Death Nesting Through Living

Weekend Retreat

Death Nesting


Director: Anne-Marie Keppel

Date & Time Details:

December 2023



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $295

Tuition - $240

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Karmê Chöling
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Heading into the very darkest time of the year makes way for a beautiful opening to contemplate dying and death. Creating space to gather with others in a safe and uplifted environment is a deeply nourishing way to explore the preciousness of life. Through discussions, contemplations and meditative practices we will open to curiosity and the groundless feeling of "not knowing."

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 for the weekend 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.

Contemplations & Meditations
During the retreat we will engage in activities and exercises which include:

  • Dissolution practice (meditation for dissolving into the elements)
  • Perimeter practice (contemplations on distancing emotions from the physical body)
  • Sensory exploration
  • Mindful nourishment practice
  • Tonglen for self and other
  • Readying the mind for Advance Directive work
  • Laugh therapy

Participants will leave the retreat with an expanded vocabulary, confidence for engaging in conversations around death and dying and feel refreshed and awake. The extended days are available for deepening your own meditation practice and contemplations of death nesting through living.

Though tears will certainly flow, this is not a grief support group. Those who are actively mourning may not find this program helpful. However, if you have a diagnosis that you have been journeying with for some time, if you are caring for someone who is dying or will be in the future or if you are simply curious and wish to delve deeper into conversation around death and dying you'll find benefit in this program. This program is appropriate to do with friends and family-- the more the merrier!

We are also offering an extended version of this retreat:
Death Nesting Through Living: A 4-Day Retreat

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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: $295.00
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: $240.00
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.

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