This list includes local resources that we know and trust in Boulder County, covering topics of advance planning, being with the dying, training as a hospice volunteer, and other courses based on the wisdom teachings of the Andes.  

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Organizations

Natural Transitions is a local non-profit organization providing trainings in conscious, holistic and green approaches to end-of-life, including family-led home funerals. The organization also publishes Natural Transitions Magazine. Contact info@naturaltransitions.org.

Conversations on Death is a local forum producing periodic community discussions on the topics of death, the dying process and grief. These conversations invite us to approach death, a most human endeavor, with clarity and peace. 

Compassion and Choices of Boulder County is a non-profit organization dedicated to education regarding end-of-life issues and choices in dying. They believe that it is a fundamental right in a free society to choose the time and manner of one’s death. Their vision is to support choices in dying, including physician aid in dying. They host monthly programs on end-of-life issues. Visit www.choicesboulder.org to view announcements of new programs and recorded past programs.

The Boulder County Threshold Singers: Hearts in Harmony is part of the national Threshold Choir organization. Their goal is to bring ease and comfort to those at the threshold of living and dying. A calm and focused presence at the bedside, with gentle voices, simple songs and sincere kindness, can be soothing and reassuring to clients, family and caregivers

Hospices

Family Hospice is dedicated to providing individualized palliative care with services specially tailored to the needs of patients and their families who are dealing with a life limiting illness. They offer volunteer training and opportunities to sit with patients and their families. Learn more online.

TRU Community Care is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 that provides palliative and hospice care. They offer many classes in our community including advance directives, patient care, grief counseling, Comfort Touch massage and more. Their grief counseling program is open to anyone in the community. 

Indigenous Wisdom Classes

Boulder Medicine Wheel is inspired by the sacred wisdom teachings of the ancient Americas. The Medicine Wheel is a powerful year-long journey of personal growth, healing and transformation. Based on the work of Dr. Alberto Villoldo (Shaman, Healer, Sage), who lived and trained with the indigenous shamans of the mountains and jungles of Peru and the Andes, it blends lectures, ceremony, journey work and exercises in an intimate and supportive group setting. The Medicine Wheel course is offered annually in Boulder by Indigenous Alchemy. Contact bouldermedicinewheel@gmail.com for more information.

Munay-Ki, Energy Rites of the Peruvian Q’ero is an offering from the light workers of  the Andes of Peru. Particularly helpful in times of great change, the nine rites of the Munay-Ki help those who receive them to align with their soul's journey and embrace life fearlessly and with integrity. They offer the opportunity to clear what no longer serves us and bring into our lives energies that awaken the potential for light and love. Contact Christine Hart for more information.