sophy Banks and others. She lives in Hackney with partners, chosen family and friendly squirrels. 

Tony Pletts founded his art direction and construction company Einstein’s Octopus in 1987, a flexible business that's allowed him to pursue other creative paths. Tony’s made radio programmes for BBC Radio 4 (his North Korean mini series was nominated for a SONY) and has just finished his first book, Love To The Power Of Three. Tony is also a trustee for the charity WAYout, a free at the point of use creative ‘University of the Street’ that works with street youth in Sierra Leone. Here he teaches both online and in person when he has the opportunity to visit. A rich and varied life has frequently exposed Tony to the teachings of grief and he started facilitating workshops with Sarah in 2019.

AamaSade a gifted shamanic celebrant and facilitator will be part of the team. See more about her work here: https://treecircleceremonies.co.uk

Embracing Grief Ethics Statement:


"It was such a heart soothing and soul-enriching experience to participate in the space you created. I felt so utterly welcomed, free to bring whatever was alive in me, and never pressured to be anywhere I wasn't. I had moments of feeling a huge resistance in myself, and was allowed to dance with that and invite what was hiding underneath. The threads that you wove to create our container felt so gently, lovingly and intentionally woven, held with both sincerity and lightness." - Anon

“Thanks so much for creating a space of support and love. I felt safe at all times and the suggestions to move off screen or turn off the camera meant that I felt I wasn’t stuck to a box on screen. All the facilitators held space for each person and guided it when needed.” Liselott

Exact address will be included in your confirmation email.  

£90 Bursary (2 spaces available on request - please email Sarah: welcome@loveandloss.co.uk)
£130 Low Income (2 spaces available)
£170 Standard
£200 Higher Income
£250 Supporter

Once you have purchased a ticket, you will receive an Advance Information Form which we require to be completed before the workshop - This is both to help you to prepare for the session and for us to be able to support your needs. 

NOTE: We only send the exact address and what to bring upon receiving a completed Advance Information Form. 

There will be a maximum of 12 available places excluding the team. 2 of these places will be available at the Bursary rate for those who are either unemployed, have insufficient/unstable income or are clearly unable to afford the Standard price. Bursary places must be requested, to do this please email Sarah: welcome@loveandloss.co.uk). 

2 more places are available at the Low Income rate. The Supporter and High Income price part-subsidises those paying the Bursary and Low Income price. 

Please note: We require a minimum number of attendees for events to go ahead. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Note: We will start on time, please arrive 15 minutes before start time. 

NO ENTRY AFTER:  30 minutes after start time. (If you are running late please contact us immediately).

ENQUIRIES: Sarah: welcome@loveandloss.co.uk

If you have any access requirements please get in touch and note that the venue has awkward steps/stairs. It is also a colourful community/home, which allows us to use the space flexibly, and offer the work at a more accessible price. This workshop is inclusive to everyone regardless of age (18+), ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and otherwise.

Some of the proceeds of this event will go to WAYout Arts Worldwide.

REFUNDS POLICY: Please note, we do not arrange refunds or exchanges. When possible we encourage reselling on Ticketswap.

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