Healing Together Through Our Grief
A 7 Week Course
Fridays, November 4th-December 16th
Yoga Roots Petoskey
Have you had a deeply challenging last few years through the pandemic and feeling a sense of numbness, shutdown, isolation or anxiety regularly?
Does this time of year bring up subtle or great sadness for you that you just can't explain and feels like a heavy burden?
Are you wanting to feel more aliveness in your life and greater ease in your relationships with your family?
Are you taking the next big step in your life and feeling like there are some big emotional blocks that are holding you back?
All of these experiences can be caused by unexpressed grief that can be both personal and shared. While we often think of grief coming from the death of a loved one, we can be going through grief for so many reasons in our lives. This course can help you to understand and feel through your current experience of grieving in order to live more fully.
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The world has been changing at an increasing rate and we are called to continue changing as well to cultivate greater resilience to meet these challenges from a place of greater wholeness. It’s from this wholeness that we are better able to meet our needs as well as those of our families, communities and the collective. Grief comes with all of our experiences of change and is a challenge that we all face now more than ever. Grief can also separate us from our wholeness if we don’t allow ourselves to move through it and learn from it. You are invited to take a step into honoring your wholeness in community amidst the many ways that we can feel torn and drawn in different directions. Let us instead come together both within ourselves and in community to heal together. In so many traditions and for many of our ancient ancestors, grieving is and was a collective practice. For those of us who have been separated from this communal healing practice we can once again return to it in tender, loving and profound ways.
Join us in this 7 week course to get a taste of the process of healing through grief that can be nourishing and grounding, joyful and expressive, comforting and connective as well as a growth experience. We will be using our bodies, our breath, our knowing and our creative expression as our guides to awaken latent wisdom that can offer us greater resource and resilience amidst the challenges we face. Inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and somatic movement, this workshop will invite you to learn about and move through the directions and layers of grief in gentle and powerful ways. We are all united through our grief and it is in grieving, especially with others, that we are able to remember who we truly are and what we are here to be and do in service to all beings.
There will be trauma-informed embodied (somatic) movement, breath and meditation guidance in the form of tools and practices that can support your journey as well as an open space to share your experience in circle each week. We will be supported by the wisdom of the elements and the directions and archetypes as we honor our bodies, the land and the wisdom that we all carry within us as the living Earth.
Week 1 - Grounding and Landing into the Grief Wheel together - Commitment, Resourcing Tools, Self Love, Guidelines and Agreements
Week 2 - East - Air balanced by Earth - Child- Rooting through Confusion
Week 3 - South - Fire balanced by Water - Villain/Fool - Flowing through Scaredness
Week 4 - West - Water balanced by Fire - Lover/Beloved - Surrendering through Despair
Week 5 - North - Earth balanced by Air - Warrior - Taking Conscious Action through Anger
Week 6 - Center - Ethers - Healer/Sage/Elder - Honoring our Connections and Callings
Week 7 - Integration & Application in our Lives
Through this course you will receive:
Tools and practices to address grief and that will support you to heal through your grieving process
An understanding and perspective of how we are all in grief and grieving collectively
An experience of how grieving can open us to our joy, our creativity, the beauty of life and our ability to celebrate and connect more deeply
Learn about and practice cultivating greater awareness with nature, the elements and with the land to deepen your relationship with yourself
Resourcing your own inner wisdom through our body
Practices to help you boost your immune system as we go into winter and the busy holiday season
Connection to others who are willing to feel through their healing and grow together in community
Guidance for your own personal healing practice at home
Each Session will generally include:
Grounding and land acknowledgement
Personal check in
Sharing about the stages of grief through The Grief Wheel with Elemental, Directional and Archetypal guides
Trauma informed movement & meditation guidance to address a stage of grieving
Group circle sharing
Invitation to personal practice each week
Visual StoryBoard and resources for each week
This course is inspired by many traditions and comes directly from Joanna Macy, Ph.D, who is an author, teacher, scholar of Buddhism, systems things and deep ecology. She developed The Work that Reconnects. Hilary collaborated with Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen, a shamanic bloodline chief and pipe carrier, and offered an online Grief Wheel Facilitation Training last winter.
