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:

Upcoming Programs:

Click on the links below for more information about our current and upcoming programs, workshops, and retreats.

Anamcara 2019-2021 Enrollment Open Now!

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…

Webinar Series: The Alchemy of Grief

Living with Grief
Live Webinar April 6:
Presented by Richard Groves
Course Materials Sent April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3
Register for “Living with Grief” 

Transforming Grief
Live Webinar May 18:
Presented by Richard Groves
Course Materials Sent May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14
Register for “Transforming Grief” 

Register for All Three Programs 

The Alchemy of Grief FAQs

Click Here for Full Calendar of Sacred Art of Living Workshops

Upcoming Pilgrimages 2019-2020

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…