A Year to Live

with Mary Stancavage and Valerie Cusson

One Sunday a Month
from 1-4 pm
starting May 15, 2016
Santa Monica

  • Are you ready to die?
  • What if you only had one year to live the rest of your life?
  • What would you do?
  • What would you not do?

This year-long group, based on the book by Stephen Levine, is a spiritual practice of facing death and waking up to the life we are living. Each participant will live the next year as though it were their last.  Meeting monthly, we will look back at our lives exploring fears, regrets, joys and hopes. We will look forward to examine our relationship to death and dying. Can we do what needs to be done and die with nothing left unsaid? Ultimately, this is a year-long practice in forgiveness, gratitude and letting go.

We will use the book A Year to Live as a guide and utilize other readings, meditations, one-on-one teacher meetings, group cohorts, optional field trips and practices to support your journey. Although this is a group practice, it is also very personal and powerful.

This group is open to anyone who is interested in this process, but it is a serious undertaking. The prerequisite is to read the book A Year to Live by Stephen Levine, and to make the commitment. Please feel free to contact Mary if you have any questions at all.

It was one of the best practices I have ever done – a real turning point in my spiritual life. –  Noah Levine
This practice absolutely changed my life. – YTL Particpant


Payment schedule $300 registration fee is due by the first class date; $350 is due by 8/12, and final $350 payment is due 12/16. (Or $300 reg fee and $58 per month.) $1,000 for the year (this is due whether you complete the year or not). 10% discount if paid in advance

We can make payment arrangements as well. Limited scholarships and work-study opportunities are available.  Please call or write for more info.


Please note that it is not required that you attend all classes to participate.

Class dates:  5/15, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11  2017: 1/15, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/21

This group will be held at 1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, 90410

Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for almost 30 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in 2009 completed his first teacher training program. She currently serves as Director of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. In January 2016 she became Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project.  She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Mary sits on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network. In addition, Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.

Valerie Cusson is a high school special education teacher working with At-Risk students in San Bernardino. She came to meditation through yoga and began walking the Buddhist path in 2002. She completed Facilitator training with Noah Levine and JoAnna Harper in 2012, and is currently in Facilitator 2 training at ATS. Valerie also leads a weekly sitting group in Redlands, with the Brahma Viharas as a central practice.


For more information, please call 323.665.4300, or write [email protected]