Wessex Research Group - Martinsey Isle Trust - Dorset

Martinsey Isle Trust - Groups United Kingdom - International

Title Martinsey Isle Trust
Venue Sturminster Newton, Dorset
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Contribution  
Contact Judith Pidgeon
Tel +44 (0) 1258 475125
Email Judith
Web www.martinsey.org.uk (problem with site please contact group)
Schedule The Martinsey Isle Trust, a small local charity, is based in Somerset and Dorset. It runs various initiatives countrywide on issues around death, funerals, bereavement and beyond, and local initiatives with the community, offering self empowerment and shared support in Sturminster Newton, Dorset: Awareness Days; an impartial Resource and Information Centre, and various Bereavement Drop-in Activities, Organiser of the festival in Glastonbury, Dominic Quarrell, also aims to acknowledge the impact of Death and Loss in the community and find strategies for End-of-Life Care and Grief issues by involving Members of the Community in sharing care and responsibility. Both see Celebrating and Remembering the Dead as a vital part of this in a culture where death is often hidden away, seen as a medical failure or a failure of 'God', and where life must be lived at all cost and at speed.

Calendar
   
Saturdays
10am-1pm
Safe Journey Resource and Drop in Centre
  For impartial information and support; an ear to hear, a heart to care, for preparing to die, dying, funeral choice, bereavement care and beyond. Contact Judith for further information.
   
08-11-15
Transitus Gathering (North)
York

Are you caring for a loved one who is dying, preparing for your own death or funeral, or seeking a meaning to death and your loss? Are you looking for answers, support or help? Venue: St. Bede's Pastoral Centre, Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., may be for you. (Public car park in Nunnery Lane, YO23 1AA.)

11.00 Arrival and coffee
11.30 Welcome by Martin and Chris
11.45 Meditation led by Martin
12.00 Memories of some special, personally witnessed, ideally end-of-life crossing. Please contact Chris if you wish to contribute (01653 627 170)
1.30 Lunch (bring your own picnic or there are places nearby. Drinks provided)
2.30 Who we are - people speak about their work in relationship to Transitus - going round the circle
3.30 Reports - an opportunity will be offered to share something you have been doing, are doing or will be doing
4.30 Looking ahead with tea and cake (including gluten and dairy-free!): What do we want to do? How can we increase interest in Transitus? Can we plan the next "Safe Journey" free discussion.
5.00 Finish

There are plenty of places to eat/buy food but tea, coffee and juice will be available at the centre

Only a little over one in three of us has made a will. Fewer than one third of us has registered as an organ donor or has a donor card. Despite concerns over the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Francis Enquiry into Stafford Hospital failings, only 5% of us have made plans for end-of-life care if unable to do so when the time comes. Similarly, 67% of us say we would prefer to die at home and only 7% say we would prefer to die in hospital; yet, more than 50% of us do indeed die in hospital.

Much of the fear around death centres on pain, loss of dignity, the manner of dying and facing the unknown: Will I be given enough pain relief? What will happen to me after I die? Where is mum, dad, now? What happened to them after they died? How will I cope alone? But so many of us, understandably, avoid looking further into these questions.

However, there is help, and things are improving, by way of: GP training and fast-track initiatives in some areas (joined-up plans to get patients back home as soon as possible, to die at home with their loved ones), funeral directors looking again at what they can offer, including transparency of costs and breadth of choice; (largely thanks to the Natural Death Centre re-examining funeral care and to public demand), the introduction of the National Council for Palliative Care's ‘Dying Matters' coalition (which includes spiritual and emotional issues), the latest NHS report asking for a cultural change in attitude towards care and blame;

and us-Transitus.

For the past ten years and more, members of Transitus have been working to bring together the practical and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care, funeral planning and ceremony, and bereavement, in a safe, well-informed and innovative way, for this life and beyond. This is no 'weird' or 'morbid' group. It comprises many dedicated professionals and volunteers involved in palliative care, sitting with the dying, planning and performing funerals and giving bereavement support; recognising that, though the body dies, something essential continues. Some call this 'essential something' the immortal soul; some, the continuity of consciousness. Labels do not count in Transitus, what does count is a heart full of love and a desire to help others to release fears and to see life and death as one journey. This they do sensitively, impartially and creatively so that you can decide what you need.

