What am I going to get from the
Grief and Loss Workshop?

Personal growth and development is an on-going process, hopefully one that is lifelong. The Grief and Loss Workshop is not intended to be the ‘end’ of your journey. However, many past participants have shared with us that they have experienced a new awareness and empowerment, and often an acceleration of their personal journey. While our teachings have universal relevance, each participant will gain unique insights based on their own unique history.

Much of the workshop takes place in a group setting, although there are also opportunities to work with our staff individually. Within the group, there will be some teaching by the staff, individual sharing of stories, and deep emotional work using the ‘externalization process’.
It is the name of a technique we use to bring to the surface (the outside) unexpressed internal feelings, such as anger, frustration, sadness, and fear. The purpose is to support you in completing the ‘unfinished business’ that may be contributing to your inability to fully experience your ‘aliveness’ and natural joy. We find that having a safe place not only to feel, but to externalize, deep emotions around a personal loss brings greater clarity and emotional insight to our lives.
Many participants have told us that they were not ‘group people’. They felt shy or self-conscious when they tried, in the past, to share in a group setting. It is important to know that no one is forced to do anything! You can watch, and learn, the entire weekend. However, given the structure of the workshop and the unique setting, many have found that feelings of discomfort disappear quite quickly.
The single most important component of this process, and the fundamental key to its success, is confidentiality. All participants pledge to keep confidential and private all sharing that takes place over the three days. There are very specific rules and guidelines in place that are intended to insure absolute privacy. This cannot be over stated.
The number of participants may occasionally vary, but the maximum is 24.
Our facility does not provide us single rooms. You should know, we spend very little time in our rooms, outside of sleeping. More importantly, we have found that sharing a room can be one of the most important elements of the workshop, providing a
special experience of support and connectedness.
It is very important that you discuss your participation in a workshop with your therapist in advance, as it may play a role in your on-going process. We are happy to speak with your therapist both before and after the workshop.
This fear is quite common. Ground rules, as well as staff sharing, at the workshop help create a uniquely safe space for experiencing feelings and thoughts we might find frightening, uncomfortable, or surprising. Although we do not ‘push’ participants to go beyond what they feel is safe, it is our experience that the support and guidance you will find during the externalization process will empower you to face at least some of the feelings you may have been avoiding or pushing down.  All feelings are approached as normal and natural, neither good nor bad, right or wrong. One healthy reason to come to a workshop is to have a safe place to express any feelings so that we can avoid acting them out unconsciously.