Community ecological grief workshops, run by Gail Davidson supporting the themes of adaptation and resilience.

Adaptation and resilience

The workshops will appeal to anyone who feels despair at the changing climate, those who find themselves overwhelmed, fluctuating between disengagement and pain, and want to learn to express what’s being labelled as ‘climate anxiety’ or ‘eco despair’. Releasing grief can renew us, leaving us with a sense of connection to each other, nature and the earth. We have to feel it to heal it, as Joanna Macy says. It will be a joyful celebration of life and the interconnectedness of the human and more than human world, as happens in a Celtic wake.

Tending to our ecological grief makes us more resilient as individuals and is an adaptive social technology. Coming together in community, many barriers that can separate us, like culture, race and language, disappear as we connect with a universal and inclusive story of grief. We’ll take our steer from nature and the trees who know the importance of letting go of their leaves, and the compost it can provide for the coming year. 

Gail Davidson

I’m a digital communications consultant, a regenerative storyteller, environmental activist, community builder, and ritual maker who lives by the Celtic wheel of the year, and has been ‘apprenticing with sorrow’ since 2014. 

I run community grief tending rituals in the UK, based out of the Centre for Ecotherapy in Stanmer Park, Brighton. Where a village of regular grief tenders is emerging to gather regularly to tend to their sorrows as a regenerative practice.

Dreaming with the land

While on retreat over winter solstice in December 2019, contemplating the fact that the next global conference of climate change would take 10 miles from where I was born, I asked the land what she was calling from for me, what could I do. Because quite frankly, I didn’t have much confidence in the output of COP26. I could see a tsunami of grief and frustration at the inability of the ‘suits’ attending to move from a model of dominion over the natural world, to cooperation and care. 

The land I was born into, West Lothian, bore witness to mass ecocide in the 19th and 20th century, the people and landscape irrevocably changed by the oil and coal mining. And so I heard her – the land – whisper of a keening wake, a space for folk to declare their love for all that’s being lost. 

Nature connection

I’m aware of the arguments for and against climate change, and the divisive nature of the conversations it can draw. Sometimes I find the battleground overwhelming. What I see is that in my lifetime, 50% of all known species have become extinct. I see humans, as a species, so disconnected from the non-human world, and the life-giving regenerative natural cycles that hold us. A view that we are masters of the ecological system, rather than a mere part of it. I long for a world of connection – to each other, to the land, the non-human world. Where we cooperate to stewarding the earth and all her inhabitants, for the next seven generations to come. 


My intention for this program is to gather local communities of like-minded folk to celebrate their communion with each other and the non-human world. In the darkness of facing the catastrophic loss, together in community, as Martin Shaw says, I trust we can remember what we love the most. And that our love, grief and rage generate resilience and positive action – for ourselves, our communities and the world. 

See Gail’s website: Big Seeds

Key facts


Centre for Stewardship


The Centre for Stewardship at Falkland, Fife, is an enabling estate where people of all backgrounds can enjoy and contribute to a place of nature, nurture, culture and perspective. The centre’s vision is to collectively realise and release the potential of a place where people love the land that gives life to people. Their values are quality, thoughtfulness and integrity

Find out about the work of the Centre for Stewardship.