   
08-11-15
Transitus Gathering (South)
London

Are you caring for a loved one who is dying, preparing for your own death or funeral, or seeking a meaning to death and your loss? Are you looking for answers, support or help? Venue: Tuition House, 210, Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JX

Programme for the day
10.30 Arrival and Coffee
11.00 Welcome by Judith & Carmella
11.15 Meditation led by Robert Lord
11.30 Memories of some special crossing - going round the circle
1.00 Lunch
2.00  Who we are - Please prepare something to day about  your relationship to Transitus - going round the circle. (Could start this before lunch if there is time)
3.00 Reports - an opportunity for those who wish to share something you have been doing or are doing or will be doing.
3.30 Tea
4.00 Looking ahead - what do we want to do?
Planning the next 'Safe Journey' - free discussion.
5.00 Close

Important information
Cost: £15 per person for the day to cover costs
Cooked Lunch: £10

Note: The lunch is offered by the venue. They are able to provide a range of pre-prepared M&S meals, including a vegetarian option, which will be heated in microwave. Anyone who would prefer to bring sandwiches is welcome. Coffee on arrival is complementary. There will also be tea in the afternoon. RSVP to Robert Lord- robert@colouradvice.com     0781 777 8351

Please note we need to let the venue know the precise number of people attending in advance and also how many meals we will need. Please let Robert know as soon as possible if you would like to attend

 

Only a little over one in three of us has made a will. Fewer than one third of us has registered as an organ donor or has a donor card. Despite concerns over the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Francis Enquiry into Stafford Hospital failings, only 5% of us have made plans for end-of-life care if unable to do so when the time comes. Similarly, 67% of us say we would prefer to die at home and only 7% say we would prefer to die in hospital; yet, more than 50% of us do indeed die in hospital.

Much of the fear around death centres on pain, loss of dignity, the manner of dying and facing the unknown: Will I be given enough pain relief? What will happen to me after I die? Where is mum, dad, now? What happened to them after they died? How will I cope alone? But so many of us, understandably, avoid looking further into these questions.

However, there is help, and things are improving, by way of: GP training and fast-track initiatives in some areas (joined-up plans to get patients back home as soon as possible, to die at home with their loved ones), funeral directors looking again at what they can offer, including transparency of costs and breadth of choice; (largely thanks to the Natural Death Centre re-examining funeral care and to public demand), the introduction of the National Council for Palliative Care's ‘Dying Matters' coalition (which includes spiritual and emotional issues), the latest NHS report asking for a cultural change in attitude towards care and blame;

and us-Transitus.

For the past ten years and more, members of Transitus have been working to bring together the practical and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care, funeral planning and ceremony, and bereavement, in a safe, well-informed and innovative way, for this life and beyond. This is no 'weird' or 'morbid' group. It comprises many dedicated professionals and volunteers involved in palliative care, sitting with the dying, planning and performing funerals and giving bereavement support; recognising that, though the body dies, something essential continues. Some call this 'essential something' the immortal soul; some, the continuity of consciousness. Labels do not count in Transitus, what does count is a heart full of love and a desire to help others to release fears and to see life and death as one journey. This they do sensitively, impartially and creatively so that you can decide what you need.

   
12-05-14
Bereavement Awareness Day
  Care for the environment and each other, help in later life a "good death" and a supported bereavement can go hand in hand
   
03-11-13
Home Death
Glastonbury

The Martinsey Isle Trust is delighted to announce that playwright and Author Nell Dunn (of Up the Junction and Poor Cow and other works) is to join them and Taboo Amateur Theatre Company in Glastonbury for their REHEARSED READING of Home Death , Nell's latest play. Nell will take part in the optional post-production discussion with the audience. The production will begin at 3pm on Saturday 3 rd November until approx. 5pm, including the discussion, at the Tor Leisure Centre, Glastonbury. .

It is said that 70% of people would prefer to die at home; though far fewer are able to do so. As more and more people survive into old, old, age, the pressure on the health system, to which we have handed much of our power, will increase and once again responsibility will fall upon the community. For this, we need, as Dominic says, "to look death in the face".

Home Death attempts to do just this, honestly and with integrity; and came about when Nell became outraged by the lack of care given to her partner when he died at home. "All through his cancer treatment, the care of the NHS was completely wonderful but when the time came that he was at home and dying, he was deserted”, says Nell. Subsequently, Nell researched the experiences of others and came to see the importance of a good death, not only for the person dying but for those left behind

   
21-09-13
2nd National Transitus Festival
York

Are you caring for a loved one who is dying, preparing for your own death or funeral, or seeking a meaning to death and your loss? Are you looking for answers, support or help? If so, Saturday 21 st September 2013, at St. Bede's Pastoral Centre, Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., may be for you. (Public car park in Nunnery Lane, YO23 1AA.)

