From Loss to Love

Why a workshop?

Just about 5 years ago, I birthed a 16 week old baby boy.  The experience profoundly affected me and set me on a path that has brought you and I here.  Like right here, in this very moment. 

After struggling to integrate Teeny Tiny's life and death, lots of counseling, many tears, much introspection and outward learning from "grief specialists", this course was born.  As I became more curious about the rituals & practices to connect to our lived experience in light of the cyclical nature of grief and how to make meaning from it, the course began to take its shape.

Living today in dominant North American culture, we have become - what Stephen Jenkinson refers to as “a death phobic culture”. We are consumed with fixing, solving, or avoiding uncomfortable feelings like grief, anger, fear and prefer to positively think our way through life’s challenges and focus   Most of us were not raised with an approach or practices to support us in living with grief and gratitude, alongside one another.  Although still so incredibly common, those of us who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, are often left feeling alone and wholly unprepared.  From Loss to Love's intention is to honour and wholeheartedly make space for our grief, as it relates to our life and our experience of pregnancy or infant loss.      

This is me with my Teeny Tiny. The photo was taken by a friend, Dawn Moore for her project  What Remains of Me?

This is me with my Teeny Tiny. The photo was taken by a friend, Dawn Moore for her project What Remains of Me?

 
 

The Workshop

Before the workshop begins, Jennifer will initially interact with you to answer any questions that you may have and listen to what you would like to share of your experience.

This full day workshop is designed to facilitate integration, make meaning and promote healing after pregnancy or infant loss with the intention of igniting love and connection within your daily life.  You will explore the significance of your experience through rituals and rhythms of mindfulness, yoga, creative journal writing, art, and birth story medicine.

"Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space."

"Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space."

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who has experienced any kind of pregnancy or infant loss (miscarriage, abortion, induction termination, stillbirth) and are motivated to make space to honour the life that was created, your grief and how they relate to your life today and tomorrow.

It is ideal to wait a few months after the death of your baby, or when the shock of the loss has begun to settle and you are in a place of wondering: "what now?"

Sharing will be optional and if you have a particular religious or lifestyle perspective, inclusiveness is our approach.

The labyrinth is an ancient, universal symbol representing our journey through life, ordeals and initiations....The journey into the labyrinth's center is symbolic of death (psychic or physical), and the journey out of the labyrinth represents birth or rebirth.   - Labyrinth of Birth, Pam England, writer & creator of Birthing From Within

The labyrinth is an ancient, universal symbol representing our journey through life, ordeals and initiations....The journey into the labyrinth's center is symbolic of death (psychic or physical), and the journey out of the labyrinth represents birth or rebirth.

- Labyrinth of Birth, Pam England, writer & creator of Birthing From Within

***Please do not let cost be a barrier, if you would like to make alternative arrangements, or have questions please contact Jennifer at ahimsaheels@gmail.com.