Beth is now leading grief rituals with a team of other Grief Tenders. These rituals are inspired by the West African Dagara tradition as taught by Sobonfu Somé and Elder Malidoma Patrice Somé. Both blessed memories now.
There are two grief rituals this fall-a day long one and a three day event.
Daylong one co-held with Wendy Kaas:
When: October 14, 2023 from 11-7pm
Where: The Mother Center
Cost: sliding scale $100-175, no one turned away to to lack of funds. Some scholarships available.
More info coming soon. Be in touch with Beth to be on the list if you’re interested.
Three Day Event-we are so excited for this! Beth is co-holding this with Wendy Kaas and Amber Van Cleave and a few others.
When: November 10-12, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Where: The Hearth at the Learning Council in downtown Paonia, Colorado
Cost: sliding scale $100-500 (does not include lodging and some meals)
More information coming soon, contact Beth to say yes now if you know you want to come.
The Dagara Grief Ritual was taught to both Wendy and Beth by Elder Malidoma Somé and Sobonfu Somé who are both from the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Sobonfu led many grief rituals to Westerners after she learned that we didn’t know how to be with grief. For the Dagara, grief is simply part of being human.Beth attended these rituals with both Elder Malidoma and Sobonfu and it was one of the things that helped her most to be with the amount of grief she was carrying. She has since led these rituals with Wendy Kaas for many years.
Grief ritual is a sacred place and time to let your feral grief be fully expressed. We will set up a few altars to grief, the Ancestors and to forgiveness and water. Then we will teach you the grief song only used in this ritual. We will then have many rounds of grieving. And we’ll end by sharing a meal and some social time together.
Questions? Reach out to Beth, she’s so happy to share about this healing experience.