Living & Dying Quest

2019 dates to be announced soon!
2 pm Thursday to 2 pm Sunday

ekone ranch, 401 Ekone Rd.
Goldendale, WA 98620


We live in a culture that fears death, avoiding conversations and planning for this final rite of passage. We often arrive at death without having really lived.

In this 4-day intensive, join Charlene Ray and explore death in a way that enables us to live a more full and vibrant life. Through the practice of solo Nature tasks on the earth, ceremonial sweat, death lodge, forgiveness work, guided meditation, art, and movement, we will deeply explore ourselves, our beliefs, and remove barriers to our full expression of life. The program includes a 24-hour solo quest on Ekone Ranch land. The solo time is an opportunity to fast from food, shelter and human companionship, to deepen the experience of self-reflection and self-exploration.


"Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique and separate identity—but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our "biography," our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?

|    Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibetan Book of Living and Dying



For the past five years I have led the Living & Dying Quest. There is something very powerful about not only talking about death with a group of like-minded people, but also practicing dying. Preparing as if this is your last day and needing to reconcile relationships, look at accomplishments, things done and left undone, things said and unsaid, feeling gratitude for the life you have been given and then to let go of life. We do this in a powerful death ceremony and then spend time between worlds, alone and stripped of everything, to contemplate the profound truth that death comes whether we are ready or not. And knowing this, how then shall we live?

There is a beautiful ceremony of rebirth after the solo time and an opportunity to share lessons learned and reclaim life. Most participants make changes in their lives when they return to their homes, realizing that this one life is worth living authentically and fully.


Prepare for your journey

A quest is an important adventure taken with the intention of creating a challenge so that revelation and growth may happen. The moment you say yes and sign up for a quest, the preparation for the journey begins. Before the Living & Dying Quest, you may wish to spend some time in quiet reflection contemplating your intention for this quest.

Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the ranch, and, if possible, a day off after the quest.

The equipment list will be a guide to your packing, and the logistics letter will give you more details about the ranch and what to expect.

Please complete the health questionnaire and participant agreement as soon as possible after registration. Once your paperwork has been received, you will be added to a group email for updates about how to prepare for the quest.


RATES and registration

Fee: $625-$825 sliding fee

Includes Guide fee, facility, lodging and meals. 
Meals include: dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. There will be no meals served during the fasting period from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

Maximum 10 participants.

Register early with a $100 deposit to hold your place or pay the full fee now. After deposit or full fee is paid, you will receive a confirmation. Download and fill out the forms below then return them to Charlene.

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Review full booking terms & conditions.


Deposit is non-refundable but may be used toward a different program. Please cancel at least one week prior to a quest.