Our Deep Need to Grieve

Grief is felt every time something contradicts our sense of humanity, separating us from our true sense of identity. It is a dramatic event creating a crisis of the soul requiring reconciliation. Emotion is the most natural response and grieving has the same profound strength that love holds, in it's shadow side. We are conditioned to suppress and repress these powerful emotions in the West, holding a stiff upper lip through adversity and pain. We have been told that time heals all wounds and yet we carry a heaviness of heart. In holding our grief we miss the experience of living with a lightness of spirit and even our degree of participation in life. Grieving vents the soul - it is not to be confused with weakness or vulnerability. Emotions are collective and affect those within our community, much as a smile can bring warmth to another, grief can bring sadness to another within that community. Grief is released in layers of loss, requiring a lot of energy - one member of your community can trigger suppressed grief within you, hence the community contributes to the process. 
In the Dagara community (African indigenous wisdom), grief is seen as the food for the psyche. Just as the body needs food, the psyche needs grief to maintain its own healthy balance. We cannot truly know love without experiencing grief. Holding back unexpressed emotions and tears is like a time bomb; both dangerous to ourselves and to the world around us. Many of us have reservations about connecting on a deep, emotional level as we have been immersed in a society of logic and reason, yet we truly need to look at what we are losing in our life when we choose not to grieve. Emotions reside within the body on a cellular level and can be now mapped with incredible precision. Our bodies require the freedom of flow within; not the physical flow of oxygen, nutrients and blood but also energetically. When a blockage remains in a body for extended periods, it impedes the natural flow, becomes toxic and creates disharmony of mind and disease of body. 
Dr. Malidoma Some, Dagara Elder, author and international spokesman, travels to share the wisdom and healing of his community. He expresses that 'grief is a community problem because the person who is sick belongs to the entire community. Just as the wound on your leg cannot be approached as the leg's problem alone, but must be treated as a problem for the entire body, a person in the village who is sick with grief, sickens the rest of the village.'

Now more than ever we need to grieve...
Join us for a 3 day Community Grief Ritual 
Monday, July 3rd - Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Southwestern Ontario

(location provided upon registration)

  • fully outdoor experience with options for camping on land or house accommodations
  • daily gatherings to understand the process, build community and share
  • immersion in beautiful private land in the country, creating an environment for reflection and nourishment for body and mind
  • daily meditations
  • deep healing and closure; it is in letting go that we restore and reset our psyches to its balance
  • all meals/snacks provided (vegetarian)
  • Jembe drummers to hold the space during ritual
  • outdoor shower and portable bathrooms onsite

Retreat cost is $817 + HST(13% provincial sales tax) for camping on land or $947 + HST for house accommodations 
Campers please bring your own tents, blankets and equipment
Registration requires $100 non-refundable deposit with balance payable May 30th, 2017
Limiting retreat/ritual to a maximum of 25 participants so book your space today.

An email will be sent to confirmed registrants for travel arrangements and and other details of event. 
Contact Sherri at 519-317-3177 or email sherri@astateofbliss.com to register.
Private Divinations with Elder Malidoma Some
A divination is a beautiful, empowering and healing manifestation of spirit. It is an opportunity to hear direction from the realm of the ancestors.It is a process by which your epic story is reflected back to you, giving you greater clarity about your gift to the world.
Schedule a time for your private and personal divination with Malidoma, tailored to assist you in living more harmoniously in the natural world and relationships with the spirit world. You may be assigned personal rituals designed to support your growth and your deepening relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds. These appointment times book up fast, contact the administration at info@malidoma.com to book yours today.


3 Day Grief Ritual with Dr Malidoma Some

Returning to Nature

Signature Retreat Series

Early Bird Pricing - Book now and save!

$657 + HST until June 30th, 2017 for camping/ $797 + HST for house accommodations

Unresolved issues show up in our lives in many ways, and a form of addiction keeps us attached to that story. We are Nature, and it is from our disconnection that we begin to stray into toxic patterns. 

  • a reoccurring pattern of challenging relationships
  • feeling trapped or stuck in an unhealthy situation
  • complaining and/or negative focus
  • a lack of purpose and/or joy 
  • over-reacting to small problems as if they are major crises
  • obsessively worrying about the future
  • feeling unmotivated or powerless
  • difficulty in concentrating or focusing, insomnia or sleep issues

As we begin to establish an intimate connection with the abundance of Nature around us, we move away from our fears and into our joy. Nature is authentic. It invites you to drop the social mask and get real. This retreat is a joyful exploration of ourselves, our truest Nature amidst Nature. 

Have you attended retreats/workshops in the past that felt inspiring but returned and fell into the same traps and patterns? Teachings primarily sit at a knowledge level and until we step into the experience will it become wisdom and a place to live from. It becomes our experience and our truth. 

This retreat promises to expand you, to wow you and to bring you back to a place of joy and peace within yourself. Step into your power and to be your beautiful self in this incredible immersion!

  • Water rituals for understanding the body holding patterns and allowing us to fully surrender
  • Shamanic Journeying to retrieve your Power Animal
  • Mask making  express your wildest self
  • Trance Dance to align your body and spirit and experience joy on a cellular level
  • Daily meditations and body movement to enliven the body and centre the mind
  • Forest Bathing to create an imprint within your psyche of nuturance and peace
  • Exploration of society's labels; deep reflection on its impact on your beliefs and ceremony for releasing
  • Immersion in Nature (similar to Vision Quest)
  • Closing gratitude ceremony and a celebration of the new you!


Date - Thursday, August 30th at noon through Sunday, September 3rd in the afternoon.

Cost - $749 + HST for camping on land, $899 + HST for house accommodations

Location - 40 acres of private wooded land in Southwestern Ontario (details of location to be provided upon registration)

Beautiful nourishing meals provided 3 times daily. For the greatest transformations, we will be sending out a dietary preparation for this event as digestion can impede the process. Meals will be vegan with limited dairy and glucose.

Campers will have access to a private outdoor shower, which feels incredible under the warm summer sun. Porta potties will be onsite as well for your convenience.

This retreat is limited to 12 participants, a small community of like-minded souls to create an intimate container for the transformation. Registration is confirmed by sending $100 non-refundable deposit to sherri@astateofbliss.com. Balance will be due August 10th, 2017. 

Give yourself permission to 'let go' and celebrate your authentic self! Often what we most fear is the very thing that sets us free.

 (519) 317-3177

A State of Bliss