Welcome to the Sacred Art of Living Center

Sacred Art of Living Center was established in 1996 by Richard and Mary Groves in Bend, Oregon, as a first-of- its-kind non-profit educational institute providing workshops and professional development focused on whole person caregiving. Their vision brought together more than fifty years of experience in professional health care development, depth psychology, end-of- life care, and cultural studies drawn from the world’s great wisdom traditions. All of the Center’s programs build personal resiliency, tools of self-care, skills to help others in all stages of life, and experiences celebrating the beautiful life-journey we all share.

Sacred Art of Living’s Summer Campaign

We are opening our second-annual Summer Campaign! Last year was an enormous success, and we have high hopes for another terrific fundraising effort. We are grateful to the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for the second year of matching funds. Because of increased demands on their foundation during the time of COVID-19, we were awarded a $10,000 matching grant (instead of last year’s $15,000). Fortunately, a friend of SALC offered $5,000 to make up the shortfall so we are back to our original total. The requirements are the same as last year: each donation of $100 or more will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Please Click Here to see our full message about our Summer Campaign and see the many ways to donate.

Thank you!



Our Programs Include:

If you appreciate SALC and would like to support our effort to provide free materials to all who need it, please donate to our 501c 3 nonprofit by clicking here. Any amount will make a difference during these difficult times.

Click Here to Access the free Toolkit for Care Providers

Sacred Art of Living Center has spent the last 25 years offering tools and teachings that provide caregivers emotional support and keep them connected with their soul and role.  With today’s COVID-19 crisis, we want to offer everyone access to a collection of these essential concepts built to help mitigate burnout and compassion fatigue – all at no cost.

Every two weeks, we will post two short video lessons. One is geared toward self-care, while the second is designed for professional care providers. Along with the video we are including questions for self-assessment & personal reflection, three best practices, and a library of additional resources.

If you would like help incorporating these teachings in your organization or would like guidance in individual use, we can provide a program guide, an individual who is experienced with these materials, to assist you, also at no cost. Simply email info@sacredartofliving.org and we will arrange a 30-minute session at your convenience.

Healing the Healing: Sacred Art of Living & Dying Series is more about living than about the end of life. This series of four internationally acclaimed modules draws from the wisdom of our ancestors that the quality of life is enhanced when we do not live in fear or denial of suffering and our mortality. More…

Soul & Science is a virtual destination for caregivers designed to provide information and inspiration through an easy-to-access website. Lesson series provide real-world best practices, as well as continuing education credits. More…

Anamcara is an ancient Gaelic term meaning “soul friend.” The purpose of this two-year certification program is to deepen the quality of all our relationships and enable caregivers to become “compassionate companions” through all the stages of living and dying. More…

Enneagram is a remarkable tool for psychological and spiritual growth. Our programs centered around this ancient wisdom traditional offers clinical insight that explains why we behave the way we we do by uncovering our unconscious motivations and deeply rooted influences. More…

SALC Preview Video: the following video is an introduction to the teachings found in our Sacred Art of Living and Dying Workshops.

SALC is now welcoming our community to another resource—our Lending Library.  Our Library offers a wide selection of books, all of which promote spiritual growth. More…