The Retreat Blog

DISAPPEARING

Disappear means to cease to exist or to discontinue being in use. The context in which the word exists, written or spoken, determines its meaning. In the context of aging, disappearing is a phenomenological event that happens in every life-altering...

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The Impact of Aging Stereotypes on Health Expectancy

Mattering is the feeling of being important to others in ways that give you an experience of being valued, a sense people care about you. Conversely, when you feel you don’t matter, you have an experience of being expendable and disposable,...

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TEN LESSONS FOR BEING AN ELDER

Learn and apply these lessons to advance your journey from older to elder.   PRIMER Read each lesson several times. Look at what each lesson means to and for you at this time in your life. What’s your understanding of the...

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THE ELDER'S REVENGE IS NO REVENGE

THE ELDER'S REVENGE IS NO REVENGE One gift of being an elder is the enormous freedom gained. However, gaining this freedom is not easy. There are things an elder must abandon to obtain their freedom. Regrettably, one of the hardest to give up is...

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SYSTEMIC AGEISM

  Systemic ageism is a unique form of racism. What makes it so unique is the victim is also a persecutor and, unfortunately, the only true rescuer. Stephen Karpman first described the Drama Triangle in the 1960s. It is a model of dysfunctional...

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THE TRAIL TO ELDERHOOD

The Contemporary Elder Retreat An Interactive and Immersive Event   TAKING THE ELDER TRAIL - EL SENDERO DEL ANCIANO Inform on expected outcomes if you walk this trail: Walking this trail brings you to a different state of consciousness,...

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THE CONTEMPORARY ELDER RETREAT

THE CONTEXT The word "contemporary" accurately distinguishes this context of being an elder. Definition: con·tem·po·rar·y /kənˈtempəˌrerē/ Adjective • Living or occurring at the same time. •...

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Self-Transcendence & The Elder

“There is only one perfect road and that road is ahead of you, always ahead of you.” – Sri Chinmoy The work of elders becomes considerably less about conventional work and much more about inner work. A particular manner of inner...

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CONTEMPORARY ELDER - THE NEXT BARDO

THE BARDO Bardo is a Tibetan word that simply means a transition – a gap between the completion of one circumstance or situation and the onset of another. “Bar” means “in-between” and “do” means...

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CHANGING THE WORLD - THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CONTEMPORARY ELDERS

Today in the United States, more than 76 million are creating a shift in the age composition of our country. Studies show people aged 65 and older will make up more than 20 percent of the population by 2029. On the well-established Adoption Curve, at...

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