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 here. Sage-ing International (SI) offers workshops, webinars, Wisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters as well as online resources and conferences.
To honor pioneers in the field of conscious aging , Sage-ing International has created a “Council of Honored Sages” comprised of well-known professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in relating to elders and the aging process. These “sages” serve as the “wise Elders” of Sage-ing International, and are called upon from time to time to lend their vision to our growth and development. We will be introducing a different honored sage every two months over the next two years. Meet our 2017 Council of Honored Sages here.
Featuring Honored Sage Bob Atchley
Bob Atchley Reflects:
2010 was one of the most rewarding points in my life. I was selected to be one of Sage-ing International’s Circle of Honored Sages.
My journey to Sage-ing began in 1975, when I set out on an intentional quest for spiritual connection. This phase of my life involved study, meditation, and dialog with sages. I had been on this path for 17 years when in 1992 I attended a conference on “Conscious Aging,” and heard Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi speak about his vision of how we might resuscitate the ancient role of spiritual elder and apply it in today’s world. His vision stressed the importance of direct spiritual connection and wisdom from reflecting a lifetime of direct experience. It also laid out significant developmental tasks involved in fully embracing our capacity as sages.
Reb Zalman’s vision allowed me to combine my life’s work in gerontology with my spiritual life, to bring spiritual and practical integrity to my vision of my own later life. The Sage-ing community has evolved into a group that assists sages-in-training with their spiritual development and advocates for spiritually-grounded service. In my view, service is an ongoing part of everyday life. Sometimes it may involve taking roles in organizations, but in my experience the opportunities to be of service are ever-present in everyday life, if we have learned to tune in to them.
Sage-ing is a vantage point and way of being and doing. I discovered in 2008 that my calling within this work was to write and perform songs of love, spiritual insight, and call to action. Songwriting for me is a mystical process of being in touch with my inner sage and waiting for songs to appear. My task is to bring these songs to people and watch them be uplifted and inspired by them. My original songs are available for listening free of charge here.
Bob Atchley on YouTube
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Bob Atchley’s New CD
Bob Atchley’s new “sage-ing” journey music here.
Bob easy-going baritone voice and strong lyrics are accompanied by equally strong acoustic guitar from Ed Edwards. Many songs have a beat that provides “incitement to dance.” His songs probe the many meanings of love, connection with the human spirit, and music’s role in showing us important forms of truth. Bob has been a folk-singer since the 1950s and a song-writer since the 1970s. He has recorded four albums of original music since 2010.
Where do I start?
Listen to Jerome Kerner Interviewed
SI Co-Chair, Jerome Kerner was recently interviewed by Frank Newton and Patti Teal of Everyday Enlightenment out of Sedona about Sage-ing while Aging. Listen here.
Apply now for Sage-ing Leader Certification (CSL) Program
We are accepting applications for SI’s 2017-18 signature Sage-ing Leader Certification Program. The initial training weekend is October 12-15 in Chicago. If interested, please complete an application or contact Jeanne Marsh for more information.
Working in collaboration with Spirituality and Practice, Sage-ing International will be offering two four week e-courses this Fall. Registration details coming soon.
OCTOBER: Sacred Elder Activism: Wisdom and Spirit in Action, co-authored and facilitated by Pat Hoertdoerfer and Bob Atchley.
NOVEMBER: Taming Our Tigers: Moving Beyond Life’s Hurts, co-authored and facilitated by Joanne Turnbull, Carol Scott-Kassner and Marilyn Loy Every.
Service Call to Action
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Upcoming SI Partner event
Upcoming SI Webinars, Workshops & Retreats
Sage-ing Intensive Workshops (SIW)
October 13-15, “Aging with Wisdom” Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellvue, WA. Register here.
August 22, 5 pm EST, “Life Reflection and Meaning-Making in the Second Half of Life: An Expressive Arts Sampler,” Julia Balzer Riley, CSL – facilitator. Register here.
September 21, “For the Grandchildren: Caring for our Planet.” Registration info coming soon.
Awakening the Sage Within (ASW)
August 17, Winter Haven, Florida, Chuck Warren, CSL, facilitator. Register here.
September 13 – October 18, six weekly sessions, presented by OLLI, North Carolina State, Raleigh, NC. Don Adams, CSL, facilitator. Register here starting July 24.
October 14, Oxford, England, Quaker Meeting House, Jerome Kerner, CSL, facilitator. Registration information coming soon.
October 15, Longmont/Boulder, CO, Longmont Senior Center. Maureen Dobson, CSL, & Rosemary Lohndorf, CSL/ASM, will serve as co-facilitators. Find more information and register here.