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Living Well Dying Well – A Weekend Gathering in Courtenay – POSTPONED

October 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - October 22, 2023 @ 2:30 pm

Living Well, Dying Well is a multi-generational, soulful program exploring the ways we live and die.

POSTPONED – Living Well – Dying Well – Deposit due by Oct 12th to confirm your seat!

A weekend in-person gathering

Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22nd, 2023

Courtenay, BC

A weekend gathering to tend conscious and community-based end-of-life care through supportive, peer-based learning circles, courageous conversations, Advanced Care Planning and shared wisdom of facilitators and all participants. An invitation to grow and strengthen our capacity to live well while mindfully tending end-of-life matters now.

The Centre for Earth & Spirit invites you to join us for a weekend to grow community centred death care on Mid/North Island, through participating in a well curated and seasoned approach to meeting end-of-life with consciousness and care.

Living Well – Dying Well draws on cross-cultural wisdom, practical resources, somatic and mindfulness practices, embodied experience and collective insights. As an ever-evolving program Living Well, Dying Well offers a space to envision and experience together a respectful and eco-responsible approach to end of life. As a participant, you contribute to this growing conversation, and become an integral part of re-visioning what it means to meet aging, living and dying with vulnerability, courage, beauty and grace.

This weekend experience includes an opportunity to immerse ourselves in meaningful inquiry and dialogue to illuminate unique issues and challenges for each participant. In a safe and welcoming environment understanding, compassion and belonging blossom into significant and impactful and embodied action.

This weekend Is for you if you…

  • wish to be more informed around choices in tending end-of-life with consciousness and care
  • are called to reclaim dying and death as a personal, familial and village process
  • care about an eco-responsible approach to dying and death
  • are inspired to be a community builder in kinship with all of life
  • are a caregiver
  • are human!


Friday, October 20, 3:00pm – Sunday, October 22, 2:30pm

Daily Hours of Gathering:

Friday: 3 – 6:30

Saturday: 9:00 – 5:30 p.m. with lunch & tea breaks. Saturday evening 6:30 p.m. Optional potluck dinner and Kirtan

Sunday hours: 9:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Including Sunday morning field trip to Cemetery)

Please bring your own lunches. Snacks and Tea provided.


Comprehensive, practical and inspiring Centre for Earth & Spirit – Living Well – Dying Well Journal, attention to personal interests and inquiries, mindfulness and somatic based practices, opportunities to explore through peer-based inquiry, and an invitation to experience being a part of a growing community-based death care movement. _____________________________________________________________________


Actual Cost Rate: $295.00

Supported Rate, through generosity of donors: $235.00

Donor rate: $395.00 (donations gratefully accepted to support accessibility for all!)

To inquire, please email Penny or Renate at info@centreforearthandspirit.ca.

In Comox: Krista at kristacrossing@gmail.com

In Powell River: Anna at annabyrne@hotmail.com

For Accommodation Information: TEXT Aliyah at 250-218-3025

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! Share us with others!!


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, wild food forager, ocean swimmer, and a continuing student of nature’s wisdom and the cycle of life & death. Renate’s background is comprised of various aspects of health: including decades of diverse types of nursing, research projects, managing urban agriculture programs and social enterprise endeavors in the non profit sector. Renate is currently exploring numerous additional healing arts such as: music, dance, poetry, storytelling, herbology, dreamwork, and spirituality.


October 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
October 22, 2023 @ 2:30 pm
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Dove Creek Community Hall
3400 Burns Road
Courtenay,BCV9J 1S2Canada


Centre for Earth and Spirit Society
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