Festival Events 2020

Grief tending and remembrance

4 November, 7pm-9.30pm, an online event run by Mankind project men of Edinburgh.

Mankind Edinburgh will bring together a Grief Tending Circle, and together participants will give their attention to the many layers of grief in their lives and in particular the ‘Five Gates of Grief’ described by the author Francis Weller in his book the ‘Wild Edge of Sorrow'.

Facilitators - Diarmaid Fitzpatrick, Douglas Guest, Mina Kirmani and Thomas Munro

Diarmaid Fitzpatrick is an Elder of the Mankind Project and has many years of experience in facilitating open circles. He has participated in Grief Tending events facilitated by Francis Weller and Azule Thome and he has hosted 16 on-line Grief Tending Gatherings for over 100 members of the Mankind Project during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

Douglas Guest has nearly 30 years of work in public & third sector, he has written national training programmes and led action learning sets, seminars, workshop, conferences & co-created Year of the Dad in 2016 for Scottish Government.

Mena Kirmani is a facilitator with extensive professional and lived experience whose practice marries together emotional integration, embodiment, liberation/decolonisation, trauma healing and nature connection. Most recently, she has held monthly community sharing circles for #POCImpact, a collective for People of Colour in the UK social impact space.

Thomas Munro is a former Policeman and teacher, he is currently a freelance facilitator of foster care dads for Barnardo’s.

About the Mankind Project

MKP is the largest provider of men circles across UK and Ireland, with men attending weekly or bi-weekly groups. They also provide development and leadership training and a range of on-line support to men. More information is available here: The ManKind Project UK and Ireland

Booking a place

4 November, 7pm - 9.30pm, a co-gender online grief tending event run by Mankind project men of Edinburgh. You can book a place here: Virtual grief tending and remembrance event

It it is encouraged but not essential to read 'Wild Edge of Sorrow' before the event. You may also wish to watch this short film in which Francis Weller talks about the Five Gates of Grief: Francis Weller.

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