Only a little over one in three of us has made a will. Fewer than one third of us has registered as an organ donor or has a donor card. Despite concerns over the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Francis Enquiry into Stafford Hospital failings, only 5% of us have made plans for end-of-life care if unable to do so when the time comes. Similarly, 67% of us say we would prefer to die at home and only 7% say we would prefer to die in hospital; yet, more than 50% of us do indeed die in hospital.

Much of the fear around death centres on pain, loss of dignity, the manner of dying and facing the unknown: Will I be given enough pain relief? What will happen to me after I die? Where is mum, dad, now? What happened to them after they died? How will I cope alone? But so many of us, understandably, avoid looking further into these questions.

However, there is help, and things are improving, by way of: GP training and fast-track initiatives in some areas (joined-up plans to get patients back home as soon as possible, to die at home with their loved ones), funeral directors looking again at what they can offer, including transparency of costs and breadth of choice; (largely thanks to the Natural Death Centre re-examining funeral care and to public demand), the introduction of the National Council for Palliative Care's ‘Dying Matters' coalition (which includes spiritual and emotional issues), the latest NHS report asking for a cultural change in attitude towards care and blame;

and us-Transitus.

For the past ten years and more, members of Transitus have been working to bring together the practical and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care, funeral planning and ceremony, and bereavement, in a safe, well-informed and innovative way, for this life and beyond. This is no 'weird' or 'morbid' group. It comprises many dedicated professionals and volunteers involved in palliative care, sitting with the dying, planning and performing funerals and giving bereavement support; recognising that, though the body dies, something essential continues. Some call this 'essential something' the immortal soul; some, the continuity of consciousness. Labels do not count in Transitus, what does count is a heart full of love and a desire to help others to release fears and to see life and death as one journey. This they do sensitively, impartially and creatively so that you can decide what you need.

   
23-03-13
Transitus Networking Day
Horsham

Transitus is a network comprised of a growing group of people working in a way that honours all aspects of life - mind, body, spirit and emotions who are involved with the sacred process of dying. Its aim is to release fears and taboo; support those dying and help the bereaved; raise awareness of 'green' and family based approaches to death and encourage the acceptance of the concept of the continuity of consciousness. This it achieves through local gatherings for members only and events or festivals for members and the public alike. The Network also supports its members so that none of us feels alone in this sometimes isolating work. The meeting will include a rehearsal reading of the play 'Home Death' by Nell Dunn, presented by The Martinsey Isle Trust and Taboo Amateur Theatre Company. Tickets for the day cost £15.00 and include the play, tea & coffee. On booking, food orders can be placed or you may prefer to bring your own refreshment. Venue. Sedgwick Park House, Sedgwick Park, Horsham, West Sussex, H13 6QQ. For more information and to book; Tel: Jean on 01403 273754 .

   
04-11-12
Celebrating 21 Years of the Natural Death Centre
London This Death Café will be held at the former office of the Natural Death Centre and home of its founders, the late Nicholas Albery and Josefine Speyer. It will be hosted by Josefine, along with Jon Underwood who started Death Café in the UK in 2011, inspired by the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Come and join us for a free flowing conversation around the topic of death. Whilst sitting comfortably in a relaxed setting, drink tea and eat delicious cake or sandwiches and enjoy an open, respectful and confidential space for discussion, free of discrimination where people can express their views safely. To participate, please email a note to: josefine@josefinespeyer.com with your name and phone number, how you heard about the event and any special dietary requirements. She’ll send you an email to confirm your place. Thanks!
   
03-11-12
Home Death
Glastonbury

The Martinsey Isle Trust is delighted to announce that playwright and Author Nell Dunn (of Up the Junction and Poor Cow and other works) is to join them and Taboo Amateur Theatre Company in Glastonbury for their REHEARSED READING of Home Death , Nell's latest play. Nell will take part in the optional post-production discussion with the audience. The production will begin at 3pm on Saturday 3 rd November until approx. 5pm, including the discussion, at the Tor Leisure Centre, Glastonbury. .

It is said that 70% of people would prefer to die at home; though far fewer are able to do so. As more and more people survive into old, old, age, the pressure on the health system, to which we have handed much of our power, will increase and once again responsibility will fall upon the community. For this, we need, as Dominic says, "to look death in the face".

