death related support

sa . ta . na . ma

birth . life . death . rebirth.
The circle of life

I offer counselling and energy healing around the subject of death and grieving. I draw on my training as a qualified death doula and shamanic healer and my experience of death and grief in doula work and time spent with people in famine areas and refugee camps.

Modern society has largely forgotten how to “do death”. We push it away, hoping somehow it won’t touch us. Our loved ones are rushed off to the funeral director’s hands and, after a few weeks, friends start asking if you’re “alright now”. As though you were getting over a cold, not readjusting your whole world.

It can help to talk through the deaths you have experienced or how you feel about your own death, in a safe accepting space. There is no right or wrong way to deal with death. But facing it is a start.

Catherine Shovlin

Counselling – one on one session to deal with issues around death and grief.

Shamanic soul release – to help those who have died to move on, even a long time ago. This may be someone close to you, or an unwelcome presence you sense in your home.

Both can generally be in person or over zoom. $50 per hour.

Contact to arrange.

Sacred Death Training

Join me for the third time of running the Sacred Death course – for anyone who has a personal or professional interest in understanding death and how we live with it.

  • 10am-1pm 25,26,27 April and 3,4,5 May 2023 at Infiniti, Penestanan, Ubud

With certified Death Doula and shamanic healer, Catherine Shovlin.

Do you find yourself at odds with family and old friends in your attitudes to death? Or maybe the thought terrifies you and you are ready to understand why and shift that feeling. Maybe you are currently grieving and confused by the process.

We will discuss aspects of death and how we can support ourselves and others experiencing this important event.

This course will take place in person with a small group in Bali (at Infiniti, Jl Penestanan, Ubud). It is strongly recommended that you commit to attend all six sessions as this is a learning journey that we will take together.

Here are some comments from previous participants:

“Catherine creates a space where we can explore and discover on an individual and group level. It’s wonderful to opportunity to have conversations and share perspectives around topics that are often not spoken about. Catherine is a magnificent guide, sharing from her experiences and leading the group with her calm and charismatic presence. I recommend this experience to anybody who is resonating with it at a given time in their lives. ” Karin

“I recommend everyone to learn how to deal with death. Interestingly enough, in every session the course taught me a lot about life.” Sanne

“This course make me at peace with death” Cuaca

“I loved every minute” Katherine



  1. Introduction – our own views and experiences, of death and grief. The art of Compassionate Presence.
  2. Our own death – coming to terms with it, designing a meaningful death that meets our needs, creating an Advanced Plan
  3. Death and Society – different cultural approaches and taboos around death and grief. Comparison of Western approach with Balinese views. Controversial deaths.
  4. Death and family dynamics – death stories, a person-centred approach, holding space. Secrets, lies, scandals and heartache
  5. Working with death – physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and caring for the dying
  6. Integration and Application – including sharing the Shamanic practices I use before and after death


Sessions of three hours in a small group (max 8) using a combination of talking circles, pair work, practical exercises and sharing information. There will be a reading list provided during the course with some research or reflection work to complete between classes.

This course can be offered on demand. The min cost is 10 million plus travel cost if outside Ubud. Additional participants @ 3.5 mill IDR per person (£180, US$230, A$350, Euro215).


There is no specialist experience needed. Much more important is your attitude to the topic, your own relationship with death and your ability to work well within the group and follow the shared agreement we will draw up together around safe space, confidentiality etc. I reserve the right to suggest further personal development is needed before joining the course.


The course cost is 3.5 mill IDR per person (£180, US$230, A$350, Euro215)

Two scholarship places are available on each course to local individuals showing special aptitude and interest but without the means to pay. Please email me at if you wish to be considered.