What people are saying about grief and ancestor work with Nala:
Couldn’t explain how helpful this work has been for me in the repatterning of the way I experience life, death, and all the emotions in between. It encourages me to be with the fear that I hold so deeply in my body. If you are able, I highly recommend.—Alexa H., Port Hadlock, WA
Thank you Nala! Something is cracking open in me as a result of this work (and it is work!). I entered into it thinking it might be a good addition to some of the healing work I have been doing already. How do i say this? This grief is opening…a stillness and power I didn’t know existed in me…or in the world. I am crossing a threshold from one realm of living to the next. It’s almost as if prior to this, I wasn’t fully living. Thank you for the work you do Nala! Who would have thought that dying is the doorway into living?!
—Lea F., Port Townsend, WA
Having done grief work with Nala in several contexts over the course of several years, I believe she viscerally and intimately understands grief and the myriad forms it can take. She has seemingly apprenticed herself to grief itself, and, from what I have seen, she has surrendered to where it will take her, personally and in relation to her community. She has learned to weave a strong basket to help contain the grief and wild emotion of others, as it moves through them and seeps back into the earth to nourish us all. This work is so vital to our world and Nala approaches it with skill, passion, and humility.
—Alex E., Port Townsend, WA
Nala Walla creates a safe place to face our sorrows, anger, rage, resentment and fear. Through looking into and feeling these dark emotions in a safe environment, we can cleanse ourselves and become free of the burdens that consume us. The work of grief is a commitment of deep healing and transformation. Through our tears we find ourselves lighter, freer and more effective humans. Thank you Nala for guiding me through these painful places! For committing your work and life to helping us grieve.—Rochelle H., Port Townsend, WA
This morning as I was meditating on the concept of gratitude, I had this massive release of grief and crying. I finally understand now what Carl Jung said, “embrace your grief, for there your soul will grow.”
Thank you for teaching how to have a grief ceremony. Thank for inspiring me to honor the memories, so that I could remember the joy with the people, the places, and experiences I once had. Thank you. I would love to come back again.
—Charles P., Port Townsend, WA
The experience we had was so very powerful and extraordinary…the light in all of was brilliant and made us connect so well…you both were nothing less than miracle workers. I miss your voices! Every detail, from the drumming as we first entered the lodge, to the table filled with nourishing snacks and beautiful flowers, the comforting words you spoke from deep in your healing hearts, the instructions on how to do each exercise, your humor and instructions when telling us how cry, and the dancing, singing and drumming were out of this world fun. I’m in tears writing this and right back in the woods under your care. I plan on attending these with regularity and getting more and more each time. And I’m spreading the word of the importance of your work. With my deepest gratitude,
—Barbara L., Seattle, WA
Ohhhhhh I am beyond inspired by the grief ritual. The depth that we reached still stirs inside me, it has been something I have been longing for most of my life – to share the explicit grief and purge in a circle with womxn… It felt like a dream come true. I am so grateful for the overall container, the witches involved and all the love and support and good spirit and heart in that room. I am very grateful for Nala and her anti-oppression lens and for the bringing of her full self to the circle as a participant with all of us as well as a mentor’ess. The location was extraordinary and every person present was such a gift.
—Alexandra B., Seattle, WA
Hi, Thank you for your healing work! Something has been opened, freed up for me…It is probably the disentanglement process of divorce that I’m wading through and maybe denying the bigger swirling river of it….purging muck seems endless and I do feel that it does pass, that it’s part of my process…I know I have work to do and I close by saying You are doing Sacred, Essential, Core Healing Work for people… I value this and feel that I’ve gained an important tool to grow with.—Jasper B., Port Hadlock, WA
Yes yes YES, Nala Walla! You tapped into so many facets of what it means to be living on this planet at this time. I thank you for this inspiration and call to live well, with intention, and in authentic connection to our blood, bones, grief, gratitude, and ancestral roots. You are a permissionary for many in honoring the blessings of body and place and our rights and duty to thriving in wellness.—T. L., Bainbridge Island, WA
I don’t have words to express how the grief lodge impacted me or what a truly raw and authentic experience it was. The experience continues to wash over me and is settling in various parts of myself and life in some of the most unexpected ways. It feels like I finally gave a very lonely and shame riddled (previously) part of myself the attention it has needed — and deserves — for the first time in a compassionate, loving, and vulnerable way…as it should be. To be surrounded by such an incredible group of women and to expose the grief within all of us together was powerful. Thank you for creating the opportunity; holding the space; and facilitating such a safe, beautiful, real and healthy process. I look forward to continuing to love and express my grief and gratitude in community and togetherness. —Alana L., Sequim, WA
I had a very healing experience at the Grief Lodge. I love what happened there. I feel I will come back, and that somehow I am going to finally grieve in a deep way for this little girl in me. I was impressed by the safe beautiful container created. I am really proud of you Nala, for being the hero we need right now. I can feel myself grow into the elder I need to be for others and myself. Even though I still deal with fear, it tells me there is more work to do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.—Katherine Z., Port Townsend, WA