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FamilyMeans has several events held throughout the year, from events in support of the whole agency to gatherings in support of specific programs; our calendar is booked with opportunities for you to support the community!
See several of our upcoming events here. Contact our Fund Development office at 651-439-4840 with questions regarding how you can support or participate today.
Memorial Gathering for Hope & Healing - Virtual
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Registration required. Suggested donation of $10 per individual to support the work of the Center for Grief & Loss
The Memorial Gathering for Hope & Healing is an opportunity for people to come together with others to share their losses, reflections, and hopes for the future. We hope you can join us.
For over 11 years, the FamilyMeans Center for Grief & Loss (CGL) has held an annual memorial walk to bring together the community for remembrance and reflection. As we continue to face the challenges that have come with Covid-19, we have decided to offer this event in a virtual format in 2021. As in the past, this event will include a brief program presented by the CGL staff which includes a candle lighting ceremony, poems, and reading of the names of individuals that we gather to remember. In place of the usual walk, we will welcome Certified Yoga Instructor, Dallas Rising, for a gentle guided meditation session and grief ritual.
The live event will be streamed over zoom. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event with information on how to join in.
Nature Immersion for Healing
Please join us for a safely-distanced outdoor nature immersion experience to help ease the pain of grief and loss. This 2 hour session, led by certified yoga instructor Dallas Rising, is designed to help you tune into your senses. Enjoy both guided and silent portions to help you connect with nature as part of your healing from grief, trauma, or loss.
Inspired by Japanese practice shinrin-yoku (a.k.a forest bathing or forest therapy), you will take part in a multi-sensory session. The instructor will encourage you to experience the sounds of rustling branches, the feeling of gentle winds, and the sights of summer sunshine. Surrounded by natural beauty, you will take time to notice the details and find comfort in the simple restorative power of nature. Studies have shown immersion in the outdoors is a proven way to reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure; all of which help in your healing process.
Upcoming Session: Saturday, October 16 - 2pm to 4pm
Location: MEND: A Grief Sanctuary | 6515 Babcock Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Cost: $55 per person - Limit 7 Participants
Virtual Yoga Nidra for Grief
Please join us for this restorative and gentle yoga nidra practice, allowing a weary and hurting body, mind, and heart to rest and heal. Yoga nidra (or yogic sleep) is a deep relaxation yoga practice that brings you to the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness. In this state, external senses are diminished and focus is turned inward, allowing for stress relief, increased energy, improvements in sleep/relaxation, and healing through pain and grief. Studies show that 30 minutes of yoga nidra can equate up to 4 hours of REM sleep.
Join certified yoga instructor, Dallas Rising, as she guides you through this practice safely over zoom. Great for people of all ages and abilities - you simply need to find a comfortable space where you can lie down and listen.
Date: Check Back for Next Date
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location : Live Stream Over Zoom
Cost: $10 per participant (scholarships available if needed)