with Tim Beasley, Nathalie Griffin
Usually when we think of loss & grief it is in the context of the passing away of a loved family member or friend. This can be a painful and traumatic experience requiring significant effort & time to recover from, although with care it can also be a celebratory & life-affirming time too.
However loss & grief is not just contained by the experience of death. It is also present in many other day to day aspects of our lives, but rarely discussed – for example change in our workplaces & campaigns, or Britain leaving the EU. How we cope with and respond to all these differing experiences of loss, grief, trauma & change can have a huge impact on our ability – as individuals & communities – to sustain our dreams and struggles for a better life/world.
In this workshop we would like open up a discussion that identifies the varied experiences of loss, grief, trauma & change; and consider collectively how we can best cope with and respond to them.
I have no formal qualifications/training, but plenty of lived experience. I’ve been politically conscious & active since the late 1970’s thanks to anarko-punk and the anti-fascist struggles of those times. My focus has been on extra-parliamentary action & activities and I’ve been involved in numerous projects, campaigns & protest groups. Since moving to Bristol 15 years ago, I’ve been a long-term supporter of the Kebele social centre (now BASE), and the activities that emerge from groups who use it, and for the last 10 years have volunteered at a permaculture based community orchard project in east Bristol.
Since moving to England from Canada in 2001, I’ve been involved primarily with activist legal support and prisoner solidarity and, since 2007, I’ve been involved with a permaculture allotment project in Bristol. After re-training as a qualified counselling therapist, I volunteered for Counselling for Social Change for two years, providing counselling support for many people managing the stress that comes with trying to build a more socially just world. I have also worked primarily in the fields of addiction and trauma. I have co-facilitated similar workshops at various Anarchist Bookfairs & other events and I am always humbled by the resiliency and honesty of the participants.