Before I Die

Bringing the unavoidable end of life into the spotlight will be the focus of a week-long Kiama project: Before I Die to be held at the Old Fire Station Community Arts Centre.

Through the combination of her own life experiences as a nurse, artist and Yogi, Becky Guggisberg has a rare insight into people’s response to death.“I have witnessed a lot of death, poor choices in lifestyle and regrets in my 25 years of nursing,” Ms Guggisberg said.

“I see a real need to address the issues of death and dying in a forum that is positive, creative, sensitive and informative,” she said “The concept of this project is to examine the unavoidable end that will occur to all of us – death – and in examining death be guided to evaluate what is important to us while we are alive.

“I believe we need to use our time wisely, make peace with our fellow human beings and ourselves, be present, follow our dreams and be honest,” she said.

“I hope to engage the public with the concept of living well now, in this moment, and having control or a plan for our end of life.

The project will provide a space for active community participation through visual arts, yoga, mindfulness sessions and storytelling.

There will be a blackboard installed on the outside of the Old Fire Station with the words “before I die I want to…” and a bucket of chalk for the public to use.

The project will be held Thursday 27 October – Wednesday 2 November

Old Fire Station Arts Centre

Thursday 27 October 7.00pm -9.00pm | Healing circle
An innkeeper in Varanasi managed a guesthouse for 44 years & watched 12000 people come to the sacred town to die. He identified 12 themes expressed by his guests as they came to their final destination – this workshop will explore these themes & how they can benefit your life now.

Friday 28 October 9.30 – 11am | Yin Yoga
Accompanied by Ben Fryer on acoustic guitar. Yin is a passive form of yoga suitable for all levels.

Friday 28 October 1.00pm – 5.00pm | “10 things to know before you go” workshop by Groundswell. Bookings are being taken now for the $20 workshop (Refreshments will be provided and each participant will be given a book valued at $20)

Friday 28 October 6.00pm – 8.00pm | The Artist launch 
A collective of 18 artists responding to the theme of impermanence & living well.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 8.45am – 10.15am | Free yoga simply turn up – if you have a mat bring it, otherwise equipment is supplied.

Monday 31 October 1.00pm to 1.30pm | Mindfulness Lunch

Monday 31 October 7.00pm – 9.00pm | Meditation and Chai 

Wednesday 2 November 10.30 am | Anna Smallwood presents a living now yoga practice with Naja Bannon-Harrison sharing Yuin dreaming, didgeridoo & story telling. This will be an extraordinary combination & a privilege to attend.

There will also be two off-site events at the Little Blowhole Art Bar

Sunday 30 October 4.00pm – 8.00pm | Zombie Bollywood Halloween Party

Wednesday 2 November 6.00pm – 9.00pm | Spoken Word Open Mic event for comedians, poets, musicians, and storytellers to share their thoughts & talents, hosted by the much loved Kiki Bitovabitch.

Please contact Becky on 0415062466 or email to reserve a place in the workshop or for more information.

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