November 5, 2017
Noon – 8 PM
The Plant, 220 Lorax Ln. Pittsboro, NC
Join us for a rich day of celebration and remembrance! This event as an actual fair…. there’s a little something for everyone! Workshops. Vendors. DED Talks. Kid’s Activities. Interactive Altar. Meditation. Fire Spinning. Live music. Food trucks. Cash Bar. Candles everywhere. Dance and celebrate. This does not have to be a deep dive into the darkest corners of your soul. But if you want to go there, we welcome you! Come curious. Leave with peace of mind.
Our Keynote Speaker is Stephen Jenkinson of Orphan Wisdom, author of DIE WISE, a Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. Our Vendor Village will be open form 2 pm til 5pm, showcasing everything from Green Burial Services to Tattoo artists. Ongoing workshops around grieving, learning of indigenous culture’s beliefs, and more.
Open Poetry and Story Telling, Kid’s Activities, Dia De Los Muertos Altar, Fire Show, New Orleans Style Funeral Procession, Face Painting, Costume Contest, Design Your Own Coffin, Dancing, “Ded” Talks, Mystical Food and Cocktails. Music by Lobo Marino, & Shady Darling and the Velvet Curtain.
Full Schedule to be announced!
If you are interested in attending related event workshop “Elderhood: A Gathering at the Foot of the Withering World Tree” with Stephen Jenkinson at Sparkroot Farm (partner nonprofit org just 5 miles from Abundance NC), click here for tickets.
Last year, we had about 600 folks gather for an incredible day of workshops, live music and entertainment, kids activities, ancestor altar and amazing community connection. People from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds came together to celebrate. It was the most meaningful event Abundance has held. The feedback was tremendous. The Fund for Democratic Communities has generously offered to donate $5000 when we can match it with community donations of $5-$100. Can you please help us get to the goal with a donation of $100 or less? This will make the event accessible to all people.
Death Faire is the first event of it’s kind, giving it a large reach across the Southeast. This presents a unique opportunity for businesses and organizations to publicly support Death Faire as a sponsor!
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out the opportunities below:
We’re still seeking performers, artists, healers, volunteers, vendors, and some staff positions! If you would like to get involved please sign up below:
Every sanctuary has one. Every home is filled with them. Children build them in the woods. They appear all around us. End cap displays in the aisles of the grocery store. Photo collages in our social media feeds. Grandma’s vanity, where every keepsake has a specific place and memory attached. Your own bedroom – each family photo lined up to perfection. Every culture has them. Every person makes them, whether they are cognizant of it or not. Little altars are everywhere… informing our daily rituals of living.
The Death Faire Altar is both an interactive exhibit and a tribute to those we have lost. Feel free to adorn it with anything you wish. Ashes. Flowers. Poems. Wishes. Photos of your loved ones. Tokens of remembrance. Your great grandmother’s favorite pie… Anything goes. Commune with your ancestors. Connect with your cultural traditions.
Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to contemplate death and reflect on their lives. Originally created by the artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved, today there are over 2,000 walls around the world.
What’s a Death Faire without a bit of the macabre? Lay back in a beautiful plain pine box by Aldergrove Caskets, grab your bouquet from Flowers For Hope, and play dead….
Take a walk on an ancient path…. Labyrinths are currently experiencing a renaissance in the United States and around the World. The Labyrinths’ ability to quiet the mind and reduce stress serves us well in these modern times. Following the Labyrinth’s path is a walking meditation – for some a welcome alternative to the “sit and be quiet” style of meditation.
Karen Birbeck -Labyrinth Facilitator and Designer – is sharing her knowledge, skill, and canvas labyrinth for your meditating pleasure!
There is beauty in simplicity. The Phone of the Wind is simply a rotary phone… where you may pick up the receiver and recall your loved ones lost. What would you say to them? What memories would you share? Inspired by a phone booth in the town of Otsuchi, Japan – used as a place of remembrance for those lost in the wake of a devastating tsunami. To read more about the story of the The Phone of the Wind, visit here!
