Strength for the Journey was created out of experience and observation of a lack of alternative introductions to healthy coping methods. While the traditional clinical-styles of grief support work for many people, there are also many people that these methods fall short for. Clinical counseling was never my choice method for coping. I found peace through alternative activities such as yoga, meditation, journaling, time in nature, faith and a healthy connection with the memory and spirits of those who have passed.
SFTJ is here to provide free-of-charge, pressure-free introductions to some of these less conventional modes of self care and healthy emotional coping. We understand that a lot of these methods are not something that is typically offered or even thought about as modes of grief support in our western culture.
We will offer tools and introductions to a wide array of coping methods, including but not limited to the ones mentioned above. If participants do not wish to participate in any part of our time together they do not have to. Time and access to nature will always be available to simply sit with yourself and your emotions. Processing our emotions is another huge part of this journey and SFTJ is always encouraging people to take the time and energy to actually feel their emotions. Our philosophy: The only way out is through.
We offer a variety of settings to get this information and these experiences:
One-day local support groups
These groups will gather for the majority of the day and discuss a few different tools to help with emotional coping. We will mainly focus on building community and creating a support system for each other. A few different types of activities will happen throughout the day including a forest therapy inquiry based walk and other topics to be decided based on the group.
These will be 3 day retreats that gather people in similar grieving situations to create a community for each person to belong to and feel supported in. If group work and community building is not your thing, you’re welcome to have a more solo experience as well. These will offer more in-depth practices and services to be decided based on group. Some options for on-site experiences and guided practices include yoga, meditation, therapeutic massage, reiki, guided nature therapy walks and an on-site grief counselor.
Week-long destination retreats
These retreats will be set up to eliminate the distraction of the hustle and bustle of every day life. Too often society expects us to “move on” too quickly and before we are equipped with the tools to handle our grief alongside our every day activities and responsibilities. These retreats are designed to dive deeply into one particular style of emotional coping each day. They will also have a variety of topics based on group and will have on-site specialists for each topic to guide us through meaningful introductions to each new tool. There will be plenty of time for solo reflection and group connections throughout the week.
The goal of each of these types of gatherings is to provide people experiencing grief with tools they can further explore on their own. SFTJ understands how important a support system and community can be in times of grief and our mission is to also create lasting connections to help each and every participant navigate their journey in a way they feel supported, empowered, and accepted no matter what part of their journey they are on.