Hybrid – Living with Dying: Practices and Practicalities for Facing Our Final Exit

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Hybrid – Living with Dying: Practices and Practicalities for Facing Our Final Exit

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Lama Liz Monson, Cheryl A. Giles, PsyD, Chris Berlin
November 9, 2023 - November 13, 2023

Death is a topic that we often shy away from, and its realities are hidden in our cultural context. Yet the Buddha taught that contemplating death is a practice of liberation – one that vastly enhances the quality of our life.

By looking directly at death, we access our appreciation and joy for this human life and its transformative potential. Join Lama Liz Monson, Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Dr. Cheryl Giles, PsyD and Chris Berlin, MDiv for a unique retreat in which we delve deeply into the liberating practices of death and dying, drawing on the profound resources of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Among topics explored include contemplative practices  for facing our own death and preparing for the bardo (the in-between state between death and rebirth),  spiritual care for the dying, Buddhist rites of passage for helping others at the time of death, and practical preparation for dying in our time and place.

What to bring

  • A photograph (framed if possible) of someone you love whose death transformed you. We will set these up on a communal “benefactor shrine”.
  • A container to use as a ‘death basket’: a basket, sturdy cloth bag, or wooden box). It should be large enough to hold approximately one gallon jug of milk.
  • A few compact items that you would like to have nearby if you were to unexpectedly find yourself in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital for an extended stay (a statue, framed photos, a rosary for example). These are “starter items” for the death basket.
  • A notebook for writing

This Hybrid retreat is offered in person at Wonderwell (Residential option) and Live via Zoom (Online option). To Register, please choose one of the options in the YELLOW panel.


(All times are Eastern time zone)

First Day — Hybrid evening session begins around 7:00 pm. (see Residential info for check-in times)

Full-Day Schedule — Morning meditation 7:00 am; Breakfast break 8:30-10:00 am; Lunch break 12:00-2:00 pm; Dinner break 5:30-7:00 pm.

Last Day — The closing session typically ends around 12:00 noon followed by lunch for residential retreatants. Online-only closing sessions may occur after a lunch break.

These times are just for reference. An expanded schedule will be provided in pre-retreat information emailed during the week prior to the event.

November 9-13, 2023. This hybrid retreat has both a residential and an online option.

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This hybrid retreat has both residential and online option. For more information and registration, please use the links below depending on which option you're interested in.

RESIDENTIAL Details & Registration
Click to register for RESIDENTIAL (at Wonderwell) option.

ONLINE Details & Registration
Click to register for ONLINE (via Zoom) option.

About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Lama Liz Monson

Lama, Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Cheryl A. Giles, PsyD

Visiting Teacher, Contemplative Care Instructor
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Chris Berlin

Meditation Teacher
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