“I felt honored and seen, and the self-expression was rich, especially in community.”–past participant
Grief Workshops: Healing Community Rituals with Amy Hyun Swart and Phoenix Song
“There is nothing more whole than a broken heart”–Rabbi Menachem Mendel
Whether your grief is surviving the loss of a loved one, a relationship breakup, or witnessing the sorrow and injustice of social and planetary calamities, this event was created just for you. This beautiful ritual will support you in acknowledging, accepting, and attending to whatever has brought your heart to the place of being broken. Come heal in community through a restorative yoga sound bath, expressive arts, voicework, and sharing and witnessing.
We live in a world context where grief has no place to go, which leads us to contraction in our bodies and spirits and can bring about psychological, spiritual, and physical imbalances. In a safe space held by expert facilitators, we are given the opportunity to fully allow our grief, in all its forms, to move through us and awaken us to our own aliveness and compassion — the very medicine we need, personally and planetary. When we grieve, we honor what we loved. Grief and praise are two sides of the same coin. As we shift out of the current cultural paradigm of repression and denial of grief, towards the new vision of gathering together to grieve our losses fully, we heal our hearts individually and collectively.
Please bring a journal, something to write with, and an object of significance for the grief altar. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.
“For me, this experience was healing. It was important to have a space to grieve in a way that felt gentle, like I was held through the process.”
“I really enjoyed being seen in my grief and honoring others in their grief.”
Amy Hyun Swart is a licensed psychotherapist, group facilitator, writer, children’s book illustrator, and meditation and yoga instructor. She believes in the healing power of nature and connecting to the creative, spiritual, relational, and emotional wisdom that dwells within each of us. Alongside 10 years of working in the field of psychology, her personal experience of grief and loss at an early age, and unique multi-modal approach to grief therapy, Amy’s offerings have become a great resource in the grief community of San Francisco. Learn more at www.amyswart.com.