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Wisdom at the End of Life with Dr. Lani Leary

Join us for “Wisdom at the End of Life” on Saturday, June 22nd at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. The half-day workshop will be led by Dr. Lani Leary, author of No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death (Simon & Schuster 2012).

“Wisdom at the End of Life” will address “What is a good death?”, the needs of the dying, how best to support loved ones as they face the end of life, the grief process, complications, and moving from fear to hope. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12 Noon (doors will open at 8:30; hot & cold beverages will be provided). Elk Haven Wellness Center is located at 100 Elks Club Road in Brevard, just off Park Avenue.

Lani Leary specializes in work with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients. She has companioned more than 700 people at the time of death. Lani currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice. For the past 35 years, she served as a psychotherapist, an ICU chaplain, a university professor, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, and a counselor in 9 hospices across the country. She has spoken internationally at more than 300 conferences and was a 2011 presenter at TEDx in Hawaii. You can learn more about Lani and her work at her web site:

"Wisdom at the End of Life" is open to all, and will be especially helpful for those who are facing a terminal diagnosis as well as caregivers, family members, and friends of the dying. Lani’s 2012 book, No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death, will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Participation will be limited to the first 30 registrants to insure a meaningful experience for all attendees. (As of June 4, the workshop was half full.) The cost per person is $65, payable in advance via online payment or by check. Register HERE or use the Contact Form at the CSW web site to indicate your interest and to reserve one of the 30 spaces.

REMINDER: 'Buddhist Wisdom'
This Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Elk Haven

Join us for our next “Second Sundays” event June 9 at 5:00 p.m. for Buddhist Wisdom for Non-Buddhists at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. Our speaker will be Amy Goldweber, Director of Retreats at Heartwood (Buddhist) Refuge in Hendersonville, N.C.

All “Second Sundays” gatherings begin at 5:00 with time for informal socializing, with light snacks and beverages. The program begins at 5:30, with questions, answers & conversation at 6:00, ending at 6:30. All are welcome to attend, regardless of background, and there is no admission fee.

Amy will offer her personal take on the wisdom of the Buddha for those who may not be familiar with this ancient-yet-modern path. Although Buddhism originated six centuries before the birth of Jesus, many in our Western culture are unfamiliar with this insightful and practical approach to life and spirituality. Regardless of your background, you are welcome to listen, learn, and participate. The host for the Second Sundays series is Mary Marinucci, associate at Center for Spiritual Wisdom.

CSW Director Rob Field first met Amy when he called Heartwood Refuge to ask for someone to speak about Buddhism to students in his World Religions class at Brevard College. Without hesitation, Amy replied, “I can do that!” She was extremely well received by the students, and Rob knew Amy would be a great person to make a “Second Sundays” presentation.

There will be no "Second Sundays" gathering in July, but the series will return August 11th with guest speaker Dr. Jim Nourse, who will reflect on his near-death experience in 2017.

As with all our Second Sundays gatherings, there is no charge to attend, and all are welcome. (Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in coming.) Donations will be gladly accepted at the door to help defray costs, and donors at the $10 or higher level will be offered a thank-you in the form of a glass of organic Green Heart Juice or a gluten-free, all-natural Reason to Bake cookie. Both are hand crafted in the Elk Haven kitchen.

Travel With Us In March
On a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
March 5-12, 2020

Save the date! Center for Spiritual Wisdom hosts our second pilgrimage to Israel-Palestine March 5-17, 2020. CSW Director Rob Field and his colleague Jane Hubbard will co-lead this adventure of a lifetime. We will visit holy sites in the Galilee region, Jerusalem as well as other historic places with deep spiritual significance. If you've ever wanted to go, here's your chance. This pilgrimage is designed for Christians and all others drawn to the story of Jesus of Nazareth. It will be limited to the first 25 registrants to insure a quality experience for all. Check CSW's web site starting June 15 for details and registration information.

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