There are also threads from Tibetan Buddhism and Body Mind Centering including . . .
*His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Lama Tsultrim Allione
*Sky Otter (Bill Pfeiffer), Founder of the Sacred Earth Network
*Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder of Body Mind Centering, Christine Cole, Found of Somatic Body Training
*Embody Lab teachers of the Embodied Social Justice and Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certifications
*All clients & students all are living Mastery
Here's what others are saying:
I moved into a new realm of experience and awareness with Hilary. The combination of guided meditation, contemplation, body awareness, movement and sound was a delicious and nutritive feast for my heart and mind. By tracing the emergence of my physical being into the world I feel more connected to the creative process that continues to create and recreate me every day. What a beautiful gift.
Not only was each session a luxurious, sacred space in which I explored what was happening for me in my business and in my life more generally; the time in between sessions was rich with discoveries - both challenging and exhilarating.
The framework and questions Hilary has developed allowed me to go deep into an inquiring space without feeling violated or forced in any way, and allowed for answers and more aligned and easeful ways of being to naturally or "magically" appear. I also learned what inquiries needed more time to explore further. Having Hilary to reflect and explore with has been a gift in this process.
The shifts I experienced from working with Hilary were subtle and profound. Having started feeling frustrated with myself for not being able to implement certain new habits in my life, I have emerged having shed self-judgement and with a feeling of ease, flow and joy! This includes a deeper attunement to the sacredness of everyday life; connecting not only with other humans, but especially connecting with and feeling supported by the natural elements. I am more deeply connected, in an embodied way, with my desire to nourish and be nourished by life on Earth. I know that the benefits from my work with Hilary will only grow further over time!
-Vivian Winterhoff founder of Joy in Movement Bodymind Explorations
Throughout my work with Hilary I've increased my capacity to love myself, and feel the depths of gratitude as much as the depths of grief. I feel lighter, more at peace, kind, and gentle with myself, and in so much gratitude for my life. I'm really grateful for how she showed up and met me where I was, and for holding her own intuitive guidance, and allowing our ebbs and flows to go with the plan or veer off the tracks as needed. I am so grateful for being deeply held, seen, accepted, validated, and supported in my process, allowing an unfolding with ease and gentleness and curiosity in a nonjudgmental space to move, feel excited, and be!
-Jessica Mortel, business owner and healer
Hilary holds a compassionate and responsibly shared space for learning, feeling, and experiencing a more integrative flow in relationship with our ancestors, the earth, her elements, and various layers of our human community - including the wild interconnected nature within!
Hilary holds a deeply authentic, grounded and generous human. I felt accepted and met right where I was with no judgment or expectations- safe. She shares powerful practices & tools, a way to live that connects us to ourselves, each other and the world and elements around us. I am grateful and inspired. Thank-you!
Hilary Lake, MDiv, RSME (she/her/they) is a healing arts community minister and somatic movement educator who helps people align with their bodies and values in enlivening ways. She welcomes people into mindful embodiment practices that bring greater awareness, connection and deepening love into their lives. She worked at the Fetzer Institute, graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an MDiv in Buddhist Ministry and spent time in Thailand, India and Nepal studying Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism. She also lived in and ran retreat centers focused on embodied healing and Earth based traditions for years and she’s certified in various embodied healing modalities including Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy and Embodied Social Justice. Hilary has also been an inner city interfaith chaplain during the pandemic and is now living on Anishinaabe land in Petoskey, MI. She loves to connect with people who want to integrate loving awareness in action into all aspects of their lives.
Fridays, November 4th-December 16th
Yoga Roots Petoskey
There are partial scholarships available. Please contact Hilary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in learning more.
You can sign up for a free discovery call with Hilary to see if this course is right for you at this time.