COLORADO WORKSHOP Fall 2015: A VERY SPECIAL EVENT with Natural Transitions’ founder, Karen van Vuuren, and guest presenters. The David Blair/Sophia DuBose Memorial Workshop in Sacred Deathcare.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pre-ceded by a PRE-WORKSHOP, Public Event, Friday, October 13, 7PM – 9PM (FREE but donations requested)  in the Shining Mountain assembly hall. Short films – Dying Green, featuring the founder of the first conservation burial ground in the US, Dr. Billy Campbell, whose goal is to preserve a million acres through natural burial. And home funeral film clips, tbd.

Location: at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School assembly hall, corner of Union Avenue and Broadway in North Boulder.

Time: 9am-3:30PM

Cost: Sliding scale $50 – $100. RSVPs are essential. Email or call 303 443 3418 to reserve a spot. Pay at the door by cash or check.

Sophia cards

This workshop has evolved from a profound deepening that members of a school community experienced providing deathcare to those in their midst who have died. Most recently, this initiation occurred with the deaths of two beloved community members, Sophia DuBose (student, died 2014) and David Blair (teacher, died 2013).

MASSACHUSETTS WORKSHOP 2015 with the Natural Deathcare Collaborative featuring Natural Transitions’ founder/executive director, Karen van Vuuren.

Screen shot 2015-08-28 at 4.06.05 PMSunday, November 1, 2015. Westwood Retreat Centre, 590 Gay Street, Westwood, MA 02090.

More information at

DOWNLOAD A FLYER In Loving Hands MA workshop 2015



Our workshops are hands-on intensives.

Overcome your fears and step into the most personal, healing way of preparing for a loved-one’s death and caring for them when they transition. This hands-on workshop gives you all the tools  and knowledge you need to be able to care for your own dead at home, just as our ancestors did.   You will learn:

  • Overcoming fears
  • History of funeral care
  • Techniques for practical, loving care of the body
  • Legalities and coroner concerns
  • Home vigils and wakes
  • Earth-friendly burial options

and much more!


Edward Leonard of Berryville, Virgina, a marketing consultant for a monastery with a natural burial ground, attended our April 2011 2-day training in death care, including home funeral guidance. Here’s what he had to say:

 “I signed up for the Natural Transitions’ training with only a vague notion about the social phenomenon of reclaiming control and dignity over the dying process and low-environmental-impact funerals.  The Natural Transitions’ class was professionally executed and provided me with a framework that I am now using as I design and implement a 150-acre natural cemetery.  The course introduced me to concepts that I plan to share with clients who want to manage their own death process, but who may not know what questions to ask.” 






Patricia E. Participant in the 2013 NT workshop said: 

The NT workshop presenters created a warm and caring workshop that delicately handled some very sensitive topics. I appreciated the pace of what we covered, which allowed time for reflection and for information to sink in. From the powerpoint to the carefully prepared notebook to the hands-on experience, I left having learned much more than I knew upon arrival! ”