Day 1 of "before / end / after" (a two-day event) is designed for anyone who is interested in exploring the wonders around the end of life and what this means for ourselves and others. Join us for a day of meaningful and open discourse and activities around the planning of our and our loved ones’ funerals to thinking about our final days and the rituals we would like to create for ourselves and those we love. Dr. Jacobs will discuss integrating death into the science of love and lead meditations geared towards helping you become more aware of your own and of other's mortality.
The relationship between love and death is complex. We’re constantly reminded that life is short, that we only live once, and that romantic love is, quite simply, the most important part of the journey. In this workshop, clinical psychologist, Dr. Jordana Jacobs, will share a bit about her research on the relationship between love and death, followed by a series of exercises aimed to help you practice death awareness, which has been proven to enhance love in your relationships. Over sixty minutes, you can expect to 1) to bring death out of the closet, 2) to become less consciously and unconsciously afraid of death, 3) and to connect more deeply in loving relationships.
This event is part of the Touchpoint Sex Ed Series in partnership with The Assemblage.
This event is free and open to the public.
This is a small, intimate workshop held by Dr. Jacobs, in the context of a Trust In Us weekend retreat. Through the use of multiple experiential exercises, including meditation, reflection, and eye-gazing, Dr. Jacobs will help participants confront the transient nature of life. In the process, it is hoped that participants will become more aware of their ability, in the moment, to access presence, meaning, and love.
Dr. Jordana Jacobs will confront the promise of our inevitable death, and the role it plays in our lives, our expression, our relationships, and our journey. She will dive into her research about why acknowledging death and the impermanence of all things, rather than avoiding this inevitable fact out of fear, has the potential to enhance our love relationships and help us love more fully. Jordana will then lead us in exercises that will allow us to feel how this relationship manifests on an experiential level. She will also be available for q&a during the event, and available for one-on-one conversations at the conclusion of the event.
"Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love." - Rainer Maria Rilke
Join us for an evening exploring two of the great vehicles of meaning in life; love and death. First, Dr. Jordana Jacobs will speak about death from a psychological perspective, with a focus on how our Western, unconscious denial of impermanence impedes upon our ability to love fully. Katia will then tell the story of her journey being diagnosed with stage four cancer, highlighting how her new relationship to death has fundamentally altered the way she lives. This will be followed by a discussion between Jordana and Katia on the spiritual growth, wisdom, and love that can stem from our acceptance of the fact that indeed, tomorrow is promised to no one.
“Dying should be one of the great events of life.” - Alan Watts
There is an inescapable fate shared by all yet avoided throughout life by so many. It is a shared promise that when brought to the surface, and out of the trap of fear, can bring profound beauty and perspective to life. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Tonight, we gather to discuss the promise of death — the role it plays in our lives, our expression, our relationships, and our journey.
Weekend US Retreat featuring multiple talks on the nature of love, including love and physics, love and farming, and love and death. Mission statement of Trust in US: “Open, honest & vulnerable conversations as humans not genders. Leaving our preconceived notions at the door & moving forward together.”
Dr. Jordana Jacobs discusses a framework for the integration of death into the science of love. How does the perception of death affect intimacy and love in couples? And how does love affect with our fear and resignation that we will eventually die? Find out at this months’ Deep Talk.