Intensive Course

End of Life Doula Training: Intensive Course

The Intensive Course is a deep, immersive, and comprehensive training on end of life care and the work of an end of life doula.

The Foundation Workshop, a pre-requisite for this course, is like skimming a stone over a river. It touches the water’s surface many times but doesn’t go in deeply. You learn the basic concepts and principles around end of life care and find the answers to common questions. The Foundation Workshop is perfect for those interested in caring for someone close to you. It is often the beginning for those looking to work professionally as an end of life doula.

The Intensive Course is the next step.

Woman smiling while on a latop as if she were taking end of life doula training Intensive Course online.

What you’ll learn

Delivered over four days, the Intensive Course is a deep dive into who the end of the life doula is, what we do, why we do it, and how.

In the Intensive Course, you’ll learn about:

  • The essence of service
  • Planning and questioning in communication
  • Complementary therapies, meditation, and related practices
  • Pain versus suffering, their nuances, and support strategies
  • Compassion and setting boundaries
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • The laws across Australia (and also New Zealand)
  • Sudden, accidental, and traumatic deaths
  • Practical skills for after-death and home-based body care
  • Natural burial and cremation options
  • Planning a funeral/memorial
  • Self-care and resilience
  • Starting your end of life doula business

A heart-centred learning experience

Our Intensive Course is an immersive, heartfelt, intimate learning experience. Classes are small to ensure individual support and to maximise interaction, participation, and learning.

The Intensive Course is a four-day study. Before we begin, there’s a two-part preparation project to establish baseline knowledge. Day one starts with getting to know each other and sharing our stories and personal experiences with end of life. Over the following three days, we continue to build bonds as we progress through the lessons, hear stories, and share our experiences. People connect deeply during this course and often become friends.

The Intensive Course is a deep dive into the person and work of the end of life doula. We aim to give you the practical skills, confidence, and inspiration you need.

A supportive community

Preparing the Way is more than just a training organisation; we are a community.

When you complete the Intensive Course, you can join our incredible community of end of life doulas. We offer a private Facebook group, regular classes, ongoing support and mentoring, and tremendous opportunities from our broader network. Connect with others, ask questions, learn more, and continue growing professionally.

Come and join us. Come and fulfil that longing you have to make a difference. Be courageous and step into this conversation that most turn away from.

Together we will make an enormous difference in our world. At Preparing the Way, we are what we say we are; we do what we say we do, and we deliver for you and our world.

Intensive Course Details

Pre-requisite: Completion of the Foundation Workshop
Duration: Four consecutive days – Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm AEDT
Delivered: Online via Zoom
Tuition: $2,200 (includes GST)
Includes: Course manual, resources, certificate of achievement, ongoing support, community development and opportunites

Special offer!
Our Intensive Course tuition fee includes access to our 5-part Series I Masterclasses covering:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Ethics and Documentation
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Holding a Death Cafe
  • Making Kick Ar*e Presentations
  • and more!

For more information about our upcoming Intensive Courses – dates, tuition and registration – please see our Registration Form linked below.


Who would have thought that spending four days talking about death and dying would leave me feeling uplifted and inspired? Even though we did it via Zoom, it was incredibly intimate, fun, and connected. The course content is incredibly in-depth and varied, and I learned so much. Helen is a force of nature in a positive, loving, generous and authentic way. I felt like I’d known her for ages straight off the bat. I absolutely loved the end of life doula training.


Producer, Sydney

I recommend this course to anyone dealing with someone who is palliative. It gives a good overview of what the last few days can be like. It also offers practical guidance about the legal aspects, such as making a will, power of attorney, and other issues at the end of one’s life. It is a very supportive course run by women who are sensitive to the emotional content and run the course with respect and dignity.


Social Worker Palliative Care

I felt connected to everyone throughout the training. Helen provided a caring learning environment and generously shared her passion, knowledge, and resources. The course content is comprehensive and explores many options and perspectives on preparing for the end of life journey. Participation in the course has confirmed my passion and commitment to being an end of life doula.


Aged Care Linker & End of Life Doula, Chiltern

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