• November 14, 2016
  • May 15, 2017
  • 12 sessions
  • November 14, 2016, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • November 28, 2016, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • December 12, 2016, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • January 09, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • January 23, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • February 06, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • February 27, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • March 06, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • March 20, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • April 17, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • May 01, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • May 15, 2017, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • Shir Tikvah

Dates and topics are as follows:

 1.       November 14   What is This Stage of Life? Introductions and basic format

2.       November 28   Who Am I at This Stage of Life?

3.       December 12    The River of Life

4.       January 9           I Am My Body; I Am Not My Body

5.       January 23         Cultivating Nourishing Relationships

6.       February 6         Cultivating Nourishing Relationships

7.       February 27       Forgiveness and Reconciliation

8.       March 6             Cultivating Spiritual Qualities for Well-Being (Mussar)

9.       March 20          Cultivating Spiritual Qualities for Well-Being (Mussar)

10.   April 17 or 24     Living with Loss and Finding Light

11.   May 1 or 8          Conscious Dying

12.   May 15               Legacy and Stewardship

We ask that participants make every effort to attend every session. Enrollment fee is $180 for Shir Tikvah members, $216 for non-members. (As always, no one will be turned away because of inability to pay; and those who can be more are requested to do so.)

We will use Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal as our guidebook. Grounded in mindfulness and spiritual practices such as meditation, journaling, movement, and blessings from Judaism and other faith traditions, Wise Aging offers social, emotional and spiritual insights to help individuals meet the challenges of these years with a sustaining spirit. Participants are asked to acquire a copy of the book before we start.

 As facilitator, I see my job as creating a sacred space for the deep holy work of reflecting on our lives, work that enables participants to come to new understandings about your lives, your selves, and your values. Learning modalities include text study based on active listening exercises, reflection, journaling, and meditation. Some of the reflection time will be during class, and some will be between sessions. I want to be clear without scaring anyone away: This is NOT a traditional “class” where you can leave your feelings behind and simply “learn”. 

Here are links to a bit more information about the program: 

In the press: http://forward.com/articles/176737/aging-wisely-together/

From the creators: http://www.jewishspirituality.org/our-programs/resources-for-your-community/wise-aging/ 

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wise-Aging-Rabbi-Rachel-Cowan/dp/0874419212

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