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Gratitude Gala

Event Date:

Join us at for our annual Gratitude Gala on May 18th at Lone Hawk Farm from 5:30 pm – 8:30
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for a Farm to Table experience like no other! Each year the Gratitude Gala raises thousands of dollars to provide grief services for who are going through a devastating loss.

We have a special night of community celebration, delicious Farm to Table food planned, and sharing our vision of what it means to transform grief to gratitude. This year we will be focusing heavily on community, which means we will not have an auction

Plus, we’ll be unveiling our newest GSN program: It Takes a Village: Meal Delivery Program.

GSN created “It Takes a Village: Meal Delivery Program” to ensure that our community can respond in a timely way to the tremendous need of nurturing its families in times of grief. The program supplies a multi-faceted, volunteer-based network of services to support a person’s most basic needs within the first six months to a year after a loss. By accepting these services, a family then has more time to focus on moving through their grief and tending to their own self-care. Emphasis is on community participation – working closely with local businesses to provide services and then training volunteers to interact with GSN members. “It Takes a Village” will be developed in phases, beginning with a meal delivery service. In the future, the program will be expanded to include other offerings such as childcare, housecleaning, grocery shopping and more.

A trained volunteer will be assigned to deliver the meal and then “sit” with the family – listening, witnessing and reflecting back to them what they are feeling. By offering this presence and authentic connection, a safe space is created to speak what is true, rather than holding feelings inside, pretending to be ok.

By attending this event, you are directly supporting the launch of this new and very important program for our community. Join us and become an agent of change for those in need.

Click here to register. A limited amount of tickets are available.

 

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Awakening Through Grief: Yoga Therapy Program

Event Date:

Join us for Awakening Through Grief: Yoga Therapy Program starting with Wendy Black Stern on Thursdays, 12-2pm. We still have a few spots available!

GSN’s yoga therapy program is designed to help you transform through your experience of grief and receive the tools, self-awareness and supportive community needed to step more fully into your life!

The foundation of this program is to offer an intimate, safe container for grief to be felt, expressed, shared and healed.  Throughout this journey, the group creates a ‘circle’ that offers unconditional love and acceptance, in which all experiences and feelings are acknowledged and validated. Within the circle, participants learn to be a witness for themselves and each other, cultivating compassion, self-awareness and connection within the group.  Through this process, safety is created, which invites greater vulnerability and authentic sharing to take place within the weekly classes.  As the group explores the relationship between their thoughts, emotions, spirituality and physical bodies, they create a learning community in which their grief serves as a catalyst for personal growth and transformation to occur.

The program is based on the belief that grief ‘lives’ in the body.  Through yoga, meditation, and somatic exploration, participants learn to observe where they are holding their grief in their bodies and to witness the sensations, thoughts, and feelings that they are experiencing without judgment.  With the understanding that we have to feel our grief in order to heal it, the program strives to teach participants how to be present with themselves, even when it is painful, and to receive the wisdom that can only come from within.

The 9-month program follows an evolutionary progression that guides participants through a process of self-inquiry to not only move through their grief but to experience greater clarity and understanding of their purpose and life path. Going through a loss can often cause one to question or even redefine their identity.  This can be a confusing and scary place to be, but through the support of a loving community, participants are guided to discover new parts of themselves and grow; not in spite of their grief, but because of it. The program is guided by the following monthly themes:

  1. Grieving in Community / Creating the Container
  2. Presence & Body Awareness
  3. Self Love & Acceptance
  4. Grief as a Teacher
  5. Grief has a Purpose
  6. Holding Grief and Gratitude
  7. The Courage to Change
  8. Renewal & Growth (Planting Seeds for Transformation)
  9. Wholeness & Integration

Benefits of the Program:

  • Weekly container to be with your grief
  • A place where you can express yourself freely and show up as you are / ok to be messy here or sad or happy or whatever you are feeling
  • Opportunity to be witnessed by others in our vulnerability and to learn how to be a witness
  • Offers guidance to explore your shadow and learn more about yourself
  • Cultivates greater self-love and acceptance, which translates into your life
  • Teaches you how to apply what you learn in your practice into your life
  • Teaches you how to access your own inner wisdom
  • A space where you can physically let go and release emotions
  • Offers a supportive community that offers connections to others so you don’t have to grieve alone
  • Teaches authenticity
  • Integrates your thoughts, feelings, physical body and spirituality
  • Supports you to redefine your identity and explore the evolution of your soul’s purpose

Program Offering

$1160 or $140/month

  • 1 2hr yoga classes/week
  • 1 audio meditation/week
  • 1 journal exercise/week
  • Access to an ongoing community forum to chat and connect
  • A 45-minute quarterly mentoring session with the facilitator
  • 15% discount on GSN rituals and events

Payment Options

  • You can pay-in-full by cash or check (email info@griefsupportnet.org for more details)
  • You can pay-in-full by credit card here
  • You can make monthly payments by clicking the “Subscribe” button below


Grief Ritual

2017 Community Grief Rituals

Event Date: December 10th, 2016

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Join us for our upcoming Community Grief Rituals on June 4th, September 17th and December 3rd, 2017!

