Grief is a natural and necessary means to process loss, reconnect with aliveness, and move forward with resilience. Yet for something so necessary to our wellbeing, grief is often avoided, leaving us traumatized and stuck in psychological holding patterns. A key reason for this is gender roles under patriarchy. By creating toxic defenses against loss, patriarchy tricks us into hiding our vulnerability and avoiding healthy grief, and clinging to dominance — and all people suffer the consequences.
So what are male-reared people to do? We gotta grieve! The process of repair and reconciliation from oppression to gender equality requires it.
In this 90-minute interactive workshop, you'll:
- Gain practical tools for understanding grief, loss, and transformation
- Recognize how male conditioning under patriarchy makes us avoid processing loss and grief
- Learn how to reconnect with closeness and vulnerability
- Practice alleviating shame around grief, and encourage each others' wellbeing
Together, we’ll weave theory, personal experiences, and practices to help you create more space for grief & care for yourself and others in service of transforming oppressive gender roles.
*Please note: this event is designed to center the experiences of men & male-reared people as a means to support us in healthy healing and in taking responsibility to stop perpetuating patriarchy. No one of any identity will be turned away. Please contact Ari Simon at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Wednesday July 20 2022 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm GMT
Zoom link to be provided
Participation cost is $20 on a sliding scale. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Click the RSVP button at the top of the page to secure your ticket.
About the Facilitator:
Ari Simon (they/them) is a facilitator, coach, community engagement practitioner, and artist. Ari leads various programs on grief, loss, and transformation such as Grief at Work, a staff training workshop for learning key skills to recognize and respond to loss and grief in the workplace. In 2020, they started Queering Death, a community learning series exploring intersections of death, dying, and grief with queer identity and queer theory. With a background in public policy and management, Ari runs Inner & Outer Engagement, a practice offering workshops, planning processes, and transformational coaching and more to explore topics such as wellbeing, organizational change, and grief, death, and loss. Alongside this, Ari facilitates a monthly men's consciousness-raising group in Los Angeles.