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Holding Space: Grief Tenders Training
Tools for Supporting Individual Grief
"Holding Space" is a training village designed to prepare healing professionals, facilitators, therapists, death doulas, and compassionate individuals with the skills and experience for offering 1-on-1 emotional support. Whether you are an established practitioner or simply know that holding space is your soul’s calling, you’ll leave with a variety of counseling tools and approaches to hold compassionate, effective, and empathetic space for others.
This training will didactically and experientially impart tools and teachings on how to emotionally and energetically support other humans. This 4-day course consists of live demonstration, small-group practice, and diverse, creative classes designed to support participants in becoming more effective space-holders, and help others release Grief.
Participants can expect to gain: proficiency in empathetic listening, tools for role-playing, and techniques (as well as songs!) for emotional discharge. Because we will be working with each other, participants will also receive abundant space for their own healing, release, and transformation.
The course will be taught by Josh Fox (he/him) and Suzannah Park (she/her) at Sun Song Community in Barnardsville, NC (full bios below). Three two-hour required Zoom meetings will compliment the in-person sessions to support participants with preparation and integration:
For the sake of intimacy, focus, and safety, the training is limited in number of participants, and will likely sell out quickly. Limited Accessibility Scholarships (for BIPOC and need-based individuals) are currently available. All interested participants must complete an application and interview to be considered for a spot in this training:
Application Link: https://forms.gle/yjHEGtTXQbKQ5fnbA
Participants will be responsible for arranging lodging during this Village Training. There are many AirBnB rental options in the Barnardsville area, and Asheville is only 25 minutes away. Tent camping is not available at Sun Song, but car camping is possible with prior permission. If you're interested in co-housing options, we will send out a crowd-sourcing spreadsheet for enrolled participants to share their housing needs and offers.
Participants are responsible for their own meals. For an add-on of $100, we can provide delicious vegetarian lunches and dinners during the course of the program. This covers lunch and dinner the first three days and lunch on Sunday (no breakfasts). Our chef, Mirna, consistently delivers "beyond-organic" cooking, where ingredients are sourced or wild-crafted as locally as possible. If participants prefer to bring their own food, coolers will be available for use at Sun Song, as well as a very minimal kitchen set-up.
Ticket sales are available in three tiers. Each tier has limited tickets and will disappear when they sell out. We strive to keep this program accessible while tending to the long-term sustainability of this work. Please help us strike this balance by contributing the highest ticket tier you can afford, and leaving less-expensive tickets for others who might need them more.
"Strained Finances" Tier 1: $650
"Stable Finances" Tier 2: $750
"Abundant Finances" Tier 3: $850
If you own the home you live in, have investments or inherited money, or travel recreationally, consider opting for Tier 3. You may also consider selecting Tier 3 if you benefit from a higher degree of earning power (due to your education, race, gender, etc.). Your generosity helps this work reach a greater diversity of individuals.
50% of your ticket price can be refunded if a written request is made at least 30 days before the first zoom meeting. Your ticket can be transfered to another individual if a written request is made at least 3 days before the first zoom meeting. Otherwise, tickets are nonrefundable.
About the Land
Sun Song Community is a 20-acre land-based center dedicated to sustainable food practices, heart-centered community life, and connection with nature. Sun Song is a private residential community which regularly opens to the public with song-circles, workshops, elder councils, rituals, and small gatherings.
Mission Statement: We are an interdependent, land-based community in Barnardsville, North Carolina dedicated to living in joyful reciprocity with each other, the Earth, and all beings. Through shared cultural and ecological practices we build the vibrant topsoil of a regenerative way of life, and nurture the flowering of the human spirit.
Training Villages, like "Holding Space," are taught in the outdoors and under covered structures during inclement weather.
Josh Fox is a seasoned facilitator, acupuncturist, teacher, herbalist, and song-carrier. For over a decade, he has held space as a grief-, shadow-, and trauma-tender in his private practice and regularly offers community healing circles throughout the Southeast. A graduate and long-time faculty of Daoist Traditions College of Oriental Medicine, he is a lifelong student of Chinese Medicine, somatic therapies, and Non-Violent Communication. His village-building work with Grief has been greatly inspired by Sobonfu Somé, Frances Weller, Joanna Macy, and Martin Prechtel; and he has received ceremonial training with Laurence Cole and Kedar Brown.
Suzannah Park is a singer, activist, teacher and coach. She is a playful and gifted teacher that can coax complex healing and harmony from her students. She has developed a vocal life coaching program where she weaves together speaking/singing, counseling, physical empowerment and healing practices. Her infectious love for liberation and belief in our ability to heal, creates a welcoming and vibrant space in her workshops and safety and ease in her one on one sessions. Suzannah is the founder and director of the Wild Asheville Community Chorus, a counselor, teacher and organizer within the framework of an international peer-based counseling community, music faculty and choir director at Warren Wilson College and a director and teacher with the Vermont based international music organization Village Harmony.
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