A New Way of Aging!

Sage-ing is looking at life in a new way as we grow older, a spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives, transmitting that wisdom as a legacy to future generations and giving back through service. Learn more here.

Sage-ing International (SI) helps you achieve your best self as you age by offering opportunities to participate in classes, webinars,  Wisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters. We also promote Sage-ing (conscious aging) through online resources, conferences and workshops.

Live Webinars Announced

Save the dates for the next Sage-ing International live webinars, consisting of hour long  presentations followed by live conversation: 
  • Wed,  Jan. 25, 5-6:30 pm(EST):  Sages in Service: Blessing the World with your Gifts facilitated by Pat Hoertdoerfer, panelists David Rozell and Lynne Iser.  Register here.
  • Wed, Feb. 8, 5-6:30 pm(EST):  Three Secrets of Aging: A New Vision of Conscious Aging  presented  by Dr. John Robinson based on his book of the same title. Register here. 

Workshops & Retreats Coming Soon

Save the dates for Sage-ing International weekend “Sage-ing Intensive Workshops (SIW) and one day “Awakening the Sage Within” (ASW) workshops .
SIW:  May 6-7: “Aging with Spirit:”  Center for Applied Judaism, NY, Register here.
SIW: May 19-21: “Aging with Wisdom:”  Mercy Center, Auburn, CA, Register here.
ASW: March 11, St. John’s on the Lake, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI
ASW: March 18, Longmont Senior Center, 910 Long Peaks Ave., Longmont, CO
ASW: April 19: Center for Lifelong Learning, 2481 Como Ave., St. Paul, MI

Biennial Conference–Huge Success!!!

A sold out crowd of 160 elders gathered October 20 – 23, 2016 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, for Sage-ing International’s 5th biennial conference to be introduced to or to renew their interest in the sage-ing path to conscious aging. Kindred spirits from across the country and as far away as Brazil, Switzerland and Israel reported leaving the conference with a full heart, deep joy, connected, inspired, and committed to sharing the sage-ing  path with family, friends and community. Read Jann Freed’s Blog that captures the spirit of the conference here or first time attendee   Connie Earhart’s reflections here.

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Conscious Age-ing is about networking with other Elders. Join or create a local Wisdom Circle.



Conscious Age-ing is about giving back, providing service, mentoring. See what Sages in Service are doing.




Sage-ing International is committed to transforming the current paradigm of  aging to “sage-ing”  through  learning, community building and service.

With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and with a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve every day. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations, while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve.

  • We embrace new paradigms for aging to realize our potential.
  • We recall important people and events and how they have shaped us.
  • We harvest the wisdom learned through life’s triumphs and challenges.
  • We find solace in forgiving others and ourselves
  • We make peace with death, taking spiritual and practical steps
  • We create a legacy through service, mentoring and activism

Is Sage-ing for You?

Are you in the second half of life and wondering what to do next? Have you just retired, have you recently become an empty-nester or has some other life transition left you wondering “what’s next?” Sage-ing may be your answer!

Sage-ing engages curiosity, community, commitment and connections and encourages us to enrich ourselves and our world through serving a cause, contacting a friend, reading a good book, attending a class, or enjoying the beauty and wonder of nature.

Embracing a sage-ing way of life may be the most important thing you do for yourself (and for others in your life) this year.

Here we share wisdom and inspiring stories from the Sage-ing International community, as well as from other partners in the rich collective of the conscious aging field. We aspire to bring you changing content of interest that keeps you coming back for more!

Fundamental Questions

Reb Zalman, founder of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, was a pioneer in Conscious Aging.  This Jeffrey Mishlove interview with Reb Zalman gives an introduction to Sage-ing and Conscious Aging principles.

The book From Age-ing to Sage-ing tells Reb Zalman’s story of choosing to become an Elder, rather than just becoming elderly. He shares wisdom about the last stage of life in interviews with Sara Davidson in The December Project.  Watch one of her interviews here.

Reb Zalman passed away in July 2014. Read tributes to this remarkable man here. 

Find CDs and DVDs by Reb Zalman in the Sage-ing store.

Grand-Generational Gifts

Read Pat Hoertdoerfer’s story here about how she and her husband pass on their values to their seven grandchildren  through the Cousins Camp they created.

Recent Blog Posts

Job, Career, Vocation–It Matters What You Call It by Alan Rider, CSL, SCF

  “On the day after I retire from an active career, who am I?”  That’s what many of us catch ourselves asking as we cross the threshold into elderhood, challenged with one of life’s basic [...]

Community and Sage-ing by Gary Carlson, PhD, CSL, SCF

In her December 2016 Legacy Tips & Tools, Rachael Freed wrote about the importance of being in community in today’s world.  We truly need our friends, our communities, to help us make sense of a [...]

The Coming of The Divine Human: The Final Transformation of Conscious Aging by John Robinson, PH.D., D.Min.

Divine I am inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touched from. Walt Whitman The Self is pure consciousness. No one can ever be away form the Self… You are the [...]

A Newcomer’s Conference Experience by Connie Earhart

I had the distinct honor and pleasure to attend the Sage-ing Conference this fall in Colorado. I was amazed how long many of these Elders have promoted Conscious Aging and I only discovered this through [...]

Seeing “Wisdom and Spirit in Action” by Jann Freed

In October, I attended the 2016 Sage-ing International Conference at Sunrise Ranch Conference and Retreat Center in Loveland, Colorado.  There were over 150  people including some of the real movers and shakers—thought leaders in the [...]