West Sussex RH20 4HL
Tel +44 (0) 771 464 8877
Email Tatiana Shuttleworth
Nature, Ceremonies, and rituals.
1. Medicine walks in nature.
In speaking with so many people attempting to navigate their way through these extraordinarily challenging yet potentially transformative times, it has become increasingly clear how important it is to create structures that can really help to hold, sustain, and guide us on both an individual and collective level.
However much we may have thought we were open to living with uncertainty, to letting go of the known, and to the discovery of new potential within each moment, there is an undercurrent of profound existential fear that continues to create a powerful defence against real feelings of grief or terror and the necessity for change. This time has left many of us feeling increasingly isolated, attempting to find our ground and make sense of all that is going on.
Whilst we all knew, at some level, that the way we were living may have been unsustainable - for us, our relationships, and the planet, there is, individually and collectively, a huge pull to be able to return to 'normal' and to go back to living our lives as we always had done before ... The longing for that is completely understandable, and it has become clear how utterly terrifying it is for many to feel that this might not be possible and to really feel able to step into being in the powerful sea of uncertainty that transformation invites us into.
With all this in mind, during this year we would like to create a vessel in which we can all risk leaving the safety of the harbour we are in to journey out into the sea of uncertainty, with Intent as a beacon to light our way, the 4 shields to help us navigate, and nature to guide us.
With this in mind we will be offering the opportunity for medicine walks in nature, grief tending rituals, sweat lodges, and fire ceremonies.
For more information Contact Tatiana.
2. Grief rituals. 2022.
There will be a grief ritual all day on our field on the last Sunday of each month from January to March, and a weeekend in early April.
An invitation to a warm and nourishing space for tending grief in community
Welcome to a short series of workshops to learn & practice the skill of grieving, working closely with the body, the land and each other.Sundays: 30th January, 27th February, 27th March
Weekend: 9/10 April
You are warmly invited to explore and experience a community grief-tending ritual with me, Samantha, in a beautiful rural location in West Sussex. These workshops are an opportunity to reclaim our connection to our hearts and their tender song through the medium of grief. Working gently and intentionally with the resistance that most of us know well, we will find surprisingly playful and wholesome ways to connect with community as a resource for mutual support, and create a ritual space in which we can soften and become receptive to the healing ways of grief. I am particularly interested in working with the body as container and resource for this work, and building community-wide skills for allowing grief to flow in a safe and natural way.
A bit about me: I have been apprenticed to grief and learning the skill of community grief-tending for several years, working with two teachers in Devon and more recently with other colleagues facilitating my own ceremonies. My teachers learned to work with grief from Malidoma and Sobonfu Somé, two practitioners from Burkina Faso, and from Maeve Gavin primarily, also Joanna Macy and Francis Weller. We will be leaning in to some of their practices and techniques in order to build our own container and ritual space. I am a parent and in addition to this work, I also practice homeopathy, dance and writing.
Each workshop will run from daybreak to dusk. We will work primarily indoors, in a heated yurt, whilst we are still wintering, with some opportunities to be outside and more intentionally in connection with the land. In March and April, as Spring emerges, I hope we can extend that outdoor time and work towards ceremony involving nature more fully. I am hoping too that for the weekend workshop we will be able to camp on the land and deepen connection in this way.
There are no special skills or qualifications required for participating in these workshops. To book, please simply send me an email with some information about yourself. You might like to tell me what draws you to this work at this time, what sort of support you have in your life and community just now, and any specific mental and emotional issues that you may be aware of presently.
As the space is relatively small, there will be a limit of 12 people per workshop. Payment is by donation in cash on the day and you are invited to donate what you can comfortably afford. A donation of between £25-£65 for a day workshop and between £50-£130 for the weekend would be very welcome. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Please bring food to share at the end of the ritual by way of a celebratory feast, mindful if you can, of the many differing dietary needs that we have in our communities. If you have any questions, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you. Warm wishes, Samantha<> Samantha Eddison RSHom