Taina Lyons

I live in Southern Vermont with my husband and two young children. I am a community connector, relationship builder / tender, psychologist, doula, dance teacher, tantric lover of life and ritual maker. I hold an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Asian Studies and a Masters degree in Holistic Mental Health Counseling. Over the past 10 years I have offered clinical mental health services, birth and childcare services, and have worked to create many personal and community ceremonies and rituals. I have a strong call to service and sharing healing with more people and communities.

Ritual of Grief & Eros:
Waters of the Soul

(Co-facilitated w/ Z (Zahava) Griss)

Inspired by Sobonfu Some’s grief rituals of the Dagara Tribe in Burkina Faso, we draw on the wisdom of this culture to address our shared human need to feel and transform grief, pain, disappointment and loss. We are expanding on this tradition by exploring the embodied connection between eros and grief through shaking, vocalizing, and deep release. This ritual is not just about emotional expression, it is about being a village that loves unconditionally. It is about a presence with each other that communicates “all is well.”

We recognize grief and eros as powerful ways to release what we have been resisting so we can surrender to what is true. This healing ritual increases our resilience to look, see, tell the truth, and take authentic action that restores our aliveness, our compassion, and ability to live our life’s intentions. Our time together includes learning about different forms of grief and eros, sharing what breaks our heart, and releasing the waters of the soul at the altar with music, movement, and community support through touch and witnessing. Come allow what is yearning to move through you to open you more deeply to the fullness of your life.

Note: This is a 4 hour ritual with a closed container (meaning no entering in the middle)