This grief ritual is based on one from the Dagara lineage of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Sobonfu Some, who is now an ancestor, made it her mission to bring this ritual to the West. The intention of this sacred space is to move personal grief while honoring the collective and the ancestors. It calls us to step into our lived truth in a way that brings healing to ourselves and the community. It invites us to release and re-engage with aliveness, courage and resilience. It is a way to feel, express, and move grief and hold this process as a gift to ourselves, the community, and the ancestors.
Saturday, January 12, 2018
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
72 Baker Road
Grief Ritual $30 online, $40 at the door
Grief Ritual and Dancing with Eros $45 online, $50 at the door
Dancing with Eros $15 online, $20 at the door
Dinner option at Sirius no longer available. Please bring your own dinner! Taina will be bringing soup to share!
- Altar items for the Ancestor and Forgiveness altars (Photos, notes, written names, objects, etc. are welcomed and will be returned at the end of the ritual)
- Three natural biodegradable objects to represent two aspects of your grief and all that remains unsaid or unknown. These objects will not be returned.
- Comfortable clothing
- Drum (optional)
The ritual includes some verbal sharing, drumming/singing during the grief release, and integration time.
This event will be followed by Dancing with Eros in the evening. You are welcome to attend either or both events. You are also welcome to join us for dinner in between the events at Sirius Community Center. If you would like to eat dinner at Sirius, you must pre-register. You are also welcome to bring your own dinner, if you plan to attend both.
Taina Lyons has been supporting ritual and facilitating groups in community since 2008. Her spiritual practices include meditation, yoga, nature communion, dancing, dreamwork, conscious relationship, ancestor reverence, clowning, and prayer. She feels a strong calling to grieve and release her own wounding and wounds passed down from ancestors, and to support others in community to do this. Taina co-created a ritual of Grief and Eros at the Touch & Play festival in 2018 with Zahava Griss, and is eager to continue holding space for the collective healing process. Her education is in Holistic Mental Health Counseling and she maintains a practice in West Brattleboro, VT. Emerge Holistic Therapy supports transitions, shedding and rebirth in the development of the soul.
Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is a bodyworker, health and sexuality coach, dancer, lover and mother. Chaya believes that we source our creative, life force expression through our pelvic bowls and if the energy is blocked here, it greatly affects our capacity to be our full authentic selves in the world. Her passion is to support pelvic and abdominal health and healing. The main forms of bodywork she practices are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Bellydance, contact improvisation and yoga have been the central core of her spiritual and physical practice for over 20 years. She weaves the knowledge she’s gained about movement patterns and body structure with her playful and intuitive spirit to support her clients in actively healing their own bodies and spirits.