Ceremonial Village Encampment & Ancestral Grief Ritual

April 25-28 Scottish Highlands, UK

July 25-28 Cumbria, UK


September 19-22, 2019 Portugal, EU


For many of us, the residues of grief remain in that silent territory of isolation; an inconvenience to the demands and pace of the life we find ourselves in, waiting for a shared acknowledgment and invitation that often does not arrive.
Grief is a natural gift of the human condition, guiding us toward healing, reconciliation and forgiveness. In time it can open a deep well of gratitude connecting us more heart-fully to those we love. 

If we have lived into adulthood, we have certainly experienced pain in our lives: death, relationship crises, emotional and physical traumas, trans-generation loss and displacement, divorce, broken dreams, destruction of our natural habitats and species, loss of old friends and developmental transitions of aging. 

In indigenous life, grief is often viewed as a necessary conduit for assisting the dead to the realm of the ancestors. It is in ritual that deep expressions of grief provide a river for loved ones to travel to the other-side. If we do not offer our tears they may not get to where they need to go and some of us may get pulled in with them. Unexpressed grief can settle into our psyche or subconscious mind traveling as a silent ghost through family generations smothering joy, creativity and our ability to connect with others.

During the weekend we will deepen our connection to the natural world, gather and share the stories of grief from our lives and bring them together in ritual space for respect, honoring and release. This Indigenous African Grief Ritual offers a soul cleansing rite to release grief, lighten our soul and let our true spirit be heard, deepening our sense of balance and fulfillment. From the indigenous perspective, grief is not only for the living community, it is also a source of sustenance for and connection to the ancestors. Our communal tears will flow as a river from this world to the other as an offering that activates connection and healing in both worlds.

“The Well of Grief”
Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface of the well of grief
turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe
will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,
nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown away by those
who wished for something else”. — David Whyte

This retreat includes:

  • Indigenous African Grief Ritual
  • Drumming, Movement, Poetry
  • Four Seasonal Shields of Initiation
  • Shamanic Healing Methods
  • Healing For Life Transitions/Crisis
  • Song, Music and Village Life
  • Personal Myth Making and Story Telling
  • Healing Ancestral Traumas
  • Holding Ritual Space
  • Honoring Grief 

Grief Rituals: Early payment 5 weeks prior to start date: $295/£235/EUR 265. Late payment inside of five weeks: $345/£275/EUR 310 . All tuition due 1 month prior to start date. Group discount rate: 3 or more registering together receive a $25/£20/EUR 23 discount per person. For Cumbria Grief Ritual Contact Mairead to make payment in the UK: ohluaidh@gmail.com For all other Grief Rituals contact Kedar to receive an invoice from Rites of Passage Council kedar@ritesofpassagecouncil.org   

 Lodging for all programs:  Tent camping 


Meals: Breakfast and dinner provided.


A portion of those proceeds will go to support Dagara Tribe of West Africa 
in gratitude for the good medicine ways from which this ritual originates.