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DON'T MISS! Author Francis Weller, LMFT "An Apprenticeship with Sorrow", 6 CEs

  • 03/18/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Francis Weller

DON'T MISS! Author Francis Weller, LMFT

"An Apprenticeship with Sorrow"

Presented by: 

 Francis Weller, LMFT

  • Friday, March 18, 2022
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Zoom Meeting
  • 6 CEs for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs & LEPs

“Grief has always been communal in our long story as a species. Too often in modern times, however, our grief is carried privately, forcing sorrow underground. It is our unexpressed sorrows, the congested stories of loss, that, when left unattended, block our access to soul. We then are pulled by the gravity of loss below the surface of life and into the terrain of death. We must restore the practices and customs of grief in our lives. Each of us must undertake an apprenticeship with sorrow and learn the skill of grieving for our sakes and the welfare of all beings.”  -- Francis Weller

Course Description

As therapists, we encounter an extraordinary amount of suffering on an ongoing basis. Those who come to us, ask us to help hold their stories of loss and sorrow, pain, and trauma. Additionally, the wider, collective sorrows of the surrounding world impact us as well. The ongoing pandemic, systemic racism, economic injustice, climate collapse and others, can leave us feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable, and shaken. The ambient field we are living in is saturated with a mixture of anxiety, fear, rage, and grief. The sheer weight of these personal and collective sorrows is enough to crush our hearts. Where do we go with this cumulative weight? Unfortunately, the prevailing cultural conditioning often encourages us to face these circumstances alone.

Grief, however, has always been communal, always been shared and as such, has been part of a sacred process. This day-long seminar offers an opportunity to acknowledge the multiple folds of grief we carry in our lives. Doing so grants us what we require to set down a measure of the grief we carry. Tending these sorrows is essential. To keep our hearts soft and open, we must become fluent in the rites and practices of grief. Each of us must take up an apprenticeship with sorrow and learn the skill of grieving for our sakes and the welfare of all beings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the multiple sources of grief that arise in the therapeutic process and its impact on psychological health.
  2. Identify the obstacles to expressing grief in the culture.
  3. Understand the relationship between unresolved grief and other symptoms such as depression and addiction.
  4. Understand the inherent value of grief.
  5. Identify the “Five Gates of Grief”.
  6. Recognize the elements in “An Apprenticeship with Sorrow”.
  7. Have a knowledge of practices/rituals for tending to grief.


  • $90 - RECAMFT Licensed Members
  • $90 - Sister CAMFT Chapter Licensed Members
  • $45 - RECAMFT Pre-Licensed Members
  • $45 - Sister CAMFT Chapter Pre-Licensed Members
  • $125 - General Admission (Non-CAMFT Chapter Members / Non-CAMFT Members)

    About Francis Weller

    Francis Weller, LMFT is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, and In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures.

    Francis received a BA from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and two Master's Degrees from John F. Kennedy University in Clinical Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology. His writings have appeared in anthologies and journals exploring the confluence between psyche, nature and culture. His work was featured in The Sun magazine, The Utne Reader and The Kosmos Journal. He is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at conferences, bringing insight, poetry, and a breath of humor to his talks. Francis is currently on staff at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, co-leading their week-long retreats with Michael Lerner. He has taught at Sonoma State University, the Sophia Center in Oakland and has been the featured teacher at the Minnesota Men's Conference. He is currently completing his fourth book, The Alchemy of Initiation: Soul Work and the Art of Ripening.

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