Grief Gatherings: Community, Connection, and Ritual
“During Grief Gatherings, we will explore how ritual, connection, and community help us through times of loss. Each of the four sessions will include meditation, interactive ritual, and conversation.”
Grief Gatherings, part of the on-line “Reimagine: Life, Loss, and Love” festival, are an opportunity for those who have experienced loss to find connection through meditation, ritual, and community sharing. Bereavement is often a time when we feel most alone, even under normal circumstances. During our Covid-19 era, gathering in traditional ways that communicate support and care is impossible. During Grief Gatherings, we will recognize the universality of loss even as we seek to honor the uniqueness of each participant’s experience of loss.
All are welcome to Grief Gatherings – including the recently bereaved and those whose loss was longer ago, but still present. There will be four on-line sessions in the Grief Gatherings series. Participants are welcome to attend individual sessions or all four. Each session will feature unique meditations and ritual practices.
Participation is limited to 16 individuals. The cost is $10 each session. Registration is through Reimagine End of Life. Participants need to register for each session individually. Links below:
Note: Times on the Reimagine link are PACIFIC TIME. We’ll be meeting at 7am PACIFIC TIME / 10am EASTERN TIME.
Journey with Death: Embracing the Now by Seeing the End
Could facing death bring more freedom and joy into your life? Exploring this often avoided topic can allow us to live with intention, consider what we want from our lives, the impact we want to make on the world, and what we want our loved ones to remember of us after we die. This workshop series includes guided meditation, contemplative practices, making end-of-life plans, setting goals based on the insights we gain, and much more. Come join us in discovering how moving into the awareness of dying can lead to more fully embracing living.
Location: Online Zoom Room
Preregistration is required in order to receive the Zoom link
Participation is limited to 16 people
Dates: Thursday evenings April 16-May 7 5pm-6:30pm
(Donations accepted through Venmo @Jessica-Murby or at https://ritesofpassagevt.com/donate)
Jessica Murby is a hospice liaison, occupational therapist, author, lover of life, and acro yogi. She unexpectedly discovered the benefits of using death as a teacher through her clinical experience and through navigating life-threatening illness herself. Jessica published a book titled ‘Alive for Now: Using Death as a Teacher to Thrive in Life’ in 2017. She has since facilitated workshops on this material in various settings including Southern NH University, VNA Hospice Manchester, Gibson’s Bookstore, Gilford Library, AtOm Yoga Concord, Blue Osa Retreat in Costa Rica, and Sangha Studio in Burlington.
Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div is the founder of Rites of Passage, LLC, through which she brings the transformative power of ritual to people of all worldviews and cultural, secular, and spiritual perspectives. Through her 18-year career in ministry, she accompanied dozens of people on the journey of death and reckoned with her own mortality after surviving a life-threatening assault. As a ritual designer, community officiant, and spiritual caregiver, Kristabeth feels privileged to help people honor and mark the meaningful moments that encompass all the seasons of life – from birth to death.
Celebrate Love! Valentine’s Day Rituals for Everyone
What comes to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day? Romance? Chocolates and roses? Candlelight dinners for two? Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love ~ and love is so much bigger than champagne toasts and romantic comedies! Whether you are happily single, looking for love, part of a couple, or grieving the loss of a loved one, Valentine’s Day is your day to celebrate love.
At “Celebrate Love! Valentine’s Day Rituals for Everyone,” we will explore the traditions and rituals of Valentine’s Day and create some new rituals of our own. Through ritual, meditation, and reflection, we will delve into our understandings and experiences of love. Bring a friend, come on your own, or invite a loved one. Let’s reclaim Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate all the ways we experience love – love for our family members, love between friends, love for our pets, love between partners, love for loved ones lost, love of nature, love for our world!
“Celebrate Love! Valentine’s Day Rituals for Everyone”
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Room 7 at the O.N.E. Community Center, 20 Allen St., Burlington, VT. (Parking can be accessed off North St.)
Workshop cost is $15 (nonrefundable) and space is limited to 15 people. Preregistration is required. Your spot will be confirmed when payment is received!
E-mail or call Kristabeth to reserve your spot or to ask any questions:
Resolutions for Resilience
2020 is in full swing! How are those resolutions coming along? January 12th is reported to be the day most resolutions fail. Even for those who stick with it longer, U.S. News & World Report tells us that the success rate for New Year’s resolutions is only 20 percent. When we (inevitably) fail at our resolutions, we often blame ourselves and experience feelings of shame and guilt.
At “Resolutions for Resilience: A Ritual Based Workshop on the Transformative Power of Resolutions” we will re-frame the concept of resolutions and consider how to incorporate our goals into daily-life. Using the tools of ritual, meditation, and reflection, we will explore the motivations behind our resolutions, identify an internal goal versus an external goal, and actively create a resilient resolution.
No matter where you are with your 2020 resolutions (or perhaps you gave up on the whole resolution thing years ago), this workshop can help you identify healthy resolutions that can transform your daily life. January 1st is an arbitrary date. What is important is how you approach your resolutions spiritually and emotionally each day. Let’s explore together!
“Resolutions for Resilience: A Ritual Based Workshop on the Transformative Power of Resolutions”
Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Room 7 at the O.N.E. Community Center, 20 Allen St., Burlington, VT. (Parking lot can be accessed off North St.)
Workshop cost is $15 (nonrefundable) and space is limited to 15 people. Preregistration is required. Your spot will be confirmed when payment is received.
E-mail or call with any questions:
Blue Holiday Workshop
Our culture bombards us with messages of joy and happiness during the holiday season. Office parties, family gatherings, and gift giving all become occasions for socializing and festivity. But not everyone is up and cheery for the holidays. In fact, many people are dealing with hidden grief or loss. Mourning the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce, coping with a job loss, living with illness or trauma, and any number of other human situations can make this season painful.
If this describes the holiday season for you or someone you love, you are invited to attend the Rites of Passage, LLC “Blue Holiday Workshop” on Wednesday, December 18th from 7pm-8:30pm in Room 7 at the O.N.E. Community Center, 20 Allen St., Burlington, VT. (Parking can be accessed off North St.)
This workshop will be a safe space of acknowledgment and acceptance. It will include space for reflection, a centering meditation, and time to share tools for navigating the holidays in ways that feel healing and life-affirming to you. Whether you embrace the religious or cultural aspects of the holiday season (or both) you are welcome. People of all secular or spiritual worldviews are encouraged to attend.
The workshop cost is $15 and space is limited to 15 people. Pre-registration is required. You can respond through Facebook, e-mail me directly at email@example.com, visit our website at https://ritesofpassagevt.com/, or call 802-825-8141 to reserve your spot. Payment will be received by cash or check at the time of the workshop.
The holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. You are not alone.