End of Life Doula Training at Heather Lodge

End of Life Doula Course Hosted by the Red Tent Doula Preparation

at Heather Lodge, Brodick
Monday 9th – Friday 13th September 2019

This is a 5 day special training which merges our 3 day training and 2 days of workshops into one place; the price below does not include accommodation or food, our Arran hosts will be able to assist you with finding accommodation.

Like birth, we want to bring death back where it belongs; in the hands and hearts of loved ones, in the home and community, in sacred space. We want to bring back touch, care, love, connection and to uphold the importance of death as a holy threshold and transition. We seek to reclaim all aspects of caring for the dying, the dead and the bereaved from clinical conditions back into our hearts and everyday lives. We want to change the narrative around death, no more euphemisms, no more dirty words, no more taboos. We honour grief; both our own, each others and that of our ancestors and the world.

The Red Tent format is one of circles and sharing of stories. As we gather the threads of our ancestry, our biological and spiritual lineages start to weave together to form a great repository of knowledge and experience which we can both immerse ourselves in and also draw from. These are ancient ways for modern times. The End of Life Doula Training brings together all those who feel drawn to attend to people at times of death and dying to learn, to share, to grow and to serve.

We might begin by exploring how to be of support to someone who is dying; how to cultivate presence and how to go both into and yet beyond the self to be able to connect in Love; to meet that person where they are, to uphold their sovereignty and champion their needs and wishes. The individual who is dying is also the tip of an iceberg when it comes to the need within our communities and wider society at this time. We will also explore how to both serve and influence the field, the environment, the family, the wider community; circles within circles; such that death returns to its rightful place in our world as a sacred threshold and a community event rather than a medical failure.

Course content

The long weekend initial training will cover the following core topics:

• Attending to our own stories of death and grief (self knowledge, self care)
• Sitting with people who are dying (deep listening, cultivating presence)
• Understanding the medical model, the system as it is
• Legalities surrounding death, care of the dead and funerals
• The stages of “end of life” – before, during and after death
• Listening the needs of the person who is dying, advocating for their wishes to be fulfilled
• The importance of creating sacred space, the environment
• The importance of looking at the family and/or community constellation within which this death is happening – working with families and friends to help create that environment of peace
• The transit of the Soul – what is happening to the soul at death (not to be taught but explored)
• Griefwork; for the dying, the carers and for the bereaved
• Voicework; singing to the dying, use of voice in releasing grief and trauma
• The Old Rituals – keening, lamenting, cynhebrwng in wales, wakes in Ireland and Scotland (we will ask you to research your local traditions prior to the weekend)
• Working with the ancestors (you are not spiritually alone)


The cost of the course is £525 and covers:

• Initial weekend training (3 days intensive) + 2 days workshops on Arran
• Reduced price access to Development Days
• Access to weekly Zoom meetings
• Access to facebook forum and email updates
• Receiving and appreciation of your final project and issue of certificate

(If you are already a Birth Doula with the Red Tent Doula Preparation under the guidance of Nicola and Hannah then you receive a £50 discount so the course fee is £475)

How to Register

If you would like to express an interest in attending this training then please email Alexandra and Eve at redtenteol@gmail.com and on Facebook

Once you register and pay your deposit you will be sent the full welcome pack with reading list, course requirements and assignments and you will be added to our mailing list, Facebook forum and Zoom meetings.

See the Red Tent website and Red Tent End of Life Circle for further information

For information about the venue in Arran see the Heather Lodge website or email info@heatherlodge.scot