PO Box 1216, Crestone, CO 81131 informedfinalchoices@gmail.com

OCT NOTES FROM THE PYRE

We’ve crossed the equinox and are clearly moving into a glorious fall!

While we anticipated having CEOLP/IFC open meetings in person again beginning this month, we have postponed the in-person aspect until internet service is installed at the Little Shepherd in the Hills fellowship hall. For the past year and a half we’ve held our monthly open meetings via Zoom, which has allowed people to join from around the country and as far away as Australia and the UK. Those participants would like to stay involved, so we will continue with Zoom and once there is internet at the hall, we will offer ‘hybrid’ meetings—both in-person and via Zoom. The next open meeting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 pm Mountain Time. To receive the agenda and Zoom link, join the CEOLP/IFC mailing list at www.informedfinalchoices.org.

Informed Final Choices is sponsoring four events in October and one in November to celebrate autumn and CEOLP’s 15 years of service to the community. Visit www.informedfinalchoices.org for information on the October events, or check out the ad in this month’s Eagle.

The November event, set for Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 am to 4 pm, will be the popular workshop, “Art & Dying: Embracing Loss & Mortality though Contemplative Arts.” Noah Baen, artist and art educator, and Allison Wonderland, artist and death midwife, will facilitate this immersive, in-person workshop. It is an invitation to saturate ourselves with color, compassion, and community fellowship and explore our personal relationship with grief, loss, and death through creative inquiry. Throughout the day we will gently deepen our journey, balancing our time between quiet inner contemplation and group sharing, creative exploration with tissue paper and glue, journaling, and simple embodiment. No prior art experience needed!

We will be social distancing while cultivating social connection. We ask that masks be worn inside. Depending on the weather, may enjoy some unmasked time outside. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 1. Tuition is $50 and scholarships are available. All materials are provided. To register, contact Allison: adralawonderland@gmail.com
or (508) 237-8915 (voice or text).

Looking ahead to 2022, we are planning to once again offer a 4-to-6-week course based on BJ Miller’s book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice About Living Life and Facing Death. Each session will be centered on a section in the book, with guest presenters focusing on particular issues. Copies of the book are available at the Baca Grande Library and the CEOLP Library (ceolp.info@gmail.com, for directions).