Grief and Wellbeing – a five elements approach

With Rina Golan and Verity Owers, Integrative Counsellor, MBACP (Accred) Specialising in bereavement & grief support

According to Ayurveda (a system of traditional Indian medicine) everything in the universe is made up of five basic elements. These five elements are Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu) and Space (Aakash). Collectively these elements are known as Panchmahabhuta. Drawing on Rina’s background in holistic, yogic and Ayurvedic medicine alongside Verity’s many years working therapeutically with clients, we will use these five elements as a framework to explore grief. Whether as a result of a significant loss (like bereavement, redundancy or divorce) or as a natural part of our day-to-day life, we will all experience grief at some point. In our busy existence, we don’t always get time to work through that grief or to take advantage of the transformation that can occur when we have the space to be with it. The aim of this session is to give participants that time and space. As well as considering what grief is and some of the physical, mental, emotional and other ways it can manifest, there will be space for participants to explore their own grief and feelings, as well as learn practical tips, tools and suggestions for managing grief holistically.

During the session:

  • We start with Earth (Prithvi) by considering self-care – how we can ground ourselves and feel safe, both during the session and after.
  • We then move to Air (Vayu) by using our minds to reflect on what grief is and how it can affect us.
  • We draw on the qualities of Water (Jal) to explore our emotions – by spending time together tending to our grief and feelings.
  • After a short break, we move to Ether or Universal Space (Aakash) to look at practical suggestions for moving through grief in a holistic way (encompassing the mind, body and spirit).
  • Finally, we draw on the Divine Fire (Agni) to consider grief as an opportunity which like any struggle, can potentially help us to grow.
  • There will also be time for attendees to ask questions at the end or find out more about the topics covered.


* Please note that while the session will include time for sharing of thoughts and feelings which may be therapeutic, it is not to be considered as therapy or a counselling session. There will be signposting on to further support and resources which will be included as a handout to take away.*


If you’ve loved and lost, or are supporting someone who is grieving, then this workshop is for you. Please feel welcome to get in touch if you would like any more info before booking.
“Tending grief is a rejuvenating practice. Cry sometimes, talk about your losses, and let death be present in your daily life. Straight after grief practice, rise again, remember your dreams, remember what you are here to share till your last breath.” Rina Golan

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