Francis Weller is coming to Salt Lake City in November!

A note from Carl and Erin:

We’re thrilled to share with you that our dear friend and mentor Francis Weller is coming to Salt Lake City in November to offer a weekend Grief Ritual as well as a free talk.

Our lives and work have been so deeply enriched by the learning we’ve done with Francis in recent years, and we are so happy to report that after a few years of asking (pestering?) him, he finally said yes to joining us and our wonderful community for a gathering in Salt Lake City.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Jung Society of Utah to host this event. Francis will be offering a free talk on Friday, November 8th, and a weekend Grief Ritual/workshop on November 9-10. Please note – you must attend the Friday talk if you plan to attend the weekend workshop. Another note – we imagine that this workshop will fill quickly – we’ve had people from many surrounding states inquiring about attending – so here’s a friendly nudge to buy your ticket asap if you’d like to attend. We hope to see you there!  Please don’t miss Francis’s beautiful words (below) describing the event.

From our hearts,
Erin & Carl

*November 8. An Apprenticeship with Sorrow. Lecture/Discussion. Hosted by The Jung Society of Utah. Salt Lake City. Open to the public. To participate in the two-day workshop, you must attend the Friday night talk.
Location: SLC Downtown Library • 210 East 400 South. 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Free Event (Donations accepted) Includes 1 CEU for members only ($10 CEU for non-members)

*November 9 – 10. Entering the Healing Ground: Grief as Sacred Work.
Hosted by the Jung Society of Utah. Two-day grief ritual workshop in Salt Lake City. You must attend the Friday night talk to attend the two-day workshop.

For more information and to register for this event, click here.

“Where there is sorrow,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “there is holy ground.” Join us for this two-day gathering as we turn our attention to the grief we carry for self, community, and world. Working with these sorrows composts them into fertile soil. Sharing our deep emotional selves brings us into the circle of restoration, into the arms of the sacred. Utilizing the potent tools of writing practice, singing, and deep ritual, we will build a community of concerned hearts and coax our stories of loss and suffering into the visible world. This is a form of Soul activism and it is what we are called to embody in this extreme time. Grief has always been communal in our long story as a species. This weekend we will enter the original healing matrix and offer one another a refuge safe enough to allow multiple layers of grief to be touched and released.

This gathering will include:

Writing practice assisting in opening our stories of loss
Deepening our trust in our emotional and body wisdom
Cultivating soul activism
Awareness of cultural obstacles to grief such as private pain
A community grief ritual
Avenues to express our grief over world events
Small group work to deepen our writing process
The poetic imagination to encourage our entry into the well of grief


Please note that the workshop will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 9th – 9am – 6pm and November – 10th 9am – 5pm in SLC. 

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, and The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation, (with Rashani Réa) he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from indigenous cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual traditions. His writings have appeared in anthologies and journals exploring the confluence between psyche, nature, and culture. His work was featured in The Sun magazine (October 2015) and the Utne Reader (Fall 2016). He is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at conferences, bringing insight, poetry and a breath of humor to his talks. Francis is on staff at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, co-leading their week-long retreats with Michael Lerner. He has taught at Sonoma State University, the Sophia Center in Oakland and has been the featured teacher at the Minnesota Men’s Conference. He is currently completing his third book, A Trail on the Ground: The Geography of Soul.


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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.