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.
Retreat team includes Marcia Miller, a certified yoga therapist, a facilitator of death conversations, 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.