An experiential workshop exploring the relationship between opening up to our own death and living a full and vibrant life
Facilitated by Neil Jordan
“…when its over I want to say I was a bride married to amazement,
I was the bridegroom taking the world into my arms…”
(From Mary Oliver ‘When Death comes’)
What is it about death, the most inevitable aspect of being alive, that so frightens us? We avoid it yet, at some level, each of us is aware of this most basic reality. In this workshop we will explore our fear of death and what keeps us from fully acknowledging our own demise. We will look at how various aspects of our culture affect how we deal with death. Yet, in accepting the transformations of ageing, and ultimately dying, we can allow ourselves to open up to the vast nature of our minds, our hearts and our emotions.
We will spend time in the outdoors so the natural world will be our guide in supporting us in moving towards a place where we can acknowledge and accept death as part of life. Fitness is not a prerequisite – we will be spending time slowing down in, and connecting with, nature rather than moving through it.
In this workshop we will:
- Explore, through our cultural lens, what death and dying mean to us
- Explore our personal experience of the ageing process whatever our age
Engage with our own mortality through visualisation and group process
Explore the ongoing nature of life and death in the natural world and how life can’t exist without death and vice-versa
Date: 12-13th May 2018 Saturday & Sunday 10.00am till 4.30pm
Having been brought up on a farm I have always been closely connected with nature and with death as part of the natural cycle. In recent years I have been in a process of integrating both death and nature more fully into my life and my work. I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and have worked as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for the past 20 years in a variety of settings. I have also trained as a trainer in the Natural Change Process which is aimed at bringing about deep change through contact with the natural world. For further information go to www.natureconnect.org.uk