Calendar of Events 2014

The Conscious Aging Alliance
Calendar of Upcoming Events and Services
Winter, 2014



(The new name for the former Sage-ing Guild) is an organization with the mission of helping to change our society’s current belief system from aging to sage-ing—that is, from simply becoming old to aging consciously. Sage-ing is both a philosophy and a set of psychological and spiritual practices, originally developed by Zalman Schachter Shalomi, that support living with passion, purpose, community support, inner growth and commitment to service as we age. We train and support a network of Sage-ing Leaders who transmit the wisdom of Sage-ing ® through workshops, webinars and other educational and personal growth programs. We also facilitate intergenerational service projects and support a growing network of Elder Wisdom Circles. Through our website, we offer a free six-month Membership which provides access to valuable resources for individuals wanting to do their own conscious aging work while encouraging others to do likewise.

This coming Spring, we will introduce our dynamic new new one-day workshop, Awakening the Sage Within. This introduction to Sage-ing principles and practices will be offered by Certified Sage-ing leaders at numerous locations across North America. Information will be on our website in early Spring. Several weekend Sage-ing Intensives, which go into greater depth, will also be offered this Spring and Summer. For those who wish, both of these workshops serve as prerequisites to our year-long training program for Certified Sage-ing Leaders.

The Forgiving Brain – A free Sage-ing International Webinar
Finding peace and closure can be a balm to soothe the unresolved hurts or disappointments we have experienced or may even have caused. From a scientific perspective, forgiveness is also an essential part of brain-heart basic maintenance. As we look at what forgiveness is and the “how to,” we learn about the powerful role the brain plays and, in return, the impact forgiveness has on the health and functioning of both the brain and the heart.
Webinar February 25, 8:30 pm est, Complimentary Register:

Sage-ing Leader Certification Program
This is our one-year, in-depth training program which prepares people to teach Sage-ing principles and practice in their communities. For more details or to apply for the next program, contact Jeanne Marsh at 214-660-3699.

Sage-ing International Conference
Our next bi-annual conference will be held in Seattle August 21-25. Hosted by Seattle University, this promises to be our largest and most dynamic conference yet—an excellent opportunity to learn about Sage-ing/conscious aging and to meet the people who are leaders in taking this empowering vision for aging into the world.

SECOND JOURNEY is a social-change organization helping birth a new vision of the rich possibilities of later life…

  • to open new avenues for individual growth and spiritual deepening
  • to birth a renewed ethic of service and mentoring in later lifeto create new model communities—and new models OF community—for later life,
  • and to marshal the distilled wisdom and experience of elders to address the converging crises of our time
    Captured in the shorthand of our logo….Mindfulness, Service and Community in the Second Half of Life.

Second Journey

ITINERARIES is the quarterly publication which Second Journey has been proudly producing since 2005. Featuring articles by thought leaders in the conscious aging field, Itineraries is available online at no charge. The focus of the quarterly issues varies. All four issues published online in 2011 explored THE SPIRITUALITY OF LATER LIFE, and were included in our print book by that name. Creating Community In Later Life was the focus of issues released in 2012, and the subject of our book AGING IN COMMUNITY, edited by Janice Blanchard. ODYSSEYS FOR THE SOUL: TRAVEL AND TRANSFORMATION, edited by Penelope Bourke and released in early 2013 focused on elder travel. Our newest release, edited by Bolton Anthony, is SECOND JOURNEYS: THE DANCE OF SPIRIT IN LATER LIFE. Go to our Bookstore.

Second Journey’s signature series of VISIONING COUNCILS — intense weekend retreats that invited participants to explore “community and interdependence in our later years” — resumed after a 5-year respite in April of 2013. Future gatherings are being planned.

THE ELDER SPIRITUALITY PROJECT of SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE provides resources for elders’ spiritual journeys through Spirituality and Practice, a multi-faith website with a large wisdom archive containing articles on spiritual practices; book, film, and audio reviews; book excerpts; profiles of spiritual teachers; small group programs; collections of quotations, and more. The Project launched in 2013 with a series of interactive e-courses led by spiritual teachers known for their insights into the spiritual blessings and challenges of later life. To keep the e-courses affordable and easily accessible, they are delivered by email. All four are now available on-demand.

The Elder Spirituality Project will be expanded in 2014 with a special section of the website for curated content, including program plans for small groups of elders in different settings; reviews of recommended books, DVDs, and audios for and about elders; and a database of quality-of-life spiritual practices for elders from all religions and spiritual paths.
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E-Courses in the Elder Spirituality Series

These e-courses are available on-demand. Participants choose their own start date and how often they want to receive the emails. When originally presented, these courses were each one month in length.

  • “Becoming a Wise Elder with Angeles Arrien”
    Read more about it and sign up here:
    Becoming a Wise Elder
  • “The Blessings of Aging with Joan Chittister”
    Read more about this e-course and sign up here:
    Blessings of Age
  • “ReStorying Your Life with Christina Baldwin”
    Read more about this e-course and sign up here:
    Restorying Your Life
  • “The Sage’s Tao Te Ching with William Martin”
    Read more about it and sign up here:
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RECOGNITION RITES FOR A NEW VISION OF AGING – HONORNG ELDERS is a program founded by Dr. Tom Pinkson that shifts attitudes about aging and older people to the position of respect and reverence that mature cultures demonstrate with their valuation and socially integrative use of their elders. It offers a unique blend of ancient and contemporary knowledge that is the result of Dr. Tom Pinkson’s forty years of work bridging cultures, traditions, belief systems and peoples. Recognition Rites bring people of diverse background and belief systems together for an event that helps break down barriers of separation between races, ages, religions and social class. They build community. They foster greater appreciation of diversity, of older people, of how love and appreciation enrich all our lives. Recognition Rites serve as a seed and stimulus for others in attendance to create celebrations for meaningful elders in their own lives.

Dr. Tom Pinkson’s new book, Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold In the Golden Years is now available for $20 through Tom at 72 Oak Springs Drive, San Anselmo, California 94960. It is also available through Amazon and on Kindle. This book describes the Recognition Rites Honoring Elders Program along with what Tom identifies as five development steps toward fruitful aging.

Tom will also be doing a year long group working with the fruitful aging steps from which will emerge a training process, workshop and manual for others interested in creating a Recognition Rite Program for those elders you want to honor for contributing their gifts in our world that today so desperately needs the wisdom gifts of elders. Tom is available for phone and email consultations for anyone interested in Recognition Rites. A href=”mailto://”>Tom Pinkson or Web Site Tom Pinkson

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CREATIVE AGING (NCCA) was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. The process of aging is a profound experience marked by increasing physical and emotional change and a heightened search for meaning and purpose. Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning. The arts can serve as a powerful way to engage elders in a creative and healing process of self-expression, enabling them to create works that honor their life experience.

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Upcoming Webinars

  • February 19, 2014 Grantmakers in Arts – Featuring Janet Brown, President & CEO Grantmakers in Arts; and Teresa Bonner, The Michelson Foundation
  • March 19, 2014Grantmakers in Health – 
Featuring Faith Mitchell, PhD, President and CEO, and Colin Pekruhn, MPP, Program Associate Grantmakers in Health; and Bob Eckardt, The Cleveland Foundation
  • April 2, 2014Grantmakers in Aging – Featuring John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging
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Conference on Creative Aging
The Creative Age: Exploring Potential in Second half of Life: A National Leadership Exchange and Conference on Creative Aging
Washington, DC; June 10-14, 2014. See our website for registration information (Conference on Creative Aging)

MEMORIAL BRAINWORKS is a department within Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana, and an affiliate of Beacon Health System. Our philosophy is that brain health is the single most determining factor in how we live. The quality of how our mind functions drives the ability to remember, learn, relate, think, experience, contribute and enjoy life like we want today and for all of our tomorrows. Making brain-healthy lifestyle choices is an investment in long-term mind and body resilience.

Memorial BrainWorks received an American Society of Aging/Metlife Foundation 2013 MindAlert Award in the category of Mental Fitness Programs for older adults for our program called Grandbuddies. Our Sage-ing Center, one of the vitality programs offered through the BrainWorks Wisdom School, is devoted to promoting understanding of how personal growth and development can continue as we grow older. We do this by providing webinars and, by invitation, on-site educational programs around the country.

One of our best known services is our weekend program, offered at sites across North America, to train Sage-ing Circle Facilitators. We also reach out to younger people to encourage lifestyles that will support healthy aging in their years ahead. We want people of all ages to know that there is an
upside to aging. Phone: 574-647-6628
Mail to: Brainwork
Our Grandbuddies: A Multigenerational Brain Health Program was the 2013 MindAlert Award winner through American Society on Aging and the MetLife Foundation. A how-to manual is available. See our website for details.

Upcoming Webinars

  • What Is It Like to Be 100?
    Take a deeper look into longevity and discover what centenarians and research scientists have learned about the factors contributing to an extended life span and to aging well.
    Webinar January 28, 11am – 12pm est, Complimentary
  • Conscious Aging; Growing into Life
    A great deal of what we do in life happens out of a state of habit. Setting the intention to be awake as we age combats the stereotypical thinking about the meaning and possibilities for this period of life. Learn practical steps for nurturing a greater understanding of what growing older might mean and expand your sense of self and the choices available to you.
    Webinar February 12, 10am – 11am est, Fee $27
  • The Forgiving Brain – a Sage-ing International Webinar
    Finding peace and closure can be a balm to soothe the unresolved hurts or disappointments we have experienced or may even have caused. From a scientific perspective, forgiveness is also an essential part of brain-heart basic maintenance. As we look at what forgiveness is and the “how to,” we learn about the powerful role the brain plays and, in return, the impact forgiveness has on the health and functioning of both the brain and the heart.
    Webinar February 25, 8:30 pm est, Complimentary
  • The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality: Saging Circle Facilitators Training
    This two day workshop provides training and orientation for the turnkey The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality curriculum. Call for the flyer and if we can help you made a decision if this is right for you. Join the global community of BrainWorks trained Sage-ing Circle Facilitators certified to deliver these programs.
    Rosemary Cox, 574-647-6632;
  • South Bend, Indiana January 24-25
    Moncks Corner, South Carolina February 14-16 or February 17-19
    Check Brainworks each month for a current list of webinars.

THE MANKIND PROJECT ELDERS (MKP) is made up of hundreds of members over age 50 who have formally declared themselves as elders. The mission of the elder body of the Mankind Project is to “awaken and nurture intentional eldering by teaching and mentoring.” When a member becomes a “declared elder” he is announcing to the community that he is living the second half of life intentionally, and that this intention includes being a source of blessing, an advocate for Earth, a mentor and a wisdomkeeper. We accomplish our mission through annual Elder Gatherings, a series of classes called “The Elder Journey,” support groups and new member initiation weekends.

US Gathering of Elders: Madisonville Texas September 18-21. Both men and women are invited to attend and one need not be a MKP member.
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There are 26 Mankind Project communities across the United States. Each has elder initiation as part of their New Warrior Training initiation weekends. Visit our website to learn more.
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THE LIFE PLANNING NETWORK (LPN) is a national community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate and optimize the second half of life from a holistic perspective. Our mission is to create and communicate knowledge and resources that support professionals in their work to enhance people’s later lives and thus benefit society.

We support our professionals in several ways: Members promote their organizations, businesses, and activities to the public through our web site, list serve, and monthly Newsletter. We also provide a broad range of resources specifically for our members on our web site. Business and practice development programs are offered via quarterly national webinars as well as through local chapters. LPN has created four notable resources: LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning in Uncertain Times (paperback and eBook); The Advocacy Leadership for Positive Aging (ALPA) curriculum to train service providers who serve low and moderate income seniors; A Conversation Project Facilitators’ Guide to enable LPN members without special training to lead groups through the process of making decisions about end-of-life care; and the Life Planning Competency Inventory (LPCI), a self-assessment tool to gauge our knowledge strengths and gaps in the various areas of life in our holistic planning model.

Members gather to share and learn in a growing number of chapters around the country and at regularly-scheduled local and national programs. They collaborate, refer, co-market and partner¬¬––in person and virtually¬¬––to build their respective businesses and to advance the value of the life planning and positive/conscious aging movements for the benefit of all.
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Our Free Teleseminar Series:
Throughout the year the Life Planning Network offers a series of teleconference meetings and webinars presented by experts, many of whom are LPN members. These are designed to inform and empower members regarding developments in our fields as well as resources and best practices. All of these events are available as a benefit of membership, with non-members invited to participate in one teleconference as a way to experience LPN. You can learn about upcoming teleconferences and webinars on our website.

  • THE LEGACY OF WISDOM project, based in Switzerland, is dedicated to creating a vision with practical applications of “wise living and aging.” Its founding was generated through the work of Ram Dass, Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, Jay Goldfarb, Tom Valente and Roshi Joan Halifax. A growing library (200+) of “video answers to key questions” from some of our most respected generation leaders is available in our archive library. We keep it simple, limiting interviews to just 22 questions in five main areas of aging: Mission and Fulfillment; Aging Lifestyles and Relationships; Health and Healthcare; Legal and Finances; End of Life Preparations.
  • Legacy of Wisdom also publishes its findings from conferences and workshops with inspiring elders which we sponsor. Global in perspective and multi-generational in reach, we know that living wisely can occur at all ages. Courses for the United States are currently being developed for 2014. We welcome visits to our library, Comments and suggestions are always welcome and valued
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  • Living Tao Summer Retreat in Switzerland — August 1-8, 2014
    Co-sponsored by Legacy of Wisdom and Living Tao Foundation.
    With a strong focus on better aging, this retreat, in its 27th year, offers instruction and practice in Tai Ji, Still Qi Gong (fire school), Meditation and the fulfillment of life’s potential. There is a special emphasis on centering and fitness—we have operated a Fall Prevention for Seniors program in Switzerland for the last four years. The retreat is taught by Ursula de Almeida Goldfarb, Director of the Tao Arts Institute, Jay Goldfarb (founder of Legacy of Wisdom) and Professor Estevam Ribeiro (Brazil). Special discounts are available to people from other countries wishing to attend this event. Contact for more information.
  • Driving Longevity – 7-day Retreat – Boston area — October, 2014
    Co-sponsored by Legacy of Wisdom, Living Tao Foundation, Waldhaus Foundation with support from our Brigham and Women’s Hospital research group in Boston.

    Having a lens into the future is something we could all use in order to see our own situation objectively. This would allow us to plan for the future, hopefully one of optimal longevity. Some of our worst fears are that of incapacity and disability, both of which are very linked to musculo-skeletal strength and balance. In cooperation with our Brigham and Women’s Hospital research group in Boston and our Swiss Medical group in Basel, we have developed an effective “global exercise protocol” derived from the world’s top research. We have distilled the Retreat program into five distinct themes. In addition to the daily exercise protocol, each day will be limited to a single longevity theme. A select battery of scientifically validated surveys and non-invasive tests will be administered to establish a customized action plan for each participant. This will allow the individual to make the best of the next decade(s). We will be using an advanced meeting design to include a two-way inter-generational exchange with undergraduates, graduates and doctoral fellows spcecializing in this field. A live webcast with an allied senior group in China provides leading global perspectives. Limited number of participants.

    Contact for registration information or further details.

  • Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging Program has been developed for seniors who are ready to embrace the final stage of their journey as a great opportunity for spiritual, emotional and psychological growth. It has been created over four years and field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings. The program consists of a self-study publication Conscious Aging: Group Process Guidelines for Facilitators, which comes with a companion workbook for participants. It consists of an eight session workshop series designed to shift participants’ consciousness from self-limitation, lack, isolation, and fear toward expansiveness, inclusiveness, wholeness, connection, and compassion. Session Plans can be combined and conducted as an eight-lesson series, as a smaller series of several sessions, or presented individually – each session has been developed to stand alone as a complete program. The session topics include: Introduction to Conscious Aging, Self-Compassion, Forgiveness, Life Review, Transformative Practices, Death Makes Life Possible, Surrender – Letting Go, Creating a New Vision of Aging. For information about this new IONS educational program, use this link beginning in February: Noetic Education”>

GRAY IS GREEN is a national non-profit focused on the possibility for older adult Americans to offer distinctive benefits to our society in response to unprecedented ecological challenges. These benefits may range from block-votes for a variety of policy changes to mass market demands for sustainable living choices in housing, food, transportation, healthcare and urban design. Gray-Greens possess unique gifts for adaptive response. Such include a wealth of generational responses to war, economic collapse, epidemics, and political upheaval, together with individual responses to parenting, managing businesses, leading organizations, voting, volunteering, meeting worklife challenges, enjoying the wonders of nature and culture, and more. Following decades of environmental change—for better and for worse—and now witnessing the cumulative environmental legacy modern society is leaving to our children and grandchildren, Gray-Greens hear the call to action and reflection.

We invite to our network individuals and organizations open to the distilled wisdom and environmental passion of older adults. In response to the longing for authentic inter-generational accountability expressed by Gray-Greens, we help foster a beneficial response. All are invited to sign up at for our periodic email updates and news items for sustainable living and environmental advocacy. The site also offers unrestricted access to our archive of information resources and a link for donors. Write Kathy at KATHY

FIERCE WITH AGE, The Online Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality is a free digest featuring daily and monthly summaries and excerpts of the best writing about spirituality and aging for Boomers on the web. Editor-in-chief is Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., a speaker and Boomer generation marketing expert with a doctorate in religion and author of 21 books including “Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn”. Fierce with Age offers in-person as well as self-guided online retreats on the subject of spirituality and aging.
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  • January: Official launch of the Fierce with Age anti-ageist marketing Blog.
  • February 1: Beliefnet launch of season two of Fierce with Age as host of the microsite on spirituality and aging. is the comprehensive multi-faith online resource for inspiration and spirituality at Belief Net
  • February 22: Fierce with Age: Spirituality, Aging and Resilience; All-day retreat at Congregation Micah in Nashville, Tennessee. Contact Carol for details.
  • March 13: Suffering and the Fulfillment of our Spiritual Potential in Later Life; American Society of American Annual Convention in San Diego. 8-9 a,m. Co-presenting with co-author of forthcoming book “The Seeker’s Guide to Aging: Spirituality for Boomers”, Dr. Robert Weber, Asst. Clinical Professional of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • April 11-13: Fierce with Age: Retreat at the Old Stone House on the River Retreat Center, Madison, Tenn.
  • May 16: Fierce with Age: Spirituality and Aging in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • June 23-26: Fierce with Age: Retreat at Scarritt-Bennett Retreat Center, Nashville, Tenn.

THE CENTER FOR CONSCIOUS ELDERING, The Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, is dedicated to supporting the development of conscious elders. We do this by offering our signature Choosing Conscious Elderhood rite of passage retreats, introductory workshops by invitation from churches, retreat centers and other groups, Coaching for Conscious Living and Meeting Ancient Wisdom pilgrimages to meet indigenous elders. We serve those in and approaching the elder third of life who seek passion, purpose, growth and service as they age. An important aspect of our uniqueness is that we use the power of nature to support your growth as an elder. It is in the natural world that we can most easily remember that which is authentic and natural in ourselves, and thus gain clarity and vision for how we can best thrive and contribute in a world urgently in need of the wisdom and gifts of conscious elders. Our retreats, workshops and pilgrimages all involve significant time spent outdoors in inspiring natural settings.
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Upcoming Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats:

  • April 21-27, 2014 in eastern Pennsylvania at Kirkridge Retreat Center
  • May 11-17, 2014 at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
  • August 3-9 at Sea to Sky Retreat Center near Whistler, British Columbia

Weekend Workshops

  • February 28- March 2 in Seattle, Washington
  • June 20-22 in Wheaton, Illinois

Ron Pevny’s book on Conscious Eldering, to be published by Beyond Words/Atria Books, will be available through Amazon and at bookstores October 7th.