The Walking with Grief Project offers a unique approach to supporting people on their journey of grief after the death of a loved one. By integrating walking, time outdoors, and experiential, evidence-informed ideas, our intention is to honour the significance and impact of loss while actively engaging with the nurturing qualities of nature - to nurture nature as nature so often nurtures us.
The Grief Centre has partnered with Right Foot Forward WA to take bereavement support outdoors. Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, this Project provides a wonderful opportunity for our volunteers, staff and community to be a part of bringing this initiative to life in a number of different ways.
The vision for this Project has been developed over the past 4 years by two deeply passionate and experienced facilitators, Laura Engel and Jocelyn Evans. The Project is grounded in research, best practice standards, and has grown from one facilitator’s lived experience of loss. Laura, a Social Worker, comes to the Project with both professional and personal experience, and Jocelyn brings a wealth of outdoor expertise having worked in Outdoor Education for over 20 years.
Together with Laura and Jocelyn, interested people from the Grief Centre community will enter into a ‘Co-Creation process’ to design and refine the Project through sharing their experience for the outdoors, and of walking with, and supporting, grief. From this process will come the delivery of Social Connection Walks and Bereavement Support Hikes that will run from August to December 2022.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERSHIP
At every step of the way, the Walking with Grief Project, will take the time to honour the wisdom of the traditional custodians of the Land on which we walk. We acknowledge that the local Aboriginal people of the Whadjuk Noongar clan, know this Land, they understand this Land, and who in their connection with this Land, have so much to teach us.
As we walk the trails, we will listen and connect with the Land. Together we will touch the ground of the Land.
We will reach for the Sky that covers the Land.
We will touch our Hearts in care of the Land.
Nidja Whadjuk Noongar Boodja
This is Whadjuk Noongar Country!
The Co-Creation process will occur through two ZOOM workshops delivered by Laura and Jocelyn. These will bring together people who are passionate about the outdoors, and those with specialist grief support experience, to share stories, wisdoms and insights from the field.The intention is for the insights and ideas to inform the very nature of this special Walking with Grief Project.
ZOOM Workshop Dates:
Wednesday 29th June, 7.30 - 9.30pm
Wednesday 6th July, 7.30 - 9.30pm
If you are interested to join the Co-Creative Team please use the form below.
OUTDOOR EXPERIENTIAL UPSKILL SESSION
This FREE 4hr Experiential Upskill Session will take place in the beautiful Wungong Regional Park, and will be delivered by Jocelyn and Laura. The Session is open to anyone interested learn more about being safe and outdoor aware. Participants will have a chance to build confidence in the outdoors and an opportunity to develop competence to:
Please use the form below to register your interest in the Upskill Session.
SOCIAL CONNECTION WALKS
Getting out into nature and putting our feet on the Earth is a critical part of our wellbeing. How we walk upon these trails and how we care for our natural world is also a critical part of taking care of our planet. It is this passion for nurturing nature and our belief in the power of connection that has inspired our Social Connection Walks. The aim of these walks is to be in nature with others who are grieving the death of a loved one, and who may be looking for a way to connect. Grief can be so lonely and isolating, and our hope is that these walks will add meaning and purpose on the grief journey as we seek to integrate our losses in our life.
Social Connection Walks will take place in the beautiful Azelia Homestead nature reserve at Manning Park.
Wednesday 17th August, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Wednesday 12th of October, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Wednesday 23rd November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Please use the form below to register your interest in the Social Connection Walks.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT HIKES
These longer walks are around 4hrs long and take an intentional, mindfulness-based approach along the way. Each hike will be facilitated by members of the Project’s Co-Creation Team including an experienced Mental Health Practitioner and Outdoor Specialist. The aim is to offer a unique approach to bereavement support that integrates hiking on forest trails, some guided navigation, mindfulness practice, and supportive therapy with an intention to acknowledge, honour and celebrate those who have died in a fundamentally active way.
Dates for Bereavement Support Hikes:
Tuesday 30th August - National Grief Awareness Day - Serpentine National Park, 9am – 1pm
Thursday 8th September - RU OK day - Lake Leschenaultia, 9am – 1pm
Saturday 17th September - Wungong Regional Park, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sat 15th October - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - Boranup Forest, 11am – 3pm
Friday 11th November - Remembrance Day - Wungong Regional Park, 5am – 9am
Please use the form below to register your interest in the Bereavement Support Hikes.
The form below can also be used to be in touch with Laura Engel the Walking with Grief Project Coordinator.
NB: Bereavement Support Hikes will be capped at 12 people per hike.
Social Connection Walks are uncapped.
Pending numbers, you are welcome to take part in as many walks and hikes as you wish.
The Walking With Grief Project
If you have questions about the Project, wish to RSVP for the Co-Creation Process, Walks or Hikes, please fill out the form and Laura, our Project Coordinator, will be in touch with you shortly.