Spring Grief Ritual - The Truth Circle
This gathering will be held on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
With the tension and anxiety of our collective world situation, let us share and witness grief - personal or collective - in community. As nature renews themself with the new life of Spring, let us also renew our inner landscapes. We are not meant to hold onto the heaviness of our pain, and in sharing it, we connect to each other and the amazing love that drives all Life. We feel lighter and more motivated.
Many of us seldom have the chance to be open about our grief. This ritual allows us to honour and own emotions that mainstream culture tries to hide and suppress, emotions that are rooted in love and our sense of justice. Many ancient cultures recognized the importance of collective grieving to the health of communities. Through the alchemy of grief practice, we enter a process of expanding our potential for joy and gratitude. This ritual builds heart skills - compassion, humanity, resilience.
The Truth Circle is a guided ritual, held in confidence among participants. There is no requirement to speak; witnessing is a crucial and invaluable role here, and your attentive presence makes a difference. When we share and witness each other’s grief, it can transform in a profound way that is simply not possible in isolation.
The Truth Circle is part of the deeply moving and experiential work of deep ecologist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. The ritual emerged in 1992 to address the difficult reunification process between East and West Germany and has since been held all over the world.
-Light refreshments provided
-Event is limited to 12 people
-Bring a journal and writing implement
-Arrive on time or early. The door will be locked at 6:30pm to ensure privacy. Please do not message Elisa within an hour of the start time about your lateness as she will not be on her phone.
-We will be sitting on the floor. If you require back support and wish to be at floor level, please bring a low chair (eg. Therma-rest or Crazy Creek chair). There will be regular chairs available.
-If you are able, please make a donation towards the BIPOC Grief Ritual (for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour participants). Unfortunately, the intersecting barriers of colonialism and racial privilege still result in more participants asking for financial assistance in this grief ritual than others.