Date & Time
10/13/2017 - 10/16/2017
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 13-16, 2017
The Art of Dying 6: Spiritual, Scientific and Practical Approaches to Living & Dying
The Art of Dying conference series speaks to the progressive awakening of our culture to a more conscious view of our own mortality. Death and dying are topics that are discussed with increasing openness and with an awareness that our view of death profoundly impacts our experience of life.
This conference will examine these matters from a holistic and inclusive perspective. We will engage with such essential questions as: How can we work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying? How can our own death and the death of those we love be faced with courage? Does consciousness survive death and, if so, what might we expect? How can we best prepare? How can death become much less frightening both for ourselves and for our loved ones? How can we develop more enlightened care for the dying even in our environment of technological medicine? How does a community support dying, and how can ritual around dying infuse community with meaning and connection?
This is the sixth in a series addressing these and other vital issues. It brings together important innovators in the field of death and dying, in palliative and hospice care. Many have a background in modern medicine, others speak from a more traditional or spiritual perspective. All expand our understanding of how to work best and most compassionately with the dying, and our attunement to death itself, the deepest of all mysteries. We invite you to join a wide array of participants including hospice workers, nurses, doctors, therapists, bereavement counselors, social workers and members of the general public to explore together a profound and heartfelt approach to the great matter of life and death.
- Megory Anderson, PhD
- Bastiaan Baan
- Olivia Bareham
- Coleman Barks
- Ella Bittel, DVM
- Leslie Blackhall, MD
- Janet Booth, RN
- Anthony Bossis, PhD
- Amy Cunningham
- Jeanne Denney
- Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv
- Peter Fenwick, MD
- Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW
- Eugene Friesen
- Stephen Jenkinson
- David Kessler
- Simcha Raphael, PhD
- Stephen Ross, MD
- Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Robert “Tenzin” Thurman, PhD
- Alberto Villoldo, PhD
Location: The New Yorker Hotel, 34th St. & 8th Avenue, New York, NY
*The Association of Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting towards the continuing education requirements for the ADEC Certification in Thanatology.
**Please visit www.artofdying.org to view complete schedule and to learn about our Live Video Webcast of the conference. For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday-Monday, October 13-16, 2017
Early Bird Rate until August 11: $450
General Admission until Sept. 8: $495
Final Admission after Oct. 13: $545
The New Yorker Hotel
Bastiaan Baan, Director of the seminary of The Christian Community in North America and a priest in that denomination (a movement for religious renewal born out of anthroposophy), was formerly a Waldorf teacher and is the author of several books, including: The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz, Ways into Christian Meditation, and Old and New Mysteries.
Olivia Bareham, a certified death midwife and home funeral guide and celebrant, holds degrees in Education, Natural Theology, and Sacred Healing, and is founder of Sacred Crossings, The Institute for Conscious Dying, and Family-Directed Funerals. Olivia also facilitates The Art of Death Midwifery training program, now offered to students worldwide.
Coleman Barks has taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is one of the most significant contributors to the growing awareness of Rumi in the West, and is author of numerous Rumi translations. He has been a student of Sufism since 1977.
Ella Bittel, DVM, is a veterinarian who, for over 20 years, has specialized in holistic modalities including: veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic and energy medicine techniques. She is on the advisory board of the Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets and a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Anthony Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. He was director of palliative care research, co-principal investigator, and a session guide for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study and is Project Director for the NYU Psilocybin Religious Leaders Study. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in NYC.
Janet Booth, RN, is a longtime hospice & palliative care nurse, now working as an Integrative Nurse Coach around the practice of wellbeing in aging, illness, and dying. She serves as associate faculty for the International Nurse Coach Association, including an End-of Life Nurse Coaching program in collaboration with the New York Open Center.
Amy Cunningham, a progressive funeral director and owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, specializes in green burials in cemeteries certified by the Green Burial Council, simple burials within the NYC metropolitan area, home funerals, and cremation services at Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapels. She maintains a lively blog on funeral planning called TheInspiredFuneral.com.
Jeanne Denney, a somatic psychotherapist, hospice worker and educator who works to help people embrace a life which includes death, has spent years both at bedsides and in classrooms while contributing pioneering ideas to the fields of Somatic Psychology and Thanatology.
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, a Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, is an expert on grief and grieving and lectures worldwide on the topic. A prolific author and editor, he serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications.
Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, President of the International End of Life Doula Association (INEDLA), has been conducting end-of-life doula trainings at the NY Open Center for the last eight years and is a faculty member of the Art of Dying Institute. He has worked in hospices, led many bereavement groups and draws from the experience of his own losses and a history of using guided visualization, meditation and journaling in his work, which has been featured prominently in The New York Times.
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is a spiritual activist, author, ceremonialist and farmer. Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America.
David Kessler is the author of five best-selling books including two co-authored with the celebrated thanatology pioneer, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. She wrote, “It is now, fortunately, my time to face death. David Kessler is my friend and student. He carries on my work.” His first book, The Needs of the Dying, received praise from Mother Teresa.
Simcha Raphael, Ph.D., Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training, was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by the late, renowned Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. A psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia, he has written extensively on death and afterlife and is author of the groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife.
Stephen Ross, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU), Principal Investigator of the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Project and Director of the NYU Psychedelic Research Group, is also Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at Bellevue Hospital and Director of Addiction Psychiatry at NYU Tisch Hospital.
Cynda Rushton, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics and Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing, is Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service and has also served as a teacher and collaborator in Upaya’s Being With Dying Professional Training program and as core faculty in G.R.A.C.E. along with Roshi Joan Halifax since 2001.
Robert “Tenzin’ Thurman, Ph.D., a Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, which is dedicated to the publication of translations of important Tibetan artistic and scientific treatises, is the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, and is a Vajracharya (Vajrayana Buddhist priest) in HH the Dalai Lama’s ecumenical order of Tibetan Buddhism.
Alberto Villoldo, PhD, a medical anthropologist and psychologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 30 years, is the founder of The Four Winds Society and instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment (with David Perlmutter), Shaman, Healer, Sage and, most recently, One Spirit Medicine.