A Collaborative Initiative Dedicated to Shifting
Individual & Cultural Understandings of Death & Dying
The Art of Dying Institute, an initiative of the New York Open Center, is designed to address the need for a cultural awakening around the themes of death, how we die and the consequences for how we live. The Institute emerged from the collective knowledge and vision derived from five world-class Art of Dying conferences and extensive course offerings in end-of-life care, bereavement and the spiritual and scientific exploration of consciousness. Its goal is to foster and serve an engaged community of end-of-life care practitioners; those facing life-threatening illness and their families; researchers, educators, students and scholars; front-line innovators; and investors.
To awaken a deeper inquiry and more conscious engagement with death and dying.
To foster a community of leaders who will play an essential role in addressing the need for a cultural awakening around themes of death, how we die, and the subsequent conversations about life and how we choose to live.
To offer integrative courses, workshops, advanced trainings, and certificate programs, led by experts, pioneers and earnest practitioners, and to partner with front-line innovators and organizations to generate national and international forums for meaningful exchange.
In phases over the next two years, we will begin to:
- Offer integrative courses, workshops, advanced training and professional certification programs taught by experts and practitioners.
- Create opportunities for and actively support progressive research exploring spiritual, scientific and practical approaches to death and dying.
- Provide national and international forums for meaningful community exchange, discussion, information dissemination and engagement.
- Partner with frontline practitioners, coalitions and organizations, including hospice, palliative care units, hospitals and medical centers, universities, associations, foundations, related non- and for-profit organizations and other key stakeholders.
- Solicit investments at scale and mobilize funding and other resources that support an integrative and transformative approach to death and dying.
We firmly believe, based on 20 years of experience, that nothing short of a collaborative effort will bring our society closer to realizing a more compassionate and holistic understanding of the dying process.
Compassion toward the dying is at the heart of the Institute’s approach and is a core value of all spiritual traditions.
The Institute’s commitment to a transformative, holistic worldview and its engagement with international thought leaders make it uniquely positioned to lead the exploration of these profound issues.
Bringing together the finest speakers and researchers in the world, the Art of Dying Conferences are known for their excellence and professionalism. We consider the high quality of our programming to be one of our hallmarks.
The Institute draws on a broad range of spiritual traditions and cultural perspectives. It is an ecumenical embracing of diversity.
Legacy & the Transformative Power of Giving
We believe in the transformative power of giving and encourage all individuals, foundations, and institutions interested in alleviating human suffering to invest in and support an integrative approach to death and dying.
The Art of Dying Institute Receives a $50,000 Matching Grant
from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
This tremendously impactful gift provides individual, foundation and corporate donors an exceptional opportunity to invest in the launch of the Art of Dying Institute and its profound task of reshaping the understanding of and approach to death, how we die and, in turn, how we live.
For every dollar up to $50,000, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation will match your donation 1:1. Contact Tisha Ford, Project Manager of the Art of Dying Institute, at (212) 219-2527 ext. 135 or firstname.lastname@example.org to double your investment.
We thank the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for its generous and strategic support.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS & TRAININGS
For more information:
Art of Dying Institute
22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 219- 2527 Ext. 135
The Art of Dying Institute’s workshops, advanced trainings and free introductory classes include:
– See the list of ‘upcoming programs’ below:
The Future Of Dying Well: An Evening with Dr. Ira Byock and Will Schwalbe
Mortal Coil: Voices from the Hospice—A Reading
Lester Thomas Shane | November 10
Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program
Starts January 2018