Kintsugi Breaking and Mending Ceremony
Check back for dates and locations in 2024.
Come join us for this unique retreat where we will use and honor the art of Kintsugi as metaphor to explore the brokenness that lives in ourselves and in our Mother Earth and honor the beauty that resides there.
Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is an ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. It encompasses a philosophy of living, of finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycles of growth and decay.
Many of us are living with broken hearts. We accumulate grief and carry it with us, often unseen and unexpressed. Grief can be a storehouse of power, a way to reconnect with what we love and honor what came before. Grief can help us find the beauty in our brokenness, while opening us to loving more and being of service in the world.
Come share in daily councils, deep listening, a ceremonial art process, and reflective solo time on the land to honor the place in you where grief, gratitude, and beauty coexist.
Friday evening, we will receive our bowls. On Saturday we will break and mend the bowls, then paint the cracks with gold. On Sunday morning we will build nature altars to honor Mother Earth and our broken and mended hearts.
Here is a testimonial from a Kintsugi retreat participant:
“The trust and safety that was created from the intentional welcoming into the space, the guidelines for sharing, as well as GG and Anne’s generous hearts guiding and holding me/us throughout the weekend, created space for the letting go and integration to unfold. The true magic of the weekend was witnessing the power of our collective circle gathering to honor the grief and beauty present in all of us, and through our willingness to be present with all that was arising, we had the opportunity to heal and transform ourselves, each other and our planet. The ripple effect is truly inspiring!” Kim B.
Words from a student
“GG’s love of making the world more beautiful is not just the foundation of what she does. The gatherings she holds for us to make our own creations does more than beautify our worlds. It lifts our souls. Beyond the art, it is the beauty we take home with us in our hearts.”
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