AVAILABLE ON VIDEO RECORDINGS -Will you just get older until you die? Or will you be an elder ... and go deeper? This webinar series will offer questions, prompts, resources and reflection so spiritual companions (and seekers) may embrace the gifts of eldering. Join us to deepen your practice, build community and find your own eldering path to joy, resilience and purpose.
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Please note: All webinar sessions are about 1 hour- 15 minutes in duration. Each session is recorded and you may watch these video recordings at your convenience.
Spirituality creates meaning at any age. It opens the door to mystery and helps us seek mastery in areas that will bring fulfillment. It makes us whole.
In the second half of our lives, our spiritual lives become even more important - both as spiritual companions and as seekers. Meaning. Mystery. Maturity. And yes, memory, too. These aren't abstract concepts. They are ways we thrive and find joy. They are ways we find life-enhancing connection to self, others, nature and the divine - however we name the ground of all being. Relationship, rituals, traditions, practices, stories, creativity, beliefs and values - these all can be informed by our spiritual practice and the deep wisdom born of contemplation. Our spirituality both sustains vitality and mediates acceptance. It can empower us to cope with crisis, transition and the vagaries of circumstance.
In this four-part series, we will wonder together:
What it means to elder
How to live with integrity, curiosity, equanimity and intentionality
How to cultivate wisdom, resilience, love, and forgiveness
The sessions will offer experiential learning from beginning to end -- offering a grounding of wisdom from various traditions and moving on to reflective exercises, meditation and, above all, open-ended, open-hearted questions for discernment. Our aim - pure and simple - is to inspire personal discovery and growth.
We invite you to join us as we explore and experience eldering with grace, dignity and humor.
SDI Member Rate USD$59.00
Non-Member Rate USD$79.00
Tuition is non-refundable. All registered participants will receive access to the online recording of the SDI Webinar.
PDF workbooks are included.
Elders do not give up on themselves or the world. They don't withdraw as they age, afraid of being a burden. Instead, they stand their ground. They encourage and guide - sharing their vision, their patience, their love. They send down deep roots, so oncoming generations may grow strong and connected. How will you elder? This course will help you become the architect of your own spiritual elderhood.
Session 1 - Meaning & Memory
Session 2 - Mortality
Session 3- Mystery
Session 4 - Maturity
Each webinar will last one hour. CEU credits are available for all those who participate. (See below)
Who may join the webinar?
Everyone is invited to participate in SDI Webinars.
Are CEUs available?
After participants complete full engagement with all webinar sessions, SDI will provide a certificate of completion for self-reporting to agencies continuing education units (CEUs).
Jane Kuepfer is the Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, a joint appointment by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has extensive experience as a spiritual caregiver in long-term care homes and in the community, as a registered psychotherapist, a spiritual director, and an ordained Minister in the Mennonite Church and the United Church of Canada. Jane completed a doctorate in Human Relationships (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) at Martin Luther University College with a dissertation focus in the area of Spirituality and Aging. She and her husband enjoy both the quiet, and the company of others on their rural property, which they offer for retreat space.
De Fischler Herman, RP, SD, SM, serves as a hospice chaplain in Washington, DC. She is an ordained spiritual director, co-president of the board of the Rabbinic Pastors Association of ALEPH -- Alliance for Jewish Renewal Seminary, facilitator for Age-ing to Sage-ing, and a Champion of the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust. De is an artist, poet, educator, gardener, environmentalist, and bicyclist.
Thomas Moore (special guest, session 4) is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. He has written twenty-four other books about bringing soul to personal life and culture, deepening spirituality, humanizing medicine, finding meaningful work, imagining sexuality with soul and doing religion in a fresh way. In his youth he was a Catholic monk and studied music composition. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University and was a university professor for a number of years. He is also a psychotherapist influenced mainly by C. G. Jung and James Hillman. He often travels and lectures, hoping to help create a more soulful society.
The aim of this series of webinars is to give spiritual companions and seekers insight into the spiritual eldering. Participants will be invited to experience this learning opportunity in a personal way by discerning their own path to eldering no matter what their age. Those in listening and caring professions should gain deeper appreciation for how eldering can impact their approach to spiritual companionship as well as their own spiritual practice.