Living Fully

What Can Death Teach Us?


Frank Ostaseski

September 1-4, 2017
Friday-Monday, 3 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Life and death are a package deal. You can’t really pull them apart. In fact, in Japanese Zen, the term “shoji” translates as “life-death.” There is no separation between life and death other than a small hyphen, a thin line that connects the two. We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death.

This program is an invitation to reclaim the spiritual dimensions of shoji, revealing both the precarious and precious nature of your life.

Join Frank Ostaseski, the guiding teacher and founding director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, whose work teaches practices for mindful and compassionate care of the dying. Together, we will illuminate what matters most and be reminded not to squander this life. The good news is that we don’t have to wait until the end of life to realize the wisdom that death has to teach.

In this highly experiential program you will learn:

  • Life lessons from ordinary people who find the resources to meet death in extraordinary ways
  • How the study of death can help us identify and use these resources to navigate inner transformation.
  • Silent meditation and inquiry practices to meet your great fears and live a more whole-hearted life.

The program will include many experiential exercises and pragmatic tools, as well as Frank’s inspiring stories of sitting bedside with more than 1,000 dying people over the past 30 years.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Live a more whole-hearted life by taking this weekend to focus your awareness on the interconnectedness of life and death and discover what is most important to you.

  • Take home contemplative practices for being with the dying and dealing with loss and grief.

  • Hear and share poignant and inspiring stories about life and death and begin to incorporate their important lessons now for more fulfillment in your life.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    This program is especially helpful for healthcare professionals, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, counselors, chaplains, social workers, physical therapists, massage therapists, experienced hospice volunteers, and others in the healing professions.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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