Holding space for the two wings of grief and praise
Liz and Shona are currently the main facilitators of this work in Norfolk, ably assisted by an amazing team of volunteer support people. We are looking to host a 5-day Apprenticing to Grief programme to support others to come on board. There's no shortage of grief out there to be tended....
Shona’s heart and soul is on fire with the question... 'How can we create supportive, resilient communities in our world today?' She holds a vision of humans coming together, living in balance with nature and each other, and of relighting the ancient ways of simple yet profound connection.
The weaving together of people, ceremony and ritual is where this vision comes most alive for Shona, and particularly in Community Forest School sessions, Wheel of the Year celebrations, Way of Council circles, Vision Questing and Grief Tending in Community gatherings.
Shona’s formal training is in Psychology, Teaching and Forest School facilitating. She has learnt alongside Sophy Banks and Jeremy Thres on the Apprenticing to Grief programme and is mentored by Pippa Bondy in her practice of Way of Council. Shona lives in deep connection with nature and has spent the last five years home-making in small spaces on the land, living with the daily rhythms of the seasons. She is a food-grower, a tender-of-gardens and wild spaces, a food and medicine forager, and a wild water swimmer. She can be seen cycling around on her electric bike with her dog in tow in his trailer!
Liz has completed a 7-day training with Joanna Macy and a 5-day Apprenticing to Grief programme with Sophy Banks and Jeremy Thres. She has been holding space for this work since 2020, and is co-founder of Norfolk Grief Tending and The Gathering Gates -- community projects that aspire to pave the way to a more beautiful world.
Liz is grounded in many years of her own personal development work and activism, and more than 34 years of service and abstinence in 12-step addiction recovery groups. Having studied the mystical stream of Christianity for many years and undertaken various trainings, Liz has also run workshops, groups and contemplative worship events at the Norwich Christian Meditation Centre.
Liz has a background in campaigning and communication roles in the non-profit sector, and she holds a first class bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is a campfire musician, an aspiring writer and poet in the mystical wisdom tradition, and a 5Rhythms dancer.