Living Well – Dying Well
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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. This 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to deepen, strengthen and grow ourselves into wisdom cultivators and keepers by becoming participants in shapeshifting outdated practices of care in dying and death.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 the 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 -5:00 pm

SLIDING SCALE: $135 - $95 or bring a friend (2 for $175)

Please contact us in advance if funds are a barrier - Scholarships are available!
To inquire, please email Penny & Renate at:

We gratefully meet on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ and Coast Salish First Peoples' territories, acknowledging the energy in the lands and waters and the colonial structures that have separated Indigenous peoples from their lands on a global scale.

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

Renate Ringer
Earth walker, stargazer, 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, storytelling, 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

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