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Opening To The Mystery

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When we know ourselves, we are so much more able to meet others exactly where they are.


This course is not about death.  It’s about life.  And it’s not about massage therapy.  It’s about how to invite more joy, more clarity and more simplicity into your life and heart…no matter what your job.


Opening to the Mystery is designed to invite you to deeply consider and even to befriend your own mortality.  Lauren “Cal” Cates will combine a variety of experiential, interpersonal and individual exercises that support deep inquiry and consideration of emotions and ideas about living and dying.  This course provides guideposts that will lead you to embrace an honest relationship with life that will allow you to be more fully present not only with people who are dying, but also with all of the people in your life.


This course will be beneficial for any person who wants to have more access to their own wisdom and to cultivate deeper, more authentic relationships professionally and personally.  Certainly, if you spend time at the bedside of people who are dying you’ll find you have more comfort there, but this course is not just for people who feel drawn to or already work in hospice care.


Past students have said that their experience in this course enlivened their practice, shifted stuck relationships and helped them to see and to love their family members/spouses in a different, more open way.

Dates will be announced soon.

All are welcome! This class is open to all humans who will someday die.

Tuition: $395 until July 11th (increases to $420 on July 12th)

Cancellation Policy (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


Included in the course tuition is a non-refundable $50 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course 30 days prior to the course start date you will be refunded your full tuition less the $50 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 30 days (but more than one week) prior to the course start date you will be refunded 50% of your tuition less the $50 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 7 days prior to the course start date your tuition will be non-refundable.


In the event of proper documentation of medical emergency, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel your entire tuition (including the registration fee) may be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date. This special consideration will be allowed one time only at the discretion of the instructor.


If fewer than 10 students are enrolled in a course 30 days before the course start date, Healwell may cancel the class. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment your tuition (including the registration fee) will be refunded in full.

Approved for Continuing Education: 

Approved by NCBTMB for 21 CEUs.


Approved for 21 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine for the following professions:

Athletic Trainer
Dentist/Dental Hygienist
Marriage and Family Counselor
Nurse (APN, RN, LPN)
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist/COTA
Physical Therapist/PTA
Respiratory Therapist
Social Worker