A 3 day retreat that spans the three great themes of our life; love, death, and human connection.
Michael Hebb and Angel Grant, end of life pioneers and co-founders of the international movement Death Over Dinner, will join Dr. Jordana Jacobs as she continues her innovative work on bridging the relationship between our capacity to love and our acceptance of mortality. And legendary teacher Sada Simran will fly in from Seattle to offer a powerful Kundalini ReBirthing.
Death Meditation with Angel Grant
Love and Death with Jordana Jacobs
Human Connection with Michael Hebb
Kundalini ReBirth with Sada Simran
Harvesting from the Dutchess’ biodynamic farm
Yoga and meditation
Death meditation practices have existed for thousands of years in Tibet. Now, their potency and wisdom are gaining appreciation as Western cultures reconsider the meaning of death. Some hospice nurses have shared with us that those with unfinished emotional issues suffer more during passing than those who consciously face and heal old traumas, disappointments, and wounds. By reorienting to death we may find lost meanings of life and cogent ways of perceiving life-changing events.
During this meditation, Angel will guide participants through a gentle imagining of the natural dying process, offer questions for reflection, and give time for silent reflection.Through examining any unfinished business that arises, we gain immediate access to a more peaceful state of mind.
Jordana Jacobs will lead us in an exploration of the two of the great vehicles of meaning in life: love and death. First, Dr. Jacobs will speak about death from a psychological perspective, with a focus on how our Western, unconscious denial of impermanence impedes upon our ability to love fully. We will confront the promise of our inevitable death, and the role it plays in our lives, our expression, our relationships, and our journey. She will dive into her research about why acknowledging death and the impermanence of all things, rather than avoiding this inevitable fact out of fear, has the potential to enhance our love relationships and help us love more fully.
Over the past twenty years Michael Hebb has gathered thousands of people at small tables to discuss the many topics we avoid. What he learned is that the more “taboo" the topic, the higher the potential for people to connect with each other authentically.
Kundalini Re-birthing is considered some of the most transformative technology that Yogi Bhajan offered to the West over his 35 years of teaching. Our goal will be to eliminate the “childhood stories which continue to haunt us”. These Rebirthing Kriyas are special in the Kundalini world for their transformational and cleansing qualities. Re-birthing is a tremendous opportunity to unload, let go, and rewrite your destiny……. And align yourself with the new frequencies of love, compassion, and fearlessness.
The Duchess is home to a thriving biodynamic vegetable farm. We will venture out in the fields with farmer philosopher Zach Wolf to harvest the food for our dinner and spend a little time in the kitchen cooking together before one of our communal feasts.
Tickets to this event include meals and lodging, ticketing is purchased through the Dutchess by clicking the link below. Please note that a single room is for one person in a private room, a double room is shared with one other attendee and a triple room is shared with two other attendees. If you are attending the event with your partner or spouse you will need to purchase two double room passes. The day pass is for Tuesday only and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner along with the programming that day.
The event begins with check in at 3 pm on Monday | The event concludes at noon on Wednesday
A full programming schedule will be released closer to the event
Angel Grant is the Co-founder of Death Over Dinner and Drugs Over Dinner. She's been traveling the globe since 2004 teaching yoga and meditation practices and sharing talks on how to untangle ourselves from habituated patterns. She leads meditations focused on empathy, rewiring addictions, and peace with death and dying. Recent meditations have been held at Grace Cathedral, The NY Academy of Medicine, Peak Mind’s celebration with the Dalai Lama for his 80th birthday, The Conscious Dying Summit, Newport Academy, One Taste, Summit Series, and Kripalu.
Dr. Jordana Jacobs
Dr. Jordana Jacobs is a psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her approach is insight-oriented and integrative, combining psychodynamic and existential therapy into her treatment of patients. Dr. Jacobs’ training at Memorial Sloan Kettering working with terminally ill cancer patients, her studies in Northern India, and her Vipassana meditation practice inspired her research on the complex relationship between death awareness and love. Her dissertation, entitled “Till Death do us Part: The Effect of Mortality Salience on Satisfaction in Long-term Romantic Relationships” specifically explored the ways in which priming for death has the potential to increase intimacy in partnerships. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Jacobs now gives talks and leads meditations aimed towards helping people accept inevitable mortality, so
that they are able to live and love more fully.
Sada Simran is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. He studied directly under the supervision of
Yogi Bhajan for over 35 years. Before moving to Seattle in 2007, he was acting director of Yoga West in Los Angeles, Yogi Bhajan’s home studio. He brings to his classes insights into the nature of consciousness and inspires his students to go beyond their perceived limitations. Join him for a transformative healing journey into self-discovery in any of his classes and enjoy the deep meditative experience brought to you through the Gong.
For the past 20 years Michael Hebb has been working to understand the secrets of human connection. His projects have turned into international movements and impacted millions. His second book "Let's Talk About Death" was released by Hachette/Da Capo in the US, UK, Australia and India in October 2018, and is currently being translated in Chinese, Russian, Indonesian and Polish. Michael recently became a Partner at RoundGlass to further expand his efforts to impact global well being. Michael is the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, Women Teach Men and The Living Wake. He currently serves as a Board Advisor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts; and in the recent past as Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity, ONETASTE and Mosaic Voices Foundation. His writings have appeared in GQ, Food and Wine, and USA Today.
A 252–acre property with a biodynamic farm and overnight accommodations in the Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck. Miles away from where you are but still only about 90 minutes from Manhattan. A farm-to-everything concept, the Dutchess combines the scenic beauty of the countryside with food sourced from our backyard.
The Dutchess’s kitchen is overseen by Hudson Valley native Chef Mark Margiotta of Eleven Madison Park fame (voted world’s best restaurant) and serves richly satisfying, dairy-and gluten-free “mostly vegan” meals. Margiotta prepares delicious, organic meats sourced from surrounding farms.
The farm is at the core of the Dutchess - an immersion into an agriculturally-driven property that is as much about feeding you as it is about making you hungry to learn more. The farm is a platform to help teach visitors about the value that regenerative agriculture has on your body and on the environment.
Dutchess resident farmer Zach Wolf helped build the farm at Stone Barns for Blue Hill Restaurant, trained new farmers at Glynwood and Hawthorne Valley, managed the Farm at Locusts on Hudson and consulted with Nelson Bryd Woltz Landscape Architects.
By Car: 1 hour 40 minutes from downtown New York City
By Train: Average time: 1 hour 45 minutes Both Metro North or Amtrak will get you here. Amtrak leaves from Penn Station on the hour or every other hour. Pros: Drops you in Rhinecliff or 10 minutes from the farm. Total trip time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Cons: More expensive and can sell out. Metro North has more frequent trains leaving from Grand Central. Pros: Less expensive and more often. Cons: Drops you in Poughkeepsie which is 20 minutes from the farm. Total trip time is 2 hours.