Learn more about Akashic’s three ongoing workshop offerings below:
Custom workshops can also be designed upon request!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“A thoughtful, gentle, compassionate workshop.”
“I’ve learned I’m more resilient than I thought I was, that I am not alone, and that I really enjoy journalling. I’ve gained many different ways to deal with my grief and I no longer feel stuck or purposeless.”
“The depth of Michelle’s knowledge and insights around grief and loss tied together with the compassionate experience she has created are both so evident.”
“An incredibly helpful resource for people to deal with this difficult, but inevitable, reality of life.”
Have you lost someone you love? Maybe your loss was recent, or perhaps it was awhile back but your heart still aches. Do you sometimes feel like you want to be ‘further along’ in your healing process, might be stuck in your pain and grief, and it may be somehow holding you back from a more fulfilling life? While nothing can erase the pain of losing a loved one, learning about the experiences of others, receiving educational materials, combined with expressive writing is a powerful way to enhance the enduring bond to your loved one.
CELEBRATING Spirit is a six-session, counsellor-facilitated, loss and grief group designed to enhance self-awareness and healing relating to loss, grief, and bereavement. CELEBRATING Spirit provides a safe place to express feelings and impacts of loss through sharing with others who just ‘get it’, and the introduction to expressive writing techniques and an ongoing journaling practice to accompany your healing journey as it changes over time.
CELEBRATING Spirit participants can expect to:
Access and honour the spirit of those who are no longer with us – feel their presence as much or more than their absence – and contribute to your individual journey of self-discovery and healing.
Each CELEBRATING Spirit course is 2 hours per week for six weeks for total program length of 12 hours and group size is limited to 8 participants.
The next CELEBRATING Spirit workshop series will be held in spring 2023.
Anyone who has experienced the loss of an animal companion understands just how heart-breaking this can be. These sage creatures emanate endless unconditional love, quietly teach us in ways we never could have imagined, and much of our thoughts and daily routine is linked to the intensely rewarding enjoyment of their company and to their care. All too often however, pet loss can be diminished, and is not acknowledged in the same way as other losses in society (known as disenfranchised grief), and even more so in the backdrop of disconnect in an ongoing global pandemic.
Celebrating Animal Spirit is a three-session, counsellor-facilitated workshop designed to address the specific topic of animal companion (pet) loss, in a safe and supportive environment.
Workshop participants receive:
Upcoming CELEBRATING ANIMAL SPIRIT workshop dates will be determined based on interest…be sure to reach out!
We all have – or have had – important and influential women in our lives – a mother, grandmother, sister, niece, mentor, BFF, or colleague… Who is she? Why is she important to you? Does she know? Whether passed or present – perhaps it is time to Celebrate HER!
Inspiring, illuminating, and creating space for new conversations and connections, Celebrate HER highlights the lives of these important women, can bring new perspective to your relationship and own life experiences, and can also be an instrument of healing. As an added bonus, the resulting piece can make a great gift!
Each Celebrate HER expressive writing workshop has two components:
The next Celebratre HER expressive writing experience will be held in April:
Sat April 15th: 10am to 4pm (6 hour workshop)
Sat April 29th: 10am to Noon (2 hour follow-up)
Program Fee: $199 + GST
*Tell Michelle if you wish to structure your writing exercises so you can submit to the My Mother’s Story project! After writing her own mother’s story in 2015, Michelle became the first MMS facilitator; running writing workshops and supporting others on their journey to document and honour their mothers. In 2021, she counsellor-facilitated the writing workshops for 20 adults who experienced the loss of their mother in childhood or adolescence, and was an editor and contributing author to the Amazon Canada bestelling anthology My Mother’s Story:Gone Too Soon (2022).