Home Death attempts to do just this, honestly and with integrity; and came about when Nell became outraged by the lack of care given to her partner when he died at home. "All through his cancer treatment, the care of the NHS was completely wonderful but when the time came that he was at home and dying, he was deserted”, says Nell. Subsequently, Nell researched the experiences of others and came to see the importance of a good death, not only for the person dying but for those left behind. (For details of the whole event see: www.glastonburydayofthedead.com )

As part of the Glastonbury Day of the Dead the Martinsey Isle Trust is guided tours of its proposed natural burial site (Roseland) at 11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm. Roseland, a possible Natural Burial place to bury Ashes and for Ceremony and Remembrance 'in the Light of the Tor'. Local 'One Faith' Minister Jacqueline Clark will create a blessing for those who have died and suggests that you may like to bring a photograph or something representative of your loved one with you. These short ceremonies will take place in Cath Pratley's Yurt, which can be hired via The Martinsey Isle Trust or directly from Cath.

   
29-10-12
All The Stars Above
  Facilitators: Zambodhi Schlossmacher, Brett Walwyn and Judith Pidgeon
Sturminster Newton

This award winning grief and loss tool is a huge success among therapists in Europe. It can improve communication within families and offers an opening to begin talking about grief and loss. Time 2pm to 5.30pm

   
04-05-12
Home Grown
Sturminster Newton

Two awareness days around the subject of death and dying: WHAT OUR LOCALITY HAS TO OFFER US AROUND DEATH, DYING, FUNERALS & LOSS, A Staged reading by 'Taboo' Amateur Theatre Company of 'Home Death' by Nell Dunn (Courtesy of Nick Hern Publishers) plus optional post-production discussion. Friday 5pm Saturday 2pm (£4 via Exchange 01258 475137). A LIFE-AFFIRMING EVENT Bring your fliers for display or add your voice For more details contact Judith on 01258 475125 email pidgeonhouse@btinternet.com

   
28-04-12
7th Annual Transitus Networking Day
Totnes

A day of networking for those interested in the subject of death and dying. Transitus was begun when death was such a taboo subject particularly in spiritual terms. Many of those trying to make a difference, felt alone and isolated. We hope to help to change this and to inform people of the wonderful work going on around them. Since then, things have progressed greatly in secular terms. The response from the general public to the recent 'South Bank Death Show' illustrated this; but is this countrywide? What of the spiritual aspects of dying? How can we reach all geographical and cultural areas? For further information log on to www.martinsey.org.uk/transitus

   
27-03-12 Funeralmap and Bereavement Conference
Birmingham Facilitator: Transitus Network
   
04-12-11-
05-12-11
Stained Glass Workshop
Sturminster Newton Facilitator: Safe Journey Resource and Drop in Centre
  These one day workshops are open to complete beginners or the more experienced. There will be an opportunity to explore the world of stained glass & learn leaded glass techniques, fuse and 'copper foil' work. You will be able to complete a piece in one day or for larger pieces you will need to attend 2 days. All materials included with an option to pay an extra £10 for additional materials
   
20-10-11-
23-10-11
The Conscious Practice of Living and Dying
Salisbury Facilitators: Jeremy Thres and Suzannah Uren
  It has been said our culture has a tendency for walking backwards into death, and whilst there is health in focusing on Life, dying and the little deaths that make up life, are an integral part of it. It is an irony that by turning away from the dying process and also the emotions we feel and have felt in relation to loss, and our own or our loved ones mortality, we can end up weighed down and barely able to live. These four days are an invitation to enquire deeper into the dance of life and death in our own lives. For bookings and further info contact: Jeremy 01647 221444 or 07717 853967 email. ojl1@btconnect.com
   
07-08-11-
08-08-11
Stained Glass Workshop
Sturminster Newton Facilitator: Safe Journey Resource and Drop in Centre
  These one day workshops are open to complete beginners or the more experienced. There will be an opportunity to explore the world of stained glass & learn leaded glass techniques, fuse and 'copper foil' work. You will be able to complete a piece in one day or for larger pieces you will need to attend 2 days. All materials included with an option to pay an extra £10 for additional materials
   
23-07-11 Death, Dying and Exceptional Experiences
  A discussion salon introducing recent research of deathbed visions and after death communications in Ireland and Iceland With Una MacConville and Erlendur Haraldsson. Time 10.30-16.30. Location London NW2 6AA. Cost £45 (£40 concessions), including lunch and refreshments For further information and booking form: Email: josefine.speyer@gmail.com Tel: 01962 712 690
   
26-03-11 6th Annual Transitus Networking Day
Totnes

The annual Transitus gathering is an opportunity to network and discuss death, dying, grief and the continuity of consciousness
Due to the popularity of this annual event, it does need to remain by invitation only. It is specifically is for those who work or who want to work (either in a personal, voluntary or professional capacity) holistically in the fields of death, dying, grief and/or the continuity of consciousness, those who are passionate about these subjects. If you know of someone who fits this description and is keen to come then do please contact Judith and we will do our utmost to include them.

