Bigger Conversations
Healing Dialogue.Mindful Service.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Gandhi


Treatment & Transformation

A Class for Acupuncturists.  Spring 2020 (tba). Examine how acupuncture treatment can positively influence the dying process. Patients facing death often do deep transformational and healing work. Others may be searching for a way to create a whole cloth out of their living. As acupuncturists, we are uniquely trained to help patients with this depth work.    The class draws on case histories and teaching stories from the instructor’s extensive work with hospice patients and their families. Plenty of time is allotted for discussion and your experiences in and out of the treatment room.

    • Consider patient’s priorities and symptoms.
    • Re-consider patient assessment, treatment planning, and point selection.    m
    • Choosing points for body.mind.spirit.
    • Learn ways to open the “end of life” conversation.
    • Learn about the work of the dying person — it is sacred and challenging.
    • Learn common signs and symptoms that occur during the dying process.
    • Discuss when to intervene and when to “let it be.”


Fee: $170.  PDAs approved 6.5 . Registration TBA.  Barbara @ 443-799-0308.

Where: Columbia, MD.

Instructor: Barbara Catlin, M.Ac, Founder & Executive Director of Bigger Conversations, holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and maintains a private practice practice in Columbia, MD.   She has worked with hospice patients and their families for more than 20 years (see Transformative Guidance at the End of Life scroll down).  Ms. Catlin taught the classes on conscious living & dying at Tai Sophia Institute for many years.  At Bigger Conversations she created Caregiver Wellness Circles to support family caregivers tending loved ones, as well as professional caregivers (see community programs here.).

Event details

  • Begin: at 09:00
  • End: at 05:15
  • Add to your calendar: Download ics file
  • Place: Columbia, Maryland

Conversations on Aging & Elderhood

“I  will not die an unlived life… I choose to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.” — Dawna Markova

Join Barbara Catlin for candid and transformative conversations on aging and elderhood.

  • What does elderhood mean to you?
  • What do you want to create? What gets in the way?
  • What stories do you tell yourself about getting older?
  • Do you harbor fears?  Hold regrets?
  • What gifts have you received from your experiences of living and loving?
  • What do you say about death?
  • What gift do you offer to the world now?

The words we speak affect our body, mind, and spirit. What we think and what we say, creates our world and impacts how we interact with the world-at-large and with our dear ones.  What we say about death can positively inform and transform our living.

Three Tuesday evenings starting April 5, 12, 19. 7 – 8:15 pm  (max: 8 people)

Fee:  $60

Barbara Catlin, M.Ac, has worked with hospice patients and their families for more than 20 years.  She leads Bigger Conversations’ Caregiver Wellness Circles, served on the faculty of Tai Sophia Institute (MUIH) for 15 years, teaches community classes on conscious living and dying, and maintains a private acupuncture practice in Columbia, MD.

Event details

  • Begin: at 07:00
  • End: at 08:15
  • Add to your calendar: Download ics file
  • Place: Columbia, Maryland

Conscious Living & Dying

Join us for a day of reflection and imagination. With a healthy awareness of mortality, our lives become more loving and intentional. When hearts break, they can break open to possibility.  Bring your sorrows and your joys.  (more…)

Event details

  • Begin: at 09:30
  • End: at 05:15
  • Add to your calendar: Download ics file
  • Place: Columbia, MD