WOMEN'S GRIEF LODGE, FEBRUARY 2023
WOMEN'S GRIEF LODGE, 2023
February 10th - 12th, Friday - Sunday
Facilitated by: Grief Doula Nala Walla, Storyteller Harvest Moon,
& Songleader Ahlay Blakely
Location: Fred Lewis Cabin, Port Townsend WA
In days of old (but not so long ago), women have traditionally come together to weep and wail for this world. Our tears are holy food for spirit, and our sacred snot is a potent lubricant for change.
We are overdue for some juicy women's wailing, during these times of deep crisis and confusion. Creating space to honor our grief in community is a critically important form of cultural activism. And since grief and gratitude go hand in hand, our full-hearted grieving paradoxically restores our access to joy.
For this special Weekend Lodge, we will welcome the women of our community into ritual space together in the ways that women have always done--by weaving stories with our hands, our voices, and our bodies.. Quinalt Elder Harvest Moon, will combine her skills as master basket-maker and storyteller to help us braid together deepest grief with deepest gratitude. And grief songstress Ahlay Blakel will weave us in song througout the Lodge. Grief Doula Nala Walla will offer somatic practices to connect us with the ancestral wisdom in our lineages.
Our ritual will involve the simple technologies of drum, song, deep listening in small groups, and space for movement and expression, which includes good old-fashioned drumming, wailing and heartful dancing! Let us gather now to cry out together for healing, for justice, and peace to return to our world.
"Take note, and summon the wailing women; send for the most skillful among them. Let them come quickly and take up a lament over us, that our eyes may overflow with tears, and our eyelids may gush with water."
Fred Lewis Cabin, Port Townsend, WA
3075 Discovery Rd.
Port Townsend, WA 98358