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Grief Tending in Community (GTiC)

Grief Tending in Community (GTiC) & Training in Grief Tending.

When: Sunday 29 th August 9.30am to 12.30pm & 1.30 to 3pm.

Location: Salisbury Centre Garden, 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AB

Bookings: You can book a place –  Here 


Edinburgh Men’s Group & The Salisbury Centre will create their 4th Grief Tending Circle, where participants will be invited to give their attention to the role of grief in their lives.

Participants will be invited to consider the ‘Five Gates of Grief’ as described by the author Francis Weller in his ground breaking book, the ‘Wild Edge of Sorrow”

Facilitators – Diarmaid Fitzpatrick, Douglas Guest, Mena Kirmani,  Thomas Munro

Diarmaid Fitzpatrick is an Elder of the Mankind Project and has many years of experience in facilitating open circles. He has participated in Grief Tending events facilitated by Francis Weller and Azule Thome and he has hosted 16 on-line Grief Tending Gatherings for over 100 members of the Mankind Project during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

Douglas Guest has nearly 30 years of work in public & third sector, he has written national training programmes and led action learning sets, seminars, workshop, conferences co-created Year of the Dad in 2016 for Scottish Government.

Mena Kirmani is a facilitator with extensive professional and lived experience whose practice marries together emotional integration, embodiment, liberation/decolonisation, trauma healing and nature connection. Most recently, she has held monthly community sharing circles for #POCImpact, a collective for People of Colour in the UK social impact space.

Thomas Munro is the founder of Learning Circles Scotland. He is a freelance facilitator, teacher and writer specialising in community learning circles and individual support sessions. Thomas specialises in working with inherited Family Memes ; individual Recovery from addictions.


Grief Tending in Community (GTiC)

At this GTiC, we will be using the Five Gates of Grief from author and Soul Activist Francis Weller’s book ‘The Wild Edge of Sorrow’.
– Gate One: ‘Everything We Love We Will Lose’: ‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch’
– Gate Two: ‘The Places That Have Not Known Love’ ‘There are places in us that that have been wrapped in shame and banished to the farthest shores of our lives’
– Gate Three: ‘The Sorrows of the World’ ‘The cumulative grief of the world is overwhelming’
– Gate Four: ‘What We Expected and Did Not Receive’ – Deep in our bones lies an old intuition that we arrived here carrying a bundle of gifts to offer to the community’
– Gate Five: ‘Ancestral Grief’ ‘This is the grief we carry in our bodies from sorrows experienced by our ancestors’.

It is encouraged but not essential to read the “Wild Edge of Sorrow” book before the event. You may also wish to watch this short film in which Francis Weller talks about the Five Gates of Grief: Francis Weller.

In preparation between now and then we invite you to take time to reflect on the five Gates of Grief above and to consider which of them you are most drawn to at this time. And in stillness to reflect on how grief has moved through your life.


Book a place
Session 1 – Sunday 29th August 9.30 to 12.30pm, in the garden, a co-gender grief tending event facilitated by the GTiC team above.

Minimum suggested donation £10.


Session 2 – Sunday 29th August 1.30 to 3pm, in the Studio

 A co-gender Training in running a GTiC, a basic introduction – facilitated by the GTiC team above.

Minimum suggested donation £5.



You can book a place –  Here 

For further information please email douglas_guest@yahoo.co.uk