Living Well, Dying Well
Cover Photo Credit: Kim Holl
Exploring The Way We Live & Die in Modern Times
A Multi-generational, Soulful & Experiential Approach
Meaningful inquiry and dialogue illuminate unique issues and challenges for each participant. In a safe and welcoming environment understanding, compassion and belonging blossom into significant and impactful action.
In particular, we care that you have an Advanced Care Plan completed, as well as other important documents, and that you are well informed in regard to choices you will need to make as you consciously meet the end of life.
Drawing on cross-cultural wisdom, practical resources, embodied experience and collective insights, Living Well, Dying well is an evolving program for envisioning and experiencing 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 age with beauty, grace, vulnerability and courage.
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 endeavours 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.
The Centre for Earth and Spirit Society offers this program at an accessible rate, with support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Photo Credit: Dr. Robin J. Hood
Some Topics We Cover
We touch on these topics in the Living Well Dying Well program, and Penny can also offer short interactive engaging presentations on the following topics:
The Ecological Footprint of Death – How has death care changed in the last century? What are the impacts on the earth? With the reality of climate change, making healthy choices can be a living legacy for generations to come. Find out what you can do now for the future of earth and her people.
A Return to Family and Village-Centred Death Care – What happened to family & village-centred death care? How are ordinary people reclaiming this essential and integral part of the cycle of life? How can you and your family take steps to prepare and participate in end-of-life with more presence, awareness and trust? Discover how slowing down to the experience of death can deliver family and friends into the grace and gift of grief. A return to family & village-centred death care can liberate and enhance our lives now.
Living Well, Dying Well Is For You If You…
- Are called to tend end-of-life with consciousness and care
- Wish to reclaim dying and death as a personal, familial and village process
- Care about an eco-responsible approach to end-of-life
- Are a caregiver
You are human!
phone – 250 592 6400
email – email@example.com
* Custom classes are available for organizations, families and groups
Living Well – Dying Well — A Day of Reflection + Cemetery Stroll
Living Well – Dying Well — A Day of Reflection + Cemetery Stroll
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
Some Relevant Articles From The Blog On This Topic
“Now you two don’t need to worry, as your father and I have taken care of all of that stuff”, my mother said matter-of-factly to my brother and I. For the first time in many years, my parents, in their late seventies, my only brother and I were alone together in the...
The Ecological Footprint of Death
by Penny Allport "I don’t really care, I’m not going to be here," she said matter of factly. The question we had asked in our Living Well – Dying Well program was - what, if any, plans for the care of your body after death, do you have? As the talking stone passed...
Walk Around the Block
A Walk Around the Block by Penny Allport This summer I had the blessing of returning to the place of my birth in Ontario to celebrate my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. 170 family and friends filled a community hall my parent’s had actually fundraised to build in...
Attitude of Gratitude
In loving memory of Devine Eldenby Penny AllportWelcome to the hitch’n post, the bitch’n post and the psychiatric unit all in one, I heard a voice call across the busy store I had entered.It was November 1, 1988, when I ducked in off a street in Steveston,...
Green Burial, Brandy and Cheese Curds
On a summer journey home in July to officiate a family wedding near where I was born in Ontario, I spent a day with my Aunt Beryl at her request. At 84, Aunt Beryl wanted to visit the Cemetery where she had pre-purchased a plot many years earlier, in hopes of...
Re-Imagining Death, Befriending Life
Join us: Thursday, Sept 6, 2018 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Penny Allport and Bill Israel, facilitators of The Centre for Earth & Spirit’s Living Well - Dying Well Program, invite you to re-imagine death and dying as a way of befriending the whole of your life. Through...
Legacy Matters: Recognizing Your Life Treasurers
Join us: Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Penny Allport and Bill Israel, facilitators of the Living Well - Dying Well program created by the Centre for Earth & Spirit Society, invite you to an interactive exploration in recognizing the hidden...
Surrender: Death as an Emotional Path that Leads Us Deeper into Nature
by Randy Pearce That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman – that thou art. - Sankaracharya Obviously, death has an...
Program Success Story
The LIVING WELL, DYING WELL program of the Earth & Spirit Society delivered its second year of workshops in April of 2018 at The Church of Truth. Twelve courageous participants from all over the CRD and Cowichan attended the four week series focused on...
Part 2: No Fuss, No Funeral, No Service
PART 2 No fuss, No funeral, No Service by Penny Allport | Life Cycle Celebrant No Fuss, No Funeral, No Service (please see previous newsletter for Part 1) Penny Allport Grief is a somatic experience, meaning our bodies, neurologically and physically are attuned to...
No fuss, No funeral, No Service
PART 1 No fuss, No funeral, No Service by Penny Allport | Life Cycle Celebrant No fuss, no funeral, no service, are words I’ve heard for many years from parents and friends, to others nearing the end of life. Some feel this takes pressure off their loved ones and...
Living Well, Dying Well – At the Pool of Wonder
The world is round and the place that may seem like the end may also be the beginning. - Ivy Baker Priest We began as strangers and yet through the course of our conversation we revealed such intimate stories and feelings. There was tragedy, sadness and great joy....