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Death Mystery Work

"Contemplating death five times a day brings happiness."
-Bhutanese saying

We live in a culture that is profoundly afraid of death. Most of us spend our entire lifetimes trying desperately not to think about – much less face or make peace with – the inevitability of death. This avoidance, however, only keeps us locked in fear, unconsciousness, and reactivity.

 

It is only through turning to face death with open, undefended arms that we can truly experience the joy, beauty, ecstasy, and full richness of our human lifetime.

NOTE: the below workshops/series take place in person in the Wood River Valley, Idaho

Weekend Death Mystery Workshop

Join death doula, Naomi McDougall Jones, and licensed therapist, Courtney Loving, for a weekend dive into the mysteries of death. Explore your relationship with mortality, consider what your life has meant if you were to die today - in the span of your own life and that of your ancestors, descendants, culture, work, and relationships, illuminate the shadows and patterns that lie between you and a "good death," and discover how it is possible to enliven your life by becoming comfortable with your death. 

WORKSHOP DATES:

Friday, February 24 - 6-8pm

Saturday, February 25 - 9am-12pm

PRICE:

$275

This workshop will be capped at 10 students

Death & Dessert Series

Join death doula, Naomi McDougall Jones, and licensed therapist, Courtney Loving, for eight evenings over the course of 2023, where, over the dessert and tea, we will dive into the death mysteries as individuals and in community, bringing ourselves closer to the realities of death to further enrich and enliven our lives.

SERIES DATES:

Your annual membership gains you entry to eight evenings over the course of 2023.

All gatherings will be 6-7:30pm

Monday, February 6

Monday, March 6

Monday, April 3

Monday, June 5

Monday, July 10

Monday, September 11

Monday, October 16

Monday, December 4

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP:

$295

Meet your guides

Naomi McDougall Jones is a storyteller, changemaker, and certified death doula. In all of her work, she seeks to support individuals and our society in healing forward from the most damaging features of our past and weave a bridge to a more beautiful future using the power of story and the richness of the intergenerational life-death cycle. Naomi has written, acted in, and produced two award-winning feature films. Imagine I’m Beautiful (2014), collected 12 awards on the film festival circuit and Bite Me (2019), was released via a paradigm-shifting 3 month, 51 screening, 40 city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. Her writing on this has appeared in The Atlantic, Ms. Magazine, and Salon.com and she gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. Naomi’s first book, The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood, debuted as a #1 Amazon bestseller and received an electric critical response, with The Christian Science Monitor calling it, “...an outpouring of passion that will change the ways in which movies are seen,” and is now available wherever books are sold. Naomi is currently at work on her second book, Light in Broken Places: What I Learned about Womanhood, Whiteness, and Writing from the Ghost of Ernest Hemingway. She is a Founder of The 51 Fund, dedicated to financing films by women. Their film, Cusp, won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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