Day of the Dead Ritual


catrina-leveledHow old is the habit of denial? We keep secrets from ourselves that all along we know…. For perhaps we are like stones; our own history and the history of the world embedded in us, we hold a sorrow deep within and cannot weep until that history is sung.  — Susan Griffin

The desire to forget prolongs exile; the secret of redemption is memory.  – The Baal Shem Tov


Our 2018 Day of the Dead Ritual, our 21st, will be on November 3rd: 



Day of Dead, 2004In both West Africa and Central America they say that we are required to offer two things to help a recently deceased person complete his or her journey to the other side and become an ancestor: our tears and our beauty.


Francis Weller (Sonoma County)        

Maria Owl Gutierrz (Marin County)

Earthrites Collective (Sonoma County)

Cheryl Jones (Oakland)

Martin Prechtel (New Mexico)

Malidoma Some´(Florida)



Martin Prechtel Speaks on Grief

— Martin Prechtel on Grief and Praise

— Francis Weller on “The Geography of Sorrow”

— Francis Weller Speaks on Grief

Barry on Popularity of The Day of the Dead

Barry on Rituals of Grief

Barry’s article, “A Day of the Dead Ritual”

— Grief and Our Ancestors: Robert Bly and Malidoma Some´

— Sobonfu Some´on Grief and Recovery

— Carolyn Baker interviews Barry and Maya

— Carolyn Baker: If We Have No Future, Why Grieve?