We will be creating spaces for Soul to feel welcome again. We will not 'Talk About' Soul. We will feed, care, court and praise Her back into being.I look forward to a deep and wild conversation with you all in the company of Grief, Love, Death and Life as if our Wild and Precious Life truly Mattered. Azul
San Luis Obispo is the first stop on Azul's 13 month international SOULand Pilgrimage in service to the care, health and maturing of the human soul. She brings with her a vision, sacred questions and a bundle of soul nourishing practices and rituals, including the Grief Composting Circle and the WomBelt workshop to bless, heal, celebrate and protect women's wombs, divinely timed offerings that are in such need right now.
Azul Valerie Thome will be traveling from the UK this February on the first international stop of her 13 month SOULand Pilgrimage generously hosted by Donna Helete.
Registration for Workshops & Trainings
WomBelt Workshops & Apprenticeships for Women
~ 2/7 (Wed.) For all women - all day
~ 2/18 (Sun.) For all women+apprenticeships - all day
Each WomBelt (event & apprenticeship) = £65 = $95 depending on exchange rate
Grief Composting Circles
~ 2/11 (Sun.) Circles for Men and Women - 3pm-7pm
Grief Composting Circle = £20 = $30 depending on exchange rate
Grief Composting Circle ~ Basic Training
~ 2/23-2/25 (Fri.-Sun.) 3 Day Training, all day each day. Must attend all 3 days. Non residential.
Grief Composting Training = £380 = $550 depending on exchange rate
Other offerings during the month of February include
Individual sessions of Soul&Sanity (50 min.) with Azul in person or via Skype
eARTh commissioned art work. Art infused with rituals infomred by our Motehr Earth for the Thriving of Life. Please email Azul directly for an initial chat on Skype: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grief Composting Circles are regular collective grief rituals informed by the work of Sobonfu Some, Joanna Macy, Francis Weller and Azul-Valerie Thome
WomBelt: Weaving Women back into Matter are events that bring 13 women together to bless, heal, celebrate and protect their wombs, the wombs of other women and of Mother Earth herself through the art of traditional backstrap weaving combined with story sharing and prayers.
Why am I inviting Azul?
For over a dozen years I've traveled to other towns to attend grief rituals and dreamed of bringing this practice to my community. After experiencing an apprenticeship with grief following my husband's death, I felt even more inspired to inoculate my community. I have been wondering how this dream would come to fruition, especially after my grief mentor, Sobonfu Some, died. But then this past summer I met Azul who became my grief mentor. Our connection has had so much ease and flow. It was a sweet natural progression to invite her to come. I'm thrilled and honored to host her here in my community in February 2018.
How will my community of all beings benefit?
Our land, waters and people need healing. Fires, drought, the grief of living on stolen land, trauma and soul starvation run rampant in our world and in every community. The soulful practices Azul brings will strengthen the mycelium that already connects us here in this place and soothe all souls like a healing balm. I see these trainings as a seed planting which will ripple out into other communities and bring a vibrancy of life through the metabolism of grief, ritual and storytelling. I imagine blessings beyond words for all beings. It feels like just the beginning.
'I look forward to a deep and wild conversation with you all in the company of Grief, Love, Death and Life
as if being given our Wild and Precious Life truly Mattered'. Azul