This five night retreat is all about HEALING & INTUITION. The untamed majesty of Costa Rica is an incredible place to connect with nature and absorb and mingle with the life-power surging through the flora and fauna. The retreat is certainly for doulas and those caring for the dying but others may be able to join as well-- tell me your story!
You will be well taken care of on this retreat but will also have plenty of space to wander, swim, dream and meditate. The Costa Rican people are welcoming and kind and there is never a shortage of fresh fruit! (One of my favorite things :) My husband Pablo (who will be teaching with me) is a native (Chilean) Spanish speaker and will be available to translate should you need assistance.
Teaching & Practice with Anne-Marie and Pablo
Gentle shadow work (one on one sessions available)
Practices & games to open intuition
Hormetic stress practices to activate healing
Guided meditation practice (for self and other)
Guided visualization practice (for healing self and other)
Ceremonial boundaries, practice & commitment
Agreements with spirit
Moving our bodies (Salsa night!)
Potential Outings during the retreat- to be determined
A trip to plant trees in the forest with my publishing company!
Lounging in a volcano heated river
Visiting a butterfly farm
Cloud walking through the jungle
Notes from Anne-Marie
Our intuitions are so often tamped down. We are plagued by things like, if we trust our intuition and then the outcome is "bad" then we are shamed with thoughts or words or from others like "See? You should have followed..." x, y or z. There are some times where we just have no choice but to follow our intuition because there is no right, wrong or scripted way to do something and we have to figure it out-- let's make that process a bit easier by practicing!
Like so many parents I let my intuition guide me when it came to caring for my children in sensitive situations, or at times when I got that “uh oh” feeling in life. When I started working with the dying I expanded my intuition so I could better serve and offer healing through the dying process when words and physical movement were no longer able to be part of communication.
Years later my intuition has billowed out exponentially and I have gifts in receiving messages from the spirit realm. Sometimes communication comes from those that I have worked with as their doula but other times through intentional connection or just randomly when I have not set up a barrier of distance between my consciousness and the spirit world. Though a lot of this came organically I have had to do a lot of work to understand how my own mind mingles with messages coming in. Additionally, I needed to trust my intuition BIG TIME while navigating a breast cancer journey where I decided upon an alternate path of healing. I'd love to help you awaken to your own source and guides! This can serve you as a death doula (practicing psychopomp care) or just to aid you in your own healing and intuitive journey in life.
These are just some of the intersections of where intuition and healing dance.
For decades Anne-Marie studied shadow work to clear the path toward a stronger intuition. She is a certified facilitator in the Buddhist “Feeding Your Demons” (practice which severs ties to that which does not serve you) and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She holds a certification as a funeral celebrant and in ceremony from the Celebrant Foundation. She consults with her friend and colleague Salicrow who is an author and psychic medium as an intuitive inspiration, and also studied for three months with Peggy Rometo, author and psychic medium. Her personal healing practices involve the journey of breast cancer recovery—and the magic and gifts that are available through illness, dis-ease and pain.
Pablo is a trilingual, licensed psychotherapist and meditation instructor. He is a MAPS certified psychedelic assisted therapist and works with ketamine as well as other mediums. He's pursuing a PhD in neuroscience and the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of hormetic stress.
~ Death Nesting: The Heart-Centered Practices of A Death Doula. The Spanish translation of Anne-Marie's Death Nesting book is available now by ordering directly through Anne-Marie or though Inner Traditions in late summer 2024.
~ Salicrow's book Spirit Speaker
Coming soon... Email for details
Intentional healing is something that those of us who are fortunate enough to have the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical bandwidth should embark upon. Our planet needs us to heal our ancestral wounds that continue to show up in our current life causing harm to ourselves and others. When we heal ourselves, we then have the ability to heal others, heal our communities, and awaken the dormant love, gratitude and peace that is inherent within each being. Healing happens on a multitude of levels and dimensions that we have unlimited access to! With a commited focus, and with a like-minded group of intentional healers, the potency and manifestation possibilities are boundless.
Mid January in Ireland is not a touristy time of year to visit. Because the weather is around 50 degrees (f) at that time of year the island is absent of the buzz of the millions that visit Eire. However, the grass is still green, the sheep are getting ready to birth their spring babes and there is rarely a freeze or snow. In the stillness of winter the spirits of the land are so much more noticable- I have found the magic to be potent- WILD, really. It's a wonderful time to pause in the vortex, roll back in time, and set our intentions through knotwork. Whether you knit, crochet, make knot bracelets or can only tie your shoes (lol) your hands and mind will be hard at work to set a new course of living, while having harvested the wisdom and let go of the pains.
The retreat is nine days in total with three of those days in person in Ireland. Your intention setting and ceremonial tasks begin six days before we gather in person. You'll receive a package in the mail with the things you will need to begin the work. The retreat ends at the end of the ninth day when we depart. If you spend additional days traveling before returning home that's fine- consider those "ghost days" where the ceremonial completion work will simply pause until you return home.
The cost of the nine day retreat includes:
~ Two one hour zoom gatherings to get to know each other before travel
~ Ceremonial package snail-mailed to you to start the program six days before we gather in person
~ Video instructions on how to begin your ceremony
~ Assignments to engage in starting on day one of the nine day retreat.
~ One Feeding Your Demons® (shadow work~ not as scary as it sounds :) session with Anne-Marie in Ireland*
~ Ceremonial retreat work throughout the three days in Ireland
~ Relaxation and exploration time to live, journal, feel free and love
~ Connection time with like-minded and hearted people!
~ Intimate rooms in various lounges around the castle for sharing drinks and telling stories
~ Nightly semi-formal attire for dinner (we can decide as a group if we wish to have a sit down four course meal one night)
~ Ongoing Signal thread for support and coordination connection (As a group we will be able to support one another- I will not be solely responsible for coordinating every minor aspect- 'cuz we're all grown-ups :)
Recommended reading in advance of the retreat:
"Death Nesting The Heart-Centered Practices of a Death Doula" by Anne-Marie Keppel.
Email directly for additional details and to apply for this retreat! ANNEMARIEKEPPEL@GMAIL.COM
Weekend Retreat December 8 - 10th (This event has passed)
With an extended weekend option from December 8th through 12th
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 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 - Weekend
During the weekend portion of the retreat (Dec. 8-10th) we will engage in activities and exercises which include:
While the weekend portion of the program will focus on the aspects of death nesting for oneself, the extended days (Dec. 11-12th) will open the gateway toward caring for another who is entering the phases of transitioning out of the body. We will discuss specific chapters of the book Death Nesting: The Heart Centered Practices of a Death Doula.
Activities and Discussions:
Participants will leave the retreat with an expanded vocabulary, confidence for engaging in conversations around death and dying and feel 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.
Please register through the Karmê Chöling website:
December 8th - 10th registration: https://www.karmecholing.org/program/death-nesting-through-living
December 8th - 12 registration: https://www.karmecholing.org/program/death-nesting-through-living-4-days