The Sacred Gateway 2020: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond [April 16-19, GOING ONLINE!]

Our third annual conference, with pre-conference activities on April 16th... WILL BE GOING ONLINE - CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS...

Full updated details here including transportation, lodging, scholarships...

  • Bring a new consciousness to your own life and death
  • Support those who are crossing and who have crossed over
  • Expand your practice and knowledge of working with the dying

Through interactive workshops, triad sharing, keynote discussions with Rev. Patrick Kennedy, Sandra LaGrega and Jennifer Fox, Dr. Melinda Toney, and Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, and more, as well as experiential and artistic activities, we will consciously explore the spiritual and practical aspect of human life and death.


Pre-conference Activities:
Thursday, April 16

2 pm Tour of Brightmoor Maker's Space

4 pm Screening of short film The Art of Natural Death Care Detroit Waldorf School Auditorium- By Donation

7pm Screening of a Will For The Woods Detroit Waldorf School Auditorium- Open to the public! $10 Suggested Donation


Friday, April 17 10:00-1:00p

Registration Opens 10:00-12:00p

Choose from two pre-conference activities at the Detroit Waldorf School

Exploring the Beauty of home funerals and green burial: Photo essay and Q&A with Merilynne Rush, MS, End-of-Life Doula Trainer and Home Funeral Guide (Open to the public. Donation accepted at the door)

The Story of Detroit: A Walking Songtrail (Meet in the school playground. Approx. two mile walk)

12:00p Bag Lunch (For Purchase)

1:00p Conference Opening

1:45-3:00p Keynote Discussion with Rev. Patrick Kennedy: Befriending Death

3:00-3:30p Break


3:30-5:00p Three-Day Themed Workshops

(Chosen on site. Choose one theme and attend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Fuller descriptions coming soon!

From Loss to Connection Through the Arts: Reading, Writing and Drawing with Marianne Dietzel and Maureen Flannery
Together we will invite our loved ones across the threshold to join us in experiencing practices thet connect and heal. We will read to the dead, write prose and poetry, and draw from gestures of nature.

Biography: Gifts of Reviewing Life and Connecting to Life After Death: Sandra LaGrega and Jennifer Fox

A Home Death Care Story: Conscious Dying and The Home Vigil, Based on Dying of Wayne Toney — Dr. Melinda Toney, Carole Schoaf, and Katherine Blackburn

Multi-Cultural Approaches: Ancient and Modern, Sacred And Esoteric: Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Julia Torres and Guests


5:30-6:30 Choose: Eurythmy (Movement), Singing, or Poetry

6:30 Evening Appetizer Reception (Included in registration fee)

7:30-9:00 Evening Performance


Saturday April 18 - All workshops chosen on site/Saturday Lunch and Dinner for purchase

8:00 Coffee/Tea/Breakfast Snacks (Included in Regisration Fee)

8:30-9:15 Choose: Eurythmy (Movement), Singing, or Poetry

9:30-11:00 Three-Day Themed Workshops

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Vigil Room Experience

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch and Table Conversations

2:15 - 3:45 Topic Workshops Workshop Choices Coming Soon!

3:45-4:15 Break

4:15-5:45 Story Space: Death & Healing

5:45-7:00 Dinner With Your Dinner Table Groups

7:30-9:00 Evening Performance with Sarah Putnam:
Little Gidding by TS Elliot followed by Memento Mori Ritual


Sunday, April 19 - All workshops chosen on site

8:00 Coffee/Tea/Breakfast Snacks (Included in Registration Fee)

8:30-9:15 Choose: Eurythmy (Movement), Singing, or Poetry

9:30 - 11:00 Three Day Themed Workshops

11:30-1:00 Green Burial Ceremony and Closing


Conference Fees:

$280 Supporter Level — $195 Standard ASA Member Rate — $215 Non-Member Rate — $60 Youth Rate (Age 35 and under) Limited scholarships available.

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