The Elements of Ceremony

End of Life Ritual Trainin​g

A six week immersive program that will help you understand the role of ceremony and ritual in your life and work. Together, we will explore universal, nature-inspired rituals that can help acknowledge a range of end of life experiences. We will explore the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) and how to weave them into both secular and spiritual ceremonies. We’ll provide you with an inclusive, accessible framework to draw from, and empower you to create ceremonies and rituals for yourself and those you care for moving forward.

Earth

Rituals to ground and calm.

Water

Rituals to open, receive, and connect.

Fire

Rituals to protect and transform.

Air

Rituals to purify and move.

Ether

Rituals to create and expand space.

Course Details

We run this course seasonally.

The Spring session begins April 7th 2021.
You can join us each week live via Zoom or view the recordings on your own time.

Live class dates:
April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12th 2021
10am PT - 1130am PT

To apply, fill out the form below and we'll send you more details.

Investment

$250 USD + applicable tax

Our virtual classroom experience includes
6 virtual sessions (live or pre-recorded), downloadable slides for each session,
a reading list, study guides, weekly prompts, community engagement via our forum, and a promo code for Be Ceremonial, our custom ceremony creation App.

*If you require financial support or payment flexibility, please reach out.

Participants

We have 20 spots available

This course is intended for anyone who works in the end of life space, including but not limited to doctors, nurses, care aids, hospice workers, MAiD providers,
and End of Life Doulas. We are open to participants around the world and offer our training in English.

You are welcome to join live or view the recorded sessions if preferred.

Session Format

Each week, we'll gather virtually to guide you through aspects of ritual and ceremony as they apply to end of life experiences. If you cannot attend live, you are welcome to view each session on your own time. Together, we'll unpack preconceived notions surrounding ceremony & ritual, discuss cultural appropriation versus appreciation, and perform rituals together in real time. We'll provide you with practical examples and personal stories surrounding end of life rituals, and offer you a structure to draw from so you can create ceremony + ritual in your life and work.

Session Format

Each week, we'll gather virtually to guide you through aspects of ritual and ceremony as they apply to end of life experiences. If you cannot attend live, you are welcome to view each session on your own time. Together, we'll unpack preconceived notions surrounding ceremony & ritual, discuss cultural appropriation versus appreciation, and perform rituals together in real time. We'll provide you with practical examples and personal stories surrounding end of life rituals, and offer you a structure to draw from so you can create ceremony + ritual in your life and work.

Facilitators

Megan Sheldon, Mythologist & Celebrant

Megan Sheldon is a cultural mythologist, storyteller, and celebrant. She's been crafting and convening ceremonies across the life cycle for years, and continues to explore the evolving nature of ritual with her passion project Seeking Ceremony. Recently, she and her husband built a mental wellness app, Be Ceremonial, to empower care providers and practitioners to create ceremonies alongside the people they care for. With a focus on the less visible moments connected to birth and death, she's hoping to radically shift how we acknowledge our experiences, both personally and publicly.

Kate Love, Life & Loss Coach

As co-founder of Seeking Ceremony and Director of Learning for Be Ceremonial, Kate’s interest has always been on the relationship between light and dark, love and loss. Kate has always gravitated towards adapting various rituals and ceremony practices she’s encountered to support her personal reality. Throughout her career, she’s dedicated her time and energy toward personal development, with her ‘kids’ at LOVE Organization, with her coaching clients, and with herself.

Tracy Chalmers, End of Life Doula

Tracy is an End of Life Doula, supporting individuals and families surrounding dying, death, and grief experiences. Tracy also sits on the board of the End of Life Doula Association of Canada where she supports the association’s vision of raising the standard of end of life care through creating a centre for excellence for the Doula profession. Tracy is also a facilitator of the End of Life Doula Program at Douglas College. She is fuelled by empowering people - by reminding people how to show up for each other through mindfulness, self compassion and holding space - in life and in death.

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