Ceremonies of Grief & Joy

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Ceremonies of Grief & Joy

Practitioners Involved: Leo Rutherford

Venues Used: The Birch Room

Date / Time: 26th, 27th & 28th March

Price: £195 - Booking Deposit £65

With Leo Rutherford

Our culture doesn’t do grief! Grief is only too often bottled up and hidden away to be replaced by social smiles. Grief is not socially acceptable – it is rarely honoured and frequently denied.

Yet grief is a natural part of life. It is the other side of joy and we cannot know one without the other. But when we hide our grief rather than allowing its natural expression (which we all did in early childhood until we became socially conditioned) we create a log-jam of unexpressed emotion which can bring low energy and sickness to the body. The Grief Ceremony is a communal way of acknowledging our feelings and honouring them, and it provides a time and place for ritual expression and release.

Saturday 11am – 6pm / Sunday 10am – 9pm / Monday 10am -4pm March 26th to 28th

To book please contact :- Richard Diss Tel: 01525 862278 or email richard@clophillcentre.co.uk

The ceremony itself is based on the African Village Community Ceremony as taught by Malidoma Some. We do many exercises and experiences to bring ourselves to the place of being able to access our grief and the other emotions that naturally follow in its wake. We learn much about our inner make-up so by the time of the ceremony, we are ready and prepared. On the following day we will spend time integrating what we have experienced and doing what is needed in order to be able to see our way forward without the burden of denied emotions.

There will be several other ceremonies and much work to bring grief and joy to consciousness. There is likely to be some dancing and celebration also!

This is a long weekend due to the depth of feeling that can come up, as experienced in previous workshop. We felt that in order to honour and give space to allow the process to unfold fully, we would give it more time.


Staying at Clophill for Friday / Saturday nights please bring tent or stay in communal spaces. Cost £10 per night prepaid.

Leo Rutherford is the founder of Eagle's Wing College of Shamanic Medicine and author of ‘The View through the Medicine Wheel’, ‘Shamanic Path Workbook’ and (Thorsons) ‘Way of Shamanism’, and also the controversial ‘Adam & Evil: the ‘god’ who hates sex, women and human bodies’ He received his MA in Holistic Psychology from Antioch University, San Francisco, and has studied with many gifted shamans. In his work he seeks to bring the ancient techniques of shamanism to help in guiding people of today to find their ‘Path-With-Heart’ and to ‘Walk In-Beauty’.