Tending the Waters of Our Grief

An In-Person 1-Day Retreat

 Saturday, May 21st, 12pm – 6:00pm 

Dinner and fire to follow

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain” -Khalil Gibran

On Saturday, May 21st, from 12pm-6pm with dinner and fire to follow, we invite 12 participants to gather on sacred land in Stokesdale NC, as we turn our attention to the grief we carry for self, community, and world. Working with our 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, movement, breathwork, and ritual, we will build a community of concerned hearts and coax our stories of loss and suffering into the visible world. Grief has always been communal in our long story as a species. Together, 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 practices to assist in opening our stories of loss
  •  Teachings to develop awareness of cultural obstacles to grief such as private pain
  • Somatic practices to deepen trust in our emotional and body wisdom
  • A breath session
  • Community witnessing and small group sharing 
  • A closing ritual

COST:  $145* (includes light snack and a vegetarian, gluten-free dinner)
Please register below.

*if you feel called to this work and finances are prohibitive please reach out to Summer Estes at [email protected] or Samantha DiRosa at [email protected]  

For issues of trust and containment, participation for the entire day is essential, as well as comfort with unmasking in a small group.


As we all know this is a challenging time. Because of the intimate nature of this full day workshop and the fact we will be inviting participants into a facilitated/guided breath session we will ask each participant and facilitator take a COVID test within 24 hrs of the retreat (home test such as binax now antigen test are accepted test).

For safety within our space we are limiting participants to 12. 

To learn more, click here…

Two highly trained facilitators


Gluten free vegetarian dinner



Date: Saturday May 21st, 12pm-6pm with dinner and fire to follow.

Location: Deer Thicket Sanctuary, Stokesdale NC

$145 includes snacks and dinner. 

  • Please bring a water bottle and  a lunch that does not need refrigeration
  • A journal and pen
  • Wear layers and comfortable clothes (elastic pants, cotton shirt, jacket, etc)
  • Bring a pillow and blanket (for the breath session)


Samantha DiRosa, MFA, is a university professor, yoga instructor, ritualist, and expressive arts consultant based in Greensboro, North Carolina.  She brings 20 years of facilitation and teaching experience in the realm of higher-education, alongside an artist’s sensitivity and depth of insight, to her work with groups.  Having trained with Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow, and Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope, she believes in the power of ritual and ceremony to transmute sorrow and loss into the healing of individuals, communities, and the Earth.  

To learn more about Samantha click here

Summer Estes, MA, LCMHC, is a licensed psychotherapist, founder of Embodied-Intelligence, and has a special interest in deep inner work that integrates both somatic and mindfulness practices.  Summer loves to create co-creative learning and healing environments. She has been on faculty with the wisdom school, The Second Breath Center, and has led many inner work workshops with organizations including Cone Health and Compass Greensboro.  She has worked in the healing arts for over 15 years.

To learn more about Summer click here


How to Apply

  1. Register and pay now to reserve your spot!
  2. If you have any questions please contact us.

"Summer undoubtedly has a knowledge base, deeply intuitive nature, and wisdom that has allowed me to become a believer of what the enneagram offers and promotes, which I believe is healing. I am thankful for the ways in which Summer provided me with the skills and tools to really see myself and begin to trust myself."

—Genesis Adams

"I highly recommend Summer's classes. I really value her ability to incorporate practice into her workshops and to foster open and co-creative spaces. Summer has a great way of inviting presence, and has helped me to dig into what I am noticing and use it to enhance my understanding of myself and my journey."


"Over the past 5 years I have participated in workshops and classes, in person and virtually, led by Summer. She has an amazing spirit that creates a sacred space for discovery, trust, vulnerability and acceptance. My spiritual journey and discipleship have been fueled with her by my side."

—Julie Nelson

Awareness of interpersonal relationships is in part a gift to us as we seek to understand. Getting better acquainted in who we are, how we function, where we see ourselves in relationships, I think gives us a healthier perspective of humanity. I have found that this enneagram workshop is the bow that unwraps this gift.

—Chaplain Abel Moran


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