It is said that we come from the earth and we return to the earth. Here at Aldergrove Caskets we build a vessel for the return journey, mindful of the spiritual and environmental needs of the deceased, their friends and family, and the world that they are leaving behind. We build with local, sustainable woods such as southern yellow pine and spruce. Finishes and adhesives are environmentally friendly during production, in our shop and for cremation or burial. We build our caskets and urns without metal fasteners of any kind for a complete and timely return to the earth. At Aldergrove Caskets, we build a ‘plain pine box.’
Just as birth doulas help mothers bring their newborns into the world, end-of-life doulas can bring comfort and support to those who are dying. A Better Death is a full-service that provides emotional, spiritual, and practical support for the dying and their families. Doulas do not replace hospice – we supplement those services. Doulas are a private pay service, and my practice will offer flat-fee services on a sliding scale commensurate with income.
In her book “Breadcrumbs…Searching for a father who never left” Aniko Redman shares her journey to reconnect with her deceased father. As a scientist who has had many powerful spiritual experiences Aniko has a unique perspective on limitations we impose on the meaning of our lives.
Full Circle Antiques scours the Mid-Atlantic and North East to find the old, the strange, the bold & beautiful. Evolving selection of vintage items – pop culture, fashion, estate jewelry, mythological, esoteric and useful goods. You Seek, We Find!
With the grace and simplicity of Rumi and the practical spiritual approach of Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements,” “One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection” by Celine Koropchak offers a step by step playbook for embracing the divine within all of us. Described by readers as “… like sitting down for a warm cup of tea with a dear friend who knows my soul,” this “eloquent and poetic collection of essays” offers inspiration and reassurance, reminding us that we are never truly alone. Celine Koropchak, a retired Duke University medical researcher, is currently a blueberry farmer & author of the One With All of Thee (OWAT) book series, Growing Your Sacred Connection, and Sowing the Seeds for Change; collections of writings from her weekly blog, The Tovarysh Connection.
Piedmont Pine Coffins offers a green alternative to expensive contemporary caskets. Each coffin is made by hand using traditional hand tools – no electricity, no power tools, like the cabinetmakers of old. Their coffins follow construction standards developed by leaders of the green funeral movement to promote sustainable and eco-conscious burials. They are also well-suited for contemporary funerals, home funerals, cremation, and pet burials.
Services include custom coffins, hands-on workshops, DIY casket design plans, pet caskets, and resources for green burial.
Angela Spong is a UNC School of Law honors graduate practicing in estate planning (wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), estate administration, elder law, and taxation at the Roberson Law Firm, P.A. Ms. Spong was licensed and admitted to practice law in North Carolina in 2011. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and its Estate Planning Section. She is especially interested in estate planning!
Located on nine acres of North Carolina’s Piedmont, near the sweet little town of Pittsboro, Sparkroot Farm is a co-creative cultural teaching farm and expanding permaculture farm, a community gathering, teaching and learning place. We offer funeral services in our conservation burial ground. We host interns, milk goats, tend bees, and cultivate connection between each other and this land that claims us. We are atop a hill surrounded by a grove of ancient grandmother oaks, nestled into 150 acres of woods with access to square miles of woodland trails. Our two-acre cooperative farm field is tended by many hands and hearts from around the world. Here we work, play, gather, imagine and learn Life together.
Shady Darling and the Velvet Curtain is a female fronted soul funk cabaret band out of Durham, NC. This songstress of southern soul sings tales of murderess madames and deathly seduction laced with speakeasy jazz and mournful blues. Discovered in the dusty corners of burlesque lounges and the shadowy flaps of circus tents, with roots from Louisiana to Appalachia, this band of misfits is sure to tempt and tease the senses.
Named after the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, Lobo Marino’s brand of experimental folk draws from a rich palette of international and folk influences. Built primarily on harmonium, bass drum, banjo and various unique instruments and voices, Lobo Marino continues to evolve as the musical response to the continuous travels and ongoing spiritual journey of its members, Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price.
Jay Brown is a musician and music therapist for Hospice. Aditi is a musician, Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician, and Sacred Passage/end-of-life doula, living in Asheville, NC. Together, they play contemplative music with roots – using music to deepen and enhance the end-of-life experience. Jay and Aditi offer songs written for and by those dying (that jay has cared for), mantras, chants, and songs. They are committed to caring for those dying and engaging in the conversation around death and how death awareness enhances our experience of living.