The Course at The Centre

Overview of The Course


Overview of The Course

The Course is designed to be an experiential journey, utilizing the principles of adult learning. It involves the utilization of a diverse array of mediums to help guide participants through a journey of self-enfoldment and awareness of life and death. It’s seven consecutive weeks, up to 3 hours each session, with homework and personal assignments concluding each session. The goal of the Course is to offer individuals an opportunity to develop a deeper recognition of what matters most to them, what is to true value, how to live more authentically in alignment with their life’s purpose, and to review our losses as to their impact on our lives. By the end, it is the hope that participants will have had the opportunity, in a safe space, to be more fully self-expressive in their beliefs and ideals of their living.

Topics Covered:

The Course has been designed to gently permission participants to share their innermost feelings regarding living and dying. It’s a process of self-enfoldment in a safe space, a space that’s created by the group. The subject matter is  introduced through the 7 weeks, each week delving deeper into our self-expressions and feelings regarding living and dying. The following is a brief overview of the session topics:

  • Perceptions and realities of death and dying
  • Empathy, compassion and Communication
  • Pain, suffering and hope
  • Emotional and psychosocial elements of death
  • Personal culture, spirituality, religion and dying
  • Grief and loss
  • The connectivity of Life

"Only Love and Death will change all things."

Khalil Gibran

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Spring 2018 Session Dates:

Wednesdays, 6 - 9pm

Session 1 - March 28

Session 2 - April 4

Session 3 - April 11

Session 4 - April 18

Session 5 - April 25

Session 6 - May 2

Session 7 - May 9

COST: $300 + HST  (Introductory Rate)

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1806 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E, Oakville ON

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A full refund will be provided up to 24 hours before the beginning of The Course.

"Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!"

Virginia Woolf


Sessions Overview:


Session 1: Introduction, Perceptions of Death and Dying

Our perceptions of death and dying. What do we feel about the topic of death and dying? What do we perceive is society’s view/messaging about dying? Have we ever thought out death? What does it mean to ‘live in the light of death?’ Is it really that scary if it is the only absolute of life? “Death demands life”, what does that mean?

Session 2: The Art of Empathy and Communication

How can we be more effective communicators? What do the dying teach us about listening and speaking? How can we listen with more than our ears? How do we feel in silence with another? How is our mere presence a form of communication?

Session 3: The Dance of Pain, Suffering and Hope

Pain and suffering are often confused as one and the same, but they’re not. How are they different? What are their elements? How does illness express itself through these elements? What disease would we not want to die of, and why?

Session 4: An Imaginary Journey Into Our Own Dying

We conduct a fantasy journey into our own dying. What surfaces from within ourselves? What do we want if we were ill? What are some of our fears of dying? What are we grateful for in the light of one day taking our last breath? How can we redefine our daily lives with that which we hope for?


"You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of  life?"

Khalil Gibran


Session 5: Personal Culture, Spirituality and Religion

What is our personal culture, and how does it impact our lives? What is Cultural Humility, and how is dying the great common ground where we all meet? How does one’s spiritualty/religion impact how we view life and death? How could it change with an illness?

Session 6: Journey Into Grief and Loss

We’ve all experienced loss, but have we mourned? How do unresolved losses impact our daily lives? Through a journey of an experiential exercise into loss, what do we find most meaningful in our lives? The story of the Kintsugi Bowl.

Session 7: Conclusion, The Weave of Life

Conducted is the building of the weave to demonstrate how our living, dying and loss, and hopes are interwoven. How can dying create a sense of community? A pot-luck is suggested to the group to stage a table of harvesting all that we’ve learned together in the 7 weeks.


"Life is hard. After all, it kills you."

Katherine Hepburn