Grief Ritual to honor Tisha B’av – Jewish Day of mourning
Saturday Eve, August 6 – Sunday, August 7
Please join us in honoring our individual and collective grief on this traditional day of grieving in the Hebrew Calendar.
This is a day and 1/2 retreat that starts Saturday evening and ends Sunday late afternoon.
Most of our woundings happened in the context of others, therefore our healing must also be found within the holding of community. Join us in this tender, held space of witnessing and being witnessed in the exploration of our grief. Our grief is not only the loss and trauma in our own lifetimes, but it is also the imprints of our ancestors and lineages living in our bones and blood memories. As organic creatures dwelling upon the Earth, our grief is also the destruction and loss of so many other species and life to the powers of greed and separation in our human world.
If ever there was a time to turn toward this immense and collective grief, it is now. With the rootedness of the tradition of our ancestors to ground and guide us and the wisdom and contextualization of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, we will be supported and informed by this multiplicity of tools and perspectives to help us tend what’s tender, honor our grief and maybe, open up a space inside ourselves and our collective human heart for integration, healing and wholeness.
Rustic camping sites provided in the farm field. If you don’t like camping there are many local bed and breakfasts in the area, book ahead of time.
This is a contemplative practice for adults – childcare will be provided upon request.
Tentative Schedule: August 6-7:
6pm – Song, Food, Community – Seudah Shlishit – Last Meal of Shabbat Celebration
8pm – Tisha B’av Grief Ritual
8am – Movement & Songs of Gratitude (bring your own yoga mat)
9:30am-11:30am – Reflective & Presencing Exercises (bring a cushion to sit on)
11:30am – 1pm – Break to enjoy the land
1-3pm Truth mandala led by Hannah Jefferey
3-4pm Closing songs and dance of hope
Suggested donation – $18 – $118
Camping fee: sliding scale: $20-$40 per night
Payment can be sent to P.O Box 532, Moretown, VT 05660
Or via VEEM (a payment platform that helps our small non-profit avoid high fees)
The whole program will be held outdoors. Yes – everything is outside. programs will be held under the pavilion and tents, and food will be served in our tent. The farm is very spacious, so everyone should be able to find comfortable distance.
Please don’t assume people want to shake hands or hug. Please respect others’ boundaries.