Dalamhati: Landas Tungo sa Paghilom
Oct. 26-28, 2018
Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA

Dear Friends in the Community,

We live in a culture that often tempts us to deny, repress and suppress Grief, and
 in so doing lessens our capacity to love. When we are not given a chance to 
release our Sorrow, we lose the essential elements that feed our mind,
 body and spirit. As a result, imbalance and disharmony are created in our 
bodies and in our spirit. 
Denying our Sorrow hinders the Flow of Life and results in extreme 
disconnection from the rest of the world.

The times we live in are challenging. Old Stories are no longer able to hold us up; the New that is being born is not fully here yet.  We are at a precarious period in our 
lives and we are being asked to have courage and to be willing to make a place for the holy work of Grief. Grief and Love together.

“Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning. Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we carry for what we once held close.” 
― Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

A person in the village who is wounded with Grief, wounds the rest of the village.
In many indigenous cultures, Grief is a communal, collective undertaking. 
Grief is a Song and a kind of Poetry that is felt in the company of the entire
 community and deserves to be recognized, welcomed, and embraced. It becomes a beautiful expression
 that re-imagines the Heart of Humanity. It is a Sacred Cry that connects our
 Hearts, and we feel validated and alive.

Please join us in Ecstatic Symphony at our collective Grief Ritual of sharing,
 connecting and releasing where we will traverse and discover the Song of the Heart of our untold stories, heartaches, pains, fears and losses. We will 
entwine our Nectar of Melody, Sound, and Beauty together and renew our 
uncried conversations that make us breathe our Wholeness again.


Leny Strobel has recently transitioned from being the Director of the Center for Babaylan Studies. She continues her service as an Elder/Mentor/Facilitator. More recently she has turned her attention to living a local and small life as a Dweller/Settler in Sonoma County and learning to embody GINHAWA/the fullness of Life.



Lizae Cervantes Reyes was born in the beautiful island of Northern Cebu, Philippines and grew up in Metro Manila. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over forty years. She is a certified sound and music healing practitioner from the California Institute of Integral Studies and studied with practitioners in the field of Integrative Medicine at the Institute for Health and Healing in Marin, with focus on Healing Harp. She plays Harp to offer comfort, inspiration and calm at the bedside of patients and meditation circles. She draws Inspiration from Ancestral memories and Ancient ways of story-telling. As a multi-modality artist and Ritualist, she uses dance, Myth, storytelling and poetry as a way to create sacred space for healing. As a student of Indigenous Wisdom, she continuously travels to the Philippines to gain deep insights about her Indigenous roots. She appreciates learning from Filipino Elders and Healers. Her work is rooted in what she calls the Journey to Wholeness, where she recognizes everyone as co-journeyers and offers a quiet announcement to help open the inner doors, and to go even further…creating a swirling mass with no separations.

Mark Rako Fabionar has trained and worked closely with well-respected psychologists, philosophers, Christian and Vedic mystics, Tibetan Buddhist lineage holders, as well as healers from modern, indigenous, and shamanic traditions. He is often sought after for his gentle, grounding presence and capacity to support individuals and groups during times of change and transition. Rako’s healing practice subtle energetics, intuitive inquiry, and somatic methods, as well as ancestral and nature based ritual work. His collective healing and meditation programs have positively impacted thousands of people, and he often frames healing work as collective acts of decolonization and community well-being.

Lisa Suguitan Melnick teaches in the Language Arts and Kinesiology Divisions at the College of San Mateo. In her yoga/energy awareness course she offers meridian stretching, breathing postures which help bring about energy awareness. She adds her training and certification from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) as a Sound and Music Practitioner to promote relaxation and refreshment during her meridian sessions. As a writer/author, Lisa considers story sharing one of the most powerful and beautiful ways to connect oneself with others in ways both seen and unseen.



Carmen De Jesus was born in San Francisco, CA, one year after her parents emigrated from the Philippines. She is an alumni of UC Santa Cruz, which is where she fell in love with the woods, and is also certified Hypnotherapist and certified master practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming and Timeline Therapy. She is also a screenwriter and playwright whose contribution to the Filipinx diasporic arts includes the feature length film, Ang Pamana: The Inheritance, Prison Dancer: The Musical and Prison Dancer: The Interactive Webmusical. She finds and shares healing through singing, storytelling, laughing, walking and therapeutic cuddling.

Joanna La Torre grew up on Ramaytush, Ohlone territory, in what is now Northern California. Jo currently resides Yokuts territory, where she received a Master of Social Work from Sacramento State University in 2016. She is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker and works with families at a social services agency. Jo has been a member of the Center for Babaylan Studies since 2011 and became a member of the board in 2016. Jo has worked with healing groups in various capacities since 2005, including writing, culture-based, and therapeutic groups. She has appreciated gaining closeness and mentoring within the diasporic Filipino community and hopes assist in perpetuating the vibrant work and relationships demonstrated within the movement for decolonizing and re- / indigenizing Filipino communities and beyond.



Dalamhati: Landas Tungo sa Paghilom (“Grief: A Sacred Path”)
Friday, Oct 26 – Sunday Oct 28, 2018
Arrival time: 6pm Friday
Departure time: 2pm Sunday

Westminster Woods
6510 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465

Cost: Lodging & Tuition: $310
(Includes 2 nights, 3 days lodging and 5 meals)
Lodging is in shared cabins. All cabins are heated.
You will need to bring your own beddings (sheets/blanket/pillow/sleeping bag), towels and toiletries –
if you are coming in from out of town, please let us know and we will arrange to source these for you from the community.

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