May 18, 2009
In this Newsletter ~
• Green Burial comes to Washington!
• KMUD Radio
• Website Raves!
• Speaking at Spirituality Week at Bastyr College in Seattle on Wednesday May 27 at noon!
• Upcoming Workshops
• Wise Woman Traditions~Nora’s Work
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: Green Burial comes to Washington!
In February, I had the pleasure of welcoming Joe Sehee from the Green Burial Council to Port Townsend, Washington for a community educational event about conservation burial models and what green burial can truly bring to our community. The previous two days Joe had attended the opening ceremonies for The Meadow in Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington and also spoke the day before that in Seattle at REI on Green Burial. Due to some schedule changes, turnout was not as hoped for. But clearly noting the movers and shakers in my community that attended, I say it won't be long before the Jefferson Land Trust embraces the idea of conservation burial in this special area in which I live.
Last weekend, I had the good fortune to a private tour of The Meadows, Northwestern Washington States newest Green Burial Site.
To my delight, Brian Flowers who is the project manager happily answered every question I posed and we both felt extremely inspired to continue this work and collaborate on a few projects. I was exceptionally pleased with Moles and their long term plan, and commitment to sustainable practices. I am very pleased they are reducing burial depth to four to four and a half feet where there are still microbes that can effectively biodegrade a body in living soil! Six feet under is just too deep, so this one action is huge! Once a grave is dug at The Meadows, it is lined with wood chips, the body returned to the earth, backfilled with 20% biofill from found or removed only from their property organic matter. (This can be roots, tree branches, leaves, shrubs etc) then the grave is filled with sand and topsoil and planted with native plant or tree. The Meadow has even meticulously drawn up a grid to avoid repeat native plantings. Kudos to Brian, John Moles and the Moles Funeral Family, they have demonstrated leadership for lifetimes for the next seven generations. BTW…Have YOU met your area funeral providers yet? Make an appointment; let them know what you are interested in receiving as a consumer…tell them you would like yours green!
I have been a guest on KMUD Radio for three shows. The first show was on "considering dying at home" and the intent was to start the conversation. Call-ins were minimal, but after-show response was outstanding, so I was asked to do a second show on Green Burial and a third show on essential paperwork everyone should have for truly being ready on the side of things that can become oh-so-messy and bogged down. You can listen to the show archives by downloading the MP3's from the Archive page on our website.
Thanks for all the wonderful feedback for my new and improved web site created by the talented artist and website guru Joanna Powell Colbert. (www.gaiantarot.com and www.jpcwebdesign.com) I agree, it is beauty~full and easy to navigate. I couldn’t feel more blessed. If you have not seen it yet, go to: www.thresholdsoflife.org
Upcoming Talks and Workshops
Catch Nora in your neighborhood . . . or invite her to come and teach!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
Nora is speaking on "The Many Faces of Grief," helping to prepare Practioners for the phases, faces and presentations of grief during Bastyr's Health and Spirituality Week. Noon in the auditorium.
June 14-20, 2009 - Pagan Spirit Gathering
Camp Zoe, Missouri
PSG is a week long festival and Nora will be teaching workshops including Creating Memorable Memorials, Ethics at End-of-Life. Nora will be showing a NEW Green Burial DVD and discussing the Circle Sanctuary Green Burial Project.
July 16-19, 2009 - Summerstar Festival
Columbia River Gorge, Washington Nora will be showing a NEW Green Burial DVD.
August 8-9-10, 2009 - Thresholds of Life: An End-of-Life Intensive
Virginia, Washington DC area
A weekend intensive held in a private home on home funerals, green burial and end-of-life. There may be an opening. If you are interested in attending this intensive, contact Nora.
August 14-15-16, 2009 - Thresholds of Life: An End-of-Life Intensive
A weekend intensive in a private home. Home funerals, green burial and end-of-life midwife education. Registration is open and space is extremely limited! Click here to register. For more information, contact Nora.
October 8-11 2009 - Daughters of Diana
February 18-21, 2010 - ConVocation
February 26-28, 2010 - Gaia’s Womb
Check out all of Nora's upcoming events by visiting our Schedule page.
In the Wise Woman Tradition ~ Nora’s Work
As the warm days of summer lengthen and beckon us outdoors daily, take time to drink in the beauty and gifts of the living world around you. Watch a sunrise or sunset with someone you love, admire the flowers and trees, or cherish the silence and wonder of being alone in nature. Take walks, go to and feel the energy of a waterfall, swim in a lake, river or ocean…but get wet in the waters of the world and feel your soul refreshed. The wheel of the year turns relentlessly and before we know it, the carefree dog days of summer will turn to the harvest tide. I hope to see many of you around the drum circle and bonfire, or anywhere out doors this summer! Let’s get together and look up at the starlit sky and enjoy the gifts of friends, family and tribe.
Nora Cedarwind Young, Certified Death Midwife
Proudly reclaiming family directed choice at end-of-life.
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