Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World – PART ONE – An interview with Francis Weller, MFT

17 May, 2014

We are replaying one of our most listened-to shows—our interview with Francis Weller MFT, whose work is deeply attentive Francis Weller Bookto the issue of grief. Francis writes, “For nearly thirty years I have worked with individuals in my practice as a psychotherapist and in workshop settings. The one persistent emotion that has touched everyone is grief. It may be the grief we finally allow ourselves to feel for the life we did not choose. It may be our sorrow for losses that happened early in our life, losses that we were unprepared to grieve. It may be for relationships that fell apart, friendships that have vanished, times of violation and abandonment, or for the suffering we feel for our ravished earth.”

Francis is author of the book, Entering the Healing Ground – Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World. My worn-out copy is filled with notes in the margin, underlined passages and highlighted words. It is one of the best books on grief I have ever read. Please join us for this two-part series on Saturday, May 17 and 24, 2014. You won’t want to miss them.

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist who has developed a style he calls soul-centered psychotherapy, synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. His book Entering the Healing Ground: Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World discusses creating pathways to reclaiming our indigenous soul, what psychologist Carl Jung called the “unforgotten wisdom” that resides in the heart of the psyche.

Recognizing the lack of existing dialogue and the profound need for sacred ritual and grief work in his community and beyond, Weller founded WisdomBridge in Northern CA, an organization that offers educational programs that integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures.

A gifted therapist and teacher, he has been described as a jazz artist, improvising and moving fluidly in and out of deep emotional territories with groups and individuals bringing imagination and attention to places often held with judgment and shame. He is currently completing his second book, A Trail on the Ground: Tracking the Ways of the Indigenous Soul.

Francis lives in a small cabin in the Russian River Watershed with his wife and surrounded by his community. He is available for onsite workshops and private consultations.