"Grief is a form of generosity, which praises life and the people and the situations which we have lost. Grief that praises life shows the depth of our appreciation for having been given life enough to begin with, to experience both love and loss and that with all the mistreatment we humans give to the earth, we still have this amazing unlikely opportunity to actually speak and bathe in the Divine." - Martin Prechtel
Grief rituals are a way to give a voice to the sorrows that might be held within whether it may be losing a beloved friend, partner, relationship, family member, career or grieving the reality of our current environmental and social world.
If we allow our tears to flow freely than our laughter is that much more liberated to be shared... Without expressing the emotions locked within we can easily fall into numbness which is equal to not living a full and meaningful life.. And it is in allowing ourselves to feel the depths of our true experience we give ourselves permission to come alive once more...
Tara has gone through an extensive journey with grief in the last two years with being one of the main caretakers for her best friend of 19 years while she had Leukemia and sadly passed in August of 2015. To read the full story please click this link. It is through this experience she realized how vitally important it is to allow one's grief to be expressed. She has created a grief ritual combined with her equine assisted learning (EFL) and coaching tools with the horses to hold safe space for others grief to emerge, release and heal.
In this grief ritual journey you will experience expressive art therapy, time with the horses for self contemplation, do a release exercise with the horses, learn tools to understand and be with your grief and an active group grief ritual to memorialize and release your grief.
Here's what a past grief ritual participant had to say:
"Being witnessed in releasing grief was much more powerful than doing it alone. Tara held a safe container and being with the horses was lovely!" -Samantha Russell
This event will be both inside and outside. If the weather is unpredictable the outside activities will be orientated and timed to work in accordance with the weather...
*Space is limited, please register to reserve your space. After registration is completed you will receive a confirmation email with further information.*
Clothing: Please wear closed toe shoes/boots and outdoor wear (layers!)
Horse experience: Not required and there are no mounted activities.
Snacks will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch.
Cancellation policy: In the event of a cancellation every effort will be made to fill the cancelled space from the waiting list. However, due to the limited capacity tuition is non-refundable if we are unable to do so.