Into the Ashes Program

A six-month program to understand the layers of grief, process grief through the body, and understand how to re-emerge from the ashes anew. Using the work of Karla McLaren (The Language of Emotions) we will investigate how living in a grief impaired culture impacts us and what we can do to heal grief impairment. Using the work of Francis Weller (The Wild Edge of Sorrow) we can investigate the ways that five aspects of grief are gateways to the soul.


We will use the following tools….


Art: Collage, poetry, song, and movement

Art is a vehicle through which the soul can speak


Ritual: Alter building, burning contracts, drumming

“Ritual is the anti-machine”-Malidoma Some’


Communion with Mother Earth: meditation walks in the woods, going down to the river, speaking with/listening to the trees, toning/wailing

Our healing is bound in the healing of Earth


Re-birthing Breathwork

This is how we birth what is ready to be released and begin to re-emerge anew

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We will meet on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, from 12-4pm

and 1st Fridays from 7-9pm.

Next Program begins October 16th 2022


The breakdown:

12 Sundays and 4 Fridays. 3 of those Sundays will be spent in the Wissahickon.


Cost: $1740

(includes art materials)


Not included:

Journal, Book The Wild Edge of Sorrow, Food

The program’s practices additionally include Yoga posture practice, relaxation, and meditation


I often thought I had completed the cycle of grieving. It’s true that time and experience had given me a better understanding of the deep losses in my life; I thought it was only necessary to grieve the initial traumatic event and that this process was over for me. It took me entering into MotherHeart’s Grief Retreat to feel the waves my past traumas had created throughout my life. It was thanks to the great care and compassion within the MotherHeart Sangha that I was able to start riding those waves back to my beautiful, loving source. Before the retreat, I had expected to share the words and thoughts surrounding my losses, as I had done earlier in my life, but the MotherHeart space allowed me to relax my guard and open a space within me for a deep emotional release I had not recognized before. What a blessing for anyone seeking this type of work.

-Scott Kelly

Go to the River, A Weekend Retreat to Process Grief
Next Weekend TBA

Grief comes when something has been irretrievably lost, whether that is a loved one, a way of being in the world, or a part of ourselves.


Grief work can be tricky or even harmful when we are not given autonomy to trust our pace or instincts around it. In this workshop, there will be space to enter in as you see right for you and options for alternative practices and ways to stay in your process that feel supportive and not forceful.


Led by Dawn, Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Spiritual Healer, and Interfaith Minister.

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Email Dawn with questions or to RSVP

Cost options: 

Community assist: If you are in need of this work, but struggling financially



Taking Care: If you are in need of this work and can afford it with planning but without struggle



Pass it forward: If you are in need of this work and also would like to be generous in support of another community member


Payments can be made thru either

PayPal -

Venmo - @Dawn-Smelser