Thank you to all our SALC family that have been sending us notes, prayers, poems, and support in recent days.  We appreciate how our community has come together in such challenging times. Many have asked how the Coronavirus and the restrictions around social distancing have impacted SALC and our programs. It has been difficult, and like all of you, we have certainly been affected:

Our office will remain open with minimal staff on site; most of us will be working from home whenever possible.  Please feel free to call and leave phone or email messages.  We will get back to you as soon as possible

We have had to make some hard choices regarding programs and postpone several workshops and events. Fortunately, we have been working extensively with virtual classes and online offerings over the last two years. We currently have a webinar-based Enneagram Series in progress and we are looking to produce an online version of several of our North-Star programs. Our first online Spirit of the Enneagram will be offered April 17-18 for participants at all locations.  We are uniquely prepared to continue teaching, even if we are limited in physical travel and face-to-face instruction.

We will also be bringing several free online community-support events over the next months.   Check out and register for our no cost online Passover-Easter Celebration on April 9th. Register by clicking here.

We know how frightening it is at the moment and take comfort with the knowledge we are not alone in this journey. Click here to find the Rumi poem, The Guesthouse, that is speaking to us in a profound way these days.  There are some questions that follow which may be helpful as well.

If you have any questions about the status of current programs, please email us at Also contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list. We will stay in close contact over these next several weeks. If you are interested in our online workshops or free events, please go to our registration page for more details.

With gratitude and wishing everyone health and peace.

-Richard Groves

Founding Director of Sacred Art of Living Center

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.


Our Programs Include:

Sacred Art of Living & Dying is more about living than about the end of life. This series of four internationally acclaimed workshops 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…