Embodied Grief Space

embodied grief space

Three people are dead, dozens more injured, and many of us are reeling from the events in #Charlottesville yesterday.  Yesterday’s violence, planned and executed by white nationalists, the KKK, white supremacists, alt-right, and others, in collusion with the cops and other authorities, is confirmation of what we already know. White supremacy is alive and well in this country, in our midst, inside of the hearts and minds and homes and bodies of white folks.

What I know for sure right now: I am scared, feeling isolated, and full of emotion. In the spirit of wanting to reduce isolation, foment connection, and increase collective capacity to hold grief and move towards right action, I’m offering an embodied grief space today.

Reflecting on yesterday’s events in Virginia, Adrienne Maree Brown said, “We have to grieve and feel and strategize in motion…”

I offer this space in that spirit, and in my capacity as a therapist, healing justice worker, trauma-informed yoga teacher, queer woman, anti-oppression trainer, and white anti-racist activist who is working in accountable relationship in my community.

I do not presume that this is what everyone needs right now, but I am feeling like its part of what I need, and what I can offer. I’ve reached out to folks I’m connected with here in community – both People of Color leaders and healers, as well as other white folks committed to the multi-racial work of ending white supremacy and racism – and the folks I’ve connected with are offering their support and encouragement to move forward with this space, though many are already committed to and present in their own spaces and formations.

This space will include:

  • reflection
  • gentle movement to connect with the body and move energy and emotion
  • opportunity for pair or small group sharing/listening (solo work is an option too)
  • invitation to commit to further action.


Sunday, August 13, 1-2:30pm <<TODAY>>
Durham Yoga Company, 502 Rigsbee, 2nd Floor (This space has an elevator)
Free/By donation – Proceeds will go to Charlottesville Medical Fund and to SONG’s Black August Bailout Action.

Bring with you:

  • A notebook/journal/paper and pen
  • Comfortable clothes for movement
  • Cash/card if you want to donate – no requirement to do so
  • Open heart and mind, willingness to be transformed


In love and struggle,



About bienestarte

Patty Adams is a bilingual clinical social worker, as well as an experienced yoga teacher and anti-oppression trainer. She is devoted to intersectional organizing, liberation, holistic healing arts, and wellness.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s