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2019 Asheville, NC: Sacred Passage: End Of Life Doula Certificate Program - Phase 1: September 13-15, 2019 | Phase 2: December 4-8, 2019


  • Sanctuary in the Pines 34 Lake Cove Road Flat Rock, NC, 28731 United States (map)
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Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula Certificate* offers 66 CEUs and is held in Asheville, NC, USA on the following dates:

PHASE 1:  September 13-15, 2019
PHASE 2:  December 4-8, 2019


* This is a two-part program, thus registration for Phases 1 and 2 is required. It is held in the beautiful retreat center, Sanctuary in the Pines, in Flat Rock, NC.  If you don't have other lodging arrangements, we invite you to make arrangements there to fully take advantage of the shared retreat setting.  

The Sacred Passage Doula Certificate Program program benefits all those involved in the care of life, love, family, and healing. From healthcare professionals to concerned family members to end-of-life experts, this training provides the preparation needed to befriend death, surrender and trust deeply in each moment, become part of the next great evolution in healthcare, and become a supportive and effective end-of-life companion. 

For those wishing to dive even deeper with a calling to teach this work, you may also enter the Conscious Dying Educator Course. The total cost of the CDE certificate is $4595.00 and includes the Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula Certification. If you have already completed the End of Life Doula certificate, the cost of the CDE course is $1595.00.

What is a Sacred Passage Doula? 
End of Life Doulas are frontline caregivers who offer healing care to families and patients during critical illness and the dying process. They work individually or in teams, being available around the clock to fill in the care-gaps before, nearing and during death. Their compassionate presence increases quality life moments of the families and patients they serve. The presence of an End of Life Doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important throughout the dying time.

Who Is It For? 
Frontline staff, nurses, clinicians, healing arts professionals, home and family caregivers, or anyone wishing to serve at the end of life, including those interested in exploring their own mortality and desire to deepen their present moment awareness and full experience of life.

How Does It Work? 
The Sacred Passage Doula Certificate Program changes end-of-life care by transforming caregivers who return the emotional, spiritual, physical, practical care and loving experience they receive to the patients and families they serve. It prepares caregivers to be authentically present, communicate with vulnerability, honesty, and compassion so as to administer palliative-based comfort care healing modalities to anyone, in any setting, regardless of health status.

Sacred Passage Doula, Phase 1 & 2
This is a 2-phase program leading to the Conscious Dying Institute's Sacred Passage Doula Certificate. It offers 66 Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) and the workshops are not offered separately. Both retreats are non-residential, which means they do not include housing. 

The program is designed to bring the caregiver into a deeper understanding of, and peace with, his or her own mortality. After all, it is hard to comfort the dying if the comforter is feeling fear. Through live music, restorative and releasing “practices for death”, vision mapping for end-of-life, grief and forgiveness activities, and other clinically-tested tools, participants heal their own sense of separation and isolation from life and death.

From this place of greater self-understanding, there is a far greater capacity for holding one another, listening attentively, being open and honest, and offering forgiveness and love. In this setting, transformational, evidence-based, caring and healing practices are taught through the Caring Science Theory of Dr. Jean Watson and Conscious Dying Principles and Practices of Tarron Estes.                    

Program Results:

  • Moving from curative care to healing care

  • Creating vitality instead of physical exhaustion

  • Offering supportive conversations instead of challenging topics

  • Making space for beauty-filled visions and Best Life Care plans instead of unexpressed wishes

  • Transmuting unexpressed feelings into life satisfaction and completion

  • Implementing complimentary therapies in 5 domains of life: Spiritual, Emotional, Physical/Comfort, Psychological/Life Review, and Practical

  • Creating caring, healing environments for patients and staff

  • Create caring, healing relationships that nurture self and others

  • Creating caring communication and conversational confidence with staff, residents, patients and families regarding care choices at end of life

  • Facilitating stories of grief, loss, miracles, mysteries and unexplainable events with family, staff, and patients

  • Administering life completion practices including forgiveness, gratitude, legacy, and grief work

Participants will be able to implement the Conscious Dying Principles and Practices:

  • Increase beauty, pleasure, contentment

  • Provide emotional and spiritual support

  • Initiate conversations about the dying process

  • How and when to practice self care to reduce burnout and emotional fatigue

  • Demystify the stages of the dying process

  • Acknowledge mysteries, miracles, and unexplained events

  • Learn how to be with intense emotions, in self and others

  • How to honor other’s beliefs without them threatening your own

  • Be a Steward of a conscious death

  • Attend at bedside so that no one dies alone

About the Practicum
Between Phase 1 and 2, all participants will take a 3-month practicum under faculty guidance. We call this the 'Best Three Months: End of Life Coaching and Care Planning (B3M). This is for students to learn family, patient, caregiver and community engagement through a life fulfillment assignment. Students learn to identify priorities in 5 domains of life and create care plans guided by the end-of-life wishes and choices of patients and families facing critical illness and death.  Completion of the practicum is a requirement; students will work with a classmate and 2 additional members of their community.

Program Overview & Unique Benefits and Outcomes of the Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula Certificate

  1. Rituals and Care for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Life Purpose & Review and After-Death Domains

  2. Support and Development of End of Life Doula Practice

  3. Strategic Visioning and Doula Practice Planning with Access to Conscious Dying Institute’s Branding and Marketing Materials and A Profile Listing on End of Life Doula Directory

Registration for End of Life Doula Certificate
To register, please click the “register” button below. The total price of Phase 1, Phase 2, and the practicum in-between is $2,995. Paypal invoicing and early bird discounts may be available.  

Retreat times are 9am - 6pm or 9am - 8pm, with breaks for lunches and dinners. Exact schedules and itineraries will be provided at registration. 

If you would like more information, please contact us at: info@consciousdyinginstitute.com

Refund/Cancellation Policy:  No refunds. If for any reason you need to cancel your attendance for this event, we will happily reschedule for another program within 12 months.