Death Doula Days

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington

No one likes to talk about dying, right? We do! Bring your curiosity, your courage, and a sense of humor as we sit around the table at the gatehouse (almost) every Saturday in 2023 to explore our worries and wonderment about mortality. Join our new death doula in residence for a weekly series of conversations and workshops about the end of life. Guests will include those who sit with the dying, care for our bodies, and help those we will leave behind. We will work on projects like organizing our digital lives, documenting our wishes, and telling our life stories. We will play games, do projects, hear musicians, meet artists, and hear from scholars who explore the end of life in their work. Our goal is to explore a 'death positive' way to think about our mortality. You never know who you’ll meet around the table, but each person who enters the room is a gift to the event. Cake and tea provided. Donations to our host, Historic Congressional Cemetery, are warmly encouraged. By facing our fear of death we aim to best enjoy every breath.

Cemetery Speaker Series: Alain LeRoy Locke

Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place of Alain LeRoy Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar. A philosopher, writer, and educator, Locke's work helped define the contours of the Harlem Renaissance, helping spread African American intellectual thought across the United States in the early 20th century. In particular, Locke's The New Negro: An Interpretation (1925) [...]


Plot Twist: Yoga in the Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington

Join the teachers of St. Mark's Yoga Center for Plot Twist: Yoga at the Cemetery. This Vinyasa yoga class will be accessible to yogis of all levels! We will move through postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice is a moving meditation that helps create strength, freedom and fluidity in the body [...]