Weaving Threads of Grief
A 6-month, peer-led Learning Marathon collectively questioning how we grieve.
Birmingham / Online
5 hours per wk
This Learning Marathon is a space to question and navigate grief; and to develop your ability to weave stories, practices, systems, rituals and legacies in response to grief.
In a time fuelled by uncertainty, complexity, and connection, we are all asking questions. In multiple ways, many of those questions carry grief. Together 12 curious, contemplative questioners will ask how we hold, tend and weave threads of grief; in ourselves, our places, our people, our practices.
Is it for me?
Do you have a question, project, idea, dream or vision about grief, but aren’t sure how to ask, how to mobilise, or who to dream with?
Are you curious about what grief teaches us about ourselves and our communities? Do you want to challenge traditional learning formats - and yourself - by joining a peer group? Is there a professional, personal or societal challenge about grief that you want to grow to meet?
Do it to
Join a network of peers from multiple disciplines, backgrounds and worldviews to nurture enquiries about grief.
Discover, develop and deepen your practices of lifelong learning.
Invest in a creative exploration of grief; craft tools, resources, stories, projects for holding grief in your context.
Cass is an artist, thanatologist and grief companion. Cass completed the first Birmingham Learning Marathon in 2018, before creating a social enterprise supporting grief.
Cass is a death educator, grief coach and consultant; facilitating, delivering and developing a compassionate understanding of grief in multiple settings. Cass is now curating a deeper inquiry into grief, this time as a host, bringing with them a depth of experience in knowing grief.
"Cass has the perfect blend of deep knowledge and expertise, with an open, welcoming and calm style"
Rachel Donath, Mills and Reeve
How do you approach diversity and inclusion?
We believe that placing peer-to-peer relationships at the heart of learning creates huge potential for a more inclusive approach to education. We also know that a very deliberate effort is required to deliver those benefits in reality. A top cited value point for Enrol Yourself participants is that they learnt alongside people they wouldn't otherwise have met and were able to exchange their perspectives, ideas, experiences and more.
We want to welcome and support anyone with a strong intention to take part in our programmes, and aim to ensure that your identity or background will not be a barrier. Whilst we don't have it all figured out yet, we are working on it.
What does the programme look like?
Over 6 months we meet every other Wednesday evening as a learning community, and the journey is punctuated by 'Power Up' sessions where we report back on our learning. Each person takes it in turn to collaborate and lead a workshop that helps us explore our individual and collective learning questions. We hope to spend some time in green spaces together across the programme. We use our skills, experience and resources to support each other in our collective learning.
What does the application process look like?
The application process is simple. You can request more information at the bottom of this page, and feel free to reach out to Cass for an informal chat. If this feels like something that calls you then you can sign up via the application form. After the deadline Cass will find a time to speak with you, before offering a limited number of places.
How much does it cost?
Cost ranges from £750 - £1650 dependent on your circumstances and finances. There are also a small amount of bursaries available. If you are able, we encourage you to contribute to our higher tier. This makes it possible to offer these lower cost places to those with less income: and makes it possible for you to learn as part of a more diverse group. We are aware that this is a financially precarious moment for many, so please reach out if you need support.
How will COVID-19 impact the programme?
In 2020, we have all learnt to adapt in accordance with the ever-evolving pandemic. We cannot know where we will be in relation to COVID restrictions when this programme launches in Spring 2021. As a place-based group, the intention is for some of the elements of this Learning Marathon to take place in person, and some elements will take place online. In person meet-ups will only take place if it is safe and possible to do so, and we will remain adaptable to new restrictions.
Is this Learning Marathon suitable for those of us in grief?
Cass is experienced in facilitating spaces for grief, and will work with the group to share a collective understanding of the grief and tensions we are all holding. Experiencing grief yourself should not be a barrier to participation, however if your grief is very new or feels particularly difficult, this might not be the right space for you right now. Collective care is an essential part of the Learning Marathon, which will be discussed throughout recruitment and throughout the programme.
Register your interest with the Host to receive the information pack. You can also request a phone call and some resources to take to your employer if you think they might be able to (partially or fully) sponsor your place on the programme.