Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief; The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation (with Rashani Réa), and In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from indigenous cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual traditions.
Co-Facilitators: The Soulful Life Convivium is co-held by Francis Weller and Holly Truhlar, as well as three moderators: Amy Hyun Swart, Erin Geesaman Rabke, and Carl Rabke. While Francis teaches most Wednesdays and the themes we explore are based on his body of work, each of these people are also trusted facilitators within the space.
This is an opportunity to work the rich loam of soul on an ongoing basis. We will draw upon the warehouse of materials that Francis Weller has presented over the years, including his Living a Soulful Life 10-week series, In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty, The Alchemy of Initiation: Soul Work and the Art of Ripening 5-week series, and An Apprenticeship with Sorrow 4-week series.
We've spent the last year exploring "Living a Soulful Life" and starting in July 2022 we'll be deepening into "The Alchemy of Initiation." Each month we explore a theme through live zoom calls with Francis, weekly writing prompts on the Mighty Network, select writings and poetry. We'll be exploring the following monthly themes (with additions when called for):
1. Welcoming & Introductions
2. The Geography of Soul
3. Cooking the Soul: The Alchemy of Ripening
4. Fire in the Voice: Facing the Predator
5. Rough Initiations: When the Bough Breaks
6. Baptized by Dark Waters: The Call of Soul into the Underworld
7. Love's Fierce Embrace: The Great Inducement to Ripen
*The Soulful Living Network is not a product to be consumed or passive teaching experience, it is a place of reciprocal learning and unlearning. It is a place where we ask people to show up for each other and soul. It’s about not only engaging with the content for yourself personally but also deepening your capacity to witness others.
-Weekly live group call with Francis Weller on Wednesdays at 12:30pm PT - 1:50pm PT
(also recorded and posted in the network)-
-Weekly writing prompt & group check-in-
-Select readings & poetry-
-Shared interest & affinity groups within the network-
-Online gatherings with trusted facilitators-
-Shared exploration of matters central to the Soul-
-Access to the Living a Soulful Life Network-
*While we hope to connect with members often, we do not expect members to participate in every offering. We understand the need for down time & spaciousness.
This is an offering for you if you're interested in exploring the depths of soul with like-hearted friends. If you're seeking a space of shelter, encouragement, and compassion. And, if you're hoping to contribute to the communal well-being while finding medicine for the troubling times we're in—"The Long Dark."
This is a space of reciprocity and participation. This offering is for you if you can commit to participating regularly, attending the live calls or watching the posted recordings most weeks, and practicing with at least one post a week. We ask all members to commit to 90-days within the network and then give us 30-days notice if unsubscribing.
As well, you will need internet access to log-in to the Mighty Network and a basic understanding of Zoom to attend the live weekly zoom gatherings.
Membership in the Living a Soulful Life network is offered on a sliding scale of $75 - $100/month USD. We also offer $40/month subscriptions for Black & Indigenous People and People of Color (BIPPOC) and $50/month subscriptions for people under 35 years old (younger generations). Every subscription includes the live weekly Convivium Calls with Francis and access to all materials within the network.
*Why we use a sliding scale: We understand access to resources is a result of institutionalized white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, capitalism and colonization. A sliding scale fee structure allows those who have been systematically harmed by these unjust and inequitable systems to access the Living a Soulful Life network without further disadvantage. As well, by offering significantly discounted subscriptions to BIPPOC we are acknowledging Black & Indigenous People and People of Color for the generations of stolen land + resources and systemic oppression.
Thank you for your interest in Living a Soulful Life. We will open to a new, large cohort in summer 2022. We are having a one-hour informational session on Friday, May 6th and then we'll be sharing our application. Please sign up for the Informational Session through the EventBrite link provided above.