Tending the Waters: Grief Tenders Training
Tools for holding group grief work
July 14th-17th, 2022
@ Sun Song Community in Barnardsville, NC
You gotta feel it to heal it! In a world riddled with the suffering and sorrow of ungrieved losses, we need leaders and facilitators who can guide others through the darkness in order to arrive at their healing. Tending the Waters is a training to prepare healing artists, facilitators, death doulas, and ritualists to become resources for tending grief in their communities. Whether you are an established leader or simply aware that holding space for grief might be part of your soul’s calling, you’ll leave with a variety of tools and approaches to carry forward this important work!
This training will experientially impart tools and teachings of how to hold grief collectively. Topics and exercises include: Calling the Waters (Accessing Grief); Ceremonial Tools & Technology; Grief Somatics; Blood, Shen, and the Emotions; The Head & the Heart; Toning Release; and Casting Spells with Songs of Grief and Death. The classes are well-rounded to accommodate all learning- and attention-styles. This 4-day course consists of three days of focused, multi-sensory training and one day of collectively holding an all-day grief ritual (Saturday, July 16th) open to the greater community.
The course will be predominately taught by Josh Fox (he/him)-- a local song-carrier, seasoned facilitator, acupuncturist, teacher, and herbalist. A grief-tender in his private practice, he has offered community healing circles for over 9 years, inspired by the works of Sobonfu Somé, Frances Weller, Joanna Macy, and Martin Prechtel. He is a lifelong student of Chinese Medicine, somatic therapies, and NVC, and has received ceremonial training with Laurence Cole and Kedar Brown.
The full training Thursday through Sunday (which includes 7 meals, around 30 hours of programmed instruction, and a full-day grief ritual) is valued at $450. On-site camping is free and other on-site and off-site shared and private spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. For the sake of intimacy, focus, and safety, the training is limited in number of participants and sold out quickly last year. Limited Accessibility Scholarships (for BIPOC and need-based individuals) and partial work-trade opportunities are currently available. All interested participants should complete this following application to be considered for a spot in this training: