Through the Dark Woods

Grief & Praise Sessions

Join a Live Zoom Support Group Where Grief in All Forms is Welcome

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We offer 4-5 live Zoom sessions every month. You can choose to join as many of them as you like. Most people choose to join 2 or 3 sessions per month. We also have a vibrant online community forum that is open 24/7 where you can connect, ask for support and receive compassionate witnessing as you practice the skills you’ll be learning alongside a group of other folks deeply committed to this work.

There are somatic & grief work based skills shared each month via teaching videos and downloadable audio in the online community forum.

This is a deep dive and the ones who are drawn in show up as real, raw and engaged.

Come as you are.

Membership is $125 USD a month or $333 for 3 months, minimum commitment is 3 months.
After that stay as long as you like or cancel anytime. Partial scholarship available for BIPOC and low income folks.

IMPORTANT:
No Way But Through: 4 Real Life Skills for Navigating Grief & Trauma is a Prerequisite to join Through the Dark Woods

NO REFUNDS – MINIMUM 3 MONTH COMMITMENT – HERE’S WHY:

Through the Dark Woods is an ongoing membership group with an initial 3 month minimum commitment. After that you can cancel and opt-out anytime simply by sending us an email a minimum of 7 days before your next payment.

It’s important to us to create a safe, supportive container for this deep work. To help create that, when the core group welcomes someone new in, we want to know you are committed to at least journey a few months with us. We also want you to make that kind of commitment to your own healing. Be willing to give it a fair go – this kind of deep work doesn’t’ transform us overnight – it is a long slow process, and it should be that way. Sometimes when we’re in the depths of despair it can feel like we will never have a different experience. You will, but it won’t happen overnight. You need to give it time and commitment, just like anything we want in life.

Another reason we don’t offer refunds is because we offer a wonderful way for you to experience TTDW prior to joining via a monthly *prerequisite intro session, No Way But Through. If you have not yet attended one of these yet, please sign up HERE: https://darkwoodsofgrief.com/nwbt

Through the Dark Woods is available either on Mondays or Wednesdays.
Live Zoom sessions are 5-7pm Vancouver time on Mondays and 10-12pm Vancouver time on Wednesdays.

Monday evening sessions are alternating weeks & 90 minutes @ 5:30pm pacific time (8:30pm EST):
February 5 & 19
March 4 & 18
April 1 & 15
May 6 & 20
June 3 & 17
July 8 & 22
August 5 & 19

Wednesday morning sessions are alternating weeks & 90 minutes @ 9:30am pacific time (12:30pm EST):
Febuary 14 & 28
March 13 & 27
April 10 & 24
May 15 & 29
June 12 & 26
July 17 & 31
August 14 & 28

We also offer one “bonus” Monday evening session per month led by Elizabeth Claire Burr ~ Meditation for Grief Work which is an opportunity to meet, connect, do a short sitting meditation practice together & then debrief about our experience. Elizabeth is Josea’s long-time mentor and holds a very powerful heart-centered space for transformation & awakening into our true nature which is LOVE. We are blessed to have the opportunity to sit with her in this group! Dates TBA

monthly payment plan

$125 usd/month

quarterly payment plan

$333 usd/3 months

registration open now until february 2nd (After that, we don't open again until late spring 2024!)

One of my core values is that money should not be a barrier to healing, and unfortunately in our post-colonial society, it often is. While we DO need to make a living at this work & support our families, we try to make it as accessible as possible. For every 3 people who pay in full, we are able to offer 1 partial scholarship. If you would like to join the monthly membership and need to apply for a partial scholarship, you can APPLY HERE.

If you would like to support our scholarship fund please email info @ darkwoodsofgrief.com and let us know!

We all walk through the dark woods of grief & trauma - but doing it alone can be unbearable.

Most of us aren’t raised with an intimate understanding of grief.

We can go through our days barely noticing that it’s there, under the surface of things.

Other days, we find it hitting us like a tidal wave and taking us down to the ground.

Sometimes we don’t know we’re stuck in grief. We can be feeling heartbreak, anger, resentment, stuckness, depression, and even anxiety and not realize that this is simply a form of unprocessed emotion.

In our culture, this is only really discussed when someone dies.

And yet isn’t grief innately a part of our human experience?

Martin Prechtel says that grief is totally inseparable from love.

Francis Weller says it this way: “Everything that we love, we will (some day) lose.

For over 20 years I have been holding space for thousands of people who are on a journey of connecting more deeply to their souls. What I have seen is that for every human, simply through the very nature of being ALIVE and by virtue of being deeply connected to ourselves, each other and nature, grief is a companion we cannot avoid.

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Nor would we want to, once we understand it more.

What I’ve witnessed is the more you get connected to your soul, the more you recognize grief.

As human beings, the truth is, we are pretty much guaranteed to experience loss, disappointment, & unmet needs.
A lot, if we live a long time. As Stephen Jenkinson says, “Look into the eyes of anyone over 80, and you will see someone who knows grief…”

This work isn’t just for, “Some people.”
This is for everyone.
It’s not a matter of “if” as much as a matter of, “when…”
If you feel the resonant call, I hope you will join us.

Why grieve in Community

When the world falls apart around us, we need each other more than ever….

One of the most beautiful things that I see happen over and over again in this group is the de-shamifying of each person’s grief experience. 

Because society teaches us to isolate and keep our difficult emotions hidden, and show up with a smile on our faces, we often think that no one else around us has the kind of feelings we do. 

We carry around not only our grief, but also a story that says, “I am alone, I am different, I am secretly broken or weird.”

Within the context of authentic sharing that happens in Through the Dark Woods, this long carried and very heavy story dissolves, and we realize we are all in fact, at our core, exactly the same.

Human. Broken. Beautiful. Alive.

And our wounds are, in fact, deeply connected with the very unique gifts we bring to the world.

Grieving is healing.

With every trauma held in our nervous system, there will come grief as we heal. As we heal, we grieve for the parts of ourselves that may have suffered for a very long time until now when they have an opportunity to have a different experience.

Grief is innate in the process of healing

Grief, honoured in community, helps us to find the beauty in our common humanity.

We see and feel in our bones that we are truly not alone. 

This builds resilience and increases our capacity to be with the harder emotions.

Being witnessed in a compassionate and mutually vulnerable group increases our ability to have deep compassion for ourselves and others. 

When we share and witness each other’s grief in community, we transform in a profound way that simply is not possible in isolation or in 1:1 therapy.

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From Wounds to Gifts…

What if instead of carrying around the weight of grief & trauma as a burden, you could learn to transform it into the gifts you are here to give in this lifetime?

What if the pain, suffering and hardship you have experienced could be transmuted into a sacred offering for the world and the future generations?

This isn’t something we can force or rush, and we can’t approach it in a goal oriented way. The way of the soul is non-linear and a winding, spiralling path.

collective wounds

…Such as systemic racism, isolation, ancestral trauma and colonial structural trauma must be healed collectively, together, not in isolation. 

Personal grief, when witnessed & supported in community, slowly metabolizes into something that is easier to carry on our own.

This process-based group is intended as a container to touch deeply into emotions that society has rejected – emotions that are rooted in love and our sense of justice for self, community, culture and planet. 

All forms of grief are welcome – this includes personal loss and trauma, both ‘minor’ and devastating, as well more transpersonal/collective grief. All is welcome.

Why grieve in Community?

I believe firmly in the intertwined health of individual, community & ecosystem. As the world falls apart around us, we need each other now more than ever. We need to hold and be held by each other through our grief, so we can bring back resilience and vibrant health to ourselves, each other and our earth.

“To speak of sorrow works upon it, moves it from its crouched place barring the way to and from the soul’s hall.”

—Denise Levertov

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Feels

When we make big life changes, even if we’re excited about moving in new directions, and becoming more of who we are, we need to grieve the person, life, and experiences that we’re leaving behind.

Not to mention the grief of the world around us, seemingly not ours, yet still felt by our soul, our body, and our hearts as we are interconnected with all things.

If we are sensitive and attuned to the reality of our current life on this beautiful planet, there will be grief alongside our love and gratitude for life.

I’m not saying we need to be sad all the time – no!
Quite the contrary!

As a grief-worker and therapist, I probably laugh more than most people I know. And there’s a reason for this.

The more we allow our “e-motion” to move in a skilled way, the more capacity we build in our nervous system to experience the full range of emotions – joy, anger, gratitude, sorrow, fear, courage, hopelessness and the creative tension of pure potentiality…we gain access to a full range of feeling our experience.

With every loss, every life change and transition, every personal evolution, every deep connection, there is an emotional process that needs to unfold.

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Grief?

Most of us aren’t raised with an intimate understanding of grief.

We can go through our days barely noticing that it’s there, under the surface of things.

Other days, we find it hitting us like a tidal wave and taking us down to the ground.

Sometimes we don’t know we’re stuck in grief. We can be feeling heartbreak, anger, resentment, stuckness, depression, and even anxiety and not realize that this is simply a form of unprocessed emotion.

In our culture, grief is only really discussed when someone dies.

Yet with every loss, every life change and transition, every personal evolution, there is an emotional process that needs to unfold.

Even if we’re excited about moving in new directions, and becoming more of who we are, we need to release the energy of the person, life, and experiences that we’re leaving behind.
Not to mention, we carry in our bodies the trouble in the world around us, seemingly not ours, yet still felt by our soul, our body, and our heart as we’re interconnected with all things.
This too, we need a place to metabolize.

Through the Dark Woods Membership Group is a carefully curated container to address grief in ALL its forms. A consent-based place where emotion is welcome.

“Grief is the expression of healing in motion. As you make the seemingly bottomless descent, it helps to remember that grief is the downpour your soul has been thirsting for. Because what remains hidden for too long doesn’t change. It is calcified in place, often sealed by shame, left untouched and forgotten by time. But when it can finally come into the open to be seen, it is exposed to new conditions and it begins to move. It rises on a salty geyser of tears, sometimes sung to the surface by a terrific moan, streaming down our cheeks until it moistens the soil where we stand, preparing us for new growth.”
—Toko-pa Turner, Belonging

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU:

"I'm learning so very much in my work with this group. This week I allowed myself to really feel and process some of the anger I've never felt comfortable with in regards to the deaths of my brother (30yrs) and mother (3years). I haven't cried so much or so often over their deaths, as I have this past month. that's a lot of years of emotional repression. i can't explain how wonderful it feels to be witnessed in this process and held in a safe container no matter what comes to the surface. Thank you for this work. It is changing my life."

~Angela, Website Designer

Meet the Team

We are committed to helping people access the innate wisdom of their physical & emotional bodies as a doorway to deeper awakening and freedom. We believe that while 1:1 therapy can be profound and life changing, there are things that can only be healed in the presence of community/group work.

We are a diverse team of humans and are committed to honoring the full spectrum of racial, cultural & gender identity. We recognize that we are learning and will not be perfect, but that our intention is to create a safe space where all who wish to do this work are welcome!

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Josea Tamira Crossley

Team Lead, Mentor & Founder of Through the Dark Woods Community

For over 20 years, I’ve been working with grief & trauma. Through practices that work with the nervous system & rewiring the brain learned through my studies in Somatic Therapy, Attachment Theory, Healing Sexual Trauma, Deep Nature Connection, Craniosacral therapy, Shamanic Study, Tibetan Buddhism and Yoga, I’ve learned to support people to completely transform how they experience the world and themselves.

In terms of walking through the dark woods and returning with gifts, I am a living, breathing example, and this work is my offering to you.

It is my mission to create spaces in this world where people can experience enough safety & belonging, and can gain enough skillfulness to be able to heal.

The body does the rest.

I want this for you.

I have trained with expert grief facilitator Francis Weller (author, Wild Edge of Sorrow), as well as key Somatic & Relational Therapy teachers Mariah Moser (Relational Somatic Psychotherapy), Peter Levine (SE), Diane Poole Heller (DARe), Irene Lyon (SmartBodySmartMind), & the 8 Shields Institute.

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor through the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and am generally covered by Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life, Manulife, Claimsecure, Equitable Life of Canada, Alberta Blue Cross & Green Shield and can provide receipts for both 1:1 counselling and group work.

I currently live, work & play in the seaside mountain town of qathet, BC, on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin people.

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Elizabeth Claire Burr

Team Mentor & Meditation Practice for Grief Facilitator

Elizabeth has been studying the Vajrayana & Nature of Mind teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition with Mingyur Rinpoche since 2008. **She has taken the Bodhisattva vow, and her deepest aspiration is to support all beings with wisdom and compassion and to practice this in the world as best she can. This has come to manifest in many forms; meditation and yoga teacher, cranial sacral and somatic therapist, founder/owner of a healing arts center, kirtan leader, doula, mothering, mentoring and sacred partnership.
She embodies compassion and joy in a way that is rare in this world, and people often say they experience Love of the Divine, self and each other in a way they haven’t before when being in her presence. She currently resides by the ocean on the traditional territory of the Ligwilda’xw people; the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nation.

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Jane Spielman

Team Elder & LGTBQ2S Community Lead

Jane worked as an educator for 50 years, supporting transformative, inquiry-based literacy for children from birth through teenagers to undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates. She helped build trauma and healing informed school programs all over New York City that got to the root of what was in the way of student’s learning. When her wife of over 3 decades fell ill, she began her study of caregiving and grief. Jane believes that learning how to grieve and face trauma in safe-enough spaces is essential to physical, emotional and spiritual life; and is absolutely essential in the process of discovering the gifts we have to offer the world.

Jane has studied with Zen and Tibetan Buddhist masters, hospice providers and is a graduating student in the Dark Woods Grief Tending & Ritual Facilitation Training. Her work is grounded in these lineages as well as Somatic tools, Internal Family Systems work & Reiki.

Jane is a Jewish anti-Zionist who believes we were born for these times, and a lifelong activist, with a focus on allyship in anti-colonist struggles. She is also a proud lesbian who has always represented and collaborated with other LGBTQ2S folx.

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Daniela Abedrabbo

BIPOC Community Lead & Facilitator

Daniela is a clinical counsellor, MPCC and RPC with the Canadian Professional Counselling Association. With over a decade of experience as a Counsellor and Certified Coach, Daniela brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice.

Daniela is a highly skilled therapist with a passion for nurturing the connections that bind us together. Her expertise extends beyond the realm of traditional therapy, as she wholeheartedly embraces the beauty of all relationships—whether they be between friends, business partners, or family members and more.

Daniela enjoys the opportunity to guide individuals and groups toward rediscovering the art of truly hearing each other. She believes that genuine connection is the key to harmony and that the path to it often requires vulnerability, openness, and empathy.

In her therapeutic work, Daniela exemplifies the principles of non-judgment, trauma-informed care, and client-centered counselling. She adopts a solution-based and holistic approach, embracing the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit within her practice. Compassion and kindness are at the core of Daniela’s approach. She listens deeply, offers support, and creates a safe space for her clients to explore their feelings and thoughts.

Her dedication to helping people find their light is a testament to her commitment to personal growth, healing, and strengthening the bonds that make our lives meaningful. Daniela is not just a therapist; she is a beacon of hope for those on a journey to more profound, more authentic connections.

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Madison Steadwell

Online Community Manager, Facilitator & Neurodivergent Community Lead

Madison Steadwell is a singer, artist, somatic coach, and grief tender. She recently completed two years of study at Wisdom of the Earth Wilderness School, and reverently carries the medicine of deep nature connection and community building. The loss of village being one of her most heartbreaking griefs, she is devoted to learning and embodying the old wisdom, stories, rituals, and traditions of her ancestors (Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, French, German, Norwegian, Icelandic, Mi’kmaq) and fostering connection with others through them. She is also a graduating student of the Dark Woods Grief Tending & Ritual Facilitation Training. Madison has recently opened up her somatic coaching practice, helping clients to find healing through listening to their body’s innate wisdom.

Being diagnosed with autism at 21, Madison is on a journey of “breaking the masks” and becoming more of who she already is, her bold, magical, natural self! Being extremely sensitive, she recognizes the “wound as gift” in her autism oh so very well. She is now working towards holding space for neurodiverse people to show up and be just as they are, in all their wondrous gifts.

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Amber Keith

Community Facilitator

Amber Keith is a trauma-informed, healing-centered facilitator & educator. She is also a ritualist & coach in grief, somatic, and nature connection practices as well as an herbalist and yoga teacher. She believes in the power of community, ritual, nature, and movement to support healing and the return home to who we truly are. She has spent many years working with and advocating for refugees, women’s rights, Indigenous sovereignty, and environmental justice. Amber has a BA in International Studies from Simon Fraser University, training in mental health, somatic and grief facilitation, trauma and somatic therapies, and has led transformational youth leadership programming all over the world. She is a graduating student of the 2023 Dark Woods Grief Tending & Ritual Facilitation Training.

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Janell Kathryn Skelpsky

Community Facilitator

Student first, teacher second. Janell is a heart centered woman who values the inner work that brings about an unshakable trust in one’s self and the embrace of life. Indigenous wisdom teachings, song and ceremony; movement, healing touch, plant medicine, meditation and connection to the land are ways that she shows up to the path. Janell’s soul purpose is to empower and hold loving space for others to come home to this place in themselves and to be all the way alive, right where their feet are. Community Manager and Nurturer of The Luckiest Club, an online sobriety support community, Janell lives in a small ocean mountain village on traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation on Vancouver Island.

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Elisa Lee

Born of Chinese immigrant parents from Hong Kong, Elisa Lee (she/they), MA. BEd. BSc. BA. grew up on the unceded traditional lands of the Haisla Nation in Kitimat, British Columbia and is now based in Yarrow Ecovillage, Chilliwack on the lands of the Sto:lo Nation. She has been promoting people’s personal development in collaboration with Nature for the past 18 years, and brings a grounded presence and non-prescriptive approach to ceremony. Having trained with eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Elisa leads community grief rituals based on Joanna’s ‘Truth Circle.’ She also guides Wilderness Vigils (aka Vision Quests), facilitates people awakening to their erotic selves at the Body Electric School, and is the founder of Fire & Flower, a coming-of-age rites of passage charity for girls. In all her endeavors, Elisa is actively addressing systemic racism and creating spaces for BIPOC folx to be seen and heard. Elisa is ever-grateful for all the teachings she has received from Animas Valley Institute, School of Lost Borders, The Haven, Nonviolent Communication, and her personal sacred experiences in the wild.

What will you gain?

Personal grief and healing skills

Learn how to enter and tend to grief in a deep, meaningful and transformative way, while also improving the ability to live with the emotional ups and downs of our day to day lives.

An Approach of Balance and Self-regulation

To approach grief skillfully allows us to avoid the extremes of either suppressing our grief or being consumed by it. You’ll learn to walk the middle path - to build your capacity to be present with your grief while staying tethered to the joys available in everyday life.

Layers of Holding

Learn how to hold space for the deepest depths of emotion - your own and that of others - while also experiencing the holding of community, nature and the ancestors.

Gently Building Capacity

Your capacity to hold yourself in these tender and vulnerable places will expand, so that then even when you are alone and grief arises, you will have more ability to stay with it. This will also increase your capacity for growth, greater self expression, leadership, and the holding of the grief of others.

Trust in Yourself Thought Commitment

It is not that this process will be easy, in fact it will be difficult and there may likely be setbacks along the way, and yet progress simply for the sake of progress was never the point. Commitment to meeting yourself and showing up for these parts is where the healing happens.

Real Life Skills

You will gain the skills to move in any direction with a profound sense of choice & resilience.

Reciprocity

You will learn to ask for help directly from each other, Nature and the Ancestors, and to offer thanks in return. Because we all need help along the way, and reciprocity is key.

What will be let go of?

You may (gently) release along the way:

Membership Details

Through the Dark Woods is a one of a kind monthly membership group. You will be walking alongside others committed to learn the skills to consciously tend to and integrate grief and trauma and to develop the capacity to honor our individual and shared pain while holding the fullness of life.

Grief tending is a long and winding road. For many, there is no start or end date and the need for community is constant. This is why I have put together an ongoing membership program. By joining this membership program you will receive access to the Through The Dark Woods Group Program and Curriculum.

What is included in your monthly membership of $125:

Two Live Group Grief Tending Sessions via Zoom: These sessions are 2 hours long and are primarily process-based – including writing practices, somatic/embodied practice, group as well as partner/trio work. If you miss a live session, they will be recorded so you can listen and do the practices on your own or with a friend.

Short, Pre-recorded Teaching Pieces with New Content Every Month of the Year:
These contain important teachings members will need to become familiar with, as they go hand-in-hand with the practices we will do in the group sessions. These are somewhat self-paced, but there are certain videos you will need to watch before each session, especially in the first month. Expect to dedicate approximately 10-15 minutes per week or 0.5-1 hr per month to this.

Integration Practices:
Since we are aiming to approach our work with balance and self-regulation, the flow of our time together is designed to have weeks where we dive deep balanced with integration weeks. During integration weeks you will receive an email with body-based prompts, and the invitation is to stay engaged by connecting with each other via the online group forum and the prerecorded practices.

this is an ongoing group. registration open now until february 2nd!

Spring/Summer 2023 Dates:
March 6th & 20th
April 3rd & 17th
May 8th & 22nd
June 5th & 19th
July 3rd & 17th
August 14th & 28th
September 11th & 25th
October 9 & 23rd
November 6th & 20th
December 4th & 18th

Spring/Summer 2023 Dates:
March 22nd
April 5th & 19th
May 10th & 24th
June 7th & 21st
July 5th & 19th
August 16th & 30th
September 13th & 27th
October 11th & 25th
November 8th & 22nd
December 6th & 20th

monthly payment plan

$125 USD/month

registration open now until february 2nd (After that, we don't open again until late spring 2024!)

quarterly payment plan

$333 USD/3 months

registration open now until february 2nd (After that, we don't open again until late spring 2024!)

"I highly recommend this group if you are crawling around the edges or smack in the middle of the grief stew! It's deepening a process that was already years long and well facilitated. Yet it all feels brand new. And safe."

~jane, through the dark woods group participant

"I'm learning so very much in my work with this group. This week I allowed myself to really feel and process some of the anger I've never felt comfortable with in regards to the deaths of my brother (30yrs) and mother (3years). I haven't cried so much or so often over their deaths, as I have this past month. that's a lot of years of emotional repression. i can't explain how wonderful it feels to be witnessed in this process and held in a safe container no matter what comes to the surface. Thank you for this work. It is changing my life."

~ash, through the dark woods group participant

You're not alone anymore.

Two partial scholarship spots available, priority will be given to single mamas, BIPOC, LGTBQ2S and other marginalized folks.

FAQ:

No, we only open registration quarterly. Doors will be open only until mid-January. We will open registration again in late Spring 2024.

As soon as you sign up you will receive a link to our online community forum where you will be able to dive in immediately to a supportive group setting. 

Monday evening sessions are alternating weeks & 90 minutes @ 5:30pm pacific time (8:30pm EST):
February 5 & 19
March 4 & 18
April 1 & 15
May 6 & 20
June 3 & 17
July 8 & 22
August 5 & 19

Wednesday morning sessions are alternating weeks & 90 minutes @ 9:30am pacific time (12:30pm EST):
Febuary 14 & 28
March 13 & 27
April 10 & 24
May 15 & 29
June 12 & 26
July 17 & 31
August 14 & 28

Yes, each session is recorded. If you miss a session, you can go back and listen to it later and do the practices on your own.

This is an ongoing membership group that you subscribe to monthly, with a minimum of 3 months commitment. After 3 months you can cancel at any time. It does take time to really land in the work together and start to feel the ripple effect this will have in your life. This work is not a, “quick fix.” In fact this isn’t a ‘fix’ thing at all – it’s a reconditioning of our societal training to try to ‘fix’ ourselves and each other, and instead to recognize that the real healing happens when we stop trying to fix things and allow our souls to simply rest together, witnessing each other and simply being in attuned and compassionate presence together. We do ask for 7 days cancellation notice before your next payment.

