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Braiding Wisdom Series: Enriching the Earth – An Eco-Spiritual Approach to Aging, Illness, Death and Grief

with Karen Reppen        

Cost: Sliding Scale $25 - $35                  Held in HUB room

Inspired by Wendell Berry’s poem of the same name, this interactive workshop explores how befriending our eventual and inevitable death can positively influence what is happening in our world beyond our own physical body and those we are closest to as far as inner circle.  By engaging in experiential exercises and reflecting on creative works by Berry and other poets, naturalists, and artists, participants will also consider how grief, if cultivated as a sacred skill, can nourish not only our own lives, but many generations to come.

Karen Reppen has been passionately learning and teaching about aging, illness, death and grief for nearly 15 years.  As a hospice communications professional she focuses on increasing awareness about end-of-life care through outreach to patients, families, health-care providers and the public.  As a hospice volunteer, she provides compassionate care to patients at the bedside.  She offers “Letting Go” workshops, ceremonies, and other experiential opportunities on topics with her colleague Steven Spiro, and facilitates Death Cafes and other gatherings through the Great Circle Collaborative of which she is a founding member.  She has completed the Being with Dying program at Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, earned a Grief Support Specialist Certificate through UW-Madison Continuing Studies, is a student at Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School in Ottawa, Canada and is also a mixed media artist and mindfulness practitioner.