Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:30am – 4:00pm
Del Mar, CA Location will be emailed upon registration
Limited to the first 18 participants who register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling (858) 863-7825 and sending in the workshop fee. All participants must be pre-registered
$125 - Please make a check payable to: Druck Enterprises, Inc P.O. Box 1117 Del Mar, CA 92014
9:15-9:30 – Arrival & Check-in 12:30-1:30 – Lunch 4:00 Program Concludes
Whether you've suffered the loss of a loved one, are seeking help with grief related to a health crisis, breakup or a job loss or wish to learn from two of the nation's top experts on healing after loss, Healing the Grieving Heart is a workshop you should consider attending.
Ken Druck, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, coach/consultant and educator who is considered one of the world’s leading experts on healing after loss. His work in “grief literacy,” helping countless thousands of individuals, families, communities and organizations can be found on www.kendruck.com. His spoken-word CD, Healing Your Life After the Loss of a Loved One, books, The Real Rules of Life: How to Balance Life’s Terms with Your Own and Courageous Aging -- and his work in Courageous Living have been featured extensively on CNN, PBS Specials, Oprah, Larry King Live as well as print and social media.
Alexandra Kennedy MA, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice (42 years) and author of critically acclaimed books on loss, including Honoring Grief and Losing a Parent. Alexandra has been interviewed in USA Today, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Examiner, New Woman and the Boston Herald as well as on NPR's "Talk of the Nation and" CNN's "Sonja Live”. She has been an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, the University of California Santa Cruz Extension and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her work on healing after loss has inspired hope and healing in countless lives. Her website is www.alexandrakennedy.com.
In the natural flow of life we will pass through many transitions—involving changes in our family, work, living situation, community, health and sense of identity. These transitions often bring us face to face with the harsh reality of loss and grief, of how vulnerable we really are, of living in an aging body-- and of our inescapable appointment with death. We can resist these transitions or we can learn to flow with them.
Working with them, we can learn how to open up a space for the universal to inspire and transform our daily lives.
For all of us going through transition in our lives, this retreat is an opportunity and an invitation to awaken to life more fully in this moment, to trust life flowing through us with all its challenges and gifts. Instead of reacting to these changes with anxiety and fear, we can discover at our source a deep sense of peace and well-being.
We will use Buddhist mindfulness and powerful breath practices along with guided meditations and psychotherapeutic approaches that help us awaken, heal and feel more fully alive.
If you are experiencing transitions, change or loss in your life and want resources to move through this more gracefully, this retreat is for you. There are no prerequisites in terms of meditation practice for attending this retreat—everyone is welcome.
This weekend group will be meeting in Santa Cruz, Ca., venue will depend on group size. We are asking you to be flexible. Accommodations will be suggested. On Saturday there will be a catered vegetarian lunch.
Alexandra Kennedy, MA MFT and Ralph Steele, MA MFT are both psychotherapists (with more than 80 years experience in the field between them—an inspiring team!) with private practices in Santa Cruz and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both meditated and trained with Stephen Levine and other seminal teachers in the 70s.
Alexandra has written three books on grief (Losing a Parent, The Infinite Thread and Honoring Grief), along with another book, How Did I Miss All This Before?, that explores her spiritual journey from a woman’s perspective.
Ralph founded the first Elizabeth Kübler-Ross Hospice training program at Northern New Mexico College and created Life Transition Therapy, a meditation based trauma center. His first book, Tending the Fire, explores his year as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and Myanmar.
Each one of us will be called on at different times to face loss—but will we embrace it or shrink from it? It is our ungrieved losses that take a toll on our hearts and deaden us to life. How can we tap the power of grief to transform our lives, open our hearts and awaken us to a deeper participation in the world? How can we learn to actively grieve in the midst of our daily lives—without feeling overwhelmed? How can we support others who are grieving? Addressing these questions, this course will offer a unique perspective to grieving while weaving together inspiring case histories with practical advice, suggestions and effective strategies. We will explore stages and tasks of grieving, common somatic and emotional reactions, damaging effects of unresolved grief, fears and concerns, types of grief dreams. Lecture will be combined with experiential exercises and discussion. John F Kennedy University, Campbell CA (408) 236-1120
Honoring Grief Retreat
January 24, 2015 9:30-4:30 PM
"Embrace your grief for there your soul will grow." - C.G. Jung
Summer has given way to fall, a time of letting go and loss. We are losing the light as the days shorten; trees are losing their leaves, as the sap returns to roots in the dark earth; flowers and vegetables, just a few weeks ago so lush and bountiful, are dying back. This is a natural time every year to feel our losses.
