Embrace your grief, for there your soul will grow ~ Carl Jung
As longest night draws near, our soul processes deepen. While we prepare for a return of the light amidst holidays that focus on joy, we may actually find ourselves in the darker realms, longing for warmth, light or connection. Deep respect to the sadness, anger and despair moving through many on the personal and collective levels in these critical times. Emotions arising from personal loss, trauma, regret, earth devastation, systematic and political injustice or ancestral burdens need to be honored and expressed for our personal and collective healing. These feelings can serve as powerful messengers when welcomed, felt, tended. Despite our cultural programming to isolate, especially with pain and anger, tending these bigger energies as a communal process opens up portals for greater understanding, transmutation and compassion. For those interested in tending grief in a ritual container with movement, music, prayer and altar work, Julia Hartsell & Aylah Mayim (with the support of other blessed beings) will be hosting this ceremony for us to gather, feel and move in community.
Doors open at 6:45pm, doors CLOSE at 7:15 and will be closed for the rest of the ritual.
$30-55 sliding scale
Optional items to bring:
* an image, photo or object for the community altar
* a journal (if desired)
* a water bottle
* something for nourishment or grounding at the end (snack, beverage)
Julia Hartsell is a dancer, catalyst for soulful, earth-honoring community, a pioneer in the modern Hoop Dance movement and mama of The Flowjo, a sanctuary for dance & healing arts in Carrboro, NC. Julia is a dance facilitator, ritualist and practitioner of ancestral lineage healing, weaving these practices in both ancient and revolutionary ways. With an animist worldview, her work is focused on reclaiming relational ways of living and ancient forms of medicine at the intersections of movement, and ritual in service of personal, ancestral and cultural healing. She is an Initiate of Osun and Obatala in the Ifá/Òrìsà tradition of Yoruba West Africa.
A lifelong devotee of dance with a background in Religious Studies, Julia is passionate about ecstatic embodied improvisational expression. Over the past two decades, she has studied many modalities discovering the unique medicine available through movement, somatic and ritual technologies. Trusting the body’s inherent wisdom and sacredness, she utilizes these diverse practices to help access the body’s intelligence and cellular memory for insight, emotional expression and transformation. Julia has been facilitating an ongoing ecstatic dance since 2011 which has anchored a multigenerational community. Over these years, in response to personal and community needs, she has developed ritual dances, grief ceremonies and techniques for individual and collective ancestralization.