Our 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.
Because grief lives in the body, yoga therapy is a powerful tool in the grieving process. With many years of combined experience and training in yoga and yoga therapy, Wendy Black Stern, the founder of The Grief Support Network, created a profoundly rich and rewarding program for all stages of grief — designed to help you transform through grief with the tools, self-awareness and supportive community needed to step more fully into your life.
We 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, trust 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, spirit and physical bodies, they create a learning community in which their grief serves as a catalyst for personal growth and transformation.
Through yoga, meditation, and somatic exploration, participants learn to observe where they are holding 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 program includes:
• 1 two-hour yoga class/week
• 1 audio meditation/week
• 1 journal exercise/week
• Access to an ongoing community forum to chat and connect
• 1 forty-five minute quarterly mentoring session with the facilitator
• 15% discount on GSN rituals and events
When: October 17, 2017
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Where: Vali Soul Sanctuary 6717 Valmont Road Boulder, CO 80301