1. Are your workshops only about death, sadness, doom and gloom?
Not at all! 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Death' falls into two parts for the day. While we do get intimate with death, I don't leave you there. In the first half of the workshop we unravel death: in other cultures and religions, in our own lives and why Western society has forgotten how to talk about it. In the second half of the workshop we create a life full of meaning, purpose and hopefully some passion, because, after all, we aren't going to live forever! There are some humorous video clips and some tear-provoking conversations.
'Painted Stories' is designed to touch the areas of your experiences with death and dying that words sometimes can't reach. Painting a story allows for another element, colour, to enter into the telling of a story. It follows along the same lines as the rest of this work: humorous, sad, inspiring, moving, passionate, peaceful and myriad other emotions that come with the day.
The ultimate goal is to enable you to have conversations about death and dying that are honoured, respected and an everyday occurrence, just in the same way birth is. It is my aim to have you leave the workshop inspired, and ready to make your life one you would be happy to leave because you know you did all you could, said all you wanted to, and loved as fully as you chose with whom you chose!
2. Are these workshops only for people who are dying?
No...and yes. The emphasis of this work/workshop/business is to inspire people who are actively living in the prime of life right now, to live MORE fully and MORE passionately before they die, whenever that day may be.
Having said that, for someone with a terminal illness, 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Death' may be just what they've been looking for! If their energy for a full day is not there, 'Painted Stories' may be a way of accessing the necessary support without the energy outlay of a full workshop. There are plenty of support groups for just such a person, but perhaps that person needs/wants to actualise their life in a real way, and immediately so, given the time they have left. They may want to do their bucket list right now while they still have good quality of life. These workshops help to crystalise what is important now...not someday! It also allows for deep conversation with others about death and dying. As well, this workshop provides a safe space to role model conversations that may feel awkward or that are fearful to have with family members.
3. I'm not quite ready to do the workshop but would like to have a conversation with you about death (or something else). How can I do that?
I understand. Some people are not in a financial position to participate just yet and others are just not quite emotionally ready to speak about death or be willing to be vulnerable in front of strangers. I get it. If either of these scenarios describes your situation, or it's something else entirely different, you still have other options to engage in a private conversation with me about death, dying, life and living. I offer counselling sessions on death and dying and run Death Cafe's to give you a snapshot of what sharing your stories, fears and experiences about death and dying might be like. I am so passionate about what I do that I want to share some of it with you for no cost! Please click here for more information and the contact form to begin our conversation!
4. But I don't know anyone who has died?
That's okay. It's great, in fact! Quite often this question comes up and people wonder if this kind of workshop is right for them. This workshop brings death close to home regardless of whether someone has experienced the death of someone close to them. What this workshop also does is prepare people for just such a day.
For example, you have completed 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Death' and participated in a few Death Cafe's and deeper discussions of death and dying. And then, you find out your _________ has __________ and is going to die very soon. Well...because you've completed the workshops you will have a deeper understanding of death, and will hopefully feel much freer to speak to your dying family member/friend, without fear of saying the wrong thing, doing the wrong thing, or not going to say good-bye at all!
5. Do I have to do the whole workshop? Can't I come to just the afternoon or the morning?
That would be like asking a doctor if you could come in or leave part way through your own brain surgery! So, the short answer is no. The long answer is, not really. The workshop, 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Death' is structured in such a way that to miss one half would mean missing a very essential part of the work required. The first half of the workshop is all about death and dying in an educational and entertaining way so that you can come to the realisation that yes, you will indeed die some day. The second half of the workshop comes in after accepting your mortality and is about filtering out what keeps you from living a life you love, filled with passion, purpose and possibility! And, I ask you, who would want to miss out on that?!
6. Do you cater to businesses/organisations?
Yes! At the end of the day, whether you are a doctor, lawyer, nurse or CEO, you are still someone who will one day come to the end of your life. The work of Passionate Life Consulting is aimed at everyone from all walks of life who want to deepen their understanding of death, dying, life and living. The best part of catering to businesses and organisations is that I come to you! I have packages and special scheduling available for larger groups of staff members. I will fit the workshop into your working day so you won't have to lose out on your weekend! If your workplace does not have suitable venue space you can come to me at my Fremantle location or other suitable venue spaces nearer to your work. Head on over to the contact page for further information.
7. How often do you run your events?
'Death Café's' are run monthly at the moment, but will increase to bi-monthly as the demand increases. At the moment 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Death' and 'Painted Stories' are being run as the numbers come in. If you have a group of people who would like to participate feel free to contact me here to make arrangements. At the end of each workshop description you will find a list of the next available dates coming to a location near you!
8. Can I just show up to a workshop that is on the schedule without telling you in advance?
I would love for you to have the freedom to choose last minute whether you will come to a workshop; however, due to limited placement availability, catering and screening processes, I am unable to allow that to happen at this time. Payment plans are available upon request.
Sometimes the only thing that stops someone is the belief that what they are about to encounter is a big leap in learning, but it could also be a big leap from fear to faith, trust and commitment. I'll let you in on a not so secret secret...once you have made a - financial, time, emotional - commitment to something, that 'something' has already begun in your mind!
And on that note, I want to share a quote with you about commitment...
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~ Vince Lombardi
If you have any more questions that have not been answered above, feel free to click here and we can have a chat! And for some more fun:
"I thoroughly recommend attending Ava’s seminar, it is very thought provoking and enlightening. It also helped me to gain perspective about what really matters at the end of the day. Ava’s embraced the day with sensitivity and humour and I left feeling like I had gained clarity in being able to come to terms with death."
"Thanks Ava for a most interesting and touching event. I am inspired by others stories of their experiences of death. Certainly a unique workshop and I look forward to seeing it grow and evolve. Well done you!"
"What a fantastic workshop. A workshop on how to live a more passionate and fulfilling life, by exploring your eminent death. Done with humour and honesty - for more info on this intriguing and professional workshop, go to...(this website)"