Transform emotional pain into medicine for oneself and the community.
Feel happy, lighthearted and joyful again, even after facing great losses.
Become a midwife for an amazing and brighter future that can be birthed only through the labor of grieving.
"Over fifteen years ago I was a desperate mother of a toddler, nearing a divorce, deeply troubled by the stage of the world and humanity, hungry to contribute something of value – and looking for some way to process all of my overwhelming emotions in order to just stay sane.
It was then that I met my future teacher and friend Sobonfu Somé, a keeper of rituals from the Dagara people in Western Africa.
In the years that followed I learned how to grieve (it did keep me sane!) – and I had the great luck to experience, host and co-facilitate grieving rituals with Sobonfu that served hundreds of people over the years.
I have become an avid admirer of the natural and inherent superpower that grieving truly is, and that we as human beings are gifted with from the moment we are born.
Because of these rituals I could witness first hand the truly miraculous effects that well held grieving space can have even on people that were burdened with complex and compounded forms of grief and emotional pain caused by severe traumata and extremely painful losses.
I got plenty of opportunity to taste and feel the incredible relief and sense of full aliveness (in myself and many many others) that can come with free grieving in it’s natural forms, and the feelings of delight and even bliss that return to life because of it.
The medicine of grieving has been changing my whole work life as a teacher, course facilitator, counselor, mentor and coach tremendously, as well as my relationships to all of my loved ones.
Understanding grief and grieving truly has become one of the most important ingredients for the effectiveness of my work as well as for my personal wellbeing and all of my relationships – as a mother, a life-partner, a friend, a neighbor and colleague.
It helps me every day to not shrink back from waves of emotions rising (like I used to), but to create and facilitate safe spaces where grieving can easily and naturally happen, following a rhythm and flow in a sacred process, that can look and feel like some kind of miniature birth of a healthier, happier, renewed human being.
After Sobonfu passed away in 2017 my own grief of losing her and everything that she had brought to our community, became a fuel for developing our own grief ritual, the „Grief Fire“, through which we continue to re-create a healthy grieving culture on a larger scale, many dozens of people at a time, each time we gather.
And because it is such a fundamentally natural human skill, I know for certain that you can learn how to hold space for the magic of grieving, too!"
It will help you to
- understand the core of what grieving really is (psychologically, physiologically, socially, mentally and spiritually) and WHY it is actually a wonderful thing,
- gain insight into what actually happens during grieving in the body, brain and nervous system
- recognise the psychological and biological dynamics that can prevent us from experiencing the innate wisdom and emergent powers of grieving,
- offer practical tools that can help yourself and other people to move through these blocks with more ease
- facilitate community and 1:1 events that can immensely enhance grieving processes
- create core routines for cultivating your capacity to hold grief processes for yourself and for others
- work with key ingredients for safe spaces in your personal and/or professional setting, so you can actually contribute to building a more grief-friendly culture
- and so much more!
All of this in order to bring back to life one of our core abilities as human beings – the ability to grieve and to harvest the sacred medicine of grieving for yourself, for your communities and for our world as a whole.
An abundance of knowledge
A Sense of Belonging
Depth & Understanding
A Foundation for Everything
The best experience of my life!
"Even though I have spent most of my professional life teaching and training adults – creating an online program has presented a major challenge for me.
Let me explain:
All of my previous programs have been subtitled as "Lived Learning-Experiences".
That is because they are involving the body, the mind, the soul, the heart and the whole self.
So that, whatever the topic is, can really be experienced fully – so it can then also be understood more deeply and embodied more easily afterwards.
Now how could I possibly create such a level of depth of experience for you as a student through just computers?
The answer is simple and striking:
I can offer you content and advise – but the real work will need to be set up, designed and manifested by you!
Now is that bad news or good news?
Probably a little bit of both.
The more opportunity you create for yourself to actually practice what we will look into, the faster and more deeply you will learn.
And as a result, the faster your world around you will transform into a culture where grieving is being honored, supported and practiced in healthy ways.
My ultimate reason for running this course (and running it in English, which isn't even my native language) is to make some very simple perspectives, some key knowledge about an essential element of being human, and the tools that support us in it, available – eventually for the hope of an actual future of humankind as a species amongst this beautiful intricate web of life that we are so lucky to be a part of.
My commitment is, to provide the people who sign up for this program with a solid foundation on which one day you can actually start doing this kind of work, in your personal as well as possibly in your professional life, with trust and skill and most importantly with heart and in your own and unique ways.
Maybe the most important aspect for this is of course the connection to the growing number of people who are committed to this work. Through sharing our stories, insights and questions we can learn from each other and continue to grow to meet the needs of our communities around us, especially in these times of deep crises all over the world."
We acknowledge the myriad ways of oppression and discrimination that have been inflicted on indigenous, black and people of color (BIPOC), as well as people who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others).
As one small gesture for more equality in the world, we offer our Free Flow package and payment plan for free to those who identify as one of either.
So if you are BIPOC or/and LGBTQ+, you are welcome to just send us a short note to e-learning(at)circlewise.org, and we will grant you free access to the course's Free Flow Package.
NOTE: This is not a scholarship fund, and we do not assume that individual BIPOC or LGBTQ+ people do not have access to wealth – we see this rather as some tiny reparation effort, that we are offering with a sincere prayer for equality and justice.