The Complete 2018 Training Calendar is Now Available!


This training will immerse you in the exciting and profound work of being an end of life doula. You will learn the three-phase model that serves as the foundation for the doula approach, come to understand the philosophy and spirit of service that underpins the approach, and get an intensive and thorough grounding in the powerful tools and techniques doulas use in their work.

This course will also be of great value to people exploring the issues of death and dying for their own personal growth and who think they want to support and guide friends and family when they face death. Graduates of our training have gone on to do this work in the several ways:  volunteer in a hospice or hospital, serve in their community, and work in a private practice.

Regardless of the motivation behind taking this training you will find it life changing. It also opens the door for you to enter an emerging field that is transforming how people die in this country and around the world.


  • Doula approach overview
  • Past experiences with death
  • Journaling
  • Deep active listening
  • Common issues in facing death
  • Meaning and legacy work
  • Vigil planning
  • Guided imagery
  • Signs & symptoms in the dying process
  • Rituals
  • Reprocessing the dying experience
  • Early grief work
  • Self -care for doulas
  • Next steps to doula work


Training events highlighted in purple are open for registration. 2018 training dates are tentative.

Sep 8 - 10, 2017
Seattle, WA
Oct 13 - 15, 2017
Chicago, IL
Nov 10 - 12, 2017
San Jose, CA
Dec 8 - 10, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Jan 26 - 28, 2018
San Diego, CA
Feb 23 - 25, 2018
Atlanta, GA
Mar 16 - 18, 2018
Morristown, NJ
Apr 20 - 22, 2018
San Luis Obispo, CA
May 4 - 6, 2018
Vancouver, CAN
May 18 - 20, 2018
Washington D.C. / VA
Jun 8 - 10, 2018
Jul 27 - 29, 2018
Albuquerque, NM
Aug 3 - 5, 2018
North Carolina
Aug 3 - 5, 2018
Toronto, CAN
Sep 28 - 30, 2018
Sep 28 - 30, 2018
Seattle, WA
Oct 19 - 21, 2018
Miami, FL
Oct 19 - 21, 2018
San Diego, CA
Nov 2 - 4, 2018
Boulder, CO
Nov 2 - 4, 2018
Washington D.C. / VA
Dec 7 - 9, 2018
Dec 7 - 9, 2018
San Luis Obispo, CA

Training Overview


  • Lecture
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Self guided internal exploration
  • Experiential exercises in partners & groups
  • Instructor led guided visualization
  • Direct feedback from instructor(s)


Through the end of 2017

  • Three day class in-person, Friday – Sunday

Starting January 2018

  • On-line segment
  • Suggested Reading
  • Three day class in-person, Friday – Sunday



Is the cost of hotel and meals included?

No, you are free to choose any accommodations in the area. We will break for dinner on Friday night, and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

Do you offer scholarships?

At this time, we are not offering scholarships. We are working towards funding that will enable us to offer it in the future.

What if I don’t see a training near me?

Unfortunately, we plan our schedule one year in advance. Many of our students travel to the closest training site available.

Are there any prerequisites before I take the training?

No, just come with an open heart and an open mind to learn!

What materials will I receive before the training?

You will get an email after registration detailing the dates and times of training. You will receive a training manual the first day of the course.

Can I share the training manual/materials with my local hospice or on my own website?

No, our training material is copywrited and cannot be shared.

Can I receive CEU’s?

We are working on getting our course approved, but at this time we cannot offer CEU’s.

Do you reserve hotel rooms for your training?

Sometimes a block of rooms is available, on a first come, first serve basis. If there are rooms at the training site, it will be clearly listed on our website with the training.

Do I have to be a healthcare worker, social worker or chaplain to take this course?

No. Anyone can learn to be an end of life doula. There are no prerequisites and there is no prior clinical training necessary.

How do I find a hospice/hospital to volunteer as a doula?

We recommend you sign up as a volunteer at a local hospital or hospice. You can then ask the volunteer coordinator to specifically place you with people who are dying.

Can I do this as a business and get paid?

Yes. Many of our trainees have started a doula business. We recommend you have the necessary experience before starting as a business and practicing as a doula. As this is a new field, it may take a bit of marketing and advertising to help people understand the services you are offering.

What if I had a recent death? Is this program appropriate for me at this time?

We recommend you wait at least a year to process your own grief before you take this class. We cover many sensitive subjects and until you have processed your own losses, it may be difficult.

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The first step in registering for a particular class is to click the VIEW DETAILS button for the training session you are interested in taking. From that page you can go to the Payment page.
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Dec 8 - 10, 2017
New Orleans, LA
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Jan 26 - 28, 2018
San Diego, CA
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