Over a lifetime we will experience many losses—not just the loss of loved ones but the loss of a marriage, health, a job, our dreams, or a child when he or she goes off to college. As we age, we will be faced with the grief of unfulfilled dreams. Daily we experience disappointments, rejections, failures, mistakes, setbacks, mishaps— all the little losses that are a part of our every day living. Most of us shrink from loss, thinking that if we just keep busy we can close our hearts a little to protect ourselves from loss. We pay a price in terms of our vitality, happiness and health. If we are to regain a sense of connectedness with ourselves and with spirit, we need to find a proper place to release our grief.
We will gather in the safe sanctuary of a peaceful home in the Soquel foothills. Through meditation, journal writing, breathing exercises, poetry, walking in nature, dream work, periods of silence and sharing, laughter, and group ritual, we will dedicate a day to the soul work of grief. We will review our losses of the past year (not just the big losses but the small ones as well), honor them with with a ritual and then explore the new perspectives and choices that these losses have brought into our lives. As we embrace our grief with awareness, kindness, humor and with enough depth to heal, we will emerge lighter, brighter, and more at peace in our hearts. With hearts that are flexible, fluid and open to the world, we can embrace life more fully. When we walk lighter on this Earth, we contribute to the healing of this planet.
$85, $25 deposit to hold your place (workshop limited to 15)
Please bring a lunch, journal, pillow, blanket, and walking shoes
Offered at John F Kennedy University Graduate School
"Until grief is restored in the West as the starting place where man and woman might find peace, the culture will continue to abuse and ignore the power of water, and in turn be fascinated with fire."
Each one of us will be called on at different times to face loss—but will we embrace it or shrink from it? It is our ungrieved losses that take a toll on our hearts and deaden us to life. How can we tap the power of grief to transform our lives, open our hearts and awaken us to a deeper participation in the world? How can we learn to actively grieve in the midst of our daily lives—without feeling overwhelmed? How can we support others who are grieving? Addressing these questions, this course will offer a unique perspective to grieving while weaving together inspiring case histories with practical advice, suggestions and effective strategies. We will explore stages and tasks of grieving, common somatic and emotional reactions, damaging effects of unresolved grief, fears and concerns, types of grief dreams. Lecture will be combined with experiential exercises and discussion.
John F Kennedy University, Campbell CA
The Infinite Thread:
Healing Relationships Beyond Loss
Online course offered at innerlandscape.com
By taking this Online 15 CEU course (using The Infinite Thread as the text) the participant will learn
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Present at the Passing
First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz
Thursday, September 1, 2011 6:30pm -- FREE EVENT
Jan Landry (retired Hospice nurse and co-owner of Awareness and Relaxation Training), Julie Boudreau ( Hospice Education & Outreach Coordinator), Alexandra Kennedy (therapist and author) and Tandy Beal present this workshop on being a supportive presence at the end of life.
Creative Grief: The Way of Healing Through Expression
“The tides of grief expose us to the agony of loss and to the inexplicable mystery of death and life. This exposure can deepen us and open us to a life that is bigger, brimming with possibilities
on many levels, and fiercely alive.”
Join us as we explore the landscape of loss through the creative tools of journaling, guided imagery, art, and group sharing. Participants are invited to bring photos and small mementos of a person or people they wish to remember, to be included in the creation of a small altar that they can take home with them.
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, San Jose CA
For more information call 408 283-0221 ext 28
Facing Loss: Opening to the Sacred
Over a lifetime we will experience many losses—not just the loss of loved ones but the loss of a marriage, health, a job, our dreams, or a child when he or she goes off to college. We cannot save ourselves from the sorrow that is part of life. Each one of us will be called on at different times to face loss—but will we embrace it or shrink from it? Most of us shrink from loss, thinking that if we just keep busy we can close our hearts a little to protect ourselves from loss. However, it is ungrieved loss that takes a toll on our hearts and deadens us to life. We pay a price in terms of our vitality, happiness and health.
Grief turns us inward and downward, few experiences have such power to empty, transform and expand us. Opening to grief connects us to our souls and to this precious moment. But we must challenge our concepts and perceptions that get in the way of grieving. We must learn to actively grieve, for grief is not a passive process, but how can we do this in the midst of our daily lives? How can we learn to trust the rhythm of loss? What are the tasks of grieving? What is the deepest grief of all? How can we use the imagination to heal unresolved issues with a person who has died? How has the wounding of grief created an opening for the sacred to enter into our lives? How can we gather our hearts back to ourselves while supporting others who are grieving? How can we tap the power of grief to transform our lives, open our hearts, and awaken us to a deeper participation in the world?