Please bring information about your work to display (or any other info. that may be of interest) and, if you can, plan to arrive in time to put it out and to mingle a little before we go upstairs to open formally at 10am. Tea break will be at 11.30am (spring water is available at all times).Venue: Bowden House, Totnes, TQ9 7PW. Suggested donation £25. For further information contact Judith pidgeonhouse@btintenet.com or Carmella carmella@SolaceAlchemy.com Tel. 01803 867005

   
08-03-11 Near Death and End of Life Experiences
Sturminster Newton Speaker: Dr Peter Fenwick
   
19-02-11 Extraordinary Encounters of the Bereaved
London Facilitator: Josefine Speyer
  An afternoon of discussion and reflective sharing of experiences, Josefine Speyer will present a short paper of recent research by Josefine Speyer and Dr. Mary Murray. This paper will explore extraordinary encounters in relation to dying and bereavement and how these informed the emotional experience and worldview of those interviewed. Experiences mentioned are death bed vision, and nearing death awareness in the to-be-bereaved and after death communication experiences of various kinds. These phenomena are fairly common, but not often openly talked about. We hope that the afternoon will make a small contribution towards a more general acceptance of these experiences, to make them more widely known and to think about the affects of these experiences. We are inviting all those interested in caring for the dying or the bereaved or who have personal experiences of this kind and anyone who is interested in research in this field. The general discussion will end with afternoon tea, and people talking in smaller groups or one to one. We hope it will be a stimulating event.

Venue: 20 Heber Road, London NW2 6AA. Near Willesden Green Underground Station on the Jubilee line, Cricklewood Railway Station, or buses C11, 16. 32, 189, 316, 226, 460, 260. Parking in the street will cost you £1, ask for it at the house on arrival. Booking: Advance booking only. Please send a cheque made out to the Natural Death Centre to: Rosie Inman-Cook, The NDC, In the Hill House, Watley Lane, Twyford, Winchester, SO21 1QX or phone 01962 712690 with your card details, or you can make an electronic 'donation' via the NDC website: www.naturaldeath.org.uk

   
16-02-11 Midwifing the Soul at Death
Sturminster Newton Speaker: Felicity Warner
  Felicity Warner talking about her very latest book on Midwifing the soul at death
   
22-01-11 Therapeutic Bereavement
Sturminster Newton Speaker: Daisy Luiten
  Daisy Luiten demonstrating her therapeutic bereavement tool
   
07-07-10 The Grief Reconciliation Process
Sturminster Newton Speaker: Jan Hatanaka. PhD.
 

This event is part of an attempt by a Local Educational Charitable Trust to raise funds for a new play based around this subject. FREE ENTRY - Donations welcome Just come along. Venue the Exchange (Chiverick Room). Time 7pm

   
06-07-10 The Grief Reconciliation Process
Sturminster Newton Speaker: Jan Hatanaka. PhD.
 

This event is part of an attempt by a Local Educational Charitable Trust to raise funds for a new play based around this subject. FREE ENTRY - Donations welcome Just come along. Venue the Exchange (Darknoll Room). Time 7pm

   
27-03-10 5th Annual Transitus Networking Day - "As Above so Below"
Totnes

Our theme for exploration this year is 'As above: so below'. We will play with the question "Where on Earth is Heaven?" and for this playtime we ask you to bring an item to symbolise yourself and a coloured scarf or piece of fabric if you have them. There will be plenty of time for networking with each other and also a time devoted to Transitus Festival Days – both the inspiring past event at Sturminster Newton and future possibilities.

As before, please bring information about your work to display (or any other info. that may be of interest) and, if you can, plan to arrive in time to put it out and to mingle a little before we go upstairs to open formally at 10am. Tea break will be at 11.30am (spring water is available at all times).

We highly recommend that you book now if you are sure you want to come because the event is popular. Also, it might be wise to book your 'Hearty Soup' with Carmella at the same time to avoid forgetting. The vegetarian soup, cooked by the lovely Lynda, will be wheat, soya, and gluten-free but please tell Carmella if you want special bread.

The annual Transitus gathering is an opportunity to network and discuss death, dying, grief and the continuity of consciousness
Due to the popularity of this annual event, it does need to remain by invitation only. It is specifically is for those who work or who want to work (either in a personal, voluntary or professional capacity) holistically in the fields of death, dying, grief and/or the continuity of consciousness, those who are passionate about these subjects. If you know of someone who fits this description and is keen to come then do please contact Judith and we will do our utmost to include them.

