The Third Messenger End of Life / Sacred Journey Doula School  a Third Messenger service project is a place of inner practice for opening the heart of compassionate service and for deepening our relationship to serve in Being with Dying.  To train and serve our community and all those being awakened to that great mystery of Death and of Love. And a place for the sacred arts of Harmony and Beauty.

Our Third Messenger End of Life / Sacred Journey Doula School is both a vessel for certified  Sacred Passage Doulas to offer their doula services as well as the school’s offering trainings to deepen in this work moving towards certifications in collaboration with the Conscious Dying Institute. The school’s mission is tending to those who are dying and their caregivers by being engaged in the sacred art of Being with Dying. The School’s venue for all activities is in a rustic setting near Beaver Lake in North Asheville. Walking gardens, Galleries, Meditation spaces and a great room for large groups and performances.

A collaborative effort with The Conscious Dying Institute of Boulder. Their engaged work “responds to this deep urge for a sacred passage that honors life by offering transformative programs that help people prepare for it personally and professionally so that they can be authentically present as they encounter death in themselves, their families, and friends.”

Our unique Sacred Passage Doula School has three core principles: spirit, mind, and body and is engaged with the intention of creating a slow but powerful culturural change.

HOW !  By developing a practice of journeying into the art of Being with Dying. By honoring all wisdom traditions as means to the vital importance of treating the heart and psyche or soul as an intensely creative organ, and is the foundation for our creative practice informing and enriching the creative life . Also to practice the art of PRESENCE and reflective LISTENING.

The school broadly embodies four levels of inner work and outer arts:

Compassionate Service  / Doula certification training with Conscious Dying Institute. and End of life transition care                                                         Contemplation, Meditation, Ceremony to bring sacredness into that which calls one as servant, caregiver or friend
Contemplative practices The Inner Arts, Heartmath, Journal classes (wRites of Passage), Poetry, Art/altar workshops. 

Outer arts:  transformance /performance arts , music, Improv theatre, story telling, movement and visual arts.


“We have subtle subconscious faculties we are not using. Beyond the limited analytic intellect is a vast realm of mind that includes psychic and extrasensory abilities; intuition; wisdom; a sense of unity  an aesthetic, qualitative and creative faculty; and image – forming and symbolic capabilities. Though these faculties are many, we give them a   single name with some justification because they are operating best when they are in concert. They comprise a mind, moreover, in spontaneous connection with the cosmic mind. This total mind we call HEART.”
–  Kabir Helminski

And so it is with the third messenger school to remember that which is

To embrace the journey….”And when I had to stop my exploration because the path faded from beneath my steps, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it comes—arising I know not from where—the current which I dare to call MY life”.
―Teilhard de Chardin

Being and Dying

Sometime we shall have to stop over evaluating the word (teachings).  We shall learn to realize that it is only one of the many bridges that connect the island of our Soul with the great continent of common life …
–  Rainer Maria Rilke

“No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale.  The point of music (the School) is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it.  It is the same, I feel with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them”.
– Alan Watts

These stories come alive – and in the ones that we hear as myths told by the elders from tribal culture – they still vibrate the echoes of our relatedness. Storytelling is the most ancient form of education. It is about the remembering, making, and sharing of images that bind together time, nature, and to people. Stories like the sacred plants, or medicine and food come from the earth. They remind us that we do not stand alone.

“In the continuance of the stories and songs – the earth shall continue”
– Simon Ortiz

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