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Green-Life, Death & Future (Green Burial Council 2021 Conference)

October 21 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm EDT

This is a Virtual Conference.

 

In 2002, Juliette and Joe Sehee moved to the Mojave Desert with a vision of opening an eco-retreat.  Influenced by early Christian monastics who made pilgrimages to the desert in order to “befriend death” they hoped to invite others to find solace in the fierce landscape that is Joshua Tree, California.

One of the groups the couple hoped to serve were those suffering from loss, which led the Sehees to explore end-of-life rituals they might accommodate. They also wanted to find a way to protect the thousands of empty acres at the edge of their retreat. These interests led them to learn about the green burial movement that had begun to take shape in England, as well as the first conservation cemetery in the United States which had been launched in 1998 by Dr. William and Kimberley Campbell in Westminster, South Carolina.

​A dialogue between them eventually led to their joint involvement in a project they believed could be a model for a new kind of burial ground with the potential to demonstrate how interment could facilitate ecological restoration and landscape-level conservation. It was going to be the first cemetery in the world that would involve a conservation organization as steward. Although the project did not manifest as envisioned, what evolved was a keen understanding that green burial would not gain traction unless there was a credible entity that provided third-party oversight and encouraged the sharing of open source information.In the spring of 2005, the Sehees sold their high desert retreat and used the proceeds to found the Green Burial Council, a nonprofit business organization, to provide certification for qualifying providers. Ten years later in 2015, Green Burial Council International, a nonprofit educational organization, was formed to expand on efforts to provide reliable information for providers and the public.

​A dialogue between them eventually led to their joint involvement in a project they believed could be a model for a new kind of burial ground with the potential to demonstrate how interment could facilitate ecological restoration and landscape-level conservation. It was going to be the first cemetery in the world that would involve a conservation organization as steward. Although the project did not manifest as envisioned, what evolved was a keen understanding that green burial would not gain traction unless there was a credible entity that provided third-party oversight and encouraged the sharing of open source information.In the spring of 2005, the Sehees sold their high desert retreat and used the proceeds to found the Green Burial Council, a nonprofit business organization, to provide certification for qualifying providers. Ten years later in 2015, Green Burial Council International, a nonprofit educational organization, was formed to expand on efforts to provide reliable information for providers and the public.

Details

Start:
October 21 @ 8:00 am EDT
End:
October 28 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Website:
https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/conference2021.html