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‘A Will For The Woods’

Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, a man prepares for his own green burial.

August 19, 2014
Maui Weekly

"A Will For The Woods" will make its Maui debut on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Temple of Peace in Ha'iku, and at Awakening In Paradise in Kihei on Monday, Aug. 25. Both showings begin at 7 p.m.

The Ha'iku event will be hosted by Rev. Kedar St. John and Heather Neeraja Parsons. The suggested donation for admission is $5 to $10. The Kihei showing will be hosted by Judy Levin and Parsons. Admission is $10.

This full-length, immersive documentary is about musician, psychiatrist and folk dancer Clark Wang as he prepares for his own green burial. While battling lymphoma, he is determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet.

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Clark Wang and his partner, Jane, contemplate a deeper understanding of what it means to live and die in harmony with nature. “A Will for the Woods” sheds light on a profound environmental and social movement.

Along his journey, Clark discovered a burgeoning movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing contemporary funeral practices that operate at the ecosystem's expense.

Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and his partner Jane have become passionate about green burial, compelled by both the environmental benefits and the idea that one can remain within the cycle of life, rather than being cut off from it. The spirited pair inspired a compassionate local cemeterian, and together they aim to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.

Making the most of the time that he has, Clark finds joy in his music and dance, connection with his friends and family, and great comfort in the knowledge that his death, whenever it happens, will be a force for regeneration. The film follows Clark's dream of leaving a loving, permanent legacy.

Documenting one community's role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement, "A Will for the Woods" draws the viewer into a life-affirming portrait of people embracing their connection to each other and to timeless natural cycles. Environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.

Watch the trailer at

Temple of Peace is located at 575 Ha'iku Road. Awakening In Paradise is located at 1215 S. Kihei Road.



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