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Death and Cupcakes – Summer 2016

September 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

$10 – $30


A Discussion Gathering, with coffee, tea and cake (if you’re feeling inspired, bring a potluck sweet to share)
Sunday,  September 11, 2016 
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Sparkroot Farm,  4435 Moncure-Pittsboro Rd, Moncure, NC, 27559

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” 

Mary Oliver, Thirst

Join us in keeping this much needed conversation about death alive.  From Advanced Directives to honoring our ancestors.  From home funerals and green burials to artistic expressions of grief.  Let’s gather as a community and delve deeper into the topic of death and all of its facets.

This September 11 we will join Alisa Esposito and Tony Mayer at Sparkroot Farm for an experiential exploration of dying at home and family-led ceremony and burial. Alisa’s husband and Tony’s mother both passed away at home under the care of family and community, and were buried on family land.  We will meet in the Community Space at the farm to for a photo presentation from both Tony and Alisa, walk the Grandmother Oaks where funeral ceremony took place, and visit the Esposito/Estill family burial ground where Chris Lucash (Alisa’s husband) and Zafer Estill’s bodies lay claimed as sacred earth.

This event is open to anyone.  This is a vulnerable topic – so feel free to express your feelings.  Bring your poetry.  Bring your wisdom.  Bring your knowledge.  Bring your tears.  But most of all – bring an open mind.

And yes.  Cupcakes will be served.


Have questions?  Feel free to reach out to us at wow@theabundancefoundation.org


About our hosts: 

alisapicAlisa Esposito works for Abundance NC as “Creative Force.” She lives at Sparkroot Farm with her 3 children, dogs, parrots, chickens, goats, donkey and pigeons. Bird-lover and activist, she co-founded a purple martin protection non-profit, winning conservation awards for her work with the birds. She considers working for Abundance NC her dream job. On the side, she’ll sell you some handmade goat milk soap. From 1999, she lived “on the literal edge of nowhere” in the swamps of eastern NC, while her husband, Chris Lucash, worked on endangered red wolf restoration. She moved to Moncure/Pittsboro in July 2015 with Chris as he suffered serious decline from ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Chris died at home on June 4, 2016 surrounded by the love of family and an amazing, supportive community. She is overjoyed to be sharing the vision and the work of growing Abundance, through her work with the organization as well as at Sparkroot, and can’t believe she has, at long last, found Home.


Tony Mayer lives at Blue Heron Intentional Community in Pittsboro, NC. He has presented for an Abundance NC’s Pecha Kucha Storytelling event; his presentation entitled: Death with Dignity – “The story of my mother’s choice of self deliverance and our family home burial.”




September 11, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$10 – $30
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“…We have barely disembarked into life…we’ve only just now been born, let’s not fill our mouths with so many uncertain names, with so many sad labels, with so many pompous letters, with so much yours and mine, with so much signing of papers. I intend to confuse things, to unite them, make them new-born intermingle them, undress them, until the light of the world has the unity of the ocean, a generous wholeness, a fragrance alive and crackling.”
― Pablo Neruda