• October 29
  • 7:30PM (doors close at 8)
  • theOffice・1347 19th Street, Santa Monica, CA
  • $25

Death. It happens to the best of us… and the worst of us. In fact no one leaves this place alive! We all know this, yet the mere mention of death is anathema to most of western culture. We hide away the sick and elderly. We fetishize the youth. The more we deny death, of course, the greater its hold on us: turning us small, risk-averse, clingy, hoarding, paranoid; anxious for the time we have left, ashamed for the time we’ve wasted.

The moments of our life are not expendable,
And the circumstances of death are beyond imagination.
If you do not achieve an undaunted confident security now,
What point is there in your being alive, O living creature?

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

What lies at the heart of all our spiritual teachings, each rite of passage, every sacred plant ceremony and all the great myths from all the cultures on earth? It is the mystery of death, our greatest teacher, our globally shared fate.

So let us gather with curious minds and humbled hearts to explore the liberating wisdom of these teachings. Let us learn how to welcome the inevitability of death so that we may fully appreciate and embody this sweet miracle of LIFE.

what to expect

Doors will open at 7:30PM and close promptly at 8… at which time we’ll gather in circle for an exploration of death in myth and culture, a guided death meditation, live music, and a short Qigong practice. By 9:30, we will close out the circle and celebrate into the evening with a potluck of drinks and sweets. There will also be an ancestor altar for you to leave your offerings as well as tarot for divination.

Space is limited so please book early!

Is this going to be scary?

The tone of the evening will be playful and inquisitive. These circles are a safe, communal space to explore the deeper, soulful aspects of what it means to be a human in today’s world. No prior experience with meditation is required. You can learn more about my approach here. The exercises are all about grounding us into the present moment, into our bodies and into a more creative and empowered sense of self. You can read what some past participants have said here.

Why Now?

Our modern day Halloween descends from Samhain, the new year holiday of the ancient Celts. Marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of the dark/dying half of the year, this is a liminal time when the veil thins between the world of the living and the world of the dead, when the ancestors can more easily find their way back to us, and when the sly spirits rear their mischievous heads as well. This is the time of year to welcome in the great mystery, to acknowledge the preciousness of our time on this earth, to proclaim I could die at any moment, so I will LIVE in EVERY moment.

Your GuideS

A queer storyteller, teacher and spiritual guide, Wade Gasque draws on a diverse background in mythology, film, theater and soul-centered psychology. He hosts online moon gatherings aimed at re-enchanting our lives and reawakening to the magic and power within. His award-winning feature film, Tiger Orange, is available everywhere. On his blog, he explores the unique challenges of our time through the larger lens of myth and story. Sign up for the museletter for exclusive invites and offerings.


Lee Conger, LMFT is a trauma-focused psychotherapist with 18 years of experience, incorporating various forms of meditation (trance, Vipassana, concentration) into his work. In 2011, he began leading Integral Qigong and Tai Chi sessions at his workplace (Kaiser Addiction Medicine, 1998-2020) and in various public venues. Lee views community-building and native habitat restoration as complementary holistic activities. He serves on the boards of MeditationCoalition and the Los Angeles Eco-Village. What shall we do together next?


WAIT LIST REGISTRATION

Right now, we are at capacity but we may have some last minute cancellations. Register here to get on the WAIT LIST and we’ll contact you Saturday morning if we can fit you in. (You can wait to pay once you hear from us.) Thanks!

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*Lithograph by José Guadalupe Posada, ca. 1890-1910