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A one-day event offered by Sage-ing® International

Saturday October 6, 2018

at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL

Doors open at 8:30 am, in session from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Program:

Today, most people approaching elderhood can expect to live another 20-30 years. How do you want to live those years? Sage-ing (also known as Spiritual Eldering or Conscious Aging) is a model for engaging the elder years more deliberately, more joyfully, and more compassionately. Sage-ing can help us to develop a balanced plan for eldering that is personally fulfilling and also beneficial to others.

During this highly interactive workshop, we will introduce Sage-ing concepts including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. We will explore images of aging and the role of spiritual development in the capstone chapter of life. Finally, we will begin development of a personalized plan for our own eldering, including service to others and leaving a legacy.

Besides being an excellent introduction to Sage-ing concepts, this event fulfills the entry prerequisite for the Certified Sage-ing Leader (CSL) training program. Our materials are not specific to any religious denomination, but serve to enhance spiritual maturity for persons who embrace any faith or humanistic practice. Based on the best-selling book: From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

Mary Porter, CSLFacilitator:

Mary Porter, MSW, MDiv, CSL, has been teacher, social worker, pastor/chaplain. In retirement she wears the mantles of grandmother, writer, and workshop/ retreat leader. She works part-time as Parish Associate for Congregational Care at Shades Valley Church. She began her own Conscious Aging in 2010 while working for culture change in long-term care and creating (with ministry partner Lynn Bledsoe) the nonprofit Ruth and Naomi Senior Outreach.


The fee of $85 (early-bird discount of $75 until Sept. 15) includes course materials, beverages, and lunch, plus access to the many eldering resources of Sage-ing International. Discounts are available.

Please contact Mary (below) to inquire about other discounts for couples and repeaters.Because of space, participation may be limited, so prompt registration is advised. Also, please contact Mary (below) with any dietary needs or restrictions.


We meet at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, near the Birmingham Zoo exit from US-280, at 2305 Montevallo Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223. A useful map and directions are available from the Registration Page.


Please contact Mary at: 205-994-5552 or by email at: 2harps1dog@gmail.com

To register, click HERE