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Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training

A Program of the Center for End of Life Transitions

May 31-June 2, 2019

9:30 am–5:30 pm Friday–Saturday
1:30 pm–5:30 pm Sunday

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

The Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) is proud to offer this three-day workshop on home-based end of life care and celebrations for the journey of dying at Earthaven Ecovillage, hosted by SOIL.

Cost: $400–$500 sliding scale

Registration open! 
Follow instructions at bottom of page.

Fellowship for Intentional CommunitiesSponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community

Learn Skills for the End of Life at Earthaven Ecovillage

Home funeral lying in stateHome-based celebrations bring death out of the shadows and into the light of life. To care for a family's loved ones by lovingly tending to them in their own homes is a gift and remains an option for those who want to honor this important life transition. This three-day workshop provides an intensive introduction to home funerals and death celebrations. You will learn the practical, legal, and spiritual necessities for accompanying a family along the journey of dying.

CEOLT strongly recommends that participants complete their Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives workshop or equivalent training before participating in this class.

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

What a Home Funeral Can Mean

Subjects Covered

  • Creating a community of intimacy and honor
  • NC state laws on the family's rights after death of a loved one
  • Documents for after death care
  • Green options for the body after death
  • Practicalities of tending a body after death
  • Supplies for home funerals
  • Providing support before death and beyond
  • Developing a nurturing environment around the death transition

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.

The facilitators' experience, sensitivity and open heartedness allowed me to move beyond ordinary ways of acquiring knowledge and deepened the journey of inner exploration of death as well as extending confidence that this service and knowledge can be taken into the wider community.

Terri Nash MS, CPM

Location, Travel and Accommodations

This program takes place at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.

What to Expect at Earthaven

Several accommodation options are available at Earthaven Ecovillage and in the surrounding area.


Camping cost per person: 1 night $35, 2 nights $50, 3 nights $60

Private Indoor Lodging

Private indoor lodging for 1 person: 1 night $80, 2 nights $125, 3 nights $150
Private indoor lodging for 2 people (shared bed): 1 night $120, 2 nights $187.50, 3 nights $225

Off Site Options

Various options in Bat Cave, Black Mountain, and Asheville. 

More about Accommodations

Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports.

More about Travel

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. (Your space is not reserved until your payment is received.)

Payment: Use the cart below to select your tuition and lodging options, then select "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the "Checkout with PayPal" option and continue through the PayPal website.

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.

Paying it Forward: Below you have the option to donate to another to make this learning and community building experience possible for someone else who wouldn't be able to attend without the support of others.

Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training
Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training
Price: $400.00
Tuition Sliding Scale $400–$500 :
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We also accept checks or money orders 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 April 15, 2019.
After April 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.

Experience a developing ecovillage for yourself!

Most of SOIL’s classes take place at Earthaven Ecovillage, giving participants a hands-on, skill-building immersion within an authentic community-based, village setting. Tours of Earthaven are also available on a monthly basis, a great way to dip your toe into this long-standing, intergenerational social experiment.

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