Addressing these questions, this workshop will offer a unique perspective to grieving while weaving together inspiring case histories with practical advice and suggestions. Lecture will be combined with experiential exercises and discussion.
Presented at University of California Santa Cruz Extension and Miriam’s Well (New York)
Losing a Parent
Insights and Strategies for Grieving and Healing
The death of a parent shakes the foundation of our lives as it breaks down the structures we have known, churns up unresolved issues, challenges old values and brings us face to face with our own mortality and aloneness. Recent studies reveal that this event is much more stressful and difficult than had been assumed. But the loss of a parent can, if grieved fully (even years after the death), generate a re-evaluation of one's life and initiate a new stage of mid-life growth.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
Lecture will be combined with discussion and experiential exercises. This workshop is designed for those who anticipate or have experienced the death of a parent (whether recently or in the past) as well as mental health professionals and hospice workers seeking new perspectives and tools in working with their clients.
Presented at University of California Santa Cruz Extension, Art of Dying III Conference (New York), University of California Extension Berkeley, Care Services for Faculty and Staff of University of California Berkeley, Association for Transpersonal Psychology Annual Conference (Asilomar, CA), Association for Humanistic Psychology Annual Conference (Brandeis University), Conference on Aging, Spirituality & the Mystery of Death (San Francisco), San Jose State University (Religious Studies Department), University of San Francisco International Conference on Life Transitions Counseling, University of Santa Clara, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, Whole Life Expo (San Francisco, Los Angeles)
Healing Relationships Beyond Loss
When a loved one dies, many people are filled with regret for all that was said or expressed, but death need not cut us off from those we love. This class will demonstrate how a relationship with a loved one continues to unfold within, offering mostly untapped opportunities for healing, resolution and even guidance. Along with offering effective strategies for grieving, this course will present a method of communication that utilizes the imagination to resolved old hurts and resentments, express love and feel more at peace with deceased loved ones. Through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises and stories, participants will have the opportunity to explore the following topics:
Presented at University of California Santa Cruz Extension, Art of Dying III Conference (New York), Hospice of the Central Coast, the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (San Jose), The Paulist Center (San Francisco).
Empty Nest, Full Heart
The transition to college is a time of excitement, confusion, and anxiety for our kids. It is also the end of a chapter of parenting; the tension can severely strain the parent-child relationship. Many parents experience deep grief as they prepare to let go of their sons/daughters.
When an adolescent leaves for college, we let go of the child we gave birth to, protected and nurtured for eighteen years. We will see our son/daughter again but we know deep down that the relationship has changed forever. This is a major life passage, one that is not acknowledged in this culture as it should be. Most parents are not prepared to consciously let go of their children. However, we can learn how to nurture a healthy new relationship if we support our kids in their separation, tend to our own grieving and keep channels of communication open.
Through lecture, discussion and experiential exercises, this workshop will explore:
Presented at University of California Santa Cruz Extension.
Seven Tasks of Grieving
The loss of someone close to us shakes the very foundation of our lives. We look for ways to rebuild that foundation but our society has little to offer. The usual advice "Just get on with your life, time will heal" often results in deeper confusion, pain and turmoil. If we want to heal, it is important to actively work to integrate and resolve grief, not just passively experience our reactions to it. The seven tasks of grieving explored in this workshop create a focus for an active participation in the grieving process and provide a clear path through the often bewildering experience of loss.
Through lecture and discussion, participants will explore each of these tasks, along with effective strategies for grieving without feeling overwhelmed. Participants will have the opportunity to work with experiential exercises to heal unresolved issues and regrets, while nurturing the ongoing inner relationship with a deceased loved one. There will be practical suggestions for supporting grieving partners and friends and for helping children grieve.
As a result of this workshop participants will be able to:
Presented at Prime Time Expo (Santa Clara Department of Aging and Adult Services) and Santa Clara County Social Services Agency.
Strategies for Grieving
Ungrieved loss takes a toll on our hearts and we pay a price in terms of our vitality, happiness, and health. How can we tap the power of grief to transform our lives, open our hearts and awaken us to a deeper participation in the world? How can we learn to actively grieve in the midst of our daily lives? How can we support others who are grieving?
This course explores the stages of grieving, common somatic and emotional reactions, damaging effects of unresolved grief, fears and concerns, anticipatory and chronic grief.
We will explore strategies for grieving effectively and methods for healing unresolved grief issues. Lecture will be combined with experiential exercises, inspiring case histories, discussion, and practical suggestions.
Presented at John F Kennedy University (Campbell CA).