If you miss a live session, they will be recorded so you can listen and do the practices on your own or with a friend if you choose too, or just do the pre-recorded practices and join the next live session, no problem. There is no expectation that you attend all the sessions. Most people choose to come to 2-3 sessions per month.

You can attend as many sessions or as few as you want each month.

NO REFUNDS – MINIMUM 3 MONTH COMMITMENT – HERE’S WHY:

Through the Dark Woods is an ongoing membership group with an initial 3 month minimum commitment. After that you can cancel and opt-out anytime simply by sending us an email a minimum of 7 days before your next payment.

It’s important to us to create a safe, supportive container for this deep work. To help create that, when the core group welcomes someone new in, we want to know you are committed to at least journey a few months with us. We also want you to make that kind of commitment to your own healing. Be willing to give it a fair go – this kind of deep work doesn’t’ transform us overnight – it is a long slow process, and it should be that way. Sometimes when we’re in the depths of despair it can feel like we will never have a different experience. You will, but it won’t happen overnight. You need to give it time and commitment, just like anything we want in life.

Another reason we don’t offer refunds is because we offer a wonderful way for you to experience TTDW prior to joining via a monthly *prerequisite intro session, No Way But Through. If you have not yet attended one of these yet, please sign up HERE: https://darkwoodsofgrief.com/nwbt

Questions? Email joseatamira@gmail.com

The dark woods of grief can be frightening...

…to you if you haven’t had someone to lead you through and show you the lay of the land.

We can get stuck in the darkness of our grief, eyes-closed, terrified to open them because we don’t know what could be lurking in the shadows. And yet what is there doesn’t change, eyes open or closed.

But how do we gather the strength to open our eyes and face where we are? It helps enormously to know that we are not alone, and that we have some guidance from one who has traversed these woods before.

That’s what this group is offering. A hand to hold. Someone to lead you through the dark woods. A community to walk with you, so that you know you aren’t alone.

I have over 20 years of study and experience in working with trauma and grief and have been facilitating Grief Ritual and process work for the past four years. My work is grounded in training in Somatic Therapy, Attachment Theory, Healing Sexual Trauma, Deep Nature Connection, Craniosacral therapy, Somato Emotional Release, Shamanic Study, Tibetan Buddhism and Yoga.

I have trained with expert grief facilitators Francis Weller (author, Wild Edge of Sorrow) and Randy Jones (author, Medicine Without an Expiry Date), as well as key Somatic & Relational Therapy teachers Mariah Moser (Relational Somatic Psychotherapy), Peter Levine (SE), Diane Poole Heller (DARe), Irene Lyon (SmartBodySmartMind), Elizabeth Claire Burr (CST, SER & Vijnana Yoga) & 8 Shields Institute.

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor through the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and am generally covered by Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life, Manulife, Claimsecure, Equitable Life of Canada, Alberta Blue Cross & Green Shield and can provide receipts for both 1:1 counselling and group work.

"Thanks Josea...

“I'm still using so many of the tools you taught me to help keep myself and others safe as we enter these dark woods of grief. Like the crumbs dropped in the fairy tale, these tools help pace us, moderate the journey, and find our way back. At this Autumn Equinox of balancing on the brink between the light and dark, what better time to embark on a journey in community to learn ways to grieve, to learn ways of working with all that is cast into the shadow. Josea Tamira Crossley 's Through the Dark Woods - Real Life Skills for Navigating Grief & Trauma is a beacon that we should all carry.”

~ Belinda White

...for your wisdom, curiosity, care and attention during the course. It was a privilege and a gift to be in circle with everyone. I cherished the time we spent in vulnerable presence with each other. I learned much about holding the space for grief and being held by community, ancestors and the earth.”

~ Ahava Shira

"The work I did with Josea Tamira Crossley in 2015 and 2016 literally changed my life and was part of what saved my life from the brink of serious breakdown. Josea is hands down my go expert on how grief and trauma are held in the body and how as a community we can come together for deep healing. I have never met someone so committed to living the truth of what they teach. Truly trauma informed in her approach, if grief is even remotely something you're dealing with (even collective grief) working with Josea is necessary work! Big claim i know. I stand by it."

~ Emma McCann