Other Spaces for Grief we know of..

Grief composting circles with Azul Valerie Thome

Azul Valerie Thome: initiated monthly grief composting circles in Totnes and began to offer training around what she has learned (had support from Francis Weller for her MA exploration around the grief theme). She is a talented artist and her website has good links in relation to the theme.

Community Grief Tending Ceremonies in Chagford, Devon

with Rebecca Card and Emma McCracken

Happens once a month on Sunday evenings

For more information email communitygrieftending@gmail.com

Active Hope – Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

“How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy” – we need to come together to face the scale of challenges we’re with as communities, as human beings whose future on the planet are ever more seriously under threat. A form of the Work that Reconnects (see below) Active Hope is a book, a six weekly evening programme, workshops, online study or more. In the Totnes area there are groups running regularly, contact the Inner Transition group for more information.

Or see the Active Hope website for online courses and more resources.

Work that Reconnects

The work created by Joanna Macy and initially called Despair and Empowerment, gives a structure and many processes for helping us to engage with information about the often overwhelming, big scale, deep time processes that are destroying the living web of life on earth and creating enormous suffering. See the WTR website, which includes listings for some facilitators in the UK. There is a UK based facilitator training for this work.

Active Hope (above) is one form of the Work that Reconnects. Many of the practices are described in the book Coming Back to Life, co-authored with Molly Young Brown, and there is a DVD of Joanna describing many of the processes.

Jewels Wingfield

Has a centre in the Wye area and offers occasional grief focused retreats. Website is here

Guyano Shaw

with her partner Jason offers four or five day retreats her work quite informed by Non Violent Communication  and Steven Jenkinson. gayano@ymail.com


Lifebeat is a uk based organisation offering week long creative camps for fourteen to eighteen year olds. One part of what is offered within the week is a ceremonial space in which  young people are able to express some of what they have been carrying in life. www.lifebeat.co.uk

Regenco – working with the regenerative powers of nature

Regenco, short for Regeneration Company is the not for profit organisation co-founded by Jeremy 20 years ago through which a lot of Devon grief tending in community work has been administered, including Maeve Gavin’s visits and much of Jeremy and Sophy’s work at High Heathercombe. Its focus is learning how to work with the regenerative powers of nature offering experience and doorways to deepen into Landtime, rites of passage, dying practice and council. Here is a link to its current website. 

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