Deep Listening and Compassion with Frank Ostaseski

Deep Listening and Compassion with Frank Ostaseski

We are honoured to announced that Frank Ostaseski, co-founder of the Zen Hospice in San Francisco and the Metta Institute will be speaking via tele-conference at the festival. He will be speaking about deep listening and compassion in end of life care, as well as about his new book The Five Invitations. He teaches that reflection on death causes us to be more responsible—in our relationships, with ourselves, with the planet, with our future.

The Personal and the Environmental with Sebastian Job, Ph.D

The Personal and the Environmental with Sebastian Job, Ph.D

The premise of this workshop is that personal and planetary deaths may be intertwined. In other words, grief and anxiety about different deaths – our own, that of others, and, beyond that, traditions, other species, loved places, habitats and ecosystems – may be mutually reinforcing, and contributing to a collective paralysis. How might we begin, then, to process this grief and anxiety?

20th Century Poetry and Philosophy with Peter Banki, Ph.D

20th Century Poetry and Philosophy with Peter Banki, Ph.D

In this workshop we are going to depart by reading Rainer Maria Rilke’s last unfinished poem: “Come you, you last one” and Maurice Blanchot’s very short novel “The Instant of my Death”, which recounts an ecstatic experience of death at the hands of the Nazis at the end of World War II. These will open the space for a discussion of four of the most influential theses on death and dying in twentieth century Western philosophy: 1. Our unconscious, which is to say, the greatest part of our psyche, does not know or believe in death (Freud); 2. Understanding that our death is possible is the condition for any authentic selfhood and historical existence (Heidegger); 3. Our relation to our death is firstly through the other, whose death has a philosophical and ethical priority (Levinas); 4. Our relation to ourselves is a priori posthumous; anticipatory mourning is the fundamental condition for any relation to ourselves and others (Derrida).

Human Rooms with Efterpi Soropos

Human Rooms with Efterpi Soropos

When her mother Evangalia, died of breast cancer in 1995 a process began that both devastated and enlightened Efterpi Soropos to research and develop sensory concepts that would create a better perception of space and environment through the senses for vulnerable people. HUMAN ROOMS™ is an immersive experiential concept that can assist participants to reduce stress, induce relaxation and meditative states within a peaceful and harmonious environment that is self directed.

Active Yielding with Alice Cummins

Active Yielding with Alice Cummins

Yielding is a release into gravity as well as space. It brings us to a place of deep stillness and rest supporting recuperation for our nervous system and the potential transformation through surrender. In this workshop, Alice will guide participants through the experiential embodiment of ‘yielding’ – a Body-Mind Centering® principle that actively explores our relationship to gravity and space.

One Million Years with Hayley West

One Million Years with Hayley West

I lay motionless on a bench in a concrete grotto in Katoomba, a melancholy and intimate space for the contemplation of one’s own mortality. My then 4 year-old daughter, Ramona, caringly shrouds my body with sarongs, symbolic of my past life (and her birth) in Darwin. I remain still throughout. As the shrouding progresses my head eventually too is covered and I am forced to succumb to blindness and abandon all control. I had become silent, an absent mother.

Exploring Suicide with Natalia Je and Sarah Roffey

Exploring Suicide with Natalia Je and Sarah Roffey

In this workshop, we will open a space for dialogue and reflection about this difficult, complex and often very stigmatised subject. In the first part, we will explore in a sensitive and careful way the effects of the suicides of others on us. In the second part, we will approach the question of our own suicidal thoughts and fantasies: where do they come from? What do we do with them?

Thresholds and Lust with Peter Banki Ph.D and Natalia Je

Thresholds and Lust with Peter Banki Ph.D and Natalia Je

The proximity to death is not necessarily negative, it can be that which gives us the feeling of being most alive. Death touches us not simply as “a fact of life”, but also as a fantasmatic object of desire. Many people, consciously or unconsciously, search for limit-experiences for the intensity and thrill of being on the threshold of something that gives them the feeling of being close to death.

End of Life Dreams and Visions with Dr. Michael Barbato

End of Life Dreams and Visions with Dr. Michael Barbato

This workshop explores the history and significance of end-of-life dreams and visions and will show how these experiences and the language used by dying patients are often ignored or misinterpreted in today’s highly sophisticated medical environment. It will explore the myths and truths surrounding their cause and provide examples to illustrate the profound healing effect end-of-life dreams and visions can have on the person dying and their carers.