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Sunday 22nd September 3-6.30. East Asheville (Near Warren Wilson College)

Guided Otherworldly Journey with Live Drumming


Mask Making

Dancing with our Animal Kin

Keening Circle

Sacred Mourning - Honoring Our Grief

Let us gather in circle, sisters. Let us gather with our animal kin to tell their stories and to dance with them. You will make a simple mask to honor one of our animal (plant, bird or insect) kin and learn from them in how to howl, screech or roar our grief. We will let this animal teacher be our guide in remembering our ancient self, our wild self.

Gesture of Ritual

As we cycle towards Autumn Equinox we will share a gesture of ritual which speaks to that balance point as we acknowledge moving into the dark half of the year. We are reminded by the dark and light halves of the year that grief to has it’s balance of gratitude or praise and so we will begin our time together by dancing our gratitude to the kin we choose to work with this afternoon.

An Ancient Celtic Tradition

As Wise Women Keening offers the opportunity to tap down into a ritual of the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman) tradition. It provides a ritual to express and transform our grief so we can commit once again to —- and know we are surrounded by a bigger circle of ancestors around us.

We have so much to grieve for. Grief can shut us down, immobilize us in apathy and turn our head away from what really needs our intention.

While each culture has their own rituals and ceremonies of grieving their dead, the Bean Chaointe (Keening Woman) is rooted in the Scottish & Irish culture. She led the community in their grieving.

A Cathartic Ritual - The Work That Reconnects

With my background in Human Ecology/Ecopsychology and as a Wise Woman of the Bean Feasa linage I use keening in the framework of both the Bean Feasa tradition but am also inspired by the work of Joanna Macy’s in her ‘The Work that Reconnects’. Keening offers us the invitation to grieve - to sink into our deep sorrow for all that is unfolding in the world. Keening can be cathartic, it can offer a release, that outpouring of dammed up emotions. This way in circle and ceremony we can honor our grief without letting it become overwhelming so we can continue to work in the world.

“I attended the Keening Woman workshop last year and it changed my life. I was grieving for the loss of a special soul as well as a dramatic change in my way of life. This workshop helped me through this liminal phase. I drove 7 hours to attend. The shared stories of the other women and the time for personal reflection were balanced by Jude’s guidance. ”

— Sally Ireland 2017

We’ll use paper doll collages to hold what we’re grieving for. We’ll hold three circles of Keening will allow us to express our anger and frustration, a second invites us to express our grief while the third welcomes our recommitment, to the path we walk in life. Gestures of ritual will support our emotional journey.

Where and When

Our circle will take place in East Asheville in the Bull Creek area (not far from Warren Wilson College). Full details of what to bring and directions will be emailed after booking.


The cost for this afternoon event is $45 (with a $10 non refundable deposit). Your deposit will be refunded if someone else is able to take your place. Payment is made via PayPal, please get in touch if you wish to pay by another means.

Your Facilitator

Jude Lally received her Masters of Science degree in Human Ecology with the University of Strathclyde (in partnership with the Centre for Human Ecology) Glasgow, Scotland in 2008. She is an artist, writer and Cultural Activist working within the Bean Feasa tradition using inspiration, art and ritual as empowering tools of creative resistance.