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Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives

A Program of the Center for End of Life Transitions

Home Burial Arrangement

March 30-31, 2019
12–5 pm (10 hours total)

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

The Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) is proud to offer this interactive workshop on preparing end of life documents at Earthaven Ecovillage, hosted by SOIL. This class provides a strong foundation for the Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training class offered later in the year.

Cost: $180–$240 sliding scale

Registration open! 
Follow instructions at bottom of page.

Prepare Your End of Life Documents

Signing documentationDeath is a journey that all must take, and establishing your path before the time arrives can make that journey easier for you and your loved ones. Perhaps you have thought about starting, completing, reviewing, or even finding your end of life documents. This workshop offers a casual group setting where you will work to complete your advance care and after death care documents. Over the course of two five-hour classes, you will produce a notarized set of end-of-life documents and determine your next steps.

This course provides a strong foundation for the Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training class offered by CEOLT and SOIL May 31-June 2.

Class is held in Earthaven's beautiful Council Hall within a welcoming forest community.

Subjects Covered

  • Living will
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Five Wishes document
  • Declaration of Disposition of Physical Body After Death
  • Death certificate
  • MOST document
  • Cremation authorization
  • Final arrangements
  • Options for after death care: home funeral/burial/cremation
  • Laws and regulations regarding disposition of bodies

About the Facilitators

Caroline YongueCaroline Yongue is the director of the Center for End of Life Transitions, a death care midwife, and a doula for the dying. After a long spiritual search, she committed to a Buddhist mindfulness practice in 1990 and has since become a lay Buddhist minister in the Soto Zen tradition. In 1995, Caroline began working towards a greater understanding of the death and dying process when she discovered her own fears around the transition and journey that everyone will take.

Caroline feels blessed to participate in the life transitions of families and individuals, moments that have deeply touched her heart. She believes it is a gift and honor to be part of these transitions.


Frank Starling is drawn to working with individuals and their loved ones who are facing the end of life event . He feels it is an honor to serve in this capacity. “With each interaction, these folks become my teacher and the path of service becomes clear.”  In 1997, he attended a home funeral workshop along with Caroline Yongue. From this experience, Caroline and he created their first class to help community members prepare for their death. Shortly after this class, he had the honor of serving as a home funeral guide for one of the participants of that class. As his interest expanded, he began assisting individuals with life limiting illnesses, resulting in being present to his own mortality.  He has worked as a CNA, LPN and RN in ICU and Inpatient and Community Hospice. He has come full circle and is excited to be back home with Center for End of Life Transitions.


Location and Accommodations

Founded in 1994, Earthaven Ecovillage is located on 329 acres in culturally rich, biologically diverse western North Carolina, about 50 minutes southeast of Asheville and 30 minutes southeast of Black Mountain. Home to 80+ residents, the community is dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture. The Conference will take place within the forest as well as in the community’s beautiful, hand-built Council Hall.

What to Expect

The Earthaven community is off-grid, which means it sources its electricity from the sun (via solar panels) and water (via two small hydropower stations). It’s very easy to unplug once you arrive, because most cell phones don’t get reception in the forest. (Landline phones are available in the Council Hall for short phone calls or emergencies). The springs and creeks that traverse the land help welcome and invite you into the flow of what is happening in this serene forested setting. Being at Earthaven offers a balance between comfort and adventure.


Several accommodation options are available for attendees on the land and in the surrounding area.

Camping: Participants can camp in the forested Earthaven campground. Most campground sites are designed for two-person tents; some can accommodate larger tents. Several Camper Van or RV spots (no hookups) are also available. The campground offers drinking water, a tarp-covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking and heating water, and an outhouse with a composting toilet and hand washing station. A flush toilet is available in the Council Hall nearby.

  • Camping cost per person: 1 night $35, 2 nights $50

Private Indoor Lodging: Provided by Earthaven community members, options range from solitary huts and cabins to private rooms in a community member’s home. Although the spaces may differ, all are simple, hand-built ecospaces that will have at least a bed and a composting toilet nearby. Some spaces will be centrally located, while some will be within a 5–15 minute walk of the village center. An outdoor shower in the campground will be available if your accommodations do not have their own shower. Please indicate your choice in your registration and online shopping cart.

  • Private indoor lodging for 1 person: 1 night $80, 2 nights $125
  • Private indoor lodging for 2 people (shared bed): 1 night $120, 2 nights $187.50

If you have a preference or need for a particular lodging arrangement, please indicate it when you make your booking and we'll do our best to place you accordingly.

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Off Site: Most visitors who choose not to stay at Earthaven find lodging in Black Mountain, roughly 30 minutes to the northwest, which is the closest town providing standard rental options. Situated between Black Mountain and Earthaven, approximately 20 minutes away, is The Light Center, which offers modest accommodations and a guest kitchen. Other possibilities for traditional lodging include Bat Cave (25 minutes from Earthaven), Lake Lure (35 minutes from Earthaven), and Asheville (50minutes from Earthaven).

In addition to the many hotels and motels that are available, you may want to consider Air B&B or VRBO if you’re looking for something closer to Earthaven than a city center can provide. Greybeard Realty may also be able to help in finding a fitting accommodation.

How to secure your space

Register: Fill out the registration form. Please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, because it cannot be saved until submitted.

Payment: Payment can be submitted by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card. If paying online, use the widget below to select your tuition, then select "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the "Checkout with PayPal" option and continue through the PayPal website.

Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives
Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives
SOIL offers sliding scale tuition for this workshop as part of our effort to create affordable, broadly accessible programs. Please consider your needs and resources to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain, for you to invest in this personal learning opportunity.
Price: $180.00
Tuition Sliding Scale $180–$240 :
Lodging :

If paying offline, please send a check or money order payable to the following address and note the class for which you are registering in the memo field:

School of Integrated Living
11 Full Circle Trail
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Crowdfunding and Fundraising: Check out our Crowdfunding and Fundraising page for creative ways to engage your community and launch a "Community Supported Education" campaign. This approach can help support your investment in yourself, your community, the planet, and future generations.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel, you may transfer your place in the program to anyone of your choosing, who will need to register online. You can also donate your place to someone who would not be able to participate without financial assistance.

A 50% tuition refund is available until February 15, 2019.
After February 15, 2019, there will be NO refunds.

If SOIL cancels this course for any reason whatsoever, 100% of your tuition will be refunded.

Contact us at info@schoolofintegratedliving.org with registration questions.

Check out Earthaven Experience Week

Join the homesteads, farms, and businesses of Earthaven Ecovillage for a hands-on, skill-building immersion in sustainable and climate-resilient community life. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions and classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village and farms alongside community members.

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