Mindful Bardō

On Love, Loss & Letting Go

Mindful Bardō: Love, Loss & Letting Go is a mindful meditation support group I started one year after my husband died. His sudden death occurred two weeks after our 25th wedding anniversary and that moment changed my life. I decided I wanted to help others navigate the grief and transformation associated with the loss of a significant other by sharing my practice of mindfulness meditation and adult professional learning. I find solace in this work, knowing I am not alone.
Mindful Bardō is a safe, non-professional fellowship and learning space for healing and renewal. It is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is open to all those who are grieving — by death or divorce. While the grief associated with death and divorce are unique, both experiences catapult us into a period of suffering and loneliness. We find ourselves lost and forced to let go of a familiar identity. We are charged with picking up the pieces, letting things go and creating space for a new life. I call this difficult “in-between” stage a dark night of the soul or Bardō.
I’ve learned that when we open up to others who have grief in common and make a daily commitment to a mindful meditation practice, we can transform our suffering and loss into a deeper awareness of love.
Spring Session: April 3 – May 15 (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
*If you would like more information on holistic grief support, please feel free to contact me.

Purpose:

  • Relieve suffering and loneliness
  • Raise self-awareness
  • Reduce stress and anxiety  
  • Build/renew trust
  • Explore new habits and routines

Facilitators: Raquel Ríos and John Arnold

This spring session, I will be joined by John Arnold who will co-facilitate the meetings with me. I’m grateful for his willingness to share in this work. John is a well-being coach and mindfulness teacher. He helps individuals learn self-care and mindfulness skills to facilitate growth, happiness and achievement. He’s been an educator in coaching and sport for most of his professional career and has also directed educational projects overseas. He is qualified in coaching, life coaching, teaching mindful based stress reduction, neuro-linguistic programming, skiing, and holds two post graduate diplomas one in sports coaching and a second in mindfulness. In 2014, he completed a master’s degree (MSc) in Mindfulness Studies at Aberdeen University.

Key Features

  • Small, inclusive, On-line using Zoom
  • Accountability Partnerships
  • Interactive, creative activities
  • Assignments for Extended learning
  • Convenient Saturdays, 2 hours, 11:00am EST-1:00pm EST
  • Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15
  • Affordable, only $25 a session  

TESTIMONIALS

(Pseudonyms Used for Privacy)

I am very grateful to have found this space and for the care with which you assembled our tasks and activities. It allowed me a place to talk about the anguish part of existence, rather than tucking it away and tending to the activities of daily living. I have been left with much to reflect on, new practices and strategies to incorporate.” (Leah, Age 64)


It was a wonderful learning and support experience. The group helped me process my grief and to access and understand my grief in new ways.” (Rebecca, Age 62)


Being part of a group which Raquel expertly and sensitively facilitated was so valuable in helping me see through my grief and losses in such a way that increased my capacity to exercise self-care, kindness and self-compassion, whilst as the same time respecting the suffering I was in.” (Greg, Age 60)

Program Overview

Topic  Description
Week 1: OrientationParticipants learn about the benefits of mindfulness meditation, establish accountability partnerships and share stories  

Saturday
April 3, 2021
11am-1pm EST
$25  
Week 2: Listening to Your BodyParticipants explore how to tune into the language of the body leading to greater self-awareness    

Saturday
April 10, 2021
11am-1pm EST

$2
5
Week 3: Releasing Emotions  Participants explore and release emotions creatively as a way to reduce stress and anxiety

Saturday
April 17, 2021
11am-1pm EST

$2
5
Week 4: CommunicationParticipants practice mindful communication techniques that can help build/renew trust  

Saturday
April 24, 2021
11am-1pm EST

$2
5
Week 5: Love and Affection  Participants explore notions of love and affection and identify changing attitudes and perceptions    

May 1, 2021
11am-1pm EST

$2
5
Week 6: Ritual and Routines  Participants examine personal routines and consider healthy habits and rituals    

Saturday
May 8, 2021
11am-1pmEST

$2
5
Week 7: Envisioning  Participants work together to imagine alternative futures and set the stage for renewal  

Saturday
May 15, 2021
11am-1pm EST

$2
5
Total Registration$175  
*Participants must make a commitment to attend all seven Saturday meetings
REGISTRATION CLOSED

*If you would like to be contacted for holistic grief support, please feel free to contact me.