Grief associated with a loss of a loved one can feel unbearable. Processing your grief through ritual can help you move from agony to acceptance. Participating in Grief Rituals allows you to access and work through your grief in a safe and constructive way. Sometimes people unearth deep emotions that need continued attention. Remember that grieving is an ongoing process in our lives.

Rituals are actions done in purposeful ways that symbolize something much more than the acts themselves. Rituals give purpose to action and always serve to connect us to something else, generally something greater than our own solitary selves. We may engage in ritual as we seek peace, clarity of mind, or to become more grounded. We may seek connectedness to family, a particular person, our culture, society, traditions, ancestors, or even to our own selves.

Grief Ritual Package (15% discount on full package): Click here to register for the Grief Ritual Package

June 4th, 2017: Click here to register

September 17th, 2017: Click here to register

December 3rd, 2017: Click here to register

In a Grief Ritual you will:

  • Feel more heart-connected
  • Feel a sense of being cleansed
  • Feel less isolated
  • Feel lighter after the experience
  • Feel a new or renewed connection to your ancestors
  • Leave with a sense of clarity or centeredness
  • Feel unburdened by your grief

Please bring: water bottles, flowers, drums/shakers, and any items that represent your ancestors.

Join us as we work with some ancient tools to help us access the deeper parts of ourselves we couldn’t otherwise touch. This ritual is informed and inspired by the generous Dagara people of West Africa. Come drum, sing, and create a village together that has the power to honor and transmute our grief into the next stage of its journey.

“As we slowly come to the end of the ritual, there is a mixture of elation and exhaustion in the air. This form of soul maintenance is hard work, but it is necessary to keep us available to life. As we close, the participants are moving and swaying to the song we have been singing for hours. Their tears have washed them clean, and their faces are shining. The room is lighter. The participants’ bodies are giddy with joy–a wild alchemy of sorrow and joy, played out once again, as it always has been, in the container of sacred ritual.” – Francis Weller

*Please note: Purchased tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable to another person to use on that date. A past ticket cannot be used for a future ritual.

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The Dance of Letting Go – Nov. 19th

Event Date: November 19th

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As the season turns, we let go. We honor all that must end. We release into longer nights. We open into loss. We surrender into the empty spaces.
Join Melissa Michaels and the Grief Support Network, Saturday, November 19th, from 1pm-4pm at Block 1750 in Boulder, CO for this sacred and seasonal moving practice of letting go.

Together we will explore how moving our heart liberates our body and how moving our body liberates our heart. 
No dance experience is necessary. Come with your longing for grounded exploration and creative expression of your tender truths.

Fear. Anger. Grief. Joy. Compassion. You are all welcome.

 

All proceeds support the non-profit work of the Grief Support Network.

 

CLICK HERE
.. to purchase your tickets!

 

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About Melissa:

Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., creates movement-based cross-cultural events focusing on the power of the arts to heal, transform, and mobilize individuals and communities. As the founder and director of the not-for-profit organization, Golden Bridge, Melissa developed the first contemporary leadership program rooted in dance, empowering hundreds of  social entrepreneurs and peace builders around the world. Grief is no stranger to these leaders. Decades of tending to the broken and brilliant hearts of diverse peoples through art based ritual has been an integral part of Melissa’s work of inner and outer liberation. Loss serves as the doorway to ever expanding states of love. From her own tender heart, to schools in our inner cities, to refugee settlements, to the United Nations, Melissa serves as the midwife, serving the emergence of people’s somatic, social, and soulful intelligence.

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October Community Grief Ritual

Event Date: October 15th

Move through grief together at the Grief Support Network’s Community Grief Ritual, inspired by our teachers Sobonfu and Melidoma Some, on October 15th.

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Grieving as a community, allows our hearts and our bodies to grieve fully, reminds us that we hold a necessary piece of healing for each other, and offers us the opportunity to move through our grief in a conscious and supported way. 

Join us as we work with some ancient tools to help us access the deeper parts of ourselves we couldn’t otherwise touch. This ritual is informed and inspired by the generous Dagara people of West Africa.

 In a traditional Dagara style grief ritual we build altars and create an instant village where we come together to grieve.  In this deeply spiritual ritual we call on the ancestors, we drum, we sing, we rely on the Other World to digest our grief. We become a village of support and transformation.

All that is required of us as participants is a willingness to be authentic, and an acceptance of however our own emotions might choose to show up that day.


