Good Grief Festival 2021

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This passing year (2020) brought with it huge challenges and significant losses to us all. As we’ve just marked a year since the first national lockdown, my hope is that we can begin to heal. As such, I’m grateful to be part of the ‘Good Grief Festival 2021’.

The Good Grief Festival offers a free virtual festival exploring the human experience of grief, loss and love. It’s taking place this weekend from the 27th to 28 March 2020.

To watch my interview where I discuss Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Somatic Body Mapping‘Unlocking Grief with Movement’, Please register for your free space via the link in my Bio. Or visit the Good Grief Festival to view the full program

This virtual online festival explores the many faces of grief reaching thousands of people all over the UK and internationally. It is also working with Marie Curie to host a series of events for the National Day of Reflection on March 23rd, which Marie Curie is spearheading to mark one year since the first Covid-19 lockdown.

With host 50 events in total, including panel talks, interviews and conversations. Working with the themes of ‘hope and meaning’, the festival will explore the universal human experience of grief at a time when the UK is mourning over 100,000 lives lost to Covid-19.

Over 70 speakers will take part including Michael Rosen, Julia Samuel (This Too Shall Pass, Grief Works), best-selling authors Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant, Brown Baby) and Katherine May (Wintering), Catherine Mayer and Anne Mayer Bird (Good Grief: Embracing life at a time of death), palliative care doctors Rachel Clarke (Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss, Breathtaking) and Kathryn Mannix (With the End in Mind), illustrator Gary Andrews (Doodle-A-Day/Finding Joy) and Stuart Lawrence, younger brother of Stephen Lawrence and author of ‘Silence is not an Option’.

Topics up for discussion include: ​Behind the ‘Numbers’: Humanising Covid-19​; ​The Grief Gift: Finding Meaning + Purpose After Loss​; ​How the Seasons Teach us to Grieve;​ ​The Importance of Storytelling in Grief​; ​The Guilt Monster: Grief’s Complicated Sidekick​; ​What Harry Potter Teaches us about Grief;​ ​Reflections on Death + Dying: Finding Hope,​ and Finding Your Grief Tribe: The Importance of Community + Connection​.

The festival will also include a Grief School featuring 40 hours of on-demand video content categorised by type: from childhood bereavement to the death of a partner, traumatic loss to complicated grief, sibling loss to pet bereavement. It will also include conversations between grievers, panel talks with experts, and webinars with bestselling authors.

“Around the world, millions of people are mourning the deaths of loved ones, friends and family members at an extraordinarily difficult time, when social networks and our usual ways of coping have been profoundly disrupted,” said Dr Lucy Selman, Founding Director of Good Grief, from the Palliative and End of Life Research Group at the University of Bristol.

“This spring, when it is needed more than ever, we are holding the festival to bring people together for solace and support. We are delighted to partner with Marie Curie to shed light on the many dimensions of grief, and provide time and space to share experiences and remember those who have died.”

The Festival is a collaborative event led by the University of Bristol and supported by charity partner Marie Curie. 

All events are free to attend. To pre-register visit  

What is Body Mapping?


There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The Body Mapping Experience.

Our bodies are the medium in which we experience ourselves, others, and the world around us. Along with our cognitive understandings, we feel, we sense and we are instinctual in our daily lives. We are always in direct communication with our bodies, taking in and producing messages our bodily responses give us. As we experience our body, our body experiences us.

The body holds our individual stories, memories and life’s journey so far. Along with our conscious and unconscious memories, our muscle/performance memory, we have our visceral experiences and our kinaesthetic sense. These are not easily put into words as they are ‘felt experience’, and sometimes what is felt in our bodies may tell us a different story than what we thought or even outwardly displayed.


Body Mapping Process

In body mapping, we tap into the wisdom of the body by activating levels of body consciousness through creative exploration, body centring activities and meditation. It’s a process where the participant is in a place of deep listening and inner connectivity with the stories of their body that connect with their lived experience.

Working with a life-size canvas of yourself allows for self-reflection and deep resonance. Body Mapping creates an exchange from ones inner connectivity to an outer creative expression via our creative play. In my experience, that deep listening I have felt and witness is an intimate co-creative relationship with oneself, in which you are listening to your own stories, hearing the wisdom and recreating from that knowledge all at once.

The art exploration often symbolically represents how these stories feel for you in the present time. Sometimes how you have felt in the past is different than where you are in the here and now. In the process, you may notice what has transformed, or you may acknowledge what needs to be explored further or let go of. Either way, there is something powerful, and often compassionate that unfolds naturally. Essentially body mapping helps us reconnect to our embodied self.


Body Mapping Sessions

Body Mapping sessions are held to help you enter that sacred space gently and nurture yourself in the process. Offered in small groups or individual sessions, its a creative journey of self-discovery. Those in periods of life transitions, who are seeking self-reflection find Body Mapping enriching. However, it is open to anyone no matter what stage in life’s journey.

Art materials are included, and your body map is yours to take home at the end of the programme. To book in for an individual programme, or enquire about the next weekend intensive, contact me at or enquire for an individual session





What Is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?


Dance Movement Psychotherapy is defined as…

“The psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which a person can engage creatively in the process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration.’ 
– ADMP UK, 1977

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) works with the fundamental principle, that our minds and bodies are interconnected. Core to DMP is the understanding our bodies communicate our lived experience of both our inner and outer worlds, and our movement & gestures reflect our personality. Movement expression instinctively demonstrates the way we think feel and relate to others.

Dance in its natural essence of free-form, non-scripted, not directed, allows for a vitality of spirit to move the body freely from within. Dance is innately an expression of our inner self, and by the way, it allows for a freedom of self in movement and outer expressivity. By exploring dance, movement and gestures, we can experience an embodied sense of ourselves in which we can communicate, explore and learn about ourselves and how we relate to others. Overall with DMP, we are trying to build a bridge to connect our thoughts and feelings, by acknowledging and understanding our body movements behaviour and our non-verbal communication.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy’s roots are in ancient healing dance that has been an integral part of most cultures and communities worldwide. Before dance was a professional art form, it was and still is a source of community expression used for community ritual, celebration, rights of passage and joy. The earliest records of dance used for therapeutic purposes are recorded in the nineteenth century but not significantly explored as a psychotherapeutic intervention until the 1970’s. Dance movement psychotherapy is now an established form of art psychotherapy practised around the world as both individual and group therapy in health, education, social services and private practice. Typical areas of practice include working with people challenged with:

  • Learning, Sensory & Physical disabilities
  • Emotional/ behavioural challenges
  • Autism
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma

What to expect?

Dance Movement psychotherapy is inclusive as it is for everyone of all ages. No formal dance experience is necessary to participate. We use everyday movements, natural rhythms to communicate and free movement with movement props and music. Everyone dance within their natural repertoire and in their own time.

Sessions take place regularly on a weekly basis for the duration of work, and each session is 45 minutes. Clients require a referral form and an initial assessment period. Clients have found Dance Movement Psychotherapy has positively benefited them in the following way:

  • Can help put feelings into words
  • Creatively finding your voice
  • Enhance personal communication skills, self-exploration or self-understanding
  • Improved self-awareness, body-awareness and
  • Increased confidence in personal ability to express, explore and manage difficult feelings
  • Helps with relaxation and calmness
  • Being in and part of a supportive group
  • Mind, body, and spirit integration.

For further details and information on Dance Movement Psychotherapy, visit the DMP page, or contact Natasha Sackey MA RDMP or ADMP UK.