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Death surrounds us in nature and plays an essential part in new growth, and yet, our culture does so much to make it invisible and the natural process, distasteful. Fear permeates the subject. As we grow older, many of us spend alot of energy to avoid the subject and pretend we are not aging. When we come together with intention and courage, and open our heart to exploring the subject, new worlds may open and an opportunity to heal in unexpected ways may arise. ~jade

Our 2023 program was such a wild success

that we already want to invite you to

Join us for.

Looking into the Face of Death 
at Ekone Ranch in White Eagle Memorial Preserve

Near Goldendale, Washington


Being Re-scheduled for 2024


From "When Death Comes"

When it's over, I don't want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular,

and real.


I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.


I don't want to end up simply having visited this world

                                 ~Mary Oliver

Has the hand of mystery somehow beckoned to you? Inviting you to look more deeply into the face of death and to explore your relationship with it?  
      Are you drawn to:

• Make meaningful choices that may influence how you might be cared for in your dying, and how you want to leave this earth? 

• Explore the legacy you are leaving to your loved ones and the planet?
• Focus your energy and attention on living as true to who you are as you can and set your priorities for the rest of your precious life?


Perhaps serious illness or injury has crossed your path recently. Perhaps the death of a family member or friend has invited you to feel more deeply about death. Or perhaps it’s just your time. If you are ready to face your fears and denial surrounding your own mortality, your own death, and perhaps the metaphorical deaths that need to happen in your life, you may wish to join us. 

We know that the more we look head-on at our own mortality and explore our relationship with death, the better we are able to focus on what really matters to us and the choices we will make to live our lives most fully. 

Your guides, Joyce and Jade, have traversed the realms of death in various ways, both very personally and also by way of their work in the world.  They are passionate and wise facilitators in this arena as well as in the way of nature-based soul work.  We are fortunate to be able to gather in this sacred place (Jade was one of its founders!), the conservation burial ground at Ekone Ranch, White Eagle Preserve.  In the presence of many souls who have left their bodies behind and the beautiful ecosystem in which they are buried, we will listen to the wisdom of the land, of our deep selves and of those who have made this journey before us. An important part of our gathering will be the ceremonial making of a personal death mask, which will accompany us as we look into the face of death.  


GUIDES:    Jade Sherer and Joyce Harvey - Morgan

DATES:     This year we are together for 5 nights instead of 4. We will begin at 1pm on Tuesday,                       June 4 and complete by 1pm on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

                Please arrange your travel so that you will be there before start time and can stay until we are                          complete!

COST:      $1250.00 Total: includes shared rustic bunkhouse accommodations or camping,

                (You will need to bring your own sleeping pad, bag and other gear) delicious prepared meals,

                time within the cemetery ecosystem for wanders, plus more, AND the guide fee.       

                      $200 non-refundable deposit will hold your place! Please know that this retreat will likely fill fast!



       REGISTRATION: Please email Jade if you have questions and to find out more about the registration process.

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"The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance..."

                                                —David Whyte

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