The Workshops

Choose TWO: one for the morning and another for the afternoon



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Workshop with Dr. Lotte Valentin, N.M.D.

Q&A on Intuition & Spirituality in Modern Healthcare

After hearing Dr. Lotte's presentation in the earlier plenary session, this is a rare chance to ask questions and dive a little deeper into her areas of expertise.

Dr. Lotte will be joining us via Zoom and her Q&A will be hosted by our NDE presenter, Kirsty Salisbury


TSB Space - Main Lecture Room


  • Maximum number of participants: Unlimited

  • Duration - 45 minutes

  • Morning only

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Workshop with Michael Hempseed

Q & A on Suicide Prevention, Everyone Has a Role

A chance to hear about suicide prevention in more depth, and to ask questions after Michael's presentation. A smaller more intimate environment means you can explore this sensitive subject further in safe hands.

'When we think about suicide we often associate it exclusively with depression, yet there are many causes of suicide including bullying, lack of sleep, psychosis, panic disorder, loneliness and failure.


This discussion is about further understanding the causes of suicide and what to do when someone is suicidal.


even the most longed for,


Spark Place - Ground Floor


  • Maximum number of participants: 50

  • Duration - 45 minutes

  • Morning only  


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Workshop with Sue Dwan

Must Have, Must Do - Get Your Affairs in Order and Advance Care Plans

Statistics show few adults (from 18 – 70+ years of age) ever prepare themselves mentally, emotionally, or in any practical way for their eventual death. This typically results in significant issues, work, stress and expense for loved ones left behind. Moreover, individuals tend to give little attention to thinking about the healthcare and treatments they may want/not want, in the future. An Advance Care Plan enables decisions to be made and recorded, before it is too late to do so.  

have their melancholy;


Activity Room


  • Maximum number of participants: 20 per class

  • All materials provided

  • Duration - 45 minutes

  • Class offered in the morning and repeats in the afternoon.

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Workshop with Melanie Mayell

Death Cafe

This is a chance to experience what we do in a Death Cafe gathering. Usually a Death Cafe runs for 90 to 120 minutes; a group of strangers meet at a local cafe to talk about death while drinking coffee and munching on cake.


Although there is a host the conversation is group-led. The basic rules are: no agenda, no speakers, no grief support and it's not therapy. Everyone regardless of beginner or expert is welcome to the table and each opinion, experience or question is valid. There's no judgement, though there can be disagreement or debate. We talk about anything death-related.

Today's Death Cafe attendees will be guided through an introduction and will work in smaller groups to get a feel for the process. 

for what we leave behind us


Foundation Cafē - Ground Floor


  • Maximum number of participants: 14 per workshop

  • Duration - 45 minutes

  • Morning or Afternoon



Workshop with Kirsty Salisbury

Q&A on Near Death Experiences

Kirsty's talks explore the topics of death, resilience, regrets, and how we can create opportunity through effective habits. Today, Kirsty blends her experience as an established wellness professional, her private coaching business, and her research in the areas of resilience, habits, and long term happiness to help empower others with practical tools and strategies to embrace living at their best.   Kirsty will discuss life after a near death experience, and what can be involved in the reintegration experience.  And as always, Kirsty loves some interactive Q&A

is a part of ourselves;


TSB Main Conference Room


  • Maximum number of participants: Unlimited

  • Afternoon only

  • Duration - 45 minutes

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Q & A on Euthanasia

Dr. Wiseman will chair a Q&A on the subject following her earlier presentation


Spark Place - Ground Floor


  • Maximum number of participants: 50

  • Afternoon only

  • Duration - 45 minutes


we must die to one life



before we can enter another.'

Demonstration* with Donna Sutherland

Christchurch Coffin Club

Donna Sutherland and her assistant Jill Newton are bringing along a full-size DIY coffin. This is a chance to drop by their booth and find out more about the kiwi club that has become a global phenomenon. You might be considering a DIY coffin for yourself or a family member or just want to explore this option for future reference. This is a great way to find out more. 


Activity Room


  • Donna and Jill will be on hand during the day to answer questions and give you an up close look at one of their recently finished coffins.

  • *This is a demonstration rather than a workshop. You dont need to book in, and can drop by any time during the day.

The Coffin Club is a community group like no other - they make and customise coffins! Born in the back of a Rotorua garage 10 years ago, the Coffin Club has since evolved into a bustling cottage enterprise with clubs springing up all over NZ.

Every coffin is decorated by hand to reflect the life of its maker, and costs less than $500 to make - a much cheaper option to commercial coffins.


Donna set up the Christchurch Coffin Club 5 years ago. She and her team mate Jill Newton have been helping people paint and decorate their 'underground furniture'  ever since. They work in tandem wiith the Bishopdale Menzshed who build the coffins and Angel boxes for them to finish.