Heading into the very darkest time of the year makes way for a beautiful opening to contemplate dying and death. Creating space to gather with others in a safe and uplifted environment is a deeply nourishing way to explore the preciousness of life. Through discussions, contemplations and meditative practices we will open to curiosity and the groundless feeling of “not knowing.”
Though the topics may feel heavy, or uncomfortable, humor is always incorporated into how Anne-Marie leads groups. Participants are invited to drop all expectations and arrive gently, humbly and ready to engage in living.
Recommended reading in advance of the retreat:
“Death Nesting The Heart-Centered Practices of a Death Doula” by Anne-Marie Keppel. Copies will be available at the retreat as well.
Contemplations & Meditations – Weekend
During the weekend portion of the retreat (Dec. 8-10th) we will engage in activities and exercises which include:
While the weekend portion of the program will focus on the aspects of death nesting for oneself, the extended days (Dec. 11-12th) will open the gateway toward caring for another who is entering the phases of transitioning out of the body. We will discuss specific chapters of the book Death Nesting: The Heart Centered Practices of a Death Doula.
Activities and Discussions:
Participants will leave the retreat with an expanded vocabulary, confidence for engaging in conversations around death and dying and feel refreshed and awake.
Whether or not you have previously or are currently caring for one who is dying, these trainings and discussions will enhance your everyday living experiences while also mentally preparing you for times in the future.
Though tears are welcome and will certainly flow, this program is not recommended for those who are actively grieving or for one who has received a recent diagnosis that feels acutely traumatizing.