Making Friends with Impermanence -
A four-day retreat based on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, the art of living fully and accompanying others at the end of life -
Kirsten DeLeo is known to inspire everyone who is interested in exploring the topic of death and dying and/or who is caring for an elderly or terminally ill family member, friend or patient.
Our society associates impermanence and death with the loss of hope and meaning. When we however, shed light on these fears and beliefs, we may discover - to our surprise - that making friends with impermanence and death is about living. It is about living our lives fully and being present with others in a deeper and more genuine way.
Impermanence is like some of the people we meet in life--difficult and disturbing at first, but on deeper acquaintance far friendlier and less unnerving than we could have imagined. - The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying -
The supportive and tranquil environment of Lerab Ling offers a chance to reflect on what matters most and helps you prepare practically, emotionally and spiritually. Away from the busyness of everyday life, this retreat will provide practical resources and guidance on how to support others to die with peace of mind and dignity.
The retreat includes guided reflections and contemplations, meditation and other contemplative practices inspired by The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. During these four days we will explore the topic through talks, experiential exercises, discussions and periods of silence. There will be also time to rest, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Lerab Ling’s environment.
Kirsten DeLeo is an international senior instructor, trained in the mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in contemplative practice and study for many years including attending a three-year retreat. Drawing on over twenty years of experience accompanying the dying and their families, Kirsten offers retreats and skills-training programmes around the world. Read more...
is an international senior instructor, trained in the mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in contemplative practice and study for many years including attending a three-year retreat.
Drawing on over twenty years of experience accompanying the dying and their families, Kirsten offers retreats and skills-training programmes around the world under the umbrella of The Spiritual Care Programme, an international outreach programme, to support people in crises, facing illness and loss and their caregivers.
She currently serves on the faculty of Authentic Presence, a certificate program in contemplative end-of-life care. Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth and has published numerous articles on the contemplative approach to care.
- Contemplating impermanence and death
- Working with thoughts and emotions and addressing the fears and concerns around dying
- Deepening our empathy and compassion towards ourselves and others
- How we can prepare practically, emotionally and spiritually
- Integrating methods of mindfulness and meditation to hold space for a dying person
- Communicating about death and the practice of contemplative listening
- Healing relationships and saying good-bye
- Creating a peaceful environment and the heart advice from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition