Thank you for your interest in applying for the Weaving Grief, the Body and Transformative Justice June 2021 Residential Retreat.

COVID-19 is changing the ability for us to be able to safely gather in groups for events. We are monitoring the situation closely and will be making a decision by early February as to whether it is safe to move ahead with the event in person or if we will be shifting it to take place online. This event is planning to go ahead in person but if it does take place online, the price will be reduced to reflect this.    

If the event does take place online, it will be broken into weekly meetings in June, with a collective commitment of no more than five hours per week. This will be inclusive of online sessions (1-2 per week) and activities to engage with in your own time such as rituals, peer exercises or reading. 

If it does take place online, please note that these will not be webinars. The sessions will be deeply interactive, immersive experiences. There will be rituals to engage with throughout the week and we will encourage connection and engagement between participants in between meetings. We are committed to creating an intimate container that will have no more than fifteen people, whether the retreat is in person or online. We invite participants to come with as much presence as possible.

Tips for completing your application (written):

  • We advise you draft your responses in a Word document (or similar) and then cut and paste your answers into the appropriate section in this online application form.
  • Check your word count before submitting your application form.
  • There is no option to save and return to the online form at a later time/date. Please complete this application in one go.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Tips for completing your application (audio/video):

  • Please answer the questions in the order of the application form and clearly state which question you are answering (e.g. Question 1).
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Review your audio/video before uploading it.
  • Check you have kept to the time limits.

Important note:

When applying, please consider the following: We are not therapists or able to take the role of therapist during the retreat. We will be holding a compassionate, brave space to engage in practices that may move you but we are unable to take responsibility for anyone’s healing process or mental health. We will be providing embodied support tools to help regulate the nervous system and create supportive resources to ground us as we dive into this work. We ask you to consider if you have the emotional and mental capacity to engage in this work, which may bring up complex feelings.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.


    Year of Birth*


    This retreat will be conducted in English. Are you fluent in English?*

    If no, please indicate your level of English proficiency:




    You are required to answer all sections below for your application to be considered. You may select to submit written statements, or an audio/video recording. Word counts for written statements and timings for audio/video recordings are given for each question. Please ensure you stick to these guidelines as anything beyond that will not be considered.

    If you choose to submit an audio/video recording, please upload your completed file here (accepted file formats: mp3, wav, avi, mov, mp4; max file size: 500Mb), and indicate 'Audio/video recording submitted' in the fields below. All your responses should be captured in a single recording.

    1. Please include a personal statement to briefly introduce yourself and describe why embodied grief work is important to you. Feel free to use examples and insights from your lived experience and journey with this work thus far, if you feel comfortable doing so.*

    2. How do you plan to use the grief tools you learn to support your community?*

    3. Please describe any experience you have of embodiment, ritual or grief work.*

    4. Intersectionality, decolonisation and ancestor work are core threads within the retreat. How do these subjects relate to your life?*

    5. At the retreat, our practices will be rooted in spirituality and interfaith practices. What is your relationship to spirituality or interfaith work?*

    6. Do you identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of the global majority?* (We define this as having at least one parent from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central & South America, Pacific islands or descendants who were the original (indigenous) inhabitants of colonial nations, including countries now known as the United States of America, Australia or Canada.)
    If you have selected 'No', please complete Question 7.

    7. If you identify as white, please describe your understanding of colonisation and highlight any work you engaged in that is rooted in collective liberation, dismantling white dominance or the systemic harms of racism.

    8. Please share one or two sentences about your heritage if you feel comfortable doing so. This is being asked so we can have an understanding of your ancestral backgrounds.


    Do you have the means, or a source of support, to cover the costs of your participation in the event, including living and travel costs?*
    YesNoPartial support

    If applying for a bursary, please complete the bursary application form (follow the link at the bottom of the page) and submit it at the same time as your application.

    How did you hear about this event?*

    If you have any comments or questions, please include them here.

    If you have any access needs please detail here.

    Are you still interested in participating in this event if it is carried out online?*

    We value and respect your privacy. Please note that your data will not be shared with any third parties. It will be kept in digitally-secure servers and will only be used for the purpose of understanding the backgrounds of participants attending the retreat.

    For application form queries or issues, please contact marina@globalenvironments.org.


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