I think the connection aspect of the group and non-judgmental space that is held in the group for people to openly say how they feel and be able to learn and grow from other perspectives is an incredibly useful tool. I am so glad to have found this group!
The 10-Steps left me with a greater understanding of myself as well as questions I will continue to work with. I also gained an understanding of the intersection between personal and planetary resilience and a sense of hope that this community can create the new paradigm.
Good Grief Network has helped me metabolize a build-up of climate grief that was leading to burn out and downshifting. Participating in the Good Grief Network is helping me continue my climate activism with more balance, resilience, and presence.
What is this group about?
GGN’s 10-Step Program is a peer-to-peer support group where people come together for 10 weeks to build community, process our heavy and painful feelings about the state of the world, and identify meaningful actions each of us can take. Each group is facilitated by GGN-trained facilitators; this is not a therapy program.
We prioritize an intimate group experience, capping each group at 15 participants, including the 2-person facilitation team.
This 10-week program is process-based, meaning that the weekly meetings are initial introductions to each of the 10 steps. The real work happens when you begin to integrate these lessons into your daily life.
While in the meetings, we share our experiences, wisdom, and passions with each other. We co-create a brave container to practice being vulnerable and calming our nervous systems. We express our emotions, explore new ways of thinking and seeing the predicament, and open to creative responses that become available once we process our feelings and connect with others. We build resilient community by learning how to see people again and co-envisioning life-sustaining paradigms for the future.
GGN’s 10-Step Program has been mentioned/covered by CBS, NBC, MSN, RollingStone, Outside Magazine, Time Magazine, CNN, CBC, Yale Climate Connections, NPR, Reuters, Daily Beast, Medscape, Deutsche Welle (DW), USA Today, Grist, LA Times, The Guardian, Washington Post and The Weather Channel.
To read more about each step, view our piece: “Tools for the Awakening“
What is required of you?
Attendance. Please try to attend all 10 meetings. We know this is a big commitment, and this program honors your time with a big offering of resources and support in return; the process works best when you show up!
*Of course, we understand that emergencies and urgent needs arise. We just want you to think about whether you can make this program a priority for these weeks, and if not, allow us to offer the space to someone else who needs these support services at this time.
An open heart and open mind. We are sitting with people from different places and inviting different worldviews and experiences into the circle, and we ask that you respect these differences in perspective, whether or not you fully understand or agree with them.
Vulnerability. The process works best if you show up, both physically and emotionally. Showing up requires that the willingness to be vulnerable. Can you share from a place of honesty? We will do our best to take care and create a safe container for you.
Patience. Patience with yourself and everyone else in the group is essential to participation. We’ll be talking about a lot of difficult topics, so we must each try to recognize that we’re all at different stage of this journey, and all doing our best to make sense of uncharted territory.
Attention to your mental health. Because this isn’t a therapy group, we need to know that you’re taking care of yourself. Do you have a supportive partner or friend to check in with after the meetings? Do you have a therapist? Do you know how to find a therapist if you need one?
Integrity. You can arrive as your full self for us. Be authentic, be kind, and please be you.
Who are the facilitators?
All Good Grief Network facilitators have participated in a 30-hour live online training with GGN’s cofounders, Aimee Lewis Reau and LaUra Schmidt. Our facilitators are trained to holding space, cultivating emergent processes, manage tension, cultivate emotional intelligence and body awareness, and have participated in an in-depth study of each of the 10-Steps.
What happens at the meetings?
We open every meeting with an introduction, group check-in and short grounding exercise.
We dive into the step of the week and allow space for personal sharing. Each person is invited, though not required, to share what’s on their heart and what the step brings up in them. There will be space for each person to share at least once. Group sharing is not a discussion; we avoid cross talk, and instead, share a part of our journey, and witness others share parts of theirs.
Each session ends with a check-out, closing and a short poem.
Meetings is two hours long.
When and how do we meet?
We meet for at the same time for 10 consecutive weeks on Zoom. Your facilitators will send you a weekly reminder email with a Zoom link.
How much should I pay for the program?
Please consider the following questions before deciding the offering that is appropriate for you:
- In this program, we will help you reframe the global predicament, teach a variety of emotional regulation tools, and offer access to a live intimate, supportive community for 10 weeks. What are these offerings worth to you?
- Each 10-Step meeting is led by a team of three GGN-trained facilitators, who are available to support you throughout your 10-week journey, both in and out of meetings. What is the value of our team’s time, energy, and leadership?
- What is the “hourly rate” that your culture has assigned to your time? Please consider a minimum fee that is equal to 20 hours at your average hourly rate.
- What offering covers a meaningful investment into this 10-week journey and is also within your means to pay?
GGN’s suggested offering is $500 USD for our 10-week program, and $150 USD is the minimum we can accept, for financially-constrained participants. (That’s $15-$50 per 2-hour meeting.) We do not want finances to be an obstacle to participation, so if you cannot pay the minimum, please email email@example.com; we reserve one spot in each group for a work exchange. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
To sign up, please scroll up to find the group you’d like to join and click on the link for that group that says ***Click here to participate.***
What is your refund policy?
Please see the refund policy for our 10-Step Program here.