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All who aspire to be on a Sage-ing journey and those who serve them are invited to come together and stand for the well-being of the future. There will be keynotes, presentations, workshops, interactive sessions, music and dance. Engaging elders from a wide spectrum of cultures and traditions will inspire and unify us as we create greater good for our world and rising generations. Start imagining how you will call on stories from the past, live fully into an insightful present, and activate a transformative new narrative.

Keynote speakers/presenters will include Matthew FoxChief Luisah Teish, Larry Long, Doreen Day or “Waubanewquay,” Richard Leider, Rachael Freed and Maria Genné.  Join these and numerous presenters who will include creative thinkers, artists, writers, musicians, and more.

For more information and to register click here.


We are now accepting applications for workshop sessions at the Conference. For more information about the proposals process click here.  For more information about the conference click here.


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 workshops,webinars,Wisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters as well as online resources and conferences.


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

Featuring Honored Sages

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.

Rick MoodyRick Moody, a member of our Council of Honored Sages, has become a feature at our Conferences and on our working committees.  He has been a valued adviser to our Development and Outreach Committees, contributing his wisdom from years of experience serving various non-profits.  He has been a wise and funny contributor at our biennial Conferences, most recently entertaining us with his “Rick and Connie Show” in Colorado in 2016.  Always pleasant, always energetic and always with a valuable opinion and a suggestion, he has helped SI for many years as we strive to grow our organization and our influence on those in the second half of life.

Meet our featured Honored Sage: Rick Moody HERE

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Upcoming SI Events Bulletin

Find out about upcoming educational opportunities offered by SI here.

SI News and Information

Read our quarterly newsletter “The Communicator” here.

Find a Certified Sage-ing Leader (CSL) near you!

SI has highly qualified CSLs around the country available to offer workshops and retreats from one day, weekend and multi week highly interactive Sage-ing sessions as well as Wisdom Circles.  Click here to learn more.

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. Stan Paine shares reflections on the Service Quality of Respect here.

Connie Goldman Scholarship Program

To learn more about the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Program click here.  To make a contribution to the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund click here.

Amazon Smile supports SI

If you shop through  Amazon  you can make your purchases through Amazon Smile which in turn gives a percentage of your purchases back to our organization at no additional cost to you. Simply go here and select Sage-ing International as your charity and then make future purchases through Amazon Smile. Thank you. 

Upcoming SI Webinars, Workshops & Retreats

Sage-ing Deepening the Sage Within Workshops (DSW)  (formerly Sage-ing Intensive Workshop)

Danville, California – April 27-29, 2018, San Damiano Retreat Center, “How do you want to be as you grow old?” Join facilitators Mary Anne Ingenthron, CSL and Pat Lewis, CSL. Find more information and register here.

Bellevue, Washington – June 22-24, 2018, Peace and Spirituality Center. Join facilitators Pat Lewis, CSL and Rees Robinson, CSL. Find more information and register here.

Beyond the Basics (BtB)

St Paul Minnesota, April 11, 2018, “Finding Peace and Freedom in the Holy Process of Forgiveness.” Join Rosemary Cox, CSL for this one day workshop at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the Luther Seminary campus. Find more information and register here.

Awakening the Sage Within (ASW)

McMinville, Oregon – March 3, 2018. Mike Burr, DMin, CSL brings his rich experience as a pastor, counselor and spiritual director to facilitate this day-long workshop. Space is limited, prompt registration is advised. Find more information and register here.

Brighton, UK – March 17th, 2018. Jerome Kerner, CSL will facilitate this introductory Sage-ing event at the Corner Community Center Community, Hove, East Sussex. Jerome, co-chair of Sage-ing International, brings lifelong experience and his passionate interest in finding purpose and meaning through Sage-ing. Felice Rhiannon, (a Brighton resident), spiritual counsellor and yoga therapist will assist in this presentation. Together they offer an inspiring overview of active conscious eldering. Find more information and register here.

St Paul, Minnesota – April 10, 2018. Rosemary and Roger Cox, Certified Sage-ing Leaders will co-facilitate a day long program at the Center for Lifelong Learning, on the campus of Luther Seminary. All faiths and traditions welcome. Find more information and register here.

De Pere, Wisconsin – May 5, 2018. Rosemary Cox, CSL, Education Coordinator for Sage-ing International and recipient of the Reb Zalman Leadership Award will facilitate a full day event at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey. All faiths and traditions welcome. Find more information and register here.

Longmont, Colorado – May 6, 2018. Maureen Dobson MSW, CSL and Rosemary Lohndorf, MA,CSL/ASM will co-facilitate this one-day introductory event at the Longmont Senior Center. Space is limited, prompt registration advised. Find more information and register here.

Watch for upcoming events for this Winter and Spring:

  • Kansas City, Missouri – May 2018 – Cindy Siemers,
  • Portland, Oregon – David Rozell
  • Birmingham, Alabama – Mary Porter
  • Chaska, Minnesota – October 25, 2018


LEARN MORE about Sage-ing principles and practices, or PARTICIPATE in one of our educational programs.



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.


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
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity
  • Reverence for Life
  • Respect

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