Sage-ing: 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 hereSage-ing International (SI) offers classes, webinars,  Wisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters as well as online resources, conferences and workshops.

Goldman celebrates 86 years of life experience

Happy Birthday, Connie! 

Click on image to hear Connie’s Words of Wisdom!

As your life reminds us, “Don’t count the candles on the cake.  But count the GLOW the candles make.”  

Connie, a member of Sage-ing International’s  Council of Honored Sages, has contributed in so many ways.  

Connie has a favorite quote that she says has shaped the direction of her work and what she views as her legacy:  “Facts illustrate, but stories illuminate.” Read her story in her own words here

She is an award-winning radio producer and reporter beginning her broadcast career with Minnesota Public Radio.  Later she worked for several years on the staff of National Public Radio in Washington D.C.

For the past 30 years her public radio programs, books, and speaking have been exclusively concerned with the changes and challenges of aging.  Connie became aware that the United States culture seemed to be obsessed with staying young and denying the aging process. Her explorations led her into conversations with many public figures on a variety of issues related to aging, as well as collecting interviews with hundreds of what she has labeled, “extra-ordinary ordinary older persons.” 

Her lifelong gift has been the intuitive ability to authentically ask the deeper questions and her compassionate listening brings gems of wisdoms to her listening and reading audience. Listen to Connie’s own words of wisdom in a film clip from David Carey’s new documentary  “Creating a New Old.” 

Now SI wants to help Connie celebrate her 86 years of life experience by creating the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund to honor her many contributions to the fields of positive and conscious aging. Get more information here.

Connie, you have GLOWED for Sage-ing International!  Please let this endowment fund reflect our gratitude to you for the light you have shone on so many for so long. 

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Next Webinar: June 20

June 20, 5 pm (EST) “Wisdom From Those in Care: Conversations, Insights, and Inspirations,” a discussion with Honored Sage Connie Goldman about her new book. Find more information and register here.

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Service Call to Action

SI’s Service committee offers monthly inspiration encouraging compassionate action in these times. Read Bob Atchley’s call here and Pat Hoertdoerfer’s call here.

Apply now for 2017 CSL Certification Program

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 -2018 Sage-ing Leader Certification Program. The initial training weekend is scheduled to take place at Techny Towers (near Chicago/O’Hare) October 12-15, 2017. If you are interesting in joining the next group of Interns, please complete an application or contact Jeanne Marsh for more information.

Bob Atchley’s New CD

Find Honored Sage Bob Atchley’s new “sage-ing” journey music  here.

Upcoming “SI”  Webinars, Workshops & Retreats


June 20, “Wisdom From Those in Care: Conversations, Insights, and Inspirations,” a discussion with Honored Sage Connie Goldman about her new book. Find more information and register here.

Sage-ing Intensive Workshop

June 23-24, “Aging with Wisdom” Center for Aging and Community, University of Indianapolis. Register here.

October 13-15, “Aging with Wisdom” Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellvue, WA. Register here.

SI Planning in Progress

Fall 2017 – Boulder Colorado

Awakening the Sage Within

June 17th, Center for Applied Judaism, New York, NY, Register here.

September 6 – 11, North Carolina State campus, Raleigh, NC. Course broken into 6 sessions occurring on consecutive Wednesdays. Registration information coming soon.

ASW Planning in Process

August – Winter Haven, Florida

October – London, England

October – Oxford, England


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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!

Meet Reb Zalman

Meet Reb Zalman and learn about Sage-ing and Conscious Aging principles.

Qualities of Sages in Service

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

  • Deep Listening
  • Compassion
  • Joyfulness
  • Peacefulness
  • Open Communication
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inclusivenss
  • Integrity
  • Reverance for Life
  • Respect

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