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Francis Weller
University Guesthouse and Conference Center
Salt Lake City, UT
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Francis Weller
"Where there is sorrow," wrote Oscar Wilde, "there is holy ground." Join us for this two-day gathering as we turn our attention to the grief we carry for self, community, and world. Working with these sorrows composts them into fertile soil. Sharing our deep emotional selves brings us into the circle of restoration, into the arms of the sacred. Utilizing the potent tools of writing practice, singing, and deep ritual, we will build a community of concerned hearts and coax our stories of loss and suffering into the visible world. This is a form of Soul activism and it is what we are called to embody in this extreme time. Grief has always been communal in our long story as a species. This weekend we will enter the original healing matrix and offer one another a refuge safe enough to allow multiple layers of grief to be touched and released.

This gathering will include:

Writing practice assisting in opening our stories of loss
Deepening our trust in our emotional and body wisdom
Cultivating soul activism
Awareness of cultural obstacles to grief such as private pain
A community grief ritual
Avenues to express our grief over world events
Small group work to deepen our writing process
The poetic imagination to encourage our entry into the well of grief


Please note that the workshop will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 9th - 9am  6pm and November - 10th 9am  5pm

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, and The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation, (with Rashani Réa) he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from indigenous cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual traditions. His writings have appeared in anthologies and journals exploring the confluence between psyche, nature, and culture. His work was featured in The Sun magazine (October 2015) and the Utne Reader (Fall 2016). He is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at conferences, bringing insight, poetry and a breath of humor to his talks. Francis is on staff at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, co-leading their week-long retreats with Michael Lerner. He has taught at Sonoma State University, the Sophia Center in Oakland and has been the featured teacher at the Minnesota Men's Conference. He is currently completing his third book, A Trail on the Ground: The Geography of Soul.


University Guesthouse and Conference Center (View)
110 S Fort Douglas Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
United States


Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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