“In order to do a grief ritual effectively, one needs a community. The Dagara people don’t comprehend the idea of private grief. Grief is a community problem because the person who is sick belongs to the entire community. Just as a wound on your leg cannot be approached as the leg’s problem alone, a person in a village who is sick with grief affects the rest of the village.”

– Malidoma Some

To Register:

CLICK HERE

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The 3rd Annual GSN Gratitude Celebration Gala

Event Date: September 18th, 2016

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Mark Your Calendars! You’re invited to…

The 3rd Annual GSN Gratitude Celebration Gala

September 18, 2016 at 5:30pm

All proceeds benefit the Grief Support Network: 
A community that empowers people to transform through their experience with grief and move forward after a loss.

To purchase tickets:

CLICK HERE

 

Included with your ticket purchase …

 A Heart Healing Workshop with Wendy De Rosa

 Sunday, 9/25 from 2-4pm
1247 Apple Valley Road. Lyons, CO (In the Yurt)

How is your heart?  What if that were the question that was asked instead of “How are you?”  For some it could be a hard question to answer, and yet, the state of the heart motivates so much of daily life

To learn more:

CLICK HERE

 

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Walking Through Grief

Event Date: Mondays

A trail walking group for caregivers or anyone who is grieving a loss.

There is something deeply soothing in the simple, repetitive act of walking. Sharing with others while walking is a healthy, active way to receive and give support. This group is designed to be a safe p
lace to get some gentle exercise and have a quiet time with supportive companions.

Dates:        Monday mornings

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Location:      McIntosh Lake, Longmont*

Registration:      (720) 295-4760 or info@griefsupportnet.org to register

 

*Throughout the summer we might explore other locations in Longmont/ Boulder area as determined by the group

 

This group is a collaboration between Halcyon Hospice www.halcyonhospice.org and Grief Support Network www.griefsupportnet.org

 

Where to Meet: 

Dawson Park, 1757 Harvard St, Longmont 

We will meet at the picnic tables next to the restrooms in between the tennis courts and the playground on the east end of the lake.

Parking:  You can park in the parking lot off of Harvard St (next to the transformer) or there is parking along Harvard St. and Lakeshore Dr.

Map:

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Walk Description: McIntosh Lake is a 3.5-mile loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and a view of the mountains and is good for all skill levels.  Most of the trail is paved with some gravel trail in areas.

We will stop along the way for some short breaks to drink in the peace and beauty of our surroundings.  The trail has little shade so be sure to dress appropriately.

Please Bring:  Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen/bug spray, Water bottle, Good Hiking/Walking Shoes, Snacks

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Community Grief Ritual

Event Date: June 18th

Join our Community Grief Ritual on June 18th!

Grieving as a community, allows our hearts and our bodies to grieve fully, reminds us that we hold a necessary piece of healing for each other, and offers us the opportunity to move through our grief in a conscious and supported way.

Join us as we work with some ancient tools to help us access the deeper parts of ourselves we couldn’t otherwise touch. This ritual is informed and inspired by the generous Dagara people of West Africa.

To Register:

Click here

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Join Us: GSN’s Rockin’ Kirtan Fundraiser

Event Date: May 5th
We’ll start the evening off with a special talk from psychotherapist and Naropa University professor, Diane Israel. Then we’ll open our hearts through some body-rockin’ Kirtan with Katie Wise from Bhakti Explosion! This will be an evening of sweet surrender, community connection and family fun for all!

The best part is that you’ll be supporting our organization to continue to provide the necessary resources, tools, and inspiration to help people transform through their experience with grief and move forward after a loss.

Help us celebrate at RA MA Boulder on May 5th!

To Register:

Click here

* We encourage you to register online in advance, but if needed, we will be able to accept paymet at the door.

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It takes a village: GSN’s 9-Month Yoga Program

Event Date: May - February

Our 9-month yoga program is designed to help you transform through your experience of grief and to receive the tools, inspiration and supportive community needed to step more fully into your life!

Our weekly themed practices and intimate community offer a safe container to take the next steps forward and create radical change through greater self awareness and acceptance. This comprehensive program offers the benefits of embodied mindfulness experiences and therapeutic group processes, including yoga, meditation, breath work, journaling, nutritional support and community sharing to help you discover a more authentic understanding of your purpose and self.

Together, we will tune into our bodies, move through our grief and support each other as we open our hearts and receive more gratitude and joy.

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Program Offering:
  • 2 yoga classes/week
  • 1 audio meditation/week
  • 1 journal exercise/week
  • Access to an ongoing community forum to chat and connect
  • Access to all GSN inspirational readings, playlists, etc.
  • Initial 30 minute mentoring session with Wendy & ongoing monthly support
  • Nutrition education and monthly recipes
  • 15% discount on rituals and retreats

 

For more information & registration: 

Click here