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Graceful Exit: Preparing for a Good Death ( ONLAND ) with Andrew Holecek
All of life is held within the context of death. By acknowledging and preparing for death now, you will find yourself living more fully and fearlessly.
In this programme you will have the opportunity to learn how to die a good death, and how to help others die, exploring meditations and contemplations that prepare you for letting go.
The Buddhist tradition proclaims, “If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.” With preparation, you can transcend death, turning the greatest obstacle into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The bardo teachings lead to the death of death. The journey through the bardos is a journey into the mind, so by exploring the bardos you are exploring yourself. The teachings also apply to any moment that ends, like the loss of a relationship, or a job.
Although it describes the spiritual preparation from a Buddhist perspective, the material offered and practiced is tailored for anyone interested in a non-material approach to death.
Topics Covered Include:
- Outer, inner, and secret signs of the eight stages of death
- Understanding and transcending fear
- Preparation for sudden death
- Dream yoga as preparation
- Phowa – transference of consciousness
- Voluntary vs involuntary rebirth
- The trikaya – three bodies
- Death as the discovery of emptiness
- The Circle of Life and Death
- Advance directives
- Role of hospice and palliative care
- Suicide, euthanasia, organ donation, death of a pet
Who Should Attend?
This programme is for anyone seriously interested in preparing for the end of life. It is a no-nonsense deep dive into the profound teachings of the bardos. It contemplates also those interested in exploring meditations that are designed to prepare you for death, and to “die before you die” — to discover states of mind that do not dissolve at the end of life.
Last but not least, can be also destined for those wishing to help others during the dying process, either personally or professionally, from both a spiritual and practical perspective.
You can also do this programme separatelly. For that, please go to: https://www.dechencholing.org/program/graceful-exit
Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming as Spiritual Practice with Charley Morley
In this immersive lucid dreaming retreat Charlie Morley shows us how to transform the third of our lives that we spend asleep by learning how to dream lucidly and sleep consciously.
Open to complete beginners (as well as seasoned lucid dreamers) the retreat will include everything you need to learn how to lucid dream and to wake up to your fullest potential. We’ll combine a 12-hour daily schedule with optional night-time practices to create the best possible conditions for having lucid dreams.
Charlie’s teaching style is highly practical: using music, movement and interactive exercises to help deepen the learning experience.
We will explore:
- How to lucid dream
- The benefits of lucid dreaming.
- Dream Planning (Charlie’s 3 step process)
- Tibetan Buddhist dream yoga
- Breathwork exercises and yoga nidra
The retreat includes teachings on the history, science and practice of lucid dreaming from both the Western and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, instructions on how to maintain awareness into sleep, recognition of the dreamlike nature of reality and of course plenty of practical teachings on learning how to lucid dream.
- Optional night time practice sessions
- Lucidity psychodrama exercises
- Optional daily naps
- Periods of silence and reflection
- Daily dream sharing circles
How do the optional night-time practices work exactly? Participants can choose to spend the second half of the night sleeping in the workshop space where Charlie will guide them into several sessions of lucid dream practice. The night-time wake ups are totally optional though so if you would prefer to stay in your room then that’s absolutely fine.
If you do intend to do the night-time sessions please bring:
- A camping mattress/roll matt
- A sleeping bag/blanket.
- An extra pillow (if you need one)
- Enthusiasm and a sense of humour!
This retreat takes a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming best suited to those interested in psychological integration and spiritual growth. The end goal is to become- in the words of Charlie’s teacher Lama Yeshe Rinpoche “more awake, more aware, more kind.”
You can also do this programme separatelly. For that, please go to: https://www.dechencholing.org/program/dreams-of-awakening
Arrival day (Saturday, May 20th): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You are invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.
End of programme (Wednesday May 31): End of the retreat in the evening.
Departure day (Thursday June 1): You may leave anytime (no programme). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.
This programme is taught in English. The program will be translated into French. Other languages need to be confirmed (please indicate your are requesting interpretation on the registration page).