Grief and Grace

in Dark Times

Winter Solstice Grief Retreat

December 20th, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Pacific Time).  

Rooted in the Work That Reconnects, this Grief Retreat offers community rituals, small group discussion and guided time outside for personal reflection and nature connection. 

Facilitators Jolie Elan and Molly Brown 

Fires, floods, hurricanes, rising fascism and white supremacy – It’s crazy out there.  How do we keep from going crazy inside? How do we hold the pain we feel about all this?

Sometimes it feels like we will drown in the sea level rise of emotions, so we just go numb.  But numbing keeps us frozen, disconnected and despondent. We need to grieve the mounting losses of our times, but doing it alone is isolating and disempowering.  We need to be witnessed and held in our grief. When we can share these strong emotions in community, we find strength, resilience, and reserves of power we might never have known were available to us.

During this retreat we will move through the spiral of the Work That Reconnects centering on grief.  There will be time for people to share what’s on their hearts in community. The retreat will be very interactive with plenty of time for small group discussions, a community ritual and personal reflection. We plan two 2-hours sessions with a long break in-between for guided personal practices and nature connection.  Please set aside the full 6 hours for this mini-retreat.

This is a great companion class to the Roots of Resilience, but no prior experience is necessary.

LIMITED SPOTS: In order to keep a strong intimate container for our Ritual we have limited attendance to 25 people. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

The Work That Reconnects offers practices to reawaken our innate bonds with each other and our sacred living Earth to guide us in the Great Turning toward a life-sustaining future. Pioneered by root teacher Joanna Macy, the Work That Reconnects draws on ancient spiritual traditions, deep ecology, and system thinking. 


We offer this Workshop by Donation or Dana (the Sanskrit or Pali word for generosity)

Because we want to make this workshop available to everyone, we are offering it by donation or dana (the Sanskrit or Pali word for generosity). Your generous donation helps us continue this important work. Suggested donation $80

Class Details, Format, and Schedule.

This work is very interactive. There will be ample time for teachings, dyads, small group discussions, large group sharing and community rituals.
10:30 – 12:30 (Pacific time) is reserved for offline guided personal reflection and nature connection exercises. 


Molly Young Brown

Molly Brown M.A. M.Div.

Molly lives in Mt Shasta, CA with her husband Jim.  In her work as a writer, workshop facilitator, and life coach, she draws on the Work That Reconnects, ecopsychology, psychosynthesis, and systems thinking, and specializes in working with activists. She co-authored with Joanna Macy both editions of Coming Back to Life (1998, 2014) and edits an online journal, Deep Times: A  Journal of the Work That Reconnects.  Her other publications include: Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great TurningHeld in Love: Life Stories To Inspire Us Through Times of Change (co-editor Carolyn Treadway); and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.  To learn more go to Molly’s website 

Molly Young Brown

Jolie Elan, M.S. S.D. 

Jolie is the Founding Director of Go Wild Institute. She is a deep ecologist, ethnobotanist, consulting botanist, and educator. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie is a seasoned environmental advocate with twenty years of experience building diverse networks, especially with Indigenous groups focused on protecting sacred sites. Combining her love for the earth and spirit, Jolie completed her training as a Spiritual Director and acts as a spiritual companion for those who wish to increase their intimacy with the divine, especially through the natural world.

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