Community Activities & Events
These are some of the upcoming community activities and events that An Informed Death will be either attending or taking part in. If there is an event or community activity that you'd like to see listed or you think would be a good idea for An Informed Death to be involved in, please email us at: email@example.com
An interactive Death Education class!
DATE: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
DATE: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
DATE: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
LOCATION: Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, ID 83706
MORE INFORMATION & TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Boise Learns
Community education directly from An Informed Death... In this interactive death education course, you can take part in activities that include funeral planning, pre-planning, obituary writing, and other death related topics. An industry professional will answer questions and clear up any misconceptions regarding the deathcare field. 2 for 1 registration!
This is part of the Boise Learns Community Education program.
Death Cafe - Boise
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Our Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful, and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
Dying to Live -
Exploring Our Relationship with Death through Death Mask Making
DATE: Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
DATE: Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Cascade, Idaho (Cabin overlooking Cascade Lake)
COST: $275 (includes dinners, snacks, and all materials)
REGISTRATION: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 861-7721
Are you ready to take a deeper dive into exploring your relationship with death and contemplating your own death? If your answer is yes, then this retreat may be for you.
Most of us have grown up in a culture that avoids, fears and even denies death. We have lost touch with ancient wisdom about living and dying. While we know intellectually that we will die, integrating that knowledge into our practice of living is another matter.
Historically, people around the world have lived in harmony with the land, with the cycle of life and death mirrored in their daily lives. While death is rarely welcome, we are coming to learn that death is very much a part of the life cycle. When we open ourselves to the process of dying, face and perhaps even embrace, our own mortality and prepare for our death, we are able to live more fully and vitally.
While we cannot know when or how we will die, we recognize the gift of being able to make specific choices. Conscious dying involves openly exploring possibilities, identifying our priorities about how we choose to live and how we would prefer to die, making decisions, and communicating those choices to our families and our community. It also involves taking care of unfinished business and being current in our relationships.
This workshop will help us to explore our relationship with death and our feelings about our own death, in an intensive small group setting, in community. We will listen to and learn from the wisdom of the land and to each other’s stories. And a primary focus of the retreat will be to make our own death masks—moving beneath the intellect and ego into the symbolic world of images, of the soul. Making and wearing your death mask will actively invite and support your relationship with death in a very interesting way. As much as the weather permits, we will meet, work and wander outdoors.
Accommodations: cozy, shared rooms (bring your own bedding); bring your own tent and camp; or if you can’t do either of these, rent a motel room in nearby Cascade.
Retreat Leader: Joyce Harvey-Morgan, wilderness guide, teacher, counselor, artist, lifelong educator and creator, leader of the Boise Death Café movement. Joyce is a trained vision quest guide and has done extensive training in nature-based soul work through the School of Lost Borders and Animas Valley Institute.
Assistant: Susan Randall seeks to educate folks about the choices we have in death care. Her intent is to bring normality into the conversation about that which we all have in common. Susan is a Boise Death Café facilitator.