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July 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm UTC-4

As elders, what roles are ours to play at this time of our lives within an ever-changing world?

This is the question we will be exploring together in two sessions that will help guide us through new understandings of both our outward journeys and our inward journeys towards Elderhood.

Each day will be interspersed with small group and large group gatherings, journaling, art, movement, and solo time as well as afternoon time spent together with young adults. Throughout the two sessions, participants will be invited to share creative responses relevant to the themes of each day. We will also share a book table for learning resources on themes related to Elderhood.

You may sign up for either one or both sessions.

July 10th: Outward Journey


We will explore the following questions: What ideas and patterns of living did you receive as you were growing up?

How did those affect your life as you moved through successive stages of your life? Who were your mentors?

In what ways did they guide you? What ideas, patterns, etc. “conditioned” you and how have you grown from the traditions and culture that surrounded you? What rites of passage did you go through on your journey to elderhood?

How did they change your worldview? What were you missing?

In the afternoon, the Elderhood Journey participants will speak from their perspectives to provide thoughtful interaction with the young adults.

July 24th: Inward Journey


“Within us all there exists a second huge and timeless life” -Rilke

Down below our incessant need to DO, we find in the latter stages of life, a deep need to just BE. The Tasks of elderhood are different than other stages of life; the questions we carry are also different and include reflections about time, relationships, the sacred, befriending death, a longing to relate to nature anew, a yearning to recover what was missing in the earlier stages, i.e., the natural world and the soul, and a process for personal transformations throughout life.

– Each session will be limited to 25 participants.
– At each session, we will have a morning spent exclusively in the
– Elderhood program, then we will be joined by a group of young adults for lunch and we will host an intergenerational experience in the afternoon.
– We are offering each session at a sliding scale: $50, $75 or $100. You choose what you pay.
– Both sessions will be led by Carolyn Toben and Mike McLeod.
– Depending on participant feedback, we may offer an extended exploration of the Elderhood Journey during the Fall or Winter months.

July 10
July 24

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Eco-Institute Community Barn Loft or Lakeside Gazebo

Lunch Provided

Sliding Scale of $50-100 Per Day

Register here >> http://www.eco-institute.org/elderhood-journey/


July 10, 2018
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain
8519 Pickards Meadow Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 us
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