What is meant by ‘doing dying differently’? It is based on the understanding that being present to any experience, being open and in trust, changes the nature of it. What we feared and tried to avoid can provide unexpected dimensions and life-changing insights. The intensity of a conscious death can make our dying, or our supporting someone else through their own, an awesome experience.
In this workshop we’ll identify the issues that surface when we are facing our imminent death; and dealing with symptoms, going through a lot of emotions, relating with family and friends, and so on, right up to our last moment.
We’ll experiment with meditation techniques to help address such issues and to relax, stay centred, open, conscious and to discover ourselves as more than just the body-mind.
The workshop will provide some significant and practical measures to incorporate into your own dying and into your support for another.
Maneesha James read bio here
Maneesha has been facilitating workshops and retreats focused on conscious living and conscious dying for the last 20 years. Drawing her inspiration from the many years she spent in the company of the Indian mystic Osho, she creates a safe space for exploring conscious dying using a wide range of meditative techniques and simple structures.
Maneesha has also worked with a number of individuals who were facing death and provided the psycho-spiritual support to help them through the transition of death – she sometimes calls herself a ‘transition midwife’. She is co-founder and co-director of OSHO Sammasati and is a published author. Originally from Australia, Maneesha now has a base in north London.
Sudheer P. Niet read bio here
Sudheer is an experienced meditator and teacher of meditation. Over the past 35 years, he has used many different meditation techniques and has helped hundreds of people to get the knack of meditation. He has been on the journey of meditation with the Indian mystic, Osho, the Buddha of our times, who developed a science of transformation for the modern man.
Sudheer received training in self-hypnosis from Dr. Brian Alman, a student of Milton Erickson, M.D., the father of modern hypnosis. He trained in NLP and Hypnosis in Pune, India with Prabodhi and Premananda, as well as with H. Hoenderdos, a student of Richard Bandler, one of the developers of NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Sudheer facilitates a range of meditation groups in the Osho Meditation Resort, India and around the world.
5 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017, at OSHO Risk, Brædstrup, Denmark - Facilitated by Maneesha James
27 Feb 2018 - 1 Mar 2018, at , Pune, India - Facilitated by Maneesha James, Sudheer P. Niet
See Osho International Meditation Resort for more information.
Recent workshop feedback
It was a beautiful experience to be in the group, ‘Doing Dying Differently,’ with Maneesha and Sudheer at the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune. Though generally a ‘gentle’ group, I found it taking me to the edge of life and death.
It allowed me to live the moment so intensely, where I saw death and life as two sides of the same coin. It also gave me a great insight into how to live life each moment with an intensity that enables one to be prepared for death in each passing moment. This could help me in the death process myself and also allow me to help close ones to ‘let go’ in their process of death and to live this moment of life completely.
Working as a doctor and attending to many patients and their relatives who are near their moment of death, I became aware of how this aspect of a beautiful transition (or one might say, the culmination) of life into death can transform a person and his family completely. Yet it is ignored in modern medicine. It is something so invaluable that it should be somehow incorporated in all hospitals; to facilitate this there should be a ‘Death Centre’ in each hospital. This experience would be something so deep, and one which could help people enormously.
Thank you once again, Maneesha and Sudheer, for facilitating this. I would certainly love to involve myself in any such work that you do.(Hemen Jaju, Craniofacial Surgeon; Ahmedabad, India)
I really appreciated the way this workshop was facilitated – the easiness, the lightness and the playfulness, and with lots of love and sincerity. I enjoyed the short meditation techniques, finding them very easy to do and handy; they were deep and delicious. I am accepting myself more as I am, loving and being compassionate with myself. There is more and more remembrance of the essential in me, more totality and being present to my life… enjoying the suchness of things. These qualities flowing through me now may be part of the support I can give to someone for whom I am caring. (Sindhu Arora, UK/India, Meditation Facilitator & Healing Therapist)(Sindhu Arora, UK/India, Meditation Facilitator & Healing Therapist)
I took part in this workshop because I want to go deeper into meditation and to become more aware of how to die consciously. In both aspects I feel richly rewarded. The various meditations gave me new insights, a sense of more knowing, and more profound silences, this time without the old fear of going deep. I appreciated most the loving and caring attitude of Maneesha and Sudheer – the facilitators – and that of my fellow participants.(Sonal, UK)
Fundamentally, participating in the Doing Dying Differently workshop brought together all kinds of experiences and half-sensed inklings/fantasies/ideas and turned them into a coherent whole. It reaffirmed that there is only NOW really, and that there is no distinction between living and dying, in a sense. It also reaffirmed the qualities I would like to nourish in my life and how to do that – practical strategies. I was also helped to begin to find a language to reach out to others who maybe have different philosophies, beliefs and experiences but with common human needs e.g. to feel at peace, seen, respected.
In addition the workshop made some of the assumptions of ‘the medical approach’ crystal clear to me and shed some light on my own too! I saw the necessity, too, to change my inner world as much as the outer world. There was much more besides this: the days together in this module were such a privilege, such a blessing….(Jill, UK)
I got a lot out of the discussion within the group about what we understand by ‘conscious death’, as well as being able to bring issues from the workplace into the workshop, and so ‘keeping it real. I very much enjoyed all the meditations, and am very happy to learn that relaxation can be a portal to conscious dying as this may be a wonderful way to work with patients who are not ‘spiritual’ or willing to use that language. Relaxation is a wonderful gateway – and people enjoy it and are not frightened of it.
I realise there is little on the external level which is absolutely necessary for a conscious death. I understand that preparation/training can really help and may be necessary so that when I die I can use these skills to work with fear and resistance, so I am glad I am learning all these amazing techniques. I feel very uplifted that there are many ways I can help influence, encourage, be with and support myself and others, at the time of death, in subtle and more direct ways. Opening up the topic of death in the training is affecting my life in many ways – and already the fear has lessened. Really appreciate the warmth and genuineness of the two facilitators.(Maggie Armour, UK, Hospice Nurse)
What I most appreciated about this workshop is that it happened with love, sincerity and consciousness. It was great to be able to experience Osho meditations; to have a variety of meditative methods to practice is a valuable component. The dialogue was valuable that the group had about the real meaning of what a conscious death is, identifying what needs to be in place and also what qualities a support person might need to help this happen.
The music throughout was beautiful and there was a very light, humorous atmosphere created about an otherwise-difficult, taboo subject. I was able to allow the fears I have about dying to surface and able to accept, too, when there was resistance to them. So I’ve come away with more acceptance of my own dying and the possibility of my being available for someone else who is dying.(Amitabh, UK)
I appreciated the silence, all the meditations and the simple dyad exercises were great, and the heart space created by Maneesha! Also the chance to reconnect with some unfinished business with my mother.
I have done a lot of workshops but none where I felt so able to make strong, soft, heartfelt connections with so many of the participants: very lovely.
I appreciated the feminine perspective and energy and having a meditator show the way in a gentle and loving way. I love the way you address issues that come up for people: not a direct confrontation but working ‘around’ a thing and getting directly to the point in very short order. ‘Well done’ does not seem like the best description but well done! The music was fantastic and so appropriate always. I love your beautiful energy and insight.
I am leaving the workshop with many many tools. I get asked by people to help them meditate, relax, get out of their heads, even to be with them as they die. I feel much better prepared now. One thing especially helpful was teaching us techniques to centre ourselves before doing that work. Overall value of the workshop: Outstanding. Thank you, Maneesha, from the expansiveness of this heart.
I am taking with me the resolve to live more; to take more time for me to do what I want; to complete all experiences with different relationships now and not to wait. To tell people how much you love and appreciate them now and show them love when you meet them. To forgive now and to ask for forgiveness now.