Through the use of storytelling, circle conversations, art and nature, we invite participants to join in a collective wisdom gathering to explore their personal and collective potential.
Living Well, Dying Well shines a light on the barriers that seniors face that prevent them from living vibrant lives and sharing their wisdom. Through this program, seniors are invited to become active participants in revitalizing what it means to age – with beauty, grace, vulnerability and courage. Crossing cultural boundaries and creating conversation circles that include seniors of all ages, the project invites participants to share successful ways they have navigated the continuum of life through to the final transition. It will share stories of the way that some have succeeded in embracing a healthy attitude towards dying well.
The 8 Gates of Initiation
An invitation to Re-imagine the Second Half of Life (A 9-week Inner Journey)
Join a small group of women on an inner journey through the 8 Gates of Initiation in the Second Half of Life (as researched by Cross Cultural Anthropologist and Author, Angeles Arrien (1940 – 2014). Through storytelling, poetry, body-based meditations, journal writing, dream tending, group discussion and personal inquiry, we will stand on the threshold of each gate together. Each week will explore the themes of one of the eight gates, with a ninth class to serve ceremony, celebration and the harvest of our work together. Each week will offer tangible practices for daily life, journal explorations, meditations and suggestions for further inquiry. Themes of the gates include: Facing the Unknown, Discovering ones True Face, Changing Body, Relationships as Spiritual Practice, Creativity & Generativity, Authenticity & Character, the Presence of Grace, Non-attachment and Letting go. Read More
The conversations that emerge can become a catalyst, as you explore the strengths of your team, spark innovative ideas, foster leadership and recognize untapped potential. With a social change focus, conversations can inspire ordinary citizens to become extraordinary stewards for social change within their community.
A Community Conversation is an invitation to enter into deep, meaningful conversations in an atmosphere of dignity. Based on the Conversation Cafe model that creates a space to move from small talk to big talk, Earth and Spirit takes it to the next level and asks What would it take to move from talk to action? Conversation topics can be customized for each audience.
Experience a life-changing process to give your life greater direction, vitality and purpose. Developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff, our nationally-recognized program has helped people lead more fulfilling lives. Discover resources and possibilities you could not have imagined. The Intensive Journal method is an integrated system using writing exercises in a setting of privacy and quiet to help you:
- Gain awareness about diverse areas of your life.
- Connect with your real self.
- Develop a more meaningful life.
Somatic Sovereignty – compliments any and all forms of yoga, movement, dance and exercise – restoring a sensible and sensual experience in every day life.
Somatic Sovereignty – is an ongoing inquiry into ways of supporting the direct experience of being embodied humans in all its messy, juicy, grievous and gracious forms. Read More
Living in the Flow of Transition
Successful Transition to the Second Half of Life
A transformative learning experience for Seniors
The LIFT program excavates the layers of what it means to age consciously and honours the wisdom that people have accumulated over the journey of their lifetime. Aging consciously means to bring to the surface of awareness any self-defeating thoughts, assumptions, attitudes and beliefs in order to transform into a positive state toward wisdom.
The LIFT program offers a roadmap for successful transition to the second half of life, encouraging seniors to become active participants within their community.
Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore, you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey. – John O-Donahue
Coming Back to Story
Sacred Listening | Sacred Telling | Awakening the Storyteller
The premise of Story Circle is that by gathering in a circle and sharing stories we create a safe place to rediscover our own wisdom. When we reflect out loud, sharing stories and memories, we bring this storehouse of insight into the light and gain access to the richness and depth of our own lived experience. The key to accessing this treasure trove of wisdom is the presence of an interested, engaged listener. By giving our whole-hearted attention, we listen stories out of each other. By offering brief words of appreciation, we reflect the wisdom that may not be so visible to the teller. We remind each other that every one of us has gifts to bring to the world. And, in the process of story sharing, we are building community.
Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact . ~ Robert McKee