SPIRITUALITY AND BEREAVEMENT

Grieving between Heaven and Earth

FIVE SESSIONS. ONE WEEKEND.

IN PERSON. MAY 4 – 6, 2018. IONS EARTHRISE RETREAT CENTER.

For grieving individuals or professionals working with loss and grief, this course introduces multi-faith/interfaith conversations and unique therapeutic tools that combine art therapy, sacred symbolism, creative ritual, family dynamic mapping, guided meditation and mystical practices for navigating the grief journey. These conversations and processes are designed to express the energy of pain, grief and stagnation through symbolic representations that can be worked with to aid in healing. The intention is to shift the griever’s focus toward inner transformation rather than external events, and help the griever embrace a sacred perspective in which grief can be viewed as a gift of growth rather than a meaningless tragedy.

INSTRUCTORS

Terri Daniel, MA, CT

Terri Daniel has presented expert teaching on inner transformations for the dying and bereaved in workshops across the United States. She is a clinical chaplain, interfaith minister and end-of-life educator certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Through deeply personal work, she has assisted counselors, as well as the dying and grieving on discovering spiritual understanding of death and beyond.

Austyn Wells

Austyn Wells is a Dying Consciously and Munay-Ki Rite educator who blends her certification as a grief counselor with her knowledge of energy medicine and healing practices from indigenous cultures. Austyn has master level certification from The Four Winds Light Body School of Shamanic Studies, and is currently completing certification as a spiritual counselor with The American Academy of Health Care Professionals.

HOW IT WORKS

5 Sessions over 3 days

Arrive Friday, May 4th at 4pm (PST) and prepare to participate in 5 sessions over the course of 3 days.  Leave Sunday, May 6th enriched and prepared by the training that you will have received.

$1,090 Tuition Investment

Covering room and board at IONS for the entire 3-day workshop, you will fully immersed in mind and space for this transformative workshop.

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12.5 Contact Hours

Continuing Education Units are available to MFT, LCSW, LEP, LPCC, RN, EMT, paramedics, pastors, pastor counselors, and chaplains whose certifying boards, agencies, or organizations require CE hours.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

GUIDED MEDITATIONS AND SHAMANIC JOURNEYS
MULTICULTURAL TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH GRIEF

HEART-HEALING CEREMONIES AND RITUALS

FAMILY DYNAMICS MAPPING

FORMAT AND SCHEDULE

SESSION 1

Description

  • Welcome/ Orientations/ Opening of sacred space

Objectives

  • Welcome, Course Overview, Prayer, and designation of space

Instructors

  • Austyn Wells
  • Terri Daniel

SESSION 2

Description

  • Discussion of beliefs, theologies and social/cultural constructs and thier impact on our healing processes
  • Disucssion of the use ritual for healing and transformation
  • Art Therapy process: Drawing the grief landscape
  • Ritual: Create first “station of the heart” to honor our losses

Objectives 

  • Introduce attendees to multi-cultural beliefs and practices
  • Explore childhood teachings and embedded beliefs about life and loss
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Understand the use of ritual for coping with loss and transition

Instructor

  • Terri Daniel

SESSION 3

Description

  • Guided meditation/ opening prayer
  • Discussion of shamantic rituals for dying and grieving
  • Ritual: Second station of the heart using a “water despacho”to represent the transition from loss to restoration.
  • Family dynamic mapping using the Grief Genogram
  • Ritual: Third station of the heart for cleansing and releasing

Objectives

  • Deepening experience with ritual and symbolism
  • Exploration of family dynamics and their relation to our unique bereavement experience
  • Experiencing personal empowerment by working with grief using hands-on, practical tools.
  • Identify areas of attachment and over-identification, and learn to release them

Instructors

  • Austyn Wells
  • Terri Daniel

SESSION 4

Description

  • Discussion of signs and messages from the diving
  • Guided meditation
  • Instruction in developing spiritual listening skills

Objectives

  • Learn how communication across dimension has been expressed in sacred texts and teachings throughout history
  • Recognize how our loved ones communicate with us

Instructors

  • Austyn Wells

SESSION 5

Description

  • Review/ discussion, group sharing
  • Closing ceremony combining materials from the three stations into an outdoor memorial (fourth station of the heart).

Objectives

  • Provide emotional closure after the intense process over the weekend.
  • Work with ritual symbols to represent moving forward in the healing journey.
  • Create a lasting memorial to the work that has been done and the healing that will continue.

Instructors

  • Austyn Wells
  • Terri Daniel