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The Labyrinth Path: Writing and Walking with Grief & Loss

  • Awakenings Wellness Center SE Portland, OR (map)
 Modified Chartres Canvas Labyrinth inviting participants to walk with their grief and loss

Modified Chartres Canvas Labyrinth inviting participants to walk with their grief and loss

We all experience grief and loss in life, from the time we leave the nurture of the womb to the leaving of our body at the end of our life, with many other losses, small and large, along the way.  Our American society has shied away from healthy grief in favor of quick fixes leaving many with unresolved grief lingering in silence just below the surface, waiting for a chance to be heard. The labyrinth, an ancient archetype representing the metaphor of journey, provides a safe container to reflect on loss.

Grieving is an art like surgery or verse, 
 essentially the art of healing 
loss or losses unaccounted for.
— from Scars by Alla Renée Bozarth

In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the archetype of the labyrinth as one tool to journey with your own losses in combination with written expression. Using both the metaphor of the labyrinth journey and physically walking a labyrinth, participants will be given opportunities to give voice to losses in their life through poetry and open writing reflections. This workshop is in partnership with Portland Women Writers (http://pdxwomenwriters.com/) and is for women and those who identify female. No writing experience is necessary to participate! Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

 Grief. Molted feathers lingering on the sand. Stories being washed out to sea, returning entangled in kelp with the next storm.  Photo and words by anne richardson

Grief. Molted feathers lingering on the sand. Stories being washed out to sea, returning entangled in kelp with the next storm.

Photo and words by anne richardson

  • The workshop is four hours.

  • Workshops are set up to be a gentle, non-judgmental space for sharing, or not sharing, what you are writing, feeling, and experiencing. Guidelines are offered at the start of each workshop to create our sharing container.

  • There is a break and a light snack is provided. Self-care is always affirmed and taking time to move, breathe and stretch during workshops is encouraged.

  • Maximum number of participants is set at twelve.

  • No writing experience necessary!

  • Cost - $80.00

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