Active Wisdom:
An Inquiry Into Our Elderhood

A 12-Week Online Journey 

FireHawk's Story Around the Fire

The Need for Elders… a call to inquire

 

The Invitation

Who is this invitation for?
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…for people who are seeking their unique purpose as Elders in their families and communities. In this time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity, we welcome those who wish to share their wisdom with the people and projects that they care about. We recognize that this does not happen in isolation - we need each other. And so, we are calling a circle of people to come together across time-zones and cultures. This Inquiry is for people curious about this emerging stage of their Elderhood, and who wish to translate the insights gained into purposeful action.
If you want to know more about the term Active Wisdom and its author, Mary Catherine Bateson, please, click here.

What is the Purpose of this online program?…


…we will come together, over 12 weeks, to explore essential elements of this time in our lives. We will seek out how best to learn, respond, and delight in the next phase of our life's journey. Recognizing and honoring the profound challenges of this time, together we will look into how our 'Wisdom in Action' supports our and others' wellbeing. Our learning journey will be grounded in the relationship between our Spirit, our Emotions, our Bodies, and our Minds. We will inquire, with appreciation, into how our deep connection to the Wisdom of Earth naturally supports our thriving Elderhood.

What will happen on this journey?…

…reflecting on the life we have lived so far, and appreciating what we have gained and let go of is where we begin. Then, we will take time to examine our choices for living into our destiny as Elders. We relate these choices to what is unfolding at the planetary level, and seek a more integrated and more balanced understanding of what is needed. As we remember our passions, our gifts, and our contributions, we become conscious of the fertile territory of refreshing our life purpose. We will explore opportunities to give back what we have received from life, so that those who follow will benefit from our Wisdom in Action.

What will be asked of me?…

…to participate in each of the six 2-hour Zoom calls. We will record each call; however, there is no substitute for the learning that happens when we are in each other's company. We will offer experiential learning assignments that we call "Live With's." In the two weeks between each Zoom call, we invite you to join in a Learning Triad. In your small group crucible, you will have the opportunity to review your experiences with each "Live With," and share your experience with the practices we offer. There is also a private community forum where we can share our learning with one another. There are also places in the community space to hang out informally by the "Fire", to post interesting articles and to respond to what other participants are sharing. We ask that you post one learning update each week in the community space.
There is also a private community forum where we can share our learning with one another. We ask that you post one learning each week in the community space, where there are also places to hang out informally by the "fire", to post interesting articles and comment on what other participants are sharing. 

Journey Outline

To see details about  the flow of the inquiry,  click each box below

In this first session, we welcome everyone to the program and provide an orientation to our online space, including agreements and protocols that will support our time together.


We will take time to introduce ourselves to each other as we begin building the energy of our community. Using the technology that underpins our community engagement and learning, we'll step onto the path of inquiry into our Elderhood together. 



We will explore the stage of elderhood called Active Wisdom, first spoken about by Mary Catherine Bateson in her Book "Composing a Further Life", and how this resonates with this time in our lives. 



An ancient tradition is holding our inquiry in connection with the wisdom of the Earth. We believe this wisdom offers rich and relevant guidance for exploring the territory of Elderhood.
My Wellbeing begins our exploration of the virtues and vulnerabilities of this emerging stage in our Elderhood.  We delve into how caring for our health and happiness, in the face of unprecedented challenges, enhances our capacity and capabilities as an Elder.
Healthy longevity can be  a beautiful consequence of many aspects of progress, and we are now living an average of 30 years longer. Our current global challenge requires powerful clarity in how to respond holistically with integrity and vitality.
In this session, we use 'The Wheel of Wellbeing' to discover what is needed to maintain the territories of our lives, and achieve more wholeness and balance in a way that sustains our activities in a relevant and resilient way.
My Development is a doorway to appreciate the risks and opportunities that face us all in this time. We explore how being vulnerable to our own learning edges opens the possibility of being exemplars to others in how to respond with heartfelt wisdom.
We never stop learning, and stepping into an exploration of what expands our openness to life, as it is now, enhances our potential to change. Thus, challenging and enabling us to be the Elders that the world needs now.
In this session, we reflect on our life experiences so far and reveal the wisdom that is ours to share. Then we collectively explore what is needed from us that enable us to see and live into the resonance with our own development.
My Vocation explores how our passions, gifts, and contributions deepen our understanding of what is important to us as Elders and how to bring this into manifestation. In particular, we turn towards what is ours to do in light of the challenges that we are all facing in this time.
We experience the reward of being with others whose experiences are different from our own. This offers us a new window into mutually rewarding ways of fostering our individual and collective intentions for giving back.
In this session, we sense into what is ours to do out in the world in a way that stems from our most profound passion as an Elder. We strategize how to offer our skills in purposeful and sustainable ways.
My Freedom awakens us to our audacious self that can presence new beginnings, new horizons, and fresh revealing of ourselves in our Elderhood with ease and grace. 

We explore how freedom of expression can be a playground of opportunity as we step into this time of being an Elder. Imagining the future within this stage of our Active Wisdom sustains us and deepens our understanding of our unique purpose.
In this session, we explore how our personal purpose flows from our ancestry through us and out to those whom we care about. This is often called seven generations thinking and opens up the narrative or story of our lives as the fulcrum for our creativity, our love of living, and our legacy.
Every completion holds the promise of a new beginning. In our final session, we will honor our journey together and savor what we have experienced together as a community of Elders.
Gathering a harvest of the gems of our learning, we will set intentions that will call us to the actions we wish to take to expand more fully into our Elderhood, which is truly needed at this time of great change and transformation.
Exploring the nature of co-creation, we'll open up ways to sustain and grow our Active Wisdom during this vital and challenging time in our lives. We will explore the energies of New Beginnings in a way that deepens the sense of what is emerging for humanity and expands our intention to be of profound service in our own unique way.
SIX LIVE 2-HOUR ZOOM SESSIONS
Each 2-Hour session will include personal reflection, small group work, community time and new content to explore.  

"SIX LIVE WITH"S
Each session will include a “Live With” - something specific to explore as a direct application of what you are learning within your own context and situation.  
A LEARNING TRIAD FOR DEEPENING AND SUPPORT
Each week of the journey you will share a Zoom call with two of your fellow travelers. These calls are to create a space for shared learning.
A HOSTED PRIVATE ONLINE COMMUNITY FORUM
Designed to extend the learning ecology of this course and have a safe place to share our experiences and questions with each other outside the sessions.
3 DEDICATED GUIDES 
This kind of inquiry is best undertaken with skilled companions. We will travel with you for the entire journey, offering our support and wisdom to assist you as you focus in on your own Elderhood.
DATES:
June 7 & 28 | July 12 & 26 | August 9 &23
TIME:
9am - 11am PST | 12 - 2pm EST | 17.00 - 19.00 GMT | 18.00 - 201.00 CET
COST:
We live in remarkable times and so we are offering a range of fees for this journey reflecting the truth that different people have different needs right now. The world needs Elders. Our costs for producing the course are $500. We simply ask that you choose the right option to match your current circumstances. If you need to make other arrangements with regards to exchange, please be in contact with us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can always e-mail Ann, David, and FireHawk at activewisdom@ctew20.org and we will respond.
The video recording of each session will show up on the Course Home Page within 48 hours. These recordings are for your personal use only.
Yes. when you check out with PayPal, they allow you to use a credit card to pay without having to have your own PayPal account.
Once you have registered, you will be directed to the course home page, where all of the materials reside. You will also receive access to the Community Learning Lodge.

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