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Walking Towards A Good Death
Week 1: Sunday, February 19, 2023. 4-6pm
Week 2: Sunday, February 26, 2023. 4-6pm
Week 3: Sunday, March 5, 2023. 4-6pm
Week 4: Sunday, March 12, 2023. 4-6pm
All times are Eastern (UTC-5 time zone).
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“The only security in life comes from facing your death.”
Incarnating is a big deal. So to begin with, you’re already a badass. In addition, during our lifetimes we’ve been through many life/death/life cycles. Dozens of them. Let’s honor these cycles and the letting go process that’s been inherent in all of them. Including and especially our births, which required us to surrender to the void, to nothingness, and to the mystery of the next chapter. We’ll contemplate the transitions we’ve been through and look at the transitions we’re facing. We’ll discuss how we can learn to trust the letting go process more fully. We’ll examine the actual somatic process of the cycle of letting go. In a supportive process, we’ll practice letting go until it becomes a familiar pattern.
Whatever you call it: Soul, Self, Spirit, God/Goddess, divine, inner voice, intuition, consciousness, guidance, or essence…..what is the quality of your relationship with this eternal part of you? Regardless of who surrounds us at the moment of our death, the experience will be between us and this infinite part of us. If we’ve built a strong relationship with our essence we will be stepping into a world where we are related, connected, and familiar. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Let us begin. Let us nourish, strengthen, and turn up the volume on this primary relationship.
Being human is tender. And we do a lot to protect ourselves from painful experiences. Yet learning to be present with all of life is a prerequisite to receiving, which is a prerequisite for a good death. On the journey towards being more fully present, it’s helpful to realize that there’s an intelligent universe inside of us–vast, wise, ever evolving, and benevolent. We will examine how trauma, shadow, and conditioning often stand in the way of this expansive world view. We will discuss some processes of moving through these blocks and beginning the process of opening the heart, trusting life, and honoring all experiences as necessary for the soul’s evolution.
A healthy life is about the balance of yin and yang. Our culture is very YANG: driven, productive, outward facing, image conscious, and youth oriented. It values being active well into old age. There’s value in this, but it’s remarkably unbalanced. Dying requires exquisite receptivity. Living requires receptivity. We receive from the sun, from food, from sleep, from others. In fact, the most important and most valuable things in our lives often come when we allow ourselves to receive: friendship, support, nourishment, connection, contemplation. If we neglect the receptive, interior, and quiet parts of ourselves, we do damage to our capacity for a healthy life and death. We will explore how to turn up the volume on the YIN in our lives and grow our capacity to notice, celebrate, and enhance our receptivity.
Praise for Walking Towards A Good Death Workshop Series:
“This wonderful online workshop invited me to delve deeper into what’s preventing me from living more fully (in this now of my life) and not postponing to death. Mary and Lee compliment each other well, and present a very inspiring pleasant flow of amazing readings and prompts to ponder. I was able to journal during the week, which supported my process of depth and clarity. I would certainly be inclined to take this workshop again.”
Mary Lane is an elder who has walked the archetypal journey through the healing of our connection and relationship with the natural world. She has spent the last 40 years integrating and distilling the wisdom from her lifelong experiences, trainings, and deepening connection with Mother Earth. She supports others to embrace the never ending life and death cycle of nature, so they too can benefit from this Divine intelligence of nature as a masterful teacher, to let go of the old and birth the new, through both life, and death.
Mary has trained with Hospice, taught two years at the Doorway Into Light Conference on death and dying, on the island of Maui, and sat by the bedside of those going through the ultimate letting go of a lifetime. She learned that letting go needs to start long before we are on our deathbed. And, the ultimate teacher is nature.
If you would like to know more about what Mary offers visit her web site. www.divinenourishment.net
Lee Warren has been fortunate to learn from the dying in the context of a village. Over the course of two years, from 2016 to 2018, there were six deaths at Earthaven Ecovillage, the place she’s called home for more than two decades.
Those deaths, and the generous people who experienced them, were incredible opportunities for service to the great mystery. From end-of-life paperwork preparation, to working with hospice and sitting with the dying, to collaborating with blood families on all aspects of the death process, to tending our beloveds for after death services, to creating home wakes, home funerals, and home burials, the village came alive with cooperation and the magic of synchronized flow.
These end-of-life ceremonies and rituals weave together the fabric of community, which gives meaning to every aspect of the death process. People, both from within and from outside the village, expressed how life-changing and heart-expansive these experiences were for them.
What Lee learned during this sacred time is the following:
Lee has woven end-of-life education into her community building work as foundation to becoming alive, present, and embodied humans.
“You can’t have a miserable life and a good death.”
~Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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“After 25 years of coaching leaders and teams, I have found Lee’s Relational Leadership workshop to be a unique and powerful combination of both practical tools and effective leadership principles. Her proven experience leading different causes makes for an approach that balances both head and heart.”
"Lee is an experienced and truly competent guide in the vast landscapes of end of life plans. Her thoughtful pacing helps us navigate the territory of decisions to make, who to involve, emotions and choices. Being supported in preparing for this rite of passage by creating our death care team settles a lot in me. I highly recommend. Everyone involved will benefit."
"This course covers the vital social-emotional aspects of community that just isn't talked about openly enough. I so appreciated Lee's candid sharing of her own experience and warm encouragement of our own self-reflection. I truly believe that if more folks did the kind of personal and interpersonal work Lee outlines in this course, more communities would thrive!"
"When I heard Lee say, "functional teams demonstrate communication, transparency, and trust," in her Relational Leadership workshop, it changed everything for me. I'm being that change in my workplace and finding others who resonate with that change. It is having impact with everyone in the entire organization, including the CEO. Employees who felt powerless in the past are now starting to light up. Our work ecology is changing and the transformation is beyond powerful."