This weekend retreat will offer you a place, a time and a community to bear witness to your questions, fears and grief related to death. Death is an unavoidable and natural part of life—and knowing this at a deep level allows us to more fully savor the life we have while we have it. In our “death-phobic culture” (a phrase coined by Stephen Jenkinson) it is important to set aside time on purpose to talk, explore, share and cry together.
During this retreat, we will care for body, mind and heart through a variety of practices including regular and Urban Zen yoga classes, meditation (walking, seated and lying down), contemplation exercises, and times to share in structured and unstructured conversations with each other. Reiki practitioners will be on hand to offer energetic support. This retreat can be a time of profound renewal for those working with the sick and dying, those with terminal diagnoses and for those grieving loved ones who have already died. People who have been part of our other Dialogue About Death experiences have reported feeling touched in very meaningful ways, lighter, even elated after the events.
Marcia Miller is a certified yoga therapist, a facilitator of death conversations, and someone who bears witness to the challenges of life and death as best as she can. She is one of the owners of Yoga on High, a Master Teacher and curriculum designer for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, and a Reiki Master teaching Reiki in Central Ohio and around the country. Her passions of yoga, gardening and knitting have all taught her a great deal about life and death.
Lori Guth Moffett, a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master, Director of the UZIT program at Zusman Hospice, and UZIT Master Teacher. Since 2013 Lori has sat at the bedside of the dying; she believes bearing witness is the heart and soul of the UZIT practice and her best teachers are those who are in that bed taking their last breath. The only way Lori is able to do work at the bedside of the dying is caring deeply for her mind, body, and spirit by spending time with people and animals she loves, the UZIT practice, being in nature, working out, and attending Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Israel.