Thursday, October 25
Awakening the Sage Within 9-4:30
Today, most people can expect to live another 20 or 30 years after retirement. How do you want to live those years? This interactive class is for anyone interested in learning about a new approach for the second half of life. It is one of Sage-ing International’s signature programs, and is based on the book “From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Sage-ing concepts will be introduced—including images and fears of aging, life review, life repair, forgiveness, facing mortality, mentoring and service and spiritual development. Participants will begin developing a personalized plan for their own aging years. This workshop fulfills one of the prerequisites for the Certified Sage-ing Leadership program.
Facilitators: Rosemary Cox, Certified Sage-ing Leader and recipient of the Reb Zalman Leadership Award, was a founding board member of Sage-ing International, and is currently Education Coordinator. Rosemary co-authored The Heart of Aging with Wisdom, and other manuals on intergenerational programming, memory improvement, and stress. She is a retired social worker, yet continues her work in the field of aging.
Jerome Kerner is a Certified Sage-ing Leader and Co-Chair of Sage-ing International. He has received advanced certification in Gestalt psychotherapy from Southern Connecticut University, Transgenerational Family Systems, Hellinger Institute D.C., and attended retreats with the Center for Conscious Eldering. As an octogenarian, Jerome loves sharing the purpose, passion and meaning he has discovered through the Sage-ing work.
Unmasking the Face of Ageism 9-4:30
Ageism is a prejudice that affects every facet of society. It’s a disease we are all exposed to—a thought virus from which none of us is immune. Ageism tries to convince us to trade our ability to age naturally for a fantasy of maintaining our youth forever! By unmasking it, we can create a vaccine together. This day seminar debunks these notions and explores a new vision of growing older that strengthens our individual and collective voices, expands our creativity, shares our dreams and earns respect for the powerful wisdom of our years.
Facilitator: Ina Albert, Certified Sage-ing Leader, adjunct instructor, and Life Transitions Coach, has been leading workshops on aging since 1998. She has authored two books, her latest being “Granny Greeny Says…Listen Louder,” an intergenerational picture book that teaches listening skills to young and old. Ina wrote numerous healthcare articles during her 35-year career in healthcare communications. She lives in Montana with her husband Rabbi Allen Secher and dog, Kugel.
Sacred Activism: Engaging as an Elder in a Diverse World 9-4:30
Sacred Activism is a response to our deep concerns for the world — using compassion and wisdom we have attained as elders. In this full-day workshop, we will discover and cultivate our voices as elders in the public sphere – whether that is at our dining table, in a community meeting, or beyond. We will explore how to use our unique gifts and resources to create a more just and thriving world. Participants will be empowered with insight, resources and a diverse network of elder activists to mutually sustain our work and amplify our essential messages and concerns for the greater good.
Facilitators: Lynne Iser, MPH, became an activist in response to her teenage daughter’s despair about the state of the future world. She was the founding Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, teaches Sage-ing and the work of Joanna Macy; is on Sage-ing International’s Council of Honored Sages and the Leadership Council of the Conscious Elders Network. Her website, Elder-Activists, supports elders to co-create their legacy and bring forth a just and thriving future for all.
John Sorensen is coordinating director of the Conscious Elders Network. As a youth, he heard the aerospace call and followed it for 45 years of engineering design and entrepreneurial experiences. Twelve years ago, John heard another deeper calling to reinvent and dedicate himself to humanitarian service. He uses earlier experiences to fulfill that calling as an elder strategist for social and environmental justice.
Legacy: The Transformative Power of our Stories 9 – Noon
During this half day seminar, these “Legacy” questions will be considered: What is the meaning of my story? How do I want to be remembered? How does my unique legacy connect me to the community who came before me and who will come after me? We’ll explore the impact and significance of our stories on our lives and ways to transform them into wisdom through legacy letters for loved ones, communities, and future generations. Participants will have ample opportunity to begin their own legacy letter.
Facilitator: Rachael Freed, founder of Life-Legacies, is a Senior Fellow at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, a Clinical Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist. Rachael is author of six books, her most recent is Your Legacy Matters: Harvesting the Love and Lessons of Your Life. She is the ‘legacy expert’ whose legacy “Tips & Tools” is regularly published on Dr. Andrew Weil’s websites.