Previous Village Deathcare Citizen Courses have been a nine week 50+ hour certificate training. For November, the course is an 11 week training with an expected time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week making this a 110+ hour certificate training. In addition to the core curriculum, we will go deeper into ancestral studies, cover an introduction to home funerals, intro to psychedelics in end of life care, near death experiences, and work through Anne-Marie's new book which will be published in October 2021. There are four books required for this course which total approximately $56. This course is intentionally held over the holidays because it is a time of great pressure, anxiety and also tenderness. There are assignments specific to holiday examination and no break during the 11 weeks.
This session is dedicated to those who truly wish to dive deep into the work of death and dying. The time commitment will be held and agreed upon in advance. The content that you share for your weekly submissions must be thorough and in-depth (you do not need to be a genius! You just need to put in a sincere effort.) so that your classmates can truly benefit from each individual's contribution in the course. You'll be expected to hold a meditation log (10 minutes per day).
Not everyone has time to dedicate a full 10 hours per week to deathcare training so the 50+ hour, nine week certificate training will return in the spring of 2022. The nine week course does not mandate a meditation log (though mindfulness practice is at the core of the training), ancestral studies are a bit lighter, there is no home funeral training and psychedelics in EOL care are not studied. Weekly time commitment is in the six hour range. The nine week has requires two less books required and the donation amount is $400 (with Fair Exchange options).
You cannot go wrong with either course! They both are an in-depth training in death and dying.
Children and teens
Pets and animals
Exploring the Outer Nest
Intro to home funerals (only in 11 week course)
Psychedelics in EOL Care (only in 11 week course)
(only in 11 week course)
Creating the Inner Nest
Challenges in death doula work
Stages of dying
Gender and race discrimination
Intro to home funerals (only in 11 week course)
Self-care for death doulas
Opening the Secret Nest
Intro to Psychedelics in EOL Care (only in 11 week course)
Near Death Experiences
(only in 11 week course)
Novmeber training: The soft opening for this course is Tuesday November 16th and our first Zoom class is Sunday November 21st. (Make note, we do not pause for holidays in this course) We will meet once per week for 11 weeks and you will connect with a partner once per week on your own time. The live Zoom calls are every Sunday night from 7:00-9:00 pm eastern. You are strongly encouraged to attend each session live as the classes are not recorded for privacy purposes.
The course offers an array of assignments each week (videos, podcasts, articles, experiential activities) but this is also heavily directed by the class itself. We dedicate an entire week to ancestral studies which is in depth personal work. You are strongly encouraged to meditate (instruction will be offered at the beginning of the course) throughout the eleven weeks. You can expect about six to eight hours of work each week outside of our meeting times. When considering the live Zoom calls and partner work the average time spent will be approximately ten hours per week. However, this is work of the heart and soul and it doesn't just "vanish" from mind when you close the book for the evening. Gently keep that in mind.
You'll need to recognize, engage with and learn about your own community throughout the training. There will be some assignments to keep you connected to others for your own support and to begin to understand how communities work with dying and grief. Remember the intention of this particular course is to reweave deathcare into your own community.
**Full participation in class is mandatory or your acceptance to the course will be withdrawn.**
In recognition that community is stronger when empathy, mindfulness and skills are shared, this course has a donation option so that it is accessible to more individuals.
After being accepted into the course (complete Step One and Step Two) you will be instructed on which books to purchase either through me, Amazon or your local bookstore. This is a required purchase. Total cost will not exceed $56.00 (The nine week course which will be offered in spring 2022 has fewer books needed.)
The course donation amount for the 11 week course is $690. However, if you are unable to pay that full amount you may engage in a Fair Exchange. You will be asked to pay as much as you can and if it is not the full amount of the course value, you may refer to the list of Fair Exchange opportunities to come to a value of $690. There is a required $150 course enrollment fee to hold your spot. (If you are able to offer the full amount of $690 your enrollment fee is included) A minimum contribution for this 11 week course is $450 plus Fair Exchange.
After you have been accepted, you may proceed to Step Two for payment (donation or Fair Exchange) below.
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Step Two in the application process is to pay the $150 enrollment fee (link below) or pay the full amount of $690 (which includes the enrollment fee.) After being accepted in Step One, if you pay the full amount your application and acceptance to the course is complete.
If you need to engage in Fair Exchange we have to come to an agreement before you are accepted to the course. Below are some examples you can trade for the Village Deathcare Certificate Course. Your total donation/exchange should be valued at $540. A combination of monetary donation and Fair Exchange is a good option if your Fair Exchange offerings cannot total $540.
*Some of these options will be filled for each course. Submit your application early if you wish to do Fair Exchange.*
To come to an agreement on the Fair Exchange, reply to the email thread that we used for Step One that way all information is in the same place.
Whether you have cared for one who has died, are doing it right now, or you have taken other death doula trainings, approach this training with an engaged curiosity. Drop any expectations you may have. There are no experts here- not me and not you and unless the deceased return to tell us how their dying went, we must remain humble with hearts wide open and ever ready to learn and serve.
This will secure your spot in the course. It is non-refundable. Payment plan and/or full payment must be completed 6 weeks before the course begins. Completing this step does not guarantee your full acceptance into the course until full payment or Fair Exchange has been determined. (For the 11 week course the minimum donation is $450 plus Fair Exchange)
If you pay the full course requested donation of $690, you do not need to pay the $150 enrollment fee. After being accepted in the Step One application process if you pay the full amount of the course and do not use the Fair Exchange, your registration is completed and you are accepted into the course. Fees are non-refundable.