Conscious Aging Workshop Series – Meaford, ON March 31-July 7th every other Thursday afternoon 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
A “senior boom” is happening in American life, and it’s getting bigger by the day. Until very recently, most of the attention paid to this phenomenon has focused on retirement options, pension plans, health care challenges, medical ethics, and research on the biology of aging and the prolongation of life. The final third phase of life is a great opportunity for spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth. It’s a time to celebrate a life journey, to harvest the wisdom of those experiences, and to share what was meaningful in the company of others. And yet in our youth-obsessed culture, there is a lot of fear and anxiety about growing older, especially for those who enter their later years alone.
Recognizing this, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) developed a program specifically for facilitators who are ready to work with seniors who are ready to embrace this final stage of their journey based on over fifteen years of research on transformation. It’s called Conscious Aging, created over four years and field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings
Conscious Aging…what a huge, life transforming topic! It is one that the more that I explore, the more expansive it becomes. This course opened me to a deeper understanding of my own personal aging, how I felt about it and what was my vision of my future. So it made me more aware, more conscious of how I was living, and most of all less fearful of the years ahead.
As an accredited IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator I invited you to join me for a series of workshops to assist a transformation of consciousness from limitation, fear, isolation and lack to one of wholeness, inclusiveness, compassion and joy. This is the essence of the Conscious Aging program.
Key steps in aging consciously are:
-overcoming denial of our aging and the inevitable changes that accompany aging,
-cultivating curiosity ~ about life,
~about the changes we are experiencing,
~about what is possible for us even in the face of losses.
Key questions to ask ourselves are: What do I know? What should I do? What may I hope?
Kathleen Erickson Forder, IONS Elder Education Program Managers says about this program “its greatest value is that it provides an opportunity for people to come together in dialogue to listen to multiple voices about aging. Most of us carry strong fears about aging, and it requires real heroism to confront and work with our fears rather than deny or give in to them. The support of community can be of great value in doing this. Also of value is looking back on our lives at those many occasions when we faced our fears and came out the other side having grown and become more courageous. “Conscious Aging” focuses and finding joy and meaning in life regardless of one’s external circumstances, and this is very much about cultivating a rich inner life.”
Join me on this rewarding journey…into Conscious Aging:
Beginning Mar. 31/16 – July 7th, every other Thursday, join me for the IONS Conscious Aging Workshops Series in Meaford, ON.
We need more understanding of how purposeful and life enhancing the third stage of life can be! Conscious Aging is a program that offers you a profound new vision of just what it means to grow older with less fear and stress.
This program is part of the Lifestyles Spring Programs, offered by the Municipality of Meaford
Jane Booth Robertston, Authorized IONS (Institute of Noetic Studies) Workshop Facilitator