This Four-week course is designed to inaugurate an Apprenticeship with Sorrow. It is through the rites of grief that we are, in turn, ripened as human beings. Grief invites gravity and depth into our world. Our work is to understand grief not only as an emotion, but also a core faculty of being human, a profound capacity to metabolize sorrow into something nutrient dense for the community. This apprenticeship is, at heart, about the crafting of elders capable of meeting the pain and suffering of the world with a dignified and robust bearing. This is soul activism intended to foster deep cultural change. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
This collection of essays and reflections were written over the years often in response to local or cultural experiences, like the wildfires here in California in 2017/18/19. They form a primer on ways to hold this time through perspectives and practices rooted in soul. May they offer you some ground upon which to find solace in these unsettled times. A PDF will be sent to you upon receipt of your donation. Please allow 24 hours for the item to be emailed.
These five nights of reflection and wonder offered a rich exploration into the vast territory of initiation. We began with a premise: initiation is not optional. From there we tracked the ways in which psyche/soul persists in taking us to the edges of radical change. The losses, defeats, challenges, illnesses, are seen as the prima materia, the material required to activate the movement into our adult presence. Challenging, provocative, and insightful conversations on the necessary work of ripening. Please allow 24 hrs for the link to be sent after purchase.
Distilled from over 35 years of study in psychology, anthropology, alchemy, mythology and poetic traditions, this series of talks offers an in-depth exploration of the practices and perspectives that enrich the life of the soul. Please allow 24 hrs for the link to be sent after purchase. The video downloads can take a long time. Please purchase only if you have high speed internet capabilities.
Francis is available for phone and Skype consultations from your own home. Call now to schedule a time. 707-568-5803. (Francis is currently unable to take new consultations as his practice is full.)
Healing Shame: Caring for the Wounded Heart. A four-part series exploring the powerful impact of shame on our inner lives and on our intimate bonds with the world. Francis explores the origins of shame, how we learn to cope with this toxic experience and how we may restore our vital life. This series is filled with insights, poetry, humor and ways to bring healing to this painful terrain. Please allow 24 hrs for the link to be sent after purchase.