Classes + Death Cafes

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Embracing Death Class
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HERBS FOR ENDINGS

WHEN: Sundays 10:00am-1:00pm PST

April 28, May 5 & May 12

WHERE: The course is offered in-person on Huichin Ohlone Land/Oakland, CA in the Dimond Neighborhood. We encourage folks to attend weekly to get the most out of the ceremony, content and community. Location to be shared upon registration.

COURSE OVERVIEW

In this 3-week in-person course for QTBIPOC, we will take time to gather with our grief and get to know 9 specific herbs and flowers for sorrow, loss and death.

Utilizing prompting questions, plus peer and plantita support, each week we will make time to presence the grief we are carrying, honor it, and go deep into 3 herbs and flowers that can help with facing, feeling, and integrating our experiences. Each week we will also make a go-to herbal remedy that can help in times of sorrow, loss, death, and when tending to ourselves and others in the end.

This circle is for death workers, healers, feelers, and grievers who are Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color and are looking for support in facing grief, loss, and death.

Week 1:

  • magnolia *bouganivillea *muicle
  • Herbal Remedy: grief-tea blend

Week 2:

  • marigold *azahares *peach leaf
  • Herbal Remedy: endings aceite

Weel 3:

  • roselle *pasiflora *mirto
  • Herbal Remedy: 'facing my feelings' facial mist

WHAT TO EXPECT:

•A deeper knowledge and relationship with 9 different herbs and flowers that can support our bodies, minds, and hearts during times of loss, death and endings

• Weekly death-related prompts for looking at your own relationship to loss

• Insights on life, death and loss from lifelong death workers Melissa and Batul, as well as from other experienced folks in the group

• Weaving in of the foundations of Curanderismo (a holistic earth-based health care system that works to keep all elements of our being in balance) as support in the process of facing life and death

• Weekly medicine making demo and hands-on medicine making of herb & flower remedies that can help out in the end

• Weekly altar setting and community altar building

• Pair and group sharing to encourage connection and community building

• Class size of 20 people or less

CONTRIBUTION:

This course is offered at a sliding scale exchange of $150-$300. In the spirit of mutual aid, folks who are currently able to pay at the higher end of the scale will create access for others who may not otherwise be able to attend at this time. Death care is community care and your generosity is appreciated. Your contribution also supports us, Batul & Melissa, two brown, Indigenous death workers and full-time traditional medicine practitioners.

There are payment plan options if needed and also 2 full scholarships available.

We are requesting at least your first payment installment at the time of registration. This will confirm your space in the course. Payments will then be due in full by Sunday, April 21st. The class will cap at 20 folks.

If you are interested in requesting a scholarship, please submit this form by Sunday, April 14th. We will review all scholarship requests and notify folks on Monday, April 15th.

Please note, masks are required for our in person circles.

EMBRACING ENDINGS

WHEN: Tuesdays @ 5:30-8:30pm

May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, and July 2

WHERE: The course is offered in-person on Huichin Ohlone Land/Oakland, CA. We encourage folks to attend weekly to get the most out of the ceremony, content and community. Location to be shared upon final registration.

COURSE OVERVIEW

In this 6-week course for QTBIPOC, we will support folks in facing and embracing endings. Each week we will take time to remember traditional, nature-based ways of relating to the end. Together, we will explore what it means to live, love, grieve, and let go. With the assistance of the ancestors, plants, ceremony, and each other, we will be in the practice of facing, feeling, and integrating the inevitable outcome of death. This class is for death workers, healers, grievers, and/or any QTBIPOC looking to make a relationship with death.

Please note: Though grief is welcome in this course, it is not a grief support group or therapy. Because of the nature of the content of this program, we encourage everyone to be self-reflective about whether this is the time and space for them to do this work. 

What to expect:

  • Weekly exploration of different death-related topics (including prompts and meditations for looking at our own relationship to loss and endings, remembering nature-based ways of relating to grief, and delving deeper into subjects such as sudden death and the many types of grief, etc)
  • Weaving in of the foundations of Curanderismo (a holistic earth-based health care system that works to keep all elements of our being in balance) as support in the process of facing loss
  • Weekly medicine-making demo of herbal & floral remedies and rituals that help while we face and feel our way through life and death
  • Foundations for connecting and building relationship with ancestors
  • Weekly at home heartwork assignments that support in making relationship with death
  • Class size of 20 people or less to encourage connection & community building
  • Personal check-in & closing time each session
  • Final class presentations and reflections

CONTRIBUTION: $450 (Payment plans and one full scholarship available.)

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