being mortal - a gathering about death

With Gabrielle Paras Richards & Maneesha James

Sunday 3rd November 14.30 -17.30 // £30

GATHERINGS ABOUT DEATH are light-hearted events of enquiry, sharing, movement and meditation on the theme of Death and Dying - leading to an enhanced love of living, connection with people and the planet, and the possibility of an aware, gladly anticipated, Conscious Death.  They are confidential, so that you are free to feel, express and let go of fear.

About the facilitators: 
Maneesha James

Maneesha has been facilitating workshops and retreats focused on conscious living and conscious dying for the last 20 years. Drawing her inspiration from the many years she spent in the company of the Indian mystic Osho, she creates a safe space for exploring conscious dying using a wide range of meditative techniques and simple structures.

Maneesha has also worked with a number of individuals who were facing death and provided the psycho-spiritual support to help them through the transition of death – she sometimes calls herself a ‘transition midwife’. She is co-founder and co-director of OSHO Sammasati and is a published author. Originally from Australia, Maneesha now has a base in north London. 

Gabrielle Paras Richards

Gabrielle is a meditator with 40+ years experience, learning from Osho and in 2012 helping in the first Osho Sammasati Support Person Training . She is a naturopath and health coach and also volunteers in a local hospice In Patients unit. She says: “My aim in hosting Evenings about Death is to make death and dying so much a part of everyday life that preparing for it feels as enjoyable and interesting as going on a long-awaited gap year or the holiday of a lifetime!”

In Being Mortal, we acknowledge our Human predicament; from childhood to old age, there is the fear that will just not leave us alone.  No training for it and no-one to turn to: it is secret, dark and unmentionable. In Being Mortal we have the opportunity to utter the word DEATH, until we are happy and comfortable to Be with it. Furthermore, we turn inwards to bask in the eternal questions :- the practice of Meditation.  We celebrate that we have Life to enjoy.


Here are some extract of participants' comments 

'How will I die? How will I handle it? Who am I?

What about when my loved ones die?

I was taught death is pain and horror,  

But just Not Now: its always…. tomorrow'


'Before I die I need to learn how-to

My fear is, will I be allowed-to?

For some, ready-made answers console. 

For others these do not nourish the Soul.

So our personal quest is to Die to the past, 

and moment to moment, live life to the last'

How the Evening goes:


  1. Why are you here

  2. Sharing

  3. Discussion and Meditation 

  4. Celebration of Being Alive

  5. Refreshments and socialising

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