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Community Grief Ritual

  • Arroyo Hondo Preserve Santa Barbara, CA (map)

Grief is a given in this life and a natural part of the human experience, meant to be experienced with others, communally not in isolation. Throughout time, people have come together ritually and regularly to honor and metabolize grief, as a way to stay current and connected, as grief is intimately connected to our love and gratitude and can deepen us if we allow it. There are many gateways to grief - death, loss, change, divorce, betrayal, unrealized dreams, places in ourselves that have not known love, what we expected and did not receive, ancestral grief, trauma, the sorrows of the world and the reality that everything we love, we will lose.

In modern culture, many of us have forgotten how to grieve. More and more people are creating places to come together to honor and give expression to tears, rage, mourning, sadness, numbness, pain, as well as joy, wonder and gratitude in a field of community support. Join us as we tend our personal and collective grief through movement, singing, writing, sharing stories of loss, nature and community ritual, and find our way together into the gratitude and joy that often accompanies honoring our sorrow and being with what is in the healing presence of each other and the sacred. 

To metabolize grief into a gift of beauty to the other world is a skill and a practice to cultivate and tend. It softens our hearts and opens us to our humanity with more capacity to respond to the world around us with compassion and wisdom. The world needs us to respond to the crises and calls of the times with our full and open hearts. Grateful to have you with us. 


  • 9:30am - 6:00pm

  • All welcome.

  • Location TBA; near Santa Barbara, CA

  • Bring your own lunch. Details of what else to bring will be sent upon registration.

  • Sliding scale: $50-$150. In the spirit of the gift economy, each person gives what they can and are moved to, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

  • Held by Alexis Slutzky and team.

For registration and inquiries click here or email