Tending Grief: Embodied Rituals for Holding Our Sorrow and Growing Cultures of Care in Community

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North Atlantic Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Camille Sapara Barton is a writer, artist, and embodied social justice facilitator. They have been tending grief since 2017 and have developed public resources, programs, and tools to cultivate the practice with others. Rooted in Black Feminism, ecology, and harm reduction, Camille is dedicated to creating networks of care and livable futures.

Based in Amsterdam, they designed and directed Ecologies of Transformation (2021 - 2023), a masters program exploring socially engaged art-making with a focus on creating change through the body into the world. Camille curates events and offers consultancy combining trauma informed practice, experiential learning, and their studies in political science. They love plants, music, and dancing.
"Camille Sapara Barton is a gift to all of us, because they understand that every single one of us will grieve, and they have given us a way to understand how we can grieve in community and center care in the inevitable transitions of our lives. This is what emergent strategy looks like at the precipice."
--adrienne maree brown, author of Pleasure Activism

"Camille Sapara Barton is undoubtedly one of our generation's luminaries, as this offering makes crystal clear. Camille's capacity to bring forward an imaginative yet consistently grounded and honest perspective about life's biggest inquiries--love, liberation, and loss--has made them a powerful and piercing voice in the emerging psychedelic ecosystem. It can be challenging to balance the visionary and the practical, made harder in a world that perpetually attempts to flatten and reduce everything holy to something consumable. Camille invites us all back into balance with the grace of a teacher and the patience of a parent, gently waiting for the rest of us to catch up."
--Ismail Ali, Policy and Advocacy Director at the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

"In this beautiful little book, Camille Sapara Barton offers readers a powerful medicine, not only for being with and moving through grief, but for responding to the social injustice that sickens our world. Setting sharp, lucid political analysis alongside transformative somatic practices, Tending Grief is an essential map for anyone who longs for collective healing. This is an invaluable resource for changemakers everywhere."
--Kai Cheng Thom, author, mediator, and somatic coach

"Tending Grief is a cauldron containing the right ingredients to center our individual and collective grief. The kind of grief and loss that makes us raw, come undone, unravel, and come into our humanness. The ingredients in this magical cauldron in the form of a book are the historical and ancestral understanding of how we hold grief in our bones and bring it into our movements. Tending Grief calls us to turn toward our grief, acknowledge and respond to it, and allow it to move through and change us. This book is a vital tool and resource for the times we are wading through, times that are mirroring to us the patterns of what must change and change now."
--Michelle C. Johnson, author of Finding Refuge and We Heal Together