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Living Well – Dying Well — A Day of Reflection + Cemetery Stroll

April 30, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

A day of reflection on after-death care, cemetery stroll, and collaborating as wisdom keepers in living + dying!

Join us for a day of retreat as we explore an embodied and mindful approach to before, during and after death care in reciprocity with Earth, and all her beings.

The day involves somatic-based practices of awareness exploring conscious end-of-life, inquiry into known and unknown after death care practices and ceremony. An invitation to deepen, strengthen and grow ourselves into wisdom cultivators and keepers by becoming participants in shapeshifting outdated practices of care in dying and death. Take a stroll in the cemetery, connect with others and begin or review current end-of-life plans.


This day of Inquiry & Reflection includes:

~ Beginning or continuing end-of-life plan

~ Exploring possibilities for after-death care

~ Strolling in the cemetery/burial park

~ Discussing choices for body interment

~ Deep participatory conversations

~ A light snack and tea in early afternoon

Shared embodied awareness practices into “nature as our nature” — and why it matters what our choices for after-death care are, for the earth and all of creation!

We welcome all, including past participants of our 6 week Living Well Dying Well program – you will find nourishment, further resources and community here! ????


Mountain View Cemetery – Celebration Hall

Address: 5455 Fraser Street Vancouver BC

Sunday April 30th 2023

Time: 11:30 – 5:00pm



Please contact us in advance if funds are a barrier – Scholarships available!

To inquire, please email Penny, Renate & Abegael at: info@centreforearthandspirit.ca

We gratefully meet on unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, acknowledging the energy in the lands and waters and the colonial structures that have separated Indigenous peoples from their lands on a global scale.


Please visit https://centreforearthandspirit.ca/offerings/living-well-dying-well/ for more information about Living Well, Dying Well, access to blog posts, social media links, and other upcoming programs!

The Centre for Earth and Spirit Society offers this program at an accessible rate, with support from a New Horizons for Seniors Program grant.



Penny Allport

A long-time lover of world wisdom traditions and participant in ceremonies honouring the life-death-life cycle from Mexico to Bali, Africa and the Amazon informs Penny’s work as a Life-Cycle Celebrant. Fueled by a deep interest in our potential for being human’s kind, Penny facilitates multi-generational classes and retreats, combining Continuum Movement, Yoga, writing, painting and dream processes, also incorporating the work of mentor Angeles Arrien (1940-2014), Cross Cultural Anthropologist, teacher and author of The Second Half of Life, 8 Gates of Initiation. See www.movingceremonies.com

Renate Ringer

Earth walker, star gazer, indigenous rose inhaler, ocean swimmer, wild mushroom forager and a continuing student of nature’s wisdom and the cycle of life & death. Renate’s background includes working in the health field; decades of research projects; managing urban agriculture programs and social enterprise endeavors in the non profit sector. Renate is currently exploring various additional healing arts such as: music, dance, poetry, story telling, herbology, reiki, dreamwork, and spirituality. 

Abegael Fisher-Lang

Inspired by nature, imagination and spirit, Abegael supports the continuum of living and dying well as a Life Passage Celebrant and Death Doula. A longtime BC storyteller and Waldorf educator, she creates community initiatives celebrating the cycles of the year with ritual, story, music and the elements of nature. Her spiritual practices are informed by the wisdom of the sense world, Anthroposophy, BioDynamics, and sacred dance… as well as swimming, gardening, festival life, choir, friendships, and time with her son, a person with Down’s Syndrome, and her best teacher. Abegael crafts and presents story-rich ceremonies to mark big life events like “hatchin’ matchin’ & dispatchin’“. See https://lifethreads.ca


On the island? Please check our website for details about our local Living Well – Dying Well one-day event:

Royal Oak Burial Park – Chapel

Address: 4673 Falaise Drive

Saturday March 25th 2023

Time: 11:30 – 5:00pm


April 30, 2023
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mountain View Cemetery – City of Vancouver
5455 Fraser Street
Vancouver,BCV5W 2Z3Canada


Centre for Earth and Spirit Society
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