“Our tears fill the sea that carries our grief to the other shore.”

Gather with us as we give voice to our sadness, anger, fear, rage, frustration and despair. Let’s give witness to the loss of a person dear to us, and all that is lost with that person gone. Let’s acknowledge all losses that we experience: jobs, relationships, stages of life, long held dreams and more. As we give the water of our tears over to the sea that carries our emotions to the other shore, let this water ritual transform our loss, provide release and bring us peace.

Dr. Malidoma Somé writes in The Healing Wisdom of Africa, “In my village, emotion is ritualized because it is seen as a sacred thing. If addressed within a sacred space, the emotions of grief can provide powerful relief and healing.”

He goes on to say that, “In order to do a water ritual effectively, one needs a community. There are few personal water rituals, as the Dagara people don’t comprehend the idea of private grief. Grief is a community problem. ”

Join us as we create a safe space using our hands, feet, voices, hearts, tears and the natural world around us. In community and in choreographed engagement, through song and dance, we will acknowledge each other’s losses, express our pain, and relinquish these to our Ancestors.

Dr. Somé also writes: “Villagers gauge the amount of grief that is built up in them by the barometer of their joy. When emotion has been fully unloaded, the rush of joy that fills you up can last for days or weeks.”

Come home. It’s time to grieve.


What to Expect

This one-day gathering includes a sharing circle, actively creating an Ancestor shrine and a grief shrine, and participating in the ritual itself.

Reciprocity ~ the Source of our Indigenous Medicine

For years we have viewed our Village gatherings and annual shrine celebrations as free of charge events, offering them in support of our dear community, fostering connections with the medicine and Village community.

At this time we are asking you to extend your support to East Coast Village. Please consider offering a donation of $25 – $150 for any gathering on the land.

We love to offer community celebrations and ritual for “free” ~ all are always welcome!! ~ and we also recognize the need for income to sustain our Village.

Please offer what you can in a spirit of reciprocity. The Spirit world is witness to your generosity. Together we will do the impossible.

Program Content

Housing 00:00:00
Staying on the land? Choose from cabin rental or tenting.
Grief Ritual Tuition 00:00:00
In the spirit of reciprocity this weekend is free of charge. In exchange for your good will and shared work, the Spirit of the Land will reciprocate in this Water Year by supporting you with your personal goals and desires.If you wish to make a reciprocity donation when you register, you can click on Donate on the Home Page and receive a charitable tax receipt.
Meals Pricing 00:00:00
The meals will be potluck. Bring a potluck meal for 8 to share
Arrival/Departure 00:00:00
This event starts on Saturday morning and ends on Sunday morning.
What to Bring? 00:00:00
Usual list warm outdoor clothing, work gloves MEALS – bring a potluck meal for 8 to shareSometime Saturday afternoon, a mini Ritual will take place. Please bring an offering for the Shrine.We’ve provided a basic list of the essential gear you will need. Please go here for the list. Most important is warm clothing, rain gear and camping essentials – flashlights, sleeping bag, tent etc.

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