USA Gathering of Elders (USA GE): Program Detail

October 27 – 30, 2011

Theme: Elders weave gifts

By weaving together the threads of our life experiences, we elders create a tapestry of inner mastery which we actively gift to the world.

Brief Outline of Joint Program and Men’s Program is below. To view a PDF of the full detail of the Joint Program and Men’s Program click here: USAGE Joint & Men’s Program Detail To see details of the Women’s Program click here: USAGE Women’s Program Detail.

Thursday – October 27

Transportation from Des Moines airport to campground throughout the day

Afternoon – Registration and getting settled.

5:30 pm – Opening Ceremony.

6:00 pm — Evening Meal and afterwards a short bio break

7:15 to 7:30 pm – Terry Jones Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Robert Moore.

7:30 or 7:45 pm – Robert Moore presentation and questions and discussion with the entire group.

9:15 or 9:30 pm Grand Circle meditation and good night

Transportation provided to Apple Tree Inn as needed for all women and men who are staying at the Apple Tree Inn.

Friday – October 28

Transportation provided as needed for men from Apple Tree Inn to Campground

6:30 – 7:30 am – exercise and/or meditation; recovery meeting

8:00 amBreakfast and at conclusion of meal Terry Jones to speak regarding Elderhood Reflection Series.

9:00 to 9:15 am – Form breakout groups and meet until approximately 9:50 am

10:00 am – Program – workshops, groups.

1. Part 1 – Terry Jones – Elderhood Reflection Series – Part 1

2. Jim Brooks – Shadow Work: Discovering the Gold in Our Elder Shadows.

12:00 pmLunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1. Part 2 – Terry Jones – Elderhood Refection Series – Part 2.

2. John Kalb – Mastering Change in Turbulent Times.

3. John de Strakosch – Ritual Elder Meeting

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Program – workshops, groups.

1. Robert Moore or Free Time.

5:30 pmDinner

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Don Jones – Evening program – #1

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Doug Von Koss – Evening program – #2

9:15 pmP & R Ceremony

Transportation provided as needed for men returning to the Apple Tree Inn

Saturday – October 29

Transportation provided as needed for men from Apple Tree Inn to Campground

6:30 am – exercise and/or meditation; recovery meeting

8:00 amBreakfast with your small group. Small group meeting after breakfast.

9:00 am – 10:30 am – MKPUS Elder Council Business Meeting – Terry Jones, Elder Chairman

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

1. Roger Cox – Blessing workshop.

2. Kirby Benson – Spiritual Androgyny and Elder Mastery: The Union of Power, Love and Intelligence.

12:00 pmLunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1. Doug Von Koss

2. John Kalb – Your Happiness Project – Sharing Your Unique Gifts in Service of your Highest Purpose

Transportation provided as needed from Apple Tree Inn to Campground for women

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan will do their “Gift Community” presentation.

5:45 pm – Welcome the women back to the larger container.

6:00 pmDinner – men and women.

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Elder Talent show.

9:15 pm – 9:45 – Finish evening with Doug Von Koss chant and blessing.

Transportation provided as needed for men and women staying at the Apple Tree Inn

Sunday – October 30

7:00 am – exercise and/or meditation; recovery meeting.

8:00 am – 8:45 am – Pack up and tidy time.

9:00 am – Closing Ceremony – Blessings, etc.

Sunday Brunch 10 am

Transportation provided as needed to the airport from Wesley Woods

Developed by Program Team: Kirby Benson (Chair), Linda Brooks, Roger Cox and Scott Lederman



“MKP Eldership and 2012: The Challenge of a New Consciousness in Leaders During and After the Apocalypse”

Whether you are aware of the increasing buzz about global catastrophe/transformation related to 2012 and Mayan prophecies or not, it is clear that the world has already entered a frightening “transition state” globally and that the old vessels are not holding in the face of such an earthquake of change. If we are awake as MKP leaders we must engage the task of understanding what is happening and asking serious questions about our role and the mission of the global MKP community in fielding creative responses.

In his address and the discussion that follows Robert will lead us in reflecting upon some of the dynamics underlying this crisis/opportunity and on the role of Communities of Initiation and Generativity in birthing a new personal, social and spiritual ethos for the next decade and beyond.



Women of Mother Earth (Gaia) join us in the journey of creating and living a more purpose-filled life, a life that leaves a clear and lasting legacy for future generations. Together we will weave our gifts, our stories, and our passions into a “quilt of life” that can be gifted to those we meet along the way and to our Mother Earth.

Enrich the highest qualities of the human spirit with ritual and workshops on such topics as:

  • The Wisdom of Age: Multi-Perspectives
  • What Neuroscience Tells Us about Living a Purpose Filled Life
  • Forgiveness, an Essential Part of Brain-Heart Basic Maintenance
  • Loving the Self
  • Our Lives as a Cycle of One Year
  • Gratefulness: Weaving a Life of Meaning
  • Facing our Mortality to Enhance Present Moment Awareness
  • Gaia Consciousness: Contributing to the Well Being of Mother Earth