Death Nesting And the Roles We Play

Death Nesting


Director: Anne-Marie Keppel

Assistant Director: Pablo Coddou

Date & Time Details:

December 2024



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $550

Tuition - $440

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Karmê Chöling
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The 8th Annual Vermont Death & Dying Retreat

We are so happy to bring the 8th Vermont Death & Dying Retreat to Karmê Chöling. All are welcome to join this intimate gathering where we will explore our emotions and the roles that we play when tensions run high through the death and dying process.

Through discussions, meditative practices, role playing and theater (narrators, amateurs, and stage managers are very welcome!) we will open to our heartbreaks, judgements, and conditions of "who we are." All of which will come to the forefront when we are caring for another who is dying and arises during our own dying time. Exploring this now will awaken you to living life with more gratitude, joyousness and peace.

Heading into the very darkest time of the year makes way for a beautiful opening to contemplate dying and death. Rather than ignore the holidays or fully embrace them, we will examine carefully the impact that they have on us as individuals, families, and as a culture. Creating space to gather with others in a safe and uplifted environment is a deeply nourishing way to explore the preciousness of life.

Though the topics may feel heavy, or uncomfortable, humor is always incorporated into how Anne-Marie leads groups. Participants are invited to drop all expectations and arrive gently, humbly and ready to engage in living.

Recommended reading in advance of the retreat:

  • Death Nesting: The Heart-Centered Practices of a Death Doula by Anne-Marie Keppel. Copies will be available at the retreat as well.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

We will engage in activities and exercises which include:

  • Examination of the emotional pressures, poisons & gifts of the holidays
  • The ghosts of past, present and future
  • Perimeter practice (contemplations on distancing emotions from the physical body)
  • Role playing and explorative death & dying theater
  • Mindfulness practice & contemplation
  • Ancestor altars
  • Gingerbread coffin making
  • Storytelling around the fire

Special Guests

  • Spirit Gallery with psychic medium Salicrow
  • Dreamscape, sleep practice & hormetic stress pracitces for healing with Pablo Coddou
  • Yoga, movement & spatial awareness exercises with Juli Gramo

Participants will leave the retreat with an expanded vocabulary, confidence for engaging in conversations around death and dying and feeling refreshed and awake.

Whether or not you have previously or are currently caring for one who is dying, these trainings and discussions will enhance your everyday living experiences while also mentally preparing you for times in the future.

Though tears are welcome and will certainly flow, this program is not recommended for those who are actively grieving or for one who has received a recent diagnosis that feels acutely traumatizing.

Anne Marie And Pablo

Pablo Coddou and Anne-Marie Keppel

Note: A 50% deposit is required to reserve your accommodation.

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Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $550.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $440.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Anne Marie Keppel
Director: Anne-Marie Keppel

Anne-Marie Keppel is an international speaker, award-winning author and death doula educator. She has decades experience working with the elderly as a nurse assistant and has taught hundreds of students in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. One of her two upcoming books is a compilation of plays on death and dying as means of educating students on the many roles that people (and places and objects) play in the end of life experience. As a healer and intuitive she discovered great trust, love and healing discipline through her own experience with breast cancer. She is a green burial and funeral guide, Reiki Master, mother of three, and lifelong meditator.

Pablo Coddou
Assistant Director: Pablo Coddou

Pablo Coddou is a licensed psychotherapist and uses principles from Gestalt, Humanistic-Existentialism, Buddhist practice in the therapeutic process, and is MAPS certified in psychedelics as a therapeutic modality. He is an avid cold plunger, brain-science geek, a Kung-Fu black belt, and regularly trains with his eight year old daughter in martial arts. Born and raised in New York City, he is trilingual, first generation Chilean- American, and lives in the Northeast Kingdom with Anne-Marie and their family. 

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