Tending the Taproot
A Community of Practice towards Personal and Collective Healing
Definition of taproot (Merriam-Webster dictionary)
Our body is a taproot
- a primary element that
nourishes our capacity for presence and connection. This
taproot feeds our nervous system resiliency and embodied ability to be attuned and in sustained relationship to
ourselves, to each other, with Spirit and the wider web of life.
Our ancestors are a taproot - a central energetic field of relations shaping who we are through both inherited resiliency and trauma. The Elders of our lineages are always present and available to offer their wisdom and guidance through both the beauty and heart-break of our lives.
to these taproots support both personal and collective healing.
Who is this for?
Tending the Taproot is an online community of practicefor folks who have already engaged in one or more Sacred Grief programs and are looking for continued opportunities to gather for grief rituals, somatic practice, ancestral connection, collective Spirit work, peer support, healing resources, and soul nourishment. Welcome to those needing a place of personal resource, and to grief companions of all kinds needing a place to fill their own cups: therapists, coaches, death doulas, facilitators, activists, community organizers, and more.
Tending the Taproot is not
a place of training or an online therapy group. It is recommended
that you have resources outside of this offering for any individual support
that you may need.
What will I receive?
First - Upon enrolling, you will immediately have access to a collection of resources at any time you choose. This includes a downloadable Healing Conversations guidebook to supporting others through grief, a Somatic Practice Video Series guiding embodiment practices, a Guided Ancestral Connection audio meditation, and a growing archive of guest interviews. Guests so far include:
- Rue McDonald - Celtic Ancestral Story
- Carly Forest - Three Centers of Intelligence
- Cadence McCann - Grief, Ancestors and Song
Also included in Taproot is a dedicated space for you to share personal websites or offerings, contributing to a growing directory of peer connections.
Second - Each month, you will then have options to participate in various weekly live Zoom gatherings all weaving the themes of embodiment, grief, ritual, Spirit work, ancestral wisdom, and cultural healing. Every third month we pause weekly programming to gather for a half-day seasonal retreat.
What will this look like month to month?
This space is dedicated to personal and collective healing, and how this takes shape from month to month, year to year, is evolving and emergent, rising and falling, birthing and dying, changing and re-imagined. Tending the Taproot is offered from a place of listening to Spirit, my ancestors, my capacities, and seasonal rhythms, alongside listening to what is arising within the field of folks attending, collaborative possibilities, and being of service.
My hope is that your monthly paid membership in Tending the Taproot is a feel-good exchange that you value for these emergent and dynamic qualities, and for the depth of relational care that you will find here.
I will commit to having a schedule posted at least 1 month in advance, so you can plan accordingly with your calendar and with your membership decisions. I will also remain open to spontaneous offerings alongside this commitment. At any time you can stop your membership, and at any time you can re-join too. Follow your rhythms!
Schedule for the remainder of June, July& August 2022 (pacific time):
Embodied Regulation - 30 minute session
- June & July - Tuesday mornings every week @9:00am
Grief, Love and Liberation - 1 hour circle
- June 30th @10am, July 28 @10am
Peer Mentoring - 1 hour session
- July 8 @10am
Circle of Elders - 1 hour ritual
- June 22 @5pm, July 18 @5pm
Heart of Grief - 1 hour ritual
July 13 @4pm
The Wisdom of Anger - 1 hour circle
- July 5 @4pm
August: half-day seasonal Summer Retreat, Sunday August 14, 10:00am-1:30pm Pacific
September & October: weekly programming
November: half day seasonal Fall Retreat, date TBA
December & January: weekly programming
February: half day seasonal Winter Retreat, date TBA
March & April: weekly programming
May: half day seasonal Spring Retreat, date TBA
June & July: weekly programming
"Shauna is an attuned listener, an empathic guide, and holds everyone she works with within high regard. She walks with a kind of knowledge, reverence for all life, and connection to both the seen and unseen worlds that is deeply needed in this time." Participant, Tending the Taproot 2020
"This community helped me not only survive Covid so far but thrive. Shauna always inspires me with how natural and authentic she is - a safe guide but not authoritative. A true right sized teacher." Participant of Community Care series.
How is this online community organized?
This is an open membership (enroll at anytime) designed as monthly payments to
participate, and hosted on the Mighty Networks platform. At any point you can cancel your membership and opt out. At any point you can re-enroll too!
How do I register?
To make this practice space accessible, 3 tiered pricing options are available. Please reflect on your current and historical
social location and access to resources to discern which option you
For those residing in Canada, CAD currency is available. Any one from outside Canada, please choose USD. Thank you.
** once you click on a tiered ENROLL NOW link below, you will be taken to a payment page on Mighty Networks - you can toggle between USD or CAD currency at the top right corner of that page.
Supporter Rate: If you are able to pay $50USD ($64CAD) monthly this supports your participation and also supports another to join.
- This option is for those with savings or multiple means to resources. You may own a home, or be a multiple income household, or hold identity privilege.
- ENROLL NOW at this rate
Sustainer Rate: If you are able pay $40USD ($52CAD) monthly this supports your participation.
- This option is for those who have stable income and access to resources/savings.
- ENROLL NOW at this rate
Supported Rate: If you are able to pay $30USD ($40CAD) monthly this invites you to join through the support of others.
- This option is for those with limited access to resources, and/or who may hold identities that are historically/currently marginalized.
- ENROLL NOW at this rate
If you hold a marginalized identity (i.e. BIPOC, LGBTQI+, disabled) and these tiers are inaccessible for you, please email me and let's chat! I would like to find a way to make it workable.