Date & Time
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Death is the natural and sacred end of life – one certainty that every human being will experience, yet an experience we are often unfamiliar with. It is our birthright to live and die well, and more and more people are wanting to reclaim death as a precious and meaningful rite of passage. This two-day workshop covers the major transitions from illness to dying to death, as well as sudden death, after-death care, body disposal, ceremony and ritual, bereavement, and loss, and the role of those guides known as deathwalkers.
A “deathwalker” is someone who can accompany a dying person, their family, and friends through the journey of death and dying. This often includes “doula” work in caring for the dying, after-death care, and the creation and facilitation of a meaningful and appropriate ceremony. The deathwalker’s role, a hybrid of traditional and new ways of deep understanding, offers real and considered guidance at an often challenging time. At its core is the empowerment of people to live and die well and experience a healthier bereavement. The path of a deathwalker is available and appropriate for everyone – for your own personal journey, to accompany a family member or friend, to increase and enhance already existing professional skills, and if you feel you might have a calling for some or all aspects of this work.
This weekend will enable us to nurture, grow, and strengthen our inherent capacities for working with the dying, and learn emotional and practical knowledge and skills that can help us transform our many concerns or fears around death.
A Two-And-A-Half-Day Workshop
Fri. – Sun., September 15 – 17
Friday, 7 – 10 pm
Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 5:30 pm
Members $260/ Nonmembers $290
New York Open Center
Zenith Virago is a leader in the field of a natural approach to dying in Australia where she has pioneered the concept of empowered continual care at the end of life. Founder of the Natural Death Care Centre in Byron Bay, she has worked as a professional Deathwalker for over 20 years. She brings integrity and experience and shares her wisdom with lightness and depth.