Please bring information about your work to display (or any other info. that may be of interest) and, if you can, plan to arrive in time to put it out and to mingle a little before we go upstairs to open formally at 10am. Tea break will be at 11.30am (spring water is available at all times).Venue: Bowden House, Totnes, TQ9 7PW. Suggested donation £25. For further information contact Judith pidgeonhouse@btintenet.com or Carmella carmella@SolaceAlchemy.com Tel. 01803 867005

   
12-12-09 Living with Dying. Opening Up to Life Through Facing Up to Death
London Facilitator: Christianne Heal
 

Facing the fear of dying was one of the most important initiatives in the ancient wisdom schools of the world and continues today in indigenous groups, realising that we cannot be fully alive until we have done so. Death is the one certain event we will encounter as some point in our life yet it is the one for which we are least prepared until faced with it for ourselves or for a loved one. Not knowing is a human condition that we often find difficult in its sense of powerlessness. This workshop aims to change this. Whether you are facing a life-threatening illness which makes death real or want to reap the benefits of accepting the inevitability of death before such a time, Christianne will help to make this a turning point in our life; giving us a framework upon which to build. We may learn to heal the pain and transform our life as we ask, in Christianne's gentle care: What is life all about? What am I here for? Who am I?

Christianne Heal is a psychotherapist and healer in private practice in London and Cambridge. She has worked in a University Counselling Service and a GP's surgery and was one of three directors of The Natural Death Centre. For details of the content of the day, please contact Christianne on: 01223 861709. Venue: Cadogan Room at The Sloane Club, Lower Sloane Street , Chelsea , London SW1W 8BS. Time from 10 am to 5 pm. £60. Concessions £35. A delicious lunch can be bought at the club or there are restaurants and a pub. nearby. Teas and coffees will be supplied.

To book, please ring Judith on 01258 475125 telling her also if you would like to book lunch at the club (costs around £17). This is only possible, as Judith is a club member unless you yourself are one also. We would love to welcome you all to this beautiful setting in the very heart of Chelsea. The nearest tube station is Sloane Square , only a very short walk from the club. Buses 11, 137, 211, 360 & 452 also stop almost outside the door. The room where we are gathering is down the stairs to the left of Reception.

   
20-09-09 Common Phenomena Occurring Around Dying and Bereavement
London Facilitator: Josephine Speyer
 

The aim of the seminar is to provide a platform for learning, discussing and sharing of these very common, but often unacknowledged, phenomena. It will consider how these phenomena, such as end-of-life experiences, nearing death awareness, death coincidences, profound dreams, deathbed visions and after-death communications, might be helpfully used to support the dying and the bereaved. The speakers will present their research and bring to the seminar the combined fruits of their professional experience. The 30 minute talks should stimulate and inspire; at the end the audience will be invited to discuss what they have heard and share their own experiences.

Josefine Speyer will chair the event and facilitate the one hour discussion forum at the end of the afternoon. She also created the event, on behalf of the Natural Death Centre's educational programme. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (nearest station: Euston or Euston Square). Cost £23 (£15 concs) Time: 1.30pm-5pm

   
18-09-09 Birth and Death: Exploring Big Questions
  Facilitator: Carmella B'Hahn
Glastonbury

Do we exist beyond the physical? Is birth really the beginning to be celebrated and death the end to be mourned? What happens when we die? Where are my lost loved ones? How can I answer friends/clients/patients in grief? SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE THAT LIFE CONTINUES! Bring your BIG questions and an open mind. Venue: Chalice Well, Glastonbury. Time: 10am-5pm Cost £45

   
08-09-09 Colder Than Here
  Theatre Presentation
Durham

A play of poignant humour, love, death and grief, which is at its hardest to bear because it begins before a loved one dies.

   
11-07-09-
12-07-09
Weaving Your Baby's Crib
  With Willow Weaver: Norah Kennedy
Glastonbury

Willows have been around long before humans - thousands of years ago willow was used in the construction of trackways across the Somerset Levels. We will be using willow, which has been grown on the Somerset Levels where basketmakers have been weaving baskets for thousands of years. It is even used to make artists' charcoal and to reinforce riverbanks. We will construct the baby's crib around a wooden base and weave the crib in different colours of willow using age-old techniques and learning some interesting jargon. Cost: £85 including all materials, light lunch and refreshments.

   
20-06-09 Safe Journey: The First Transitus Festival Day for Death and Dying
Sturminster Newton

Last year the Department of Health issued a new policy document entitled End of Life Care Strategy with the aim of improving quality
and freedom of choice for those approaching death. This first Transitus Festival is concerned with all the issues surrounding the end of life, but it seeks to address these questions in a wide context, based on cutting-edge developments and research on all aspects of death and what lies beyond. Whether your special interest is in caring for the dying, funeral celebration, disposal of the body or afterlife research, the Transitus Festival aims to redefine your understanding of the event that all of us will have to face.
Festival programme
10.30 Exhibitions open, 11.00 Festival Opening by Carmella B'Hahn, author of Benjaya's Gifts and Mourning has Broken.
11.30 Keynote Lecture by internationally renowned neuropsychiatrist, Dr Peter Fenwick: The Art of Dying is based on his recent book bearing the same title. Dr Fenwick is Britain's leading clinical authority on near-death experiences and holds appointments at the Maudsley Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and the Broadmoor Special Hospital for Violent Offenders.
12.30-3.30 Talks & Workshops A choice of ten short talks and workshops on caring for the dying, soul midwifery, green
funerals, imaginative celebrations and afterlife research (For details see website: www.martinsey.org.uk/transitus
4.00 PLAY: Colder than Here. In a review of the London West End production, John Peter wrote in The Sunday Times:
'Laura Wade's play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent. It is a play of love, death and grief that is hardest to
bear, because it begins before the loved one dies.'
5.30 After-Play Discussion (20 minutes)
6.00 Meditation For friends and loved ones in the afterlife
6.30 Close (Exhibitions close at 4.30)

There will also be mini workshops, displays and demonstrations, talks, a play, music and brochure and publicity opportunities for everyone in Transitus. This will be a not-for-profit-making venture, as a service to the public, in line with the ethos of Transitus.

   
28-03-09 4th Annual Transitus Gathering
Totnes

The annual Transitus gathering is an opportunity to network and discuss death, dying, grief and the continuity of consciousness
Due to the popularity of this annual event, it does need to remain by invitation only. It is specifically is for those who work or who want to work (either in a personal, voluntary or professional capacity) holistically in the fields of death, dying, grief and/or the continuity of consciousness, those who are passionate about these subjects and interested in serving the Transitus aims below. If you know of someone who fits this description and is keen to come then do please contact Judith (details on invite) and we will do our utmost to include them.

The agreed aims of Transitus
1. To create an expanding network of those working holistically in the fields of death, dying, grief, and the continuity of consciousness.
2. To raise awareness about the ever-increasing information and changing attitudes towards these subjects and to help release fears (of others and our own).
3. To disseminate information to each other and the public about the services available in this area via a Resource List and Transitus website.

There will be plenty of time for networking with each other and also discussion time. Again, there will be an opportunity for everyone to share with the large group for about 3-4 minutes, which will be interspersed with long networking sessions to connect more deeply with those whose work interests us. Hopefully, we will leave with more useful connections and plans to forward the aims of Transitus . You might like to think in advance about what would be most useful and interesting to share with the group.

Please bring information about your work to display (or any other info. that may be of interest) and, if you can, plan to arrive in time to put it out and to mingle a little before we go upstairs to open formally at 10am. Tea break will be at 11.30am (spring water is available at all times).Venue: Bowden House, Totnes, TQ9 7PW

   
22-09-08 to
25-09-08
Weaving a Willow Coffin
Glastonbury A course with: Norah Kennedy
 

Willows have been around long before humans - thousands of years ago willow was used in the construction of trackways across the Somerset Levels. "To wear the willow" was a phrase applied to the wearing of mourning, especially for a sweetheart or bride - as in Maddy Prior's song All Around My Hat I Will Wear The Green Willow .

We will be using willow, which has been grown on the Somerset Levels where basketmakers have been weaving baskets for thousands of years. It is even used to make artists' charcoal and to reinforce riverbanks. We will construct the coffin around a wooden base and weave the sides and lid in different colours of willow using age-old techniques and learning some interesting jargon

   
20-06-08 Becoming an Elder
Sedlescombe
E. Sussex
A 2 day workshop: Honor Griffith
 

As our body ages, we naturally become much more aware of our own mortality. Hence, confronting death arises as a major initiation on our journey towards eldership. However, because the culture finds the subject of dying taboo, we often shrink from examining our own fears and expectations. Yet, life and death are inextricably intertwined and, as Michael Grossi claims, the extent to which we confront death determines the extent to which we are fully alive.

This applies equally to confronting the ‘little deaths' of the ego which are required in order to inhabit more fully the many mansions of our soul. For as Jung says, “only that which can destroy itself is truly alive”. Surrendering to the dissolution of outmoded patterns which no longer serve the larger whole releases us more abundantly into life.

In this workshop we will explore:
•  our personal and cultural attitudes towards death and how they affect our vitality
•  the dysfunctional complexes which may be preventing us from fully embracing our wholeness
•  the role the “inferior” function plays in our journey towards individuated eldership and what anima mundi (the world soul) may be asking of us in our capacity as elder.

Venue: Sedlescombe Village Hall, Sdelscombe, TN33 0PF, E Sussex
Cost: £85
Contact: By emailing sundialcentre@talktalk.net or tel: 01424 870031

Friday evening registration begins at 6.30pm with a prompt 7.00pm start, ending at 9.30pm & Saturday begins at 9.30am ending at 5.00pm

   
28-05-08 Death the Great Adventure
Chichester A 1 day workshop: William Meader
 

Death is an unavoidable aspect of human existence, though mystery and fear often surround it. To those dedicated to living a spiritual life, death is understood as a beginning, not an end. At the time of death, the soul begins its liberation from its encasement in form. Death therefore frees the soul from the limitations of incarnated existence. Yet there are few who know death as a great adventure, and who truly understand the transformational processes that occur at the time of death. In this workshop, we shall consider the nature of death as understood in the ancient Perennial Philosophy, how physical death is always followed by a "second death", the experience of Devachan after the death process is complete, how the soul evolves as a result of the death experience, the role of the "permanent atoms" in the reincarnation process, and methods of living as a preparation for death.

For over 20 years, William Meader has been a student and teacher of Esoteric Psychology. Central to his teaching is an exploration of the many facets of spiritual psychology as conveyed within a theosophical framework, and an amalgamation of subjects central to a progressive spirituality. His passion is to teach people the deeper implications of modern spiritual development, and the means to express the soul more effectively in the outer world. William's work is international in scope, and has gained widespread recognition. In addition to his spiritual interests, William has an advanced degree in the behavioral sciences, and several years experience as a psychology professor in California. Much of this work is centered upon the transpersonal aspects of human consciousness. With a university degree in Business Management, he also has experience as a business educator, offering a variety of staff development seminars and workshops to the business community. William regularly teaches and lectures in the United States, Europe, Canada, and New Zealand. He currently lives in Oregon.
Cost: £30 Times: 1100 - 1630
Registration and coffee from 1045. Please bring lunch to share.
For further details and to reserve a place, please contact Carol Duncan tel: 01243 576634 or email: carol.duncan@dsl.pipex.com
William will also be offering Esoteric Astrological Consultations
Please contact Carol for further information
Hamblin Hall, Bosham House, Main Road, Bosham Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 8PJ Tel. 01243 572109

   
17-05-08

Preparing for Dying - It's never too soon nor too late!

London 1 day workshop: Josefine Speyer and Susan Morris of the Natural Death Centre
 
  • This workshop offers the unique opportunity to consider what it might take to prepare for dying, considering your own needs and those of people close to you. What can be done? How does one broach the subject when someone is very ill and dying? How can a person have a good death? The workshop day is aimed at professionals working in the field and other mortals.

    Topics covered include:

    How do elders teach the next generation the art of dying?
    Creative ways of preparing for dying
    The advantages of planning ahead, including making a Living Will, discussing funeral wishes and making, what we call, a death plan.
    How to talk about dying with adults and children
    The creative use of ritual and other ways of creating a sacred space for dying
    Deathbed visions, a natural phenomenon which can be talked about

Josefine Speyer is a psychotherapist, co-founder of the Natural Death Centre (1991) and of the Befriending Network, (1994) co-editor of The Natural Death Handbook (2003), Supervisor for Brent Bereavement Service. She offers talks and workshops on various aspects of dying, death and bereavement in London and elsewhere.

Susan Morris is a senior palliative care nurse who has worked with dying patients and their families for over twenty years. She has been a trustee of the Befriending Network in London, of The Natural Death Centre and is a contributor to the Natural Death Handbook.

"Thank you for the workshop. I really enjoyed it and feel I gained lots from the day with you. I think what the day highlighted for me is the need to sit in a circle and share our stories in this area as sometimes it feels quite a lonely path I walk." Wendy

Time: 10.30 - 17.00.
Venue: 20 Heber Road, London, NW2 6AA
Cost: £55 before 1 April 08, £60 thereafter

For more information and to book, please contact Josefine Speyer at: 020 8208 0670 or email: josefine@josefinespeyer.com
Advance booking only.

   
   
   
   
   

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