Grief tending in Community Events

Below are details of all our planned events to December 2022. Others may be added – sign up for email updates to stay up to date.

Here’s more information about what a Grief tending workshop is and how they work face to face and on line.

Workshops coming up

  • Last space available for April 29th 3 – 7pm UK time. Book
  • here
  • Grief tending by the Lake – May 21st, a one day in person event close to London. Details below
  • Short workshops continue online roughly once a month, see dates below and book here
  • Grief tending deep dive in Norfolk, weekend of 1 – 4th July, details here
  • Tending our Grief for the World – 3 day residential July 22 – 24th
  • Apprenticing to Grief in person October 11th – 16th, see this page
  • Grief tending in Community residential 1 – 4th December – booking opens in September

The work continues to surprise me, especially how much it opens me to joy, aliveness and connection. I really believe it holds the seeds of healing most needed at this time.’ Apprenticing to Grief online participant

Grief tending by the lake

Give your grief space to move in this one day, in person event in a place surrounded by woods and by water. A full day gives spacious time to connect deeply yourself, others in the group, and whatever grief you are carrying. Hosted by Eagle Heart – thanks to Clare and Michael.

  • When: 10am – 6pm Saturday 21st May
  • Where: a stunning location with a lake in private woods, a mile from Sunningdale train station (Waterloo – Reading line). Full details with booking.
  • Facilitated by Sophy plus support
  • Cost: £55 – £110, be in touch if you need a bursary / low cost place
  • See more details and book here

Tending the Heart: Grief, gratitude and beauty

  • A four day community retreat in North Norfolk
  • Starts 3pm on Friday 1st July, ends 2pm on Monday 4th July
  • At North Farm, near Aylsham
  • Hosted by Norfolk Grief Tending – see their website for full details
  • Facilitated by Sophy plus team
  • Camping and accommodation onsite; other options possible

On line Grief Tending – Short workshops

  • Held on Zoom, these are 4 hours long, and give a rich taste of shared grief tending. Many have been astonished at the depth of expression and witnessing that is reached in these sessions – perhaps a testament to how natural shared grief tending is for us.
  • Each session includes calling in support, building safety and trust; stirring and connecting to grief; a ceremony or practice to express, witness and share grief; time for soothing and integration, and preparing to return.
  • Faciliated by Sophy, with support
  • Cost: £35 – 60 sliding scale. Please be in touch if you need a low cost place.
  • Dates: (all times are for the UK)
    • April 29th, Friday 3 – 7pm: Grief circle
    • June 11th, Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm: Grief Circle
    • Sept 6th, Tuesday 3 – 7pm, Grief circle
  • Book here for all half day on line workshops

Queer Grief Circle

Hosted by Love and Loss, this space is offered for all who identify as gender, sexuality or relationship diverse.
Friday June 17th 3 – 7pm with Sarah Pletts and Sophy.
Details and booking are here (a different link to the one above)

Thank you so so much. That was one of the most powerful ceremonies I’ve ever attended and I feel so lucky and grateful to have been a part of it. Thank you for holding the space so beautifully and allowing us to feel, witness and be witnessed in our grief.

Queer Grief Tending Participant

Grief tending residential workshops

High up on Dartmoor we will gather to honour and tend grief. In our temporary community we create the supportive banks of the river through beauty, time in nature, shared connection, warmth and tenderness.

All grief is welcome at all these workshops. Whether you are with personal loss or bereavement, healing from past wounds, disturbed by world or local events, or acknowledging the pain of those who went before still reverberating in your family or community, your grief is deserving of tending, and is welcome.

Residential grief tending workshops allow us to go deeper and tranform more. In the spaciousness of having a series of processes, grief can be expressed and witnessed in different ways, working with the body, words, sound, images, song and more.

“I was surprised at how much laughter and joy as well as tenderness and warmth there was alongside the grief” – 4 day participant

Tending our grief for the world

  • Friday 22nd July 3pm – Sunday 24th July 3pm
  • At High Heathercombe, Devon
  • Facilitated by Sophy, Jeremy and team
  • Cost £290 – £460. Bursary places available – be in touch
  • Book here

Grief tending in Community

  • Thursday December 1st – Sunday December 4th 2022
  • Time: Thursday 3pm – Sunday 3pm
  • Cost: £350 – £530 sliding scale. Please let us know on your booking form if you need a bursary or to pay in instalments
  • Facilitated by Sophy and Jeremy plus support
  • Book here

Apprenticing to Grief – in person and on line

If you’re wanting to deepen your relationship with grief, or gain more skills to hold space for the grief of others, join us for this profound journey into the powerful landscape of shared grief tending.

The Apprenticeship has been an immensely rich learning process which I sense will continue to unfold over time. Apprenticing to Grief online participant

For full details see the Apprenticing to Grief page

Apprenticing to Grief in person

  • Dates: Tuesday October 11th 3pm – Sunday October 16th 3pm
  • At High Heathercombe, Devon
  • Facilitators: Sophy and Jeremy plus team
  • Cost: £620 – £950 sliding scale includes all accommodation and organic food; contact us for a bursary place or to pay in instalments

Please read the detailed information about the programme, including how to apply, here.

Apprenticing to Grief on line

The next on line programme will be offered in Spring 2023. This will be a series of 3 modules which run Friday afternoon – Sunday. If you’re interested we encourage you to come to a longer grief tending workshop before attending. You’re welcome to apply at any time – see the page here for details.

Loving Life, Welcoming Grief – a spacious 2 Day On line workshop

Dates for 2022 to be announced

  • Date / times: Saturday 10 – 12, 2 – 4pm, 7 – 8.30pm; Sunday: 10 – 12, 2 – 4pm
  • Facilitated by Sophy and Jeremy plus support
  • Book here

In this generous on line journey we’ll take time to call in ceremony, beauty, connection and support; we’ll share different practices to stir, express and witness our grief; alternate between time online together (2 hours or less) and time following our individual journey off line (2 hours or more). We’ll invite music and movement to help feelings and bodies to release; harvest and integrate as we return to our lives.

Feel free to be in touch if you have questions, or see this page for more information about Grief tending on line

“Do it if the word ‘grief tending’ evokes any sort of emotion. Be with whatever you are present to. It will benefit you. And humanity.” DV, participant

More about Grief tending workshops

See more about our range of workshops, including the shape of the journey, different formats we offer, the mystery of doing deep work on line, and some frequently asked questions.

If there’s something you’re looking for and you can’t find it here have a look at our links page, or get in touch and let us know.

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