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Befriending Small Deaths ~ Big Deaths


Approaching death with curiosity, courage and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown.

The “small deaths”  we live through— broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, and loss of justice or beliefs— offer us practice moments for the “big death” at the end of life. By relating in a profound way with our small deaths, we build resilience and positive qualities to strengthen our encounter with dying moments as they arise.

During this retreat, we will meet inside the Great Stupa and in nature, for gentle, experiential processes and meditations that draw upon universal principles, as well as Shamanic and Buddhist teachings. Through acknowledging our mortality and feeling the preciousness of life, we relate with how our small and big deaths teach us.

Appropriate for  both individuals and those who work in the death and dying field.

Retreat topics include:

  • Learning what daily small deaths are, and how to activate your resiliency in living fully and loving deeply through naming and honoring them.

  • Befriending: Compassionate practices of ‘handshaking’ with small deaths & loss, thus releasing a storehouse of transformational energies, with which to face death as it comes.

  • Utilizing the four tasks of mourning and five keys in self care with small and big deaths.

  • Wise counsel of current thought leaders in the field of dying, death and bereavement.

  • Approaching Big Death. What happens when we die?

Tuition: $190 + 2 nights lodging 

Befriending Small Deaths,

Big Deaths


Shambhala Mountain Center
151 Shambhala Way
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado 80545 

5:00 pm  Friday, May 12  –

12:30 pm Sunday, May 14, 2017

Presented by Dominie Cappadonna & Joshua Mulder

Dominie Cappadonna Ph.D., CT. is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and mentor. She is internationally certified in dying, death and bereavement, and a practicing Buddhist. Through her work, Radiant Living~Luminous Dying she offers seminars-Becoming Familiar with Dying, Aging Lively and Wisely and more.


Joshua Mulder has been a student of Buddhism for more than 40 years. In 1987 he was asked to care for the great Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s relics. Inspired by the teachings of Buddhism, he has spent the last 26 years designing, building, and creating the artistic expression and heraldry of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. He continues to deepen visitors understanding and connection to the Stupa by giving tours and dharma talks.