A Series on Learning and Living with Loss, with Mary Manera.
You are invited to join Rev. Bill Gupton and others from Heritage UU Church in attending the Befriending Grief series, presented by Hope Springs Institute.
We will gather to explore together our unique journeys with grief – offering and receiving witness to our inquiry within a supportive group of explorers. Our overarching goal is to deepen our “apprenticeship with sorrow” (Francis Weller), allowing grief to open us, to ripen us, and to allow for more authentic participation in our own lives.
This series of three Befriending Grief workshops will take place online. Sessions can be experienced individually, without commitment to all three sessions. The first session, on November 1, is designed as an introduction to the series, and it is highly recommended that all participants experience this session before proceeding through the series on November 22 and December 13. All sessions run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
There will be suggested pre- and post-session work for each live online workshop. Our modalities will include circle sharing, writing, art, guided meditation, sound, movement, and ritual.
There is no fee to register. At registration there will be an opportunity, without obligation, to contribute support to Hope Springs Institute and the workshop facilitators. You choose the amount of the contribution – the suggested contribution is $75.00 per session.
Advance registration is required. Click here to register.
Session 1: Personal Grief and Accessing our Unique Grief Guidance – November 1.
In our first session, we will share about our current experiences with personal grief, and we will access our own personal Grief Guide though guided meditation and writing.
Session 2: Sorrows of the World – November 22.
Together we will allow space for communal grief, especially for the compound sorrows running through our communities, institutions, and planet at this time.
Session 3: Ancestral Grief – December 13.
In our final gathering, we will visit how losses in our personal & cultural lineage may be expressing within our own timelines.
Our Facilitator, Mary Manera, MA, is experienced in many aspects of death care, as well as non-profit leadership, spiritual care, group facilitation, and work with our elders. She is owner of Manera Studio, which holds her multiple vocations of voice acting, retreat facilitation, and end of life advocacy. Mary has undertaken extensive preparation and made solemn commitment to walk in life as a Shamanic Priestess. She is the creator of Enter the Quiet retreats, which has been hosted at Hope Springs for more than twenty years. Mary sings with MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and the Cincinnati Threshold Singers.
For more information, please contact Rev. Bill Gupton at: