Conscious Eldering

Conscious Living Workshop

Conscious Eldering

Aging with Intention and Passion

Friday, Oct 28, 2011, 5:00 PM –
Sunday, Oct 30, 2011, 1:30 PM (All times are local to the event.)

Ron Pevny, MA
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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What does it mean to age consciously? To have the elder third of our lives be the pinnacle of our emotional and spiritual growth and development? To become elders at this time of profound cultural transition when the wisdom and gifts of elders are needed more than ever? To transform our fear of aging into anticipation of the rich possibilities that await us if we prepare consciously?

There is a big difference between simply becoming old and aging consciously—aging with intent. This workshop, for people in or approaching their senior years (50 and up), provides a dynamic experiential introduction to conscious aging and the types of inner work that are important on this path toward becoming a conscious elder.

Modern society’s view of retirement and aging is being challenged by new recognition of the rich potentials of the elder third of life. This life chapter, with its own dynamics of losses and gains, can be the pinnacle of one’s personal development and an opportunity for important service to the larger community. The key is to know the difference between simply becoming old and aging with intent.

Participants will learn:

  • The dynamics of conscious aging
  • The potentials for the elder years to be a time of growth, fulfillment and service
  • The attitudes, fears, and images they carry about the aging process
  • The types of inner work that facilitate fully claiming and embodying one’s potential as an elder (e.g., life review, forgiveness, grief work, surrender, legacy work, deepening of spiritual connection, commitment to service)
  • The value for those in their 50s and early 60s of focusing on these issues before retirement age

Ron Pevny, MA is founder and director of the Colorado-based Center for Conscious Eldering. He is a life coach, certified Sage-ing Leader and long-time rite of passage guide. He has a 30-year history of offering wilderness quests, retreats and other support services for people and organizations in transition. His focus on conscious eldering began ten years ago when he co-created the Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats as rites of passage into conscious elderhood. Ron also serves on the Coordinating Circle of the Sage-ing Guild and has recently served as guest editor for Second Journey’s journal of conscious aging, Itineraries.

EarthRise Center at IONS
Is located on 194 acres of scenic rolling hills 26 miles north of San Francisco, and easily reached from both the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports.

Registration fees include program and freshly prepared meals. Onsite lodging is extra, $72 per person per night Shared Room and $97 per night Single Room.

  • $295 EarlyBird Fee thru Oct 3, 2011
  • $325 Regular Fee thereafter

Registration within 72 hours of the event incurs a $30 administration fee, so please register early.

4:00—5:45 PM Check in
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00—9:00 PM Session 1:
What is conscious eldering? Introduction to the paradigm of conscious eldering, with contrast drawn to mainstream views of aging as primarily a time of decline; introductions of leader and participants; the rich possibilities of aging.

8:00—9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM—12:15 PM Session 2:
Sharing Council on theme of feelings, beliefs, fears and anticipations about our aging; land-based reflective time.
12:30—1:30 PM Lunch
2:00—5:45 PM Session 3:
The Inner Work of Eldering.  Presentation, discussion, guided meditation and short exercises/practices that support the development of conscious elders; land-based reflective time. 
6:00—7:00 PM Dinner
7:00—9:00 PM Session 4:
Legacy and Eldering. Participants will begin to create legacy letters, and to reflect on what they can/will do in the next chapters of their lives to create the legacy for their elder years.

8:00—9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM—12:15 PM Session 5:
Doing and Being. The potentials of elderhood; deep trust and spiritual connection; using gifts and wisdom in service to the community; focused walk on the land; commitment to tangible action.
12:30—1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Departure

Arrival and Departure
Check-in and access to accommodations is from Friday from 4:00—5:45 pm. Guests are requested to be checked out of their room by 11:00 AM on Sunday. For more information on directions and transportation, see Plan Your Stay.

CE Credits
13 Continuing Education Credits are available for a processing fee of $25.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952-9524), sponsor of this program, certifies that this continuing education workshop meets the criteria for Continuing Education Credit for:

  • Marriage Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers — The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provider #PCE 3885
  • Nurses — The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), provider #10318
  • Social Workers — State of Illinois, Registered Social Worker Continuing Education Sponsor, License No. 159.000435

Further Information
Please email or call 707-779-8202.

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