Healing Through the Dark Emotions: Transforming Grief, Fear, and Despair into Gratitude, Joy, and Faith
Miriam Greenspan, MEd, LMHC, is a leading psychotherapist, author, and workshop facilitator. A pioneer in the field of women’s psychology and therapy, she is the author of Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of…
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For everyone who has some familiarity with emotional work.
There is redemptive and transformative power in the emotions we most dread?gifts that come to us when we know how to listen to the wisdom of the broken heart. Whether grief, fear, and despair are rooted in personal losses or in the traumas of life in the 21st century, these dark emotions are messengers of our vulnerability and humanity that can become sources of profound spiritual empowerment.
In this workshop, you
- Learn a unique process called the alchemy of the dark emotions, which skillfully transforms grief, fear, despair, and other distressing emotions
- Practice three basic skills (attending, befriending, and surrendering to emotional flow in the body)
- Explore the seven fundamental steps in the process.
Through didactic presentation, mindfulness meditation, stories, discussion, breathwork, visualization, cognitive reframing, energy work, and heart-centered prayer, this workshop offers a repertoire of skills for mastering the alchemy by which grief becomes gratitude, fear opens into joy, and despair ushers in a more resilient faith in life.
Recommended reading Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair (Shambhala).
- 8.5 credits for Social Workers (SW), $20 additional charge
- room & meals pricing
9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday
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Choice of Accommodations
Rates below reflect total housing costs for all program nights.
The dorms allow for 5–22 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms.
- Standard Rooms
- $256 and up
These spare and peaceful rooms measure 8' x 12' and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds.
- Standard Plus Rooms
- $392 and up
These quiet rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and include simple décor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds.Learn More