Grief & Arts Workshop

Night Sea Journey: A Two Day Grief and Arts Retreat


Join me along with teacher and musician, Steve Podry, for an opportunity to honor loss through artistic activity. A special opportunity for those who have lost a loved one, have suffered from a divorce, are in the midst of a major transition or struggling with everyday disillusionment in response to world events.

Grief can be an ocean, seemingly impossible to grasp, feel, or navigate. We endure death, we suffer the end of relationships, the aging of our bodies, the loss of home, the horror of war, the destruction of the environment, the loss of our own soul. Through artistic activity, the oceanic vastness of grief can be brought into focus, scaled down into tangible forms for a concrete encounter with sorrow. In the aloneness of a night sea-journey, others are also traveling. Join us for a journey…


Workshop Information


Workshop Details

When: Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016

Time: 10 am – 6 pm Saturday; 10 am – 5 pm Sunday

Where: Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama, San Francisco

Cost: $250, Early Registration (by January 8th), $275 Regular Fee


Grief and Arts Workshop

About the Facilitators


Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT

Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT, has been a leader in her work as expressive arts therapist and educator for more than a decade. She works specifically with movement, mindfulness and art in her San Francisco based practice, and is a strong guide for life struggles with addiction, grief and trauma. Notably, she also teaches at the world renowned Tamalpa Institute in Marin County. Currently, Adriana has created When the Fall Comes, a performance project that has culminated in a film based on her own life story encountering intimate grief and loss.


Steve Podry, MA, CAGS in Expressive Arts

Steve taught and directed an arts-based literacy and parenting program for incarcerated mothers for 14 years. He currently trains expressive arts students with the Community Expressive Arts Project at Bard College and at New York Expressive Arts Studio in Albany. Privately, he offers arts-based services for those struggling with grief and other overwhelming experiences. He is the author of Glue, a memoir of love and loss, and Snake Medicine: Spirit Mystery Songs.


“The weekend retreat with Adriana and Steve allowed me to nurture myself with self-care after months and months of painful grieving for both my parents that I lost in quick succession. The week after the retreat I felt a very noticeable change in my energy. Where there had once been a heaviness in my heart and deep despair in my soul there was now a new lightness, insight and shift in perspective;  the journey of sorrow was transformed into a feeling of devotion, appreciation and artistry. This shift was made possible by Adriana and Steve who lovingly ushered us through a powerful, creative dynamic process.”

– Cathy G.


“In an amazingly gentle and wonderfully held container I felt very safe and held to grieve a lifetime of “not enough’s” and then begin to rewire my nervous system to embody the changes created in the weekend. I highly recommend this powerful, big energy, life-changing workshop created by Adriana and Steve.”

– Chelley B.