Wisdom Circles

Wisdom Circles offer local opportunities for creating a sense of community for persons in the second half of life. They sometimes go by different names, such as Elder Circles or Salons.

Wisdom Circles are gatherings of persons who explore topics and themes of interest in the second half of life.

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New Wisdom Circle formed after an Awakening the Sage Workshop in Columbus, Indiana

These gatherings are also a way to create and maintain social connections with other like-minded persons.  The Wisdom Circles may be formed based on common interests or on prior participation in Sage-ing classes or workshops. They are often shared leadership groups, although there is commonly one person or persons who handle the administrative tasks, e.g., maintaining a contact list of participants.

An extensive Wisdom Circle Guide describing the creation and operation of a Wisdom Circle is available for your use.  (The guide is also available in Portuguese).  Additionally, Sage-ing International supports the formation of new Wisdom Circles, and would like to help you in this effort.  Just contact us for more information.

There are also opportunities for creating on-line Wisdom Circles, if you don’t live close to an existing Circle.  Our last two Sage-ing Leader Certification groups have met regularly as Wisdom Circles on-line.  Again, just contact us for more information on this opportunity.

We also have a Wisdom Circle Forum set up on this web site to give Wisdom Circle leaders a way to easily communicate with each other on topics of mutual interest.

Here are Wisdom Circles we believe are currently active.  If you know of others, please contact us so we can include them in our listing.

Brazil

Canada

  • Calgary, AB
    • For information, contact Judy Steiert, the facilitator of the group.
  • Campbell River, BC
    • For information, contact Murray Etty,  the facilitator of the group.
  • Kelowna, BC
    • For more information, contact Diane Hockey, the facilitator of the group.
  • Toronto, ON
  • Vancouver , BC
    • For information, contact Donna Rispin, the facilitator of the group
  • Victoria, BC

South Africa

  • Capetown
    • For information, contact Grace Smith, the facilitator of the group.

United States

Arizona

  • Flagstaff
  • Mesa
  • Oro Valley
  • Phoenix and Tucson (9 Circles)
    • For information, contact Del Jones, the facilitator of the groups.
  • Scottsdale
    • For information, contact Ellen Engel, the facilitator of the group.
  • Sun Lakes
    • For information, contact Ellen Engel, the facilitator of the group.
  • Tucson
  • Tucson
    • For information, contact Judy Francis, the facilitator of the group.

California

  • Davis
  • Pasadena
  • Sonoma
    • For information, contact Gary Hermes, the facilitator of the group.

Colorado

  • Denver
    • For information, contact Barbara Warner, the facilitator of the group.

Florida

  • Winter Haven
    • For information, contact Chuck Warren, the facilitator of the group.

Georgia

  • Atlanta
    • For information, contact Karl Gustafson, the facilitator of the group.

Illinois

  • Chicago
    • For information, contact Beth Conaghan, the facilitator of the group.

Indiana

  • Indianapolis
    • For information, contact Alan Rider, the facilitator of the group.
  • Columbus
    • For information, contact Alan Rider, the facilitator of the group.

Kansas

  • Kansas City
    • For information, contact Cindy Siemers, the facilitator of the group.

Massachusetts

  •  Hopkinton
    • For information, contact Meg Newhouse, the facilitator of the group.
  • Brookline
    • For information, contact Dorian Mintzer, the facilitator of the group.

Maryland

Maine

  • Scarborough (greater Portland area)
    • For information, contact Anne Murray, the facilitator of the group.

Michigan

  • Ann Arbor
    • For information, contact Sandra Berman, the facilitator of the group.
  • Detroit

Nebraska

  •  Omaha
    • For information, contact Nancy Hemesath, the facilitator of the group.

New Hampshire

  •  Greenland

New Mexico

  •  Albuquerque (2 groups)
    • For information, contact Gary Carlson, the facilitator of the groups.
  • Los Alamos
  • Truth or Consequences

New York

  •  New York City

North Carolina

  •  Charlotte (Aldersgate)
    • For information, contact Lyndall Hare, the facilitator of the group.
  •  Charlotte
  •  Gastonia

Oregon

  •  Portland
    • For information, contact David Rozell, the facilitator of the group.

South Carolina

  • Aiken
    • For information, contact Ann LeMay, the facilitator of the group.

Tennessee

  •  Chattanooga

Texas

  • Tomball (near Houston)
    • For information, contact Terry Seufert, the facilitator of the group.

Washington