Somatic Griefwork

In our current time, the dominant global society imposes a mandatory cheerfulness and contempt for expressions of powerful emotions such as sorrow, despair, and rage. Yet this conditioning ultimately deadens our ability to feel, and erodes our connections with community. 

In a troubled world, we need a place where we can wail for all we have loved and lost, a place where we can sink into, not shrink away from, our intrinsic vulnerability. A place to shelter us as we nourish our latent capacities for grieving, and thus, for living more fully and gratefully.

Nala’s somatic practice offers us this shelter us as we nourish our latent capacities for grieving, a body-based approach to facing the multitude of losses that are part of modern living and embedded within our legacies.   This is an active griefwork, one that ripens into a skill that makes us more resilient and more grateful.  It is not talk therapy.  Rather, it engages the entire bodymind system in movement, sound (sometimes lots of it!), and, for some, good old-fashioned ritual and prayer.  We are encouraged to flex fledgling muscles we didn’t know we had, and to become literate in a language older than words.


•An ongoing forum for sharing posts, links, poems, rants, videos, clips and other wild grief resources is located at the Grief and Gratitude Facebook Group, moderated by Nala Walla.

The Grief and Gratitude Lodge happens four times per year in the Port Townsend area.  Learn more about experiencing the transformative power of griefwork in a solidly-held group container.

Griefwalker Roundtable Series is a community discussion on topics of Grief, Death and Dying, allowing fresh air into topics which are normally censored by unbending societal demands for mandatory cheerfulness and politeness.

One-on-One Sessions and Retreats-click the button below to learn more about personalized support for grievers.