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"Communal grieving offers something that we cannot get when we grieve by ourselves. Through acknowledgement, validation and witnessing, communal grieving allows us to experience a level of healing that is deeply and profoundly freeing.” -Sonbonfu Somé
Grief is Medicine! When it is liquid, able to move, it cleanses us, becoming good compost to metabolize the sorrow, anger, self-consciousness, envy, numbness and many other kinds of grief that can block our capacity to authentically give and receive the gifts of life. To the Dagara people of Burkina Faso regular grief rituals are an integral part of keeping the village healthy and whole. In the troubled world that we live in today it is important for us to grieve. Grieving well can make us stronger, more joyful and more resilient. Grieving can help us begin to metabolize generations of ancestral grief but we can’t do it alone.
Together, we will create a safe and powerful container to release and metabolize many forms of grief while supporting each other, so as to cultivate fresh ground for us to realize our gifts, and bring them into this world. ASHE!
Madeleina and Coby have attended and helped organize many rituals with Sonbonfu Somé and Malidoma Somé for more than 20 years. The grief ritual will be in the lineage of these two teachers and woven with the wisdom we've received from our Elders and Teachers, and inviting our own ancestral remembrances of how to grieve well together. Throughout the day we will be engaging in various exercises to help us begin to access our grief and connect with one another. The grief ritual will take up most of the afternoon. Afterwards there will be an integration space and potluck for us to share our experiences and settle, allowing what we have released and felt to metabolize. Details of what to bring and how to prepare will be sent upon registration. PLEASE, pre-register!~
Grief rituals are a gift to our communities and take a lot of organizing, deposits and coordination to make them work. Please RSVP and buy your tickets early to support this work. Thank you!
Sobonfu on Grieving:
Sobonfu on Death:
cost: sliding scale $40-$120, no one turned away for lack of funds.
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Coby Leibman has studied with Malidoma Some for over 10 years, is a graduate of the IAST 3 yr training program through Malidoma, and has been organizing and creating community rituals for many years. He studied with Sonbonfu Some helping with her community grief rituals and learned the art of grief rituals directly from her. He is also a longtime student of Martin Prechtel (10 yrs) and Keith Pashe Dakota Tipi Chief (10yrs). He has been involved in co-counseling and empathy practice for the last 20 yrs. He is a strong believer, in the power of community held grief rituals to open new doors for our development and awakening.
Madeleina Bolduc has been cultivating the art of herbalism and ritual for twenty five years. Raised in the creative crucible of the Naropa University, she was trained by Tibetan meditation masters, artists and indigenous elders in the practices of everyday magic, consciousness and world wisdom traditions since she was a child. She is a Holistic Practitioner, integrating Clinical Medical Herbalism, traditional foods, Chinese, Mayan, Tibetan and Energy Medicine, spiritual counseling, somatic practices, and indigenous wisdom, as given permission by her teachers. She is an educator of clinical and elemental herbal medicine, a lineage holder of Buddhist meditation practices, a ceremony officiant, and artist. She has been both visiting teacher and core faculty at various herbal schools. Currently, Madeleina is teaching a myriad of classes, including the Elemental Herbal Wisdom Immersion that starts this Spring, an online self-care training program for Cultural Creatives, and holds a private practice. She was a student and friend since 1995 of the beloved, late Sobonfu Somé, is a devoted student of the illustrious maestro, Martín Prechtel since 2000 and attending his school Bolad's Kitchen for the last 10 years (www.floweringmountain.com), and is training with master teacher Adam Gainsberg in Open Human Heart work.
As a re-Weaver of Culture, Madeleina is passionately dedicated to the preservation and cross-pollination of intact wisdom and healing traditions, while infusing them with fresh color and perspective. She loves teaching people about the richness of the plants, the Vitality of our hearts, our relationships to the Elements, and the incredibly diverse ways in which we can Praise Life!