Grief Circle and Mandala

Sunday 2 October 2022 at granton:hub 12.15 – 2.15pm

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This meeting will take the form of a floor-seated circle of participants, a ritual to contain our grief, a structure within which to allow feelings to flow at a manageable rate.

With respect and compassion, a sharing circle will be facilitated and a safe space held for you to bring your grief and memories with a view to Re:live (both the past and in the future). Held in the same room as the Death Café (the evening before) and the Re:living Art Exhibition.

After the circle, we will go outside to find natural materials for the Mandala. You can also include materials that you bring with you.

Back inside, you will be gently directed to create your own personal mandala on a piece of cloth on the floor.

At the end there will be a Closing Ritual for this session and the Mandala, and for the whole weekend.

The Mandala will be temporary in the same way that life is. A photograph will be taken for you to keep if you want it as a record, and then it will be dismantled at the end of the session.

Please bring a cushion and blanket with you, as well as any items or mementoes you may like to include in your Mandala. We will supply tea lights and pieces of cloth on which to make your Mandala.

Co-curators: Bea Denton (London) Tamsin Grainger (Granton, Edinburgh)

Bea is an artist and educator whose practice explores ideas around death and loss, faith and ritual. She has taught and managed courses at Arts University Bournemouth, UAL (Camberwell, London College of Communication and Central Saint Martins), at EBAC in Brazil and Artslink in China. She is a Trustee for Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) and a member of the Artist’s Group, Throes of Grief.

Tamsin is a community artist (No Birds Land, Trinity Tunnel; The Wall, Western Breakwater), complementary therapy practitioner, session leader, and author of Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice (published by Singing Dragon Press).