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Events that spark meaningful conversations

You expect to find opportunities for introspection and deep discussions on a visit to Lakewood, but discovering peach cobbler and banana pudding may be more of a surprise.

Events that bring greater awareness and understanding to death, grief and remembrance.
At Lakewood, we offer engaging events that bring greater awareness and understanding to topics surrounding death, grief and remembrance. Like our upcoming Food and Grief: What Is Your Grief Craving? On Saturday, June 8, Lakewood will welcome two national grief guides to lead our captivating afternoon program, open to all.

Food and Grief: What Is Your Grief Craving?
Picnicking on luscious desserts from Lutunji’s Palate Bakery and Cafe, we’ll ask ourselves what does our grief crave? We know that food can bring us directly into our memories of care and connection. Do we crave a familiar taste? Maybe a ripe juicy mango, peak summer corn, a comforting casserole, handmade tortillas and slow stewed beans? Our cherished food memories allow us to feed and nourish our grief. Join us as we learn from each other and share stories of the foods that we rely on to ease heartbreak and cultivate warmth and love.

The program is led by Roshni Kavate and Rebecca Servoss, co-founders of Marigolde, a grief wellness platform rooted in storytelling, culture and rituals. Drawing on their backgrounds as nurses, grief experts and avid home cooks, the duo curate immersive experiences and create educational experiences to promote a grief positive culture. They also host the podcast Mango and Gnocchi: What is your grief craving? 

As a group we will share dessert and stories with each other, take part in a reflective journaling activity and build a community kitchen altar for our grief. Please bring along a special item from your kitchen or a clipping from your garden that holds personal meaning, to place on the altar. You will take your item home with you.  

You can also bring along picnic blankets, lounge chairs, and any additional snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic). You can register for our three-hour program in advance for $20 or for $30 at the door. 

Yoga Reflect
Another of our reimagined experiences at Lakewood includes a
peaceful, meditative, hour-long Yoga Reflect each Sunday morning at Lakewood at 8:30 AM, beginning Sunday, June 2. 

Yoga Sanctuary, a local nonprofit located near Lake Harriet, invites everyone, including brand new yoga practitioners and those with years of experience, to enjoy the mindful movement and guided breathing techniques that can help us settle our thoughts. This energy balancing, holistic practice promotes strength, flexibility, balance and clarity.  

Sessions are free, but please register so we can contact you if there are any class updates. 

Explore all our events
We hope you’ll join us for these enriching experiences at Lakewood as we come together to explore, reflect and nourish our souls. Be sure to also check out our complete event schedule.

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