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An Evening With Francis Weller: An Apprentice with Sorrow: Tending the Losses of Everyday Life

  • Friday, March 01, 2024
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are Full-Time Students


This program WILL BE recorded.

Registration closes at 12:00pm EST the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.

                     - Oscar Wilde

Grief and loss touch us all, arriving at our door in many ways. It comes swirling on the winds of divorce, or the death of someone dear, or as an illness that alters the course of a life. For many of us, our grief is tied intimately to the ravages we witness daily to watersheds and forests, the disappearance of species, the silencing of languages, and the coarsening of culture. And yet our encounters with sorrow are often met with confusion, fear, and overwhelm. We are uncertain how to meet this difficult guest when it surfaces in our lives.  

This presentation will explore the elements of an Apprenticeship with Sorrow. It is through the rites of grief that we are, in turn, ripened as human beings. Grief invites gravity and depth into our world. Our work is to understand grief not only as an emotion but also as a core faculty of being human. This apprenticeship is, at heart, about the crafting of elders capable of meeting the pain and suffering of the world with a dignified and robust bearing. This is soul activism intended to foster deep cultural change. Cultivating the skills of grief work is critical in these days of wild uncertainty and rampant loss. We need to fortify our inner and outer connections not only to weather the storms but to be tempered by them. We do this work not solely for our own healing, but also to make us capable of responding to the critical needs of our times. 

Francis Weller is a psychotherapist, writer, and soul activist. Author of the bestselling The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief and In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He is completing his third book, Facing the World with Soul and Why It Matters. 

RECORDINGS:  The recording will be sent out 24-48 hours after the session has concluded. You will have 14 days to watch the recording.  

ZOOM LINKS: Zoom links can be found in your registration confirmation email. They will also be shared about 24 hours before the program start time. Registration closes before Zoom links are shared. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

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