Date: Sunday, June 10th
Time: Afternoon (TBA)
Location: To be announced, near Portland ME
What Laughter Teaches Us about Living and Dying
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After living in Vermont for years, workshop facilitator Jen Mathews became known as one of “the laughter girls” when she moved to Mt. Shasta, CA. Her life-partner Kate was the other.
Both were Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, leading people in laughter classes on the east and west coasts. When Kate died in 2011, Jen realized how much of her response to death had been influenced by the lessons she learned from practicing “unconditional laughter.”
LAUGHING MATTERS draws upon the combination of these experiences. How can learning to laugh for no reason show us what really matters, to be more present, and to let go of our worries and judgments? And how can we apply these insights to not only life and living, but also to death and dying?
We’ll consider what holds us back from joy and playfulness, and how we can move through these limitations in order to live more fully. We’ll look at how we respond to life’s challenges, including when we are in the midst of another’s or our own dying process, or the loss and grief we may experience because of someone’s physical death.
Join us as we stretch our imaginations beyond conventional views of joy and suffering, beyond humor and seriousness, and beyond the habitual patterns of our minds!
This is an experiential workshop. However, there is no need to feel happy or even be in the mood to laugh in order to attend. Come as you are. No sense of humor required. (The yoga is in our breath and inner experience of laughter, not yoga postures).
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Jen offers practical tools and life-affirming perspectives on death, grief, joy and optimism. She is a founding member of the Living/Dying Alliance of Southern Oregon. Jen organizes and facilitates conversations on death and dying for the Ashland Death Cafe and the award-winning film Death Makes Life Possible and has led discussions with over 1,000 people across the US, as well as the UK and Ireland. She lives in Mt. Shasta, CA.