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Art and Ritual: An Evening with Day Schildkret

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lakewood Cemetery
$35 in advance / $45 at the door
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Join internationally renowned earth artist Day Schildkret for an intimate conversation about the intersections of art, ritual, and nature. We’ll gather together in the beauty of Lakewood’s historic chapel as Day discusses his 7-Step Morning Altars practice, what led him on this journey, and how this beautiful offering provides space for grief, remembrance, and reflection.

Following the talk, join Day in Lakewood’s new Welcome Center for a reception, book signing, and interactive mandala-making activity.

Meet the Artist: Day Schildkret

Day Schildkret is an award-winning author, artist, ritualist, and teacher who is internationally known for Morning Altars, which Buzz Feed calls, “a celebration of nature and life.” Working for over a decade with individuals, communities and organizations, Day is helping to heal the culture through a meaningful and creative response to change. Day is the author of Hello, Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration and Change (Simon Element/Simon & Schuster, 2022) as well as Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art and Ritual (The Countryman Press/W.W. Norton, 2018). Day is the founder and principal instructor for the Morning Altars Teacher Training, a certification program to equip helpers and healers with the knowledge, skills, and tools to integrate the Morning Altars healing modality with their clients and communities.

Learn more about Day and his practice at and

Books Available

After his talk, Day Schildkret’s books will be available for purchase: Hello, Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration and Change (Simon Element/Simon & Schuster), Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art and Ritual (The Countryman Press), and the Morning Altars Coloring Book.

For more information on these books, visit Day’s website:

“Nature, art and ritual are three ways that cultures around the world have been transforming grief into beauty for thousands of years. Separately, these three things can open our hearts, bring us back to our center, and connect us back into what’s meaningful. Together, they become a resource and skill so we can feel human again.”

— Day Schildkret, Morning Altars

Parking and Transportation


Parking is available on any of the roads inside Lakewood’s gates unless otherwise noted with a no parking sign. Handicap parking will be available near the Chapel as well as the Welcome Center. Lakewood does not have an onsite parking lot – it is street parking only. This means you may have to park a short distance away and walk. We strongly encourage carpooling and public transportation.

By bus 

Metro Transit lines 6 and 23 stop directly outside of Lakewood’s gates, a short walk to the Memorial Chapel and the Welcome Center.


Please lock bikes at the rack near the main entrance gates and walk to the Welcome Center. Do not lock bikes to trees or signs, leave bicycles unlocked on the grounds., or leave shared bikes or scooters overnight.


Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

No, all ages are welcome.

What can I bring into the event?

There is a coat rack available, and you may bring water. (Also, a water dispenser is available in the building.) Please do not bring pets, food, or beverages other than water.

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

We’d love to hear from you! Email us at

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds can be issued up to 24 hours before the event starts. Request a refund through Eventbrite or by emailing

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, printed tickets are not required. We will have a guest list at the door.

Scholarship Program

At Lakewood, we want death and grief education to be accessible for all. Therefore, we offer up to 10 scholarships for professionals or aspiring professionals in the death and dying field (deathcare, death education, spiritualists, ritualists, and more are encouraged to apply). We reserve 5 scholarships for BIPOC individuals with a practice or interest in this field.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded:

  • 1 ticket to the talk and reception
  • 1 ticket to the hands-on mandala making workshop
  • 1 copy each of Day’s two books (Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art, and Ritual and Hello, Goodbye: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration and Change)

To apply or learn more about the scholarship, please email

Learn @ Lakewood Series

This event is part of the Learn @ Lakewood series. Lakewood is honored to hold space for education and information specifically related to death, grief, urban nature, and art in this new series. Partnering with professionals from many disciplines, we explore ideas, encourage thought-provoking conversations, and exchange fresh perspectives with our community.


Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email

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