The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond

04/26/2019 - 04/28/2019




The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living,
Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond
~Creating Death Caring Communities~

April 26, 27, 28
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School
Ghent, NY

$280 Supporter/$195 Standard/$60 Youth 
(Limited scholarships available. Email 

  • Bring a new consciousness to your own life and death
  • Support those who are crossing and who have crossed over 
  • Expand your practice and knowledge of working with the dying

Through interactive workshops, triad sharing, keynote discussions with Rev. Julia Polter, Lisa Romero, Linda Bergh, and Marianne and Dennis Dietzel, as well as experiential and artistic activities, we will consciously explore the spiritual and practical aspect of human life and death. 

Conference Schedule 
(Note: Workshops Subject to Additions/Minor Changes)

Pre-conference Activities: 

Thursday, April 25th at 7pm
Screening of Living While Dying  at Hawthorne Valley School Auditorium- Open to the public!  $10 Suggested Donation 

 Friday April 26th between 12-3pm
Supporting Elder Care In An Intentional Community at Camphill Ghent Elder Community 
Tour, Talk and Lunch (Salad, entree, and dessert $10.) 
Please register in Advance with your full conference registration. 

Camphill Ghent Tour CLOSED Maximum capacity reached


Friday, April 26 
3:30 Screening of The Art of Natural Death Care Hawthorne Valley School Auditorium- By Donation  
5:00  Registration 

6:00 Light Reception 
7:00  Welcome and Introduction
7:15  Keynote Discussion with Rev. Julia Polter: Befriending Death 
8:30  “Poems of Birth, Poems of Earth and a Fairy Tale for our Time” with Eve Olive and Joanna Carey


Saturday April 27 - All workshops chosen on site
8:10-8:45 Choose your artistic activity (Eurythmy or Singing)  
9:00-10:30  The Container of Community with Linda Bergh and Marianne and Dennis Dietzel, Piano by Gili Melamed-Lev

11:00 - 12:15 Concurrent workshops: Choose during conference 
   Hands-on-Body Care with Jonitha Hasse and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes (Session 1 of 2. Participants must attend both sessions.)

   Biography and Social Art; Preparation for Dying and Beyond with Sandra La Grega & Jennifer Fox
Befriending Death with Rev. Julia Polter 
   Container of Community Follow-up session with Linda Bergh and Marianne & Dennis Dietzel

   When Active Dying Begins...What To Do? with Ben Matlock   

12:30 - 2:00  Lunch and Table Conversations 

2:15 - 3:45 Concurrent workshops
    Hands-On Body Care with Jonitha Hasse and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes (Session 2. Participants must attend both sessions.) 
    The Story Continues: Journeying Between Death and Rebirth with Signe Schaefer 
    Reclaiming our Traditions - One Deathcaring Community at a Time 
with Deana Darby
    Aging and Dying Well with Onat Sanchez Schwartz and David Andrew Schwartz  
    Vigil Room and Hearth-holders: The Work of Holding the After Death Time with Jolie Luba 

4:00-5:00 Experiential Afternoon Workshops 

   Co-Creating a Festival For The Dead Practice session for evening activity with Jordan Walker, Marianne Dietzel and Laura Scappaticci 
   Reaching Beyond- Working with the Human Gesture Art Workshop with Laura Summer
   The Journey of the Soul After Death: An experience in Eurythmy with Eve Olive 
   Music at the Threshold  with Cate Decker and Channa A. Seidenberg 

   Writing Our Connections to those Across the Veil with Maureen Flannery
   Reading for the Dead with Joanna Carey
   Nature Walk with Martin Ping and Friends   

5:30 - 7:00 Dinner With Your Dinner Table Groups 

7:30 - 9:00 Festival For The Dead

Sunday, April 28- All workshops chosen on site

8:10-8:45 Choose your artistic activity (Eurythmy or Singing) 

 ~ light brunch reception ~  

9:00-9:15  Singing, Poetry and Reflections on the evening

9:30 - 11:00 Concurrent Workshops: 
    The Enigma of Suffering: Meeting Our Humanity At The Threshold with Dr. Steven Johnson  
    Contemplation and Inner Development for Connecting with the Dead with Lisa Romero
    Connecting With Our Loved Ones Through Nature and Art with Marianne Dietzel and Linda Bergh
    Green Burial: A Natural Return to the Earth with Herb Engman 

11:30-12:30 Plenum with workshop presenters and friends  

12:30-1:00 Closing 

Post Conference: Free to conference participants. Please register with your main conference registration.  
Open to the Public $15-$40 suggested donation.
2:00-4:30 Death, Dying and Surrender Post Conference with Lisa Romero 

Through the inner work and the meditative life one has to understand the process of conscious surrender and letting go of attachments to the transitory life – “to die before we die”. This can be the hardest aspect of meditative practice and also the hardest aspect of life. With the esoteric understanding of death, dying and surrender we can actively take the steps that lead to the seeds of transformation and a new stage of growth, preparing us for the letting go of the body and the journey into the spiritual world.

Full conference: $280 Supporter/$195 Standard/$60 Youth 

**We are currently at capacity with scholarship applications. Thank you to those who supported others to attend our conference! **  

Note: Schedule subject to minor addtions/changes. 

Transportation and Lodging 

The nearest aiport is Albany Airport, which is one hour away. It is a small, manageable airport. Contact to book your ride.  (Rides not available after midnight through this contact.) 

Click here for a general transportation FAQ.

Rooms reserved at the following locations: 

Inn at Green River, Thyme in the Country, the Vanderbilt Lakeside
Some homestays available by emailing 

Want to share a ride or room? You can post your request or respond to requests at our shared room/ride board here. 


TuRose Bookstore Hours:

Friday 11-7 

Saturday 10-7

Sunday 11-2 


Please Note: Cancellation fee of $35 before April 15. No refunds after April 15. 



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