2023 Grief Tending & Ritual Facilitation Training

12 month program begins March 2023

Massively up level your skills in basic grief tending for your clients, friends, family and community.


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About Grief Tending and Ritual

This offering emerged from years of facilitating grief rituals & grief tending practices for individual clients and groups. Within these spaces incredible transformation occurs on an individual, ancestral, and community level.

After a few years of facilitating this work, I realized that I would never be unemployed again. 

There is so much need for this work. People need to grieve in community.

I can’t possibly be everywhere it is needed, which has led me to several years of dreaming of training many others to hold this work.

I envision every town, community, & organization having someone trained and confident in holding space for grief, and specifically grief ritual when it is needed.

A long time ago, this is how it was. We remember it in our bones.

And yet thanks to the destructive force of colonization, there is a foundational lack of grief and ritual literacy these days.

This is not a vague coincidence. Colonial forces banned healing rituals & ceremonies, both in old Europe and in North America, because they are the most powerful way to bring unity and strength amongst the people.

Grief ritual is an act of decolonization.

The last 8 years of my life, I have been on a committed journey of studying, practicing, remembering, and bridging these old ways back into the world.

So many people are feeling the stress of ecological change & humanitarian crises, and are simultaneously holding their own personal and ancestral grief and traumas.

It is almost an impossible task to orient to the individual, transgenerational and ecological grief unless we are held by communal ritual & practices.

If we cannot access safe space to process our grief and trauma, our tendency is to instead act outhabitual trauma responses, creating even more destruction to ourselves and everything around us.

We need these spaces.

There is intelligence to our trauma responses in that they are pointing towards the places our nervous systems want to heal, and they are quite literally begging to be transformed in order for a more beautiful world to be created.

I believe that ritual and grief literacy is key for humanity to access the gifts lying hidden within our individual and collective trauma and pain.

Becoming a Grief Ritual Facilitator:

Your Role in Collective Healing

This work calls to some of us deep within our souls, as if our willingness to step into the shadows with others was forged over many lifetimes.

And still, as humans, we need community and mentorship to guide us along our path.

As a somatic trauma therapist and grief ritual facilitator, I am infinitely grateful for my teachers & mentors and the opportunity to pass on the teachings.

There is so much work to do and we need more individuals willing to learn how to hold safe spaces for this critical work of transformation..

Holding ritual space for grief tending is an incredibly important role (and privilege) and this training was designed to support you in the personal healing and skill development required to step into that role in a way that supports rather than diminishes your wellbeing.

Would you love to:

This training could be for you!



This is a 12 month program beginning in March 2023.

The intention with this training is that you will massively up level your skills in basic grief tending for your clients, friends, family and community.

You will leave the training feeling capable of supporting friends/family in times of need through grief tending practices and ritual facilitation.

Those of you who are already counselors, healers or space holders of some form or another in your community may feel confident facilitating larger scale grief rituals or grief tending circles/support groups in your communities.

You will have the opportunity to look deeply into any of your own current or past unprocessed grief and trauma and be held in a container of people who are committed to their own, each other’s, and the collective healing.

Because doing the work consistently ourselves is a big part of what qualifies us to hold it for others!

Each participant will throughout the program co-facilitate a grief ritual with guidance and real-time mentorship from Josea, as well as follow up and integration of the teachings via Zoom.

What is Included:

  • 12 months of monthly Zoom calls
  • Through The Dark Woods membership for one year
  • 3 weekend retreats at Earthspring Retreat Center (South Vancouver Island) ~ Full weekend retreats, April 21-23rd, August 4th-6th & November 10-12th
  • Food at Retreats
  • 1 x 60 minute 1:1 session with Josea

Pricing Details

Payment Plans

Option 1: 12 monthly payments of $428 CAD

Option 2: 18 monthly payments of $308

Pay in Full

Investment: $5k CAD

NOTE: There is a significant discount for those already enrolled/participating in Through the Dark Woods. If that is you, ask me about this when we meet to discuss your application.

There are also two partial scholarship spots available.

how to apply

enrolment process

Start by filling out this short application form HERE.

Once you have filled out the application form you will be invited to book a call with Josea for us both to feel into if the training will be a good fit for you.

If it is decided that you will join, you will be invited to join Through the Dark Woods Membership sessions beginning in January and will receive instructions on preparation for the training.


Prerequisites: Anyone can join the training, but you must complete at least 3 months participation in Through the Dark Woods - Real Life Skills for Navigating Grief & Trauma as well as completion of the first 6 Modules (approx 2-3 hours of video content to be watched and worked with over 3 months (January - March)

Email or text me if you have questions about any of this.

So much love to you all and thank you for your continued support in both doing this work and bringing it into the world. You are amazing.

For those of you who are called, I can’t wait to speak with you soon!

Deadline to Apply is December 1st.

Start by filling out this short application form below.


The main credential for this training is having grief. If you have never experienced grief yourself and don’t resonate with the idea that grief is an ongoing practice and skill set rather than something to “get over,” this training may not be for you.

While basic counselling skills can be helpful in facilitating this work and this is NOT a basic counselling skills training, it is not necessary to be a counsellor or psychotherapist or have other credentials to facilitate grief work in the way it is taught in this training.

This course is open to anyone and is especially beneficial to mental health professionals, community organizers, healing arts practitioners, teachers, mindfulness practitioners, coaches, and anyone seeking to find a greater literacy and skills in grief work, ritual practice, and space holding in service to community wellbeing. This is an education program and not a licenser program.

  • Through the Dark Woods is a part of the training and that group meets 2x per month via zoom on Monday evenings from 5-7pm, see TTDW page for dates
  • The facilitator training also meets one Tuesday morning per month from noon-2:30pm March 21st, April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th …summer & fall dates TBA
  • In addition, there are 3 full weekend retreats as part of the training April 21-23rd, August 4-6th & November 10-12th.

You will receive a certificate of completion when you reach the end of the training. This certificate acknowledges your mentorship with me and my endorsement of your facilitation and grief tending skills. It is like a blessing for you to bring your unique gifts into the world using these ways as a vehicle.

Ritual is a powerful way of making what is an invisible internal process visible and tangible. Because of the physical movements and actions that take place in ritual which represent the internal movements and changes taking place, it is innately somatic.

It allows the use of the collective energy to hold and meet a charge in the nervous system that could not otherwise be met and processed. Most indigenous cultures worldwide use some form of ritual to process grief and trauma.

As people move through the steps in the various forms of grief rituals I’ll teach you, there is a transformation that happens that is far different than what can occur in 1:1 therapy or self-healing work. I believe collective, community ritual is critical to embodied healthy culture.

Definitely not. This is a year long training and we journey very deep together. We begin in late March 2023 and once the journey has set sail, the ship will not reenter port again until 2024! Come now or come not!

meet josea

About Your Facilitator

I’m committed to helping people to access the innate wisdom of their physical & emotional bodies as a doorway to deeper awakening and freedom. I believe that while 1:1 therapy can be profound and life changing, there are things that can only be healed in the presence of community/group work.

I have over 20 years of study and experience in working with trauma and grief and have been facilitating Grief Ritual and process work for the past seven years. My work is grounded in training in Somatic Therapy, Attachment Theory, Healing Sexual Trauma, Deep Nature Connection, Craniosacral therapy, Somato Emotional Release, Shamanic Study, Tibetan Buddhism and Yoga.

I have trained with expert grief facilitators Francis Weller (author, Wild Edge of Sorrow) and Randy Jones (author, Medicine Without an Expiry Date), as well as key Somatic & Relational Therapy teachers Mariah Moser (Relational Somatic Psychotherapy), Peter Levine (SE), Diane Poole Heller (DARe), Irene Lyon (SmartBodySmartMind), Elizabeth Claire Burr (CST, SER & Vijnana Yoga) & 8 Shields Institute.

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor through the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and am generally covered by Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life, Manulife, Claimsecure, Equitable Life of Canada, Alberta Blue Cross & Green Shield and can provide receipts for both 1:1 counselling and group work.

"Thanks Josea...

...for your wisdom, curiosity, care and attention during the course. It was a privilege and a gift to be in circle with everyone. I cherished the time we spent in vulnerable presence with each other. I learned much about holding the space for grief and being held by community, ancestors and the earth.”

~ Ahava Shira

"The work I did with Josea Tamira Crossley in 2015 and 2016 literally changed my life and was part of what saved my life from the brink of serious breakdown. Josea is hands down my go expert on how grief and trauma are held in the body and how as a community we can come together for deep healing. I have never met someone so committed to living the truth of what they teach. Truly trauma informed in her approach, if grief is even remotely something you're dealing with (even collective grief) working with Josea is necessary work! Big claim i know. I stand by it."

~ Emma McCann

You're not alone anymore.

Two partial scholarship spots available, priority will be given to single mamas, BIPOC, LGTBQ